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Since 1992, Paranoia: The Conspiracy & Paranormal Reader has presented alternative views and marginalized theories of the inner workings of the cryptocracy. Subjects include conspiracy theories, parapolitics, alternative history, and the paranormal.
History and profile
Paranoia was founded during the zine explosion of the early 1990s. Specifically, it was established in 1992 in Providence, Rhode Island. The first issue had a black-and-white tabloid-style layout, with feature stories starting on the cover and continuing inside. Over the years, Paranoia evolved into a 72-page print magazine published three times a year, with a print run that reached 15,000 copies. It was sold on newsstands throughout the U.S., the U.K, and Canada, as well as to subscribers.
Paranoia received a 2001 Award of Merit in the Writer's Digest Zine Publishing Awards, and has been rated by Playboy magazine as a "Top 10 Zine." Pagan Kennedy of The Village Voice called it "Weirdness on a grand scale ..." containing "a dizzying web of connections." Alternative book publisher New Paradigm Books recently stated that Paranoia is "an original and provocative thrice-yearly magazine, with an occasional compelling focus on women writers."
In late 2009, Paranoia ended its nearly 20-year run as a print magazine and switched to a book format, to be published as announced. April 2010 saw the publication of PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader, Vol. 1, a trade paperback distributed to bookstores by Ingram and available to individuals on Amazon. The book series continues to be edited by Al Hidell and Joan d'Arc.
In 2014, Paranoia Magazine was revived and brought back into quarterly publication by TeslaWolf Media who has promised up to five issues per year. The initial issue was made available in PDF format in late September 2014 on the Paranoia Website and featured artwork by Den Beauvais as well as articles by Loren & Jenny Coleman, Brad & Sherry Steiger, David Weatherly, Olav Phillips, Wm. Michael Mott, Tim Swartz, Clyde Lewis and Marie Jones. The magazine was also named as "The Official Magazine" of Ground Zero Radio.
In 2015, Paranoia magazine joined The Anomalies Network as conspiracy researcher and writer Olav Phillips took over publishing the quarterly magazine and brought it back into print as well as in digital format.
In 2016, "Paranoia" magazine launched a new podcast called The Paranoia Podcast hosted by Publisher Olav Phillips and Editor-in-Chief Ron Patton. The informal podcast seeks to educate the public on various conspiracies and lay the foundation for listeners to expand their knowledge of conspiracy theory.
- PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader, Vol. 1 edited by Joan d'Arc and Al Hidell (Paranoia Publishing, 2016)
- The New Conspiracy Reader: From Planet X to the War on Terrorism--What You Really Don't Know edited by Al Hidell and Joan d'Arc (Citadel, 2004, trade paperback, ISBN 0-8065-2542-8)
- The Conspiracy Reader: From the Deaths of JFK and John Lennon to Government-Sponsored Alien Cover-Ups edited by Al Hidell and Joan d'Arc (Citadel, 2000, trade paperback, ISBN 0-8065-2041-8)
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