US Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on middle-grade paper. Publisher: Jessie Lilley as Scarlet Street Inc. Editor: Richard Valley (1949-2007). 55 issues, July 1991 to June 2006. Publication schedule was irregular but approximately quarterly.
Starting life as a black and white offset Fanzine in 1991, Scarlet Street soon achieved Semiprozine status, gaining considerable bookstore distribution. Though originally devoted largely to Sherlock Holmes films, it expanded its coverage to include general crime, film noir, Horror and occasional sf films. Notables covered included the performers Peter Cushing, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Barbara Steele; Hammer Films and the Monster Movies of Universal Studios were also examined at some length. As with so many print publications in the new century, rising costs and competition from the Internet put an end to the magazine; it ceased in 2006 and editor Valley died in 2007. A follow-up publication produced by many Scarlet Street staff members began in 2008: Scarlet – The Film Magazine. [GFi]