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Chas. Balun (1948-2009)

Sad news via Fangoria.com

FANGORIA is heartbroken to report that former Fango/GOREZONE contributor Charlie (Chas.) Balun died on Friday, December 18, after a prolonged and courageous battle with cancer. He was 61. Beginning with his first self-published book, 1983’s THE CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE TO THE CONTEMPORARY HORROR FILM, Balun was instrumental in popularizing splatter films (especially Italian gore flicks) and independent horror cinema to millions of budding horror fans during the 1980s and ’90s. He became a FANGORIA writer in 1987 with issue #62 (“Jason: The Sultan of Slaughter”) and was one of GOREZONE’s original columnists, penning Piece o’ Mind from 1988 to 1991.

3 Comments

  • Professor Bleak
    Posted December 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Damn. I had a chance to meet Mr. Balun back in the early 90’s at a convention. He was a gentleman and spent several minutes chatting with me and several horror fans about Lucio Fulci. I wasn’t vary familiar with Fulci’s work at the time, but the enthusiasm which he used to described the mans work, instantly sent me on my path of tracking down his films. Mr. Balun was one of the great fans of Horror and will be missed by the community.

  • MaT
    Posted December 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh Gorezone, how I miss thee.

  • Posted December 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Ah he will be missed Gorezone was the shit. He introduced me Fulci and Argento. He was one of the greats. Man 2009 the year of death. I’m glad today is the last day hahhahah.

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