Cold Print was a small-press publication that ran between 1996 and 2004. Originally conceived by Simon Barnard (BBC producer, Bafflegab Productions, The Scarifiers), the magazine was intended to be a platform for new fiction and interviews from within the horror genre – in fact the name Cold Print itself came from the title of a short story collection by Ramsey Campbell (used with kind permission).
Following a period of revision and metamorphosis, the magazine registered with the British Library and broadened its content to include speculative fiction, literature and film reviews – as well as eclectic collection of feature articles.
In its earliest, pre-digital camera incarnation, images were collated from copyright-free sources, contributors’ artwork and 35mm photographs. These were scanned in using a 300 DPI greyscale handheld device and manipulated using early versions of PaintShop Pro on an old IBM 386 PC running DOS and Windows 3.1.
The magazine was edited using a variety of word processors (WordStar, Claris Works, MS Works, Word) with master hard copies being printed from an ancient Epson Stylus Inkjet before being photocopied and bound.
It followed a not for profit principle and copies were sold at production cost, with contributors receiving a copy as ‘payment’ for their work. The intention was to create a self-sustaining platform for new writing and artwork that had the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Promoting the magazine occurred via word-of-mouth, Science Ficiton conventions and adverts in genre-related magazines. As time progressed this increased through mutual links on related websites and forum discussions.
During its six-year printed life, Cold Print was able to interview and gain contributions from an amazing – if at times diverse – range of authors, artists and feature writers: these included Iain M. Banks, Jonathon Carroll, Gwyneth Jones, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, David Toop, Stephen Palmer, Nicholas Royle, Darrell Schweitzer and Don Webb, Stephen Pearcy, A. C. Evans, Stephen Fabian, Jo Joyce, Robert Joyce, Rupert Loydell and many more.
The printed magazine finally wound-down in 2002, leaving behind a hand-coded HTML archive that was last updated in 2004.
So here it is – the Cold Print Archive – for you to peruse and download at your leisure. So much easier than visiting the British Library Reading Room…