The Advent Of Fanzines And Theological Journals
When a cultural, scientific, social, literary or theological phenomenon gains massive popularity and becomes a cult altogether, communities of enthusiastic fans often come up with creating innovative fan magazines, which have thereon been shortened and denoted as fanzines. These are often distributed at extremely nominal prices, while others are available freely on subscription basis.
Then apart from the cost, what is the difference between a regular magazine and a fanzine, you might ask. Well, the crux of the difference is not just in the cost, but also in the fact that fanzine are neither official nor formal, and the overall tenure during which these are available might not be more than a couple of years at the maximum.
Many of these fizzle out in a couple of months, or at best a year. When it comes to fanzines in the realm of theological journals, the Crypt of Cthulhu is a noteworthy name that comes to mind. While we will be discussing more about the advent of fanzines in the coming pages, we would think it’s worthwhile to focus on this super-popular theological journal first!
The Crypt of Cthulhu
If you have been a fan of the religious, literary works of H P Lovecraft as well as those of Cthulhu Mythos, you will absolutely fall in love with the fascinating world created by the Crypt of Cthulhu, replete with humor, fantasies, theological discussions and so on. No wonder, this fanzine series ran successfully and sold a record number of copies, not just for 5 to 10 years, but for a whole of 2 decades.
For any such non-official theological magazine created by fans, to be able to last so long, speaks volumes about the fantastic content and amazing creativity and variation that was dished out over the years. If you are wondering about the total number of issues that this fan-magazine published, it was 108. But if you view it in terms of the outputs from the publication houses, there have been a total of two publication houses involved namely, the Cryptic Publications which took the onus of publishing initially and then passed the mantle on to the more accomplished Necronomicon Press in the long run.