Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...Ramsey Campbell On The Human Gargoyles...

Like the magazines themselves, Skywald's letter columns under "Archaic" Al Hewetson's editorship were unlinke anything else being published... In lieu of the more traditional letters page format, the "Archaic" one instead presented his readers with a two page panoramic spread of photos, sketches, artist profiles, and most importantly of all, actual letters from "choke" actual readers! As follows is a portion of one such letters page from the Psycho Mailbag in Psycho #23... Ramsey Campbell is one of our Britsh readers - recently he wrote a rather, long, honest, and interesting critique of our Horror-Mood titles - we thought you might be interested in this short quote from his fine review - "...THE HUMAN GARGOYLES (VS. THE USA) is a justification of SKYWALD'S try-anything ...approach... As polemic and social comment it works better than almost any other monster saga, by refusing to be taken as a literal monster story; it drops its living Gargoyles into contemporary America as symbols, and the alienating juxtaposition works, maybe because Cintron gives the Gargoyles a sad dignity and alieness without sentimentalism..." The issue was also notable for appearances from Gene Day, Pablo Marcos and (!) Edgar Allan Poe? Weird...

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