SCARS Magazine is a completely independent magazine focused on horror and alternative films and entertainment, published out of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Chicago, Illinois. Love the idea of supporting indie movies and music? It’s time to support independent publishing.
We first published in 2006 as a biannual publication, but it wasn’t until our third issue in 2007 – the infamous Hatchet issue, which broke Adam Green’s throwback indie monster to the world – that we began gaining momentum. By 2008, we expanded our print distribution, and made SCARS available to every state in the country, carrying it in Borders and Barnes and Noble locations nationwide. Our staff expanded, and through most of 2009, our readers could count on bimonthly publications.
But 2009 called for other overhauls. As the world was finding out by this time, the economics of the print publishing world were a fickle, five-handed beast. We knew that there had to be other solutions to give everybody SCARS, and that allowed us to stay in operations. In the end, the answer lay in our D.I.Y. ethos. Print the magazine ourselves for fans who wanted hardcopies. And most importantly: go digital. At this time, SCARS was the first horror publication to be offered free and online.
In 2011, we shifted the burden of print distribution off ourselves and on to MagCloud, offering the magazine in a “buy it as you want it” fashion. We’ve found it’s the best way to get the magazine to readers in an affordable manner. And the quality is gorgeous. Trust us.
Through the years we’ve done the rounds at New England horror conventions and worked with Universal, AfterDark, Lionsgate, Paramount, and more, for content. We hosted advanced screenings throughout Rhode Island and Boston for studio films – and arthouse openings for the indies no one else would show.
Originally formed with the tagline “Horror that leaves marks” today we embrace the slogan “The magazine that leaves marks.” As creators, we’re much more than just horror. And we know our readers are too.