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Favorite New Magazine: Shadowland #9 (Batman, King Kong, Sleepy Hollow)

Posted by SolidSnake86, 28 October 2013 · 1070 views

Favorite New Magazine: Shadowland #9 (Batman, King Kong, Sleepy Hollow) I just ordered the latest copy of Shadowland Magazine. I wrote a review awhile back of an earlier issues. Just received issue #9 in the mail, and if this is a sample of what I've been missing recently, I'll be needing to order the back issues very soon!

Quick run down of issue #9, there's a phenomenal Adam West Batman cover (also a neat, decent-sized article covering the 60s Bat-series and the 1966 movie). I especially liked the Sleepy Hollow retrospective, which hits upon everything from the 1922 silent Sleepy Hollow movie with Will Rogers, to the new Fox TV series and everything in between, including the Disney cartoon, lesser known films, and even some of the Headless Horseman's pop culture appearances, like in Scooby Doo!

Shadowland bills itself as a horror, sci-fi, fantasy magazine and they really hit upon all those genres nicely. The sci-fi/fantasy arena is well represented with a beautiful remembrance to the late, great Ray Harryhausen. Also of note, is a write-up on Jonathan Frid's (Barnabas Collins from the original Dark Shadows show) horror film Seizure (directed by Oliver Stone?!).

Other notable pieces include a guide to 1970s TV Horror films, a fan's perspective on The Lost Boys, and a sizable article on King Kong, going into the sequels, spin-offs, rip-offs and what have you, while also rating each.

And finally, there's a couple of excellent interviews. The main one being a great convo with Larry Cohen. Well worth checking out for fans of It's Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent and Cohen's other films. The other interview is with William Atherton, the actor who Ghostbusters fans will remember as the EPA inspector.

A great publication all around, at at 104 pages, it's well worth the $10 (they have a Halloween sale through their site, so it's $7.95 now).

Oh, and I'm a big fan of their double covers. On their site they label it as an 'alternate cover,' kind of like a variant, but in the same issue, featuring King Kong from his 1976 movie on the back cover. Having been a bit disenfranchised with most genre magazines as of late, I fully support the work of those at Shadowland. Give it a look over if you haven't yet.