April 6th, 2015

Ray X X-Rayer

4 pages magazine size, $2.00/selected trades, Boxholder, PO Box 2, Plattsburgh NY 12901-0002, USA + raypalm [at] gmail.com + xrayer.blogspot.com

[Note: Postal correspondence: Only use 'Boxholder' as addressee.]

Ray started his zine back in 1994 in order to cover "off-beat topix - UFOs, weird books, fringe thinkers, and anything else that compels me to write."
These days Ray is mainly a blogger but he still puts together his print zine assembled from his blog posts, and he will send print copies out to people who prefer reading that form over piXels. I'm one of those myself!
Ray's stuff is always a pleasure to read. He's a great writer, and witty. And it was from him that I learned about conspiracy freaks The Liberty Net. Ray's writing about those wackos is hilarious! Also very funny are his responses to print readers who criticised him for "too much white space."

Sprak! Vol 2 #10 [Dec 2014]

24 pages, 8.5" x 6", $2.00 or friendly letter or trade for similarly-themed zine >>> Kami, PO Box 278, Edwardstown SA 5039, AUSTRALIA

One squizz at the cover should tell you if this zine is for you or not. Sprak!'s first (?) colour cover features the film poster for The Sinful Dwarf [1973]. If you ask me, part of the appeal of these low-budget/no budget flicks is that the consumption of alcohol while doing so is recommended, if not essential, in order to make it to the end. But even so armed is no guarantee - at least one movie herein [partly] viewed by Kami was so Godawful he only stuck around for the nude scene.
Other celluloid atrocities covered in this issue: Porn Shoot Massacre [2008]; Octaman [1971]; Deranged [1987]; Notorious Cleopatra [1970]; and urban legend doco Cropsey [2009] - about the Staten Island boogeyman used to frighten kids into going to bed, brushing their teeth, and other unpleasant activities.

Unbelievably Bad #14

68 pages, 11.5" x 8.5", $8.00 Aust - Overseas email for price >>> 9 Ross Street, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203, AUSTRALIA
unbelievablybad [at] optusnet.com.au
If Razorcake and MaximumRock'n'Roll aren't doing it for you any more (or even if they still are) for 'under the radar' 'punk rock' zine action, well, perhaps you need look no further than Unbelievably Bad. Alongside Part 13 of UB's never-ending interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis, you get 20 Questions for [Brisbane's] Last Chaos; interviews with Pete Shelley [Buzzcocks], Reverend Kriss Hades, Graham Clise [Lecherous Gaze], punk rock icon James Baker, Gary Numan, Low Life, Kurt Brecht [DRI], and a special photo feature on Sydney rock/punk/metal photographer Rod Hunt. All that plus reviews and other bits and pieces.
UB is a great zine, and with so much content. Not a quick read!