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.