Rue Morgue (magazine)
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Children's television character The Count on the cover of Rue Morgue issue 62
|Executive editor||Andrea Subissati|
|Contributing editor||Monica S. Kuebler|
|Online editor||Michael Gingold|
|Music editor||Aaron von Lupton|
|First issue||October 1997|
Rue Morgue is a multinational magazine devoted to coverage of horror fiction. Its content comprises news, reviews, commentary, interviews, and event coverage. Its journalistic span encompasses films, books, comic books, video games, and other media in the horror genre. Rue Morgue was founded in 1997 by Rodrigo Gudiño, and is headquartered in Toronto, with regional offices in various countries throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. The magazine has expanded over time to encompass a radio station, book publishing company, and horror convention. The magazine's namesake is Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841).
Founder and former editor-in-chief Rodrigo Gudiño serves as the company president. As of March 2017, the executive editor is Andrea Subissati; contributing editor Monica S. Kuebler oversees book features and reviews; online editor Michael Gingold handles news and reviews on Rue-Morgue.com; and music editor Aaron von Lupton oversees music features and reviews. The art director is Andrew Wright.
Rue Morgue International publishes and maintains offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Mexico. Gudiño was the magazine's first editor-in-chief; the chief editor as of the December 2009 issue was Dave Alexander. The Rue Morgue logo was created by former art director Gary Pullin, and first appeared on the cover of the seventh issue.
Rue Morgue was published every other month for a number of years, until January 2005 when the publication frequency changed to 11 issues per year (no issue was published in February). It secured national distribution in Canada by its fourth issue, published in July 1998. It began distribution in the United States in January 1999. By 2006 it closed a direct distribution deal for Europe. As of 2017, it has returned to bimonthly publication.
Other media and events
Rue Morgue broadcasts a weekly online radio show called Rue Morgue Radio, and hosts a Web forum called Rue Mortuary. It sponsors the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear in Toronto, and the Dark Carnival Expo in Hamilton, Ontario. The magazine regularly hosts cultural events, including screenings of classic horror films (with their stars or creators in attendance) and horror-themed art shows. Rue Morgue has also hosted the premiers of mainstream horror films in Canada, including the Canadian release of Annabelle.
Rue Morgue Cinema, a production company, debuted its first film at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, and has since produced several short films. Among these are publisher Rodrigo Gudiño's The Eyes of Edward James, The Demonology of Desire, and The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow (with Vincent Marcone). Rue Morgue Cinema also produced a music video for "In the Dark", a single by The Birthday Massacre. Gudiño co-directed the video with lead guitarist Michael Falcore.
Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground co-promote a monthly film festival in Toronto called Little Terrors, which screens short horror films. In 2017, Rue Morgue, Unstable Ground, and Indiecan began compiling Little Terrors films into video anthologies.
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