Wicked was first published in 1999 and since I wasn't aware of Rue Morgue yet Wicked served as a nice alternative to Fangoria. The first issue featured a cover story on "Scream 3". There was also a different cover featuring Johnny Depp and Sleepy Hollow. Inside there was an article on USA's criminally underrated TV show "G vs. E" and a list of the '50 Greatest Horror Movies Of All Time' (N.O.T.L.D. took the #1 Spot). At 82 pages Wicked was a well put together product and still is (I just reread it for this blog post).
The next issue had an exclusive set visit for the film "Jason X". I remember reading that issue and getting super excited for the movie, only to wait an additional 2 years for the film to finally come out!
I think Jason X was worth the wait. I actually love "Jason In Space" very much.
The covers to the other 4 issue that I have:
I am not sure if there was any issues after those 4, but I did a google search on "Wicked Magazine" and there doesn't seem to be much information out there. Like I said, this magazine is all but forgotten, which is a shame because it was a pretty damn good read and should have had a bigger audience. The book really reminds me of what Rue Morgue has become today. There was a lot of articles covering every aspect of Horror . . . Movies, Books, Games, Music, Etc.
Also there were some good recurring features, like a monthly rant from Bruce Campbell:
After the magazine stopped showing up on shelves Cinescape gave it one more go at trying to capitalize on the horror market by releasing this 'A-Z Guide to Halloween Horror' which was actually pretty good and worth hunting down on Ebay.
I leave you with this, the subscription ordering forum to the very short lived Wicked.
I wonder what you got in return when it was shit-canned? More than likely Cinescape's official Buffy or X-Files Magazine, lol
- Tom Bryce