Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Horror Movie Expert Tony Timpone (WSC ’85) Shares his Journey from NYU Journalism to his Dream Job, as Editor of “Fangoria” Magazine

Tony Timpone is an expert on the horror industry. He was the editor of “Fangoria,” the nation's leading horror magazine for 25 years and continues to act as a consultant. He served as a producer on Bravo’s documentary series “The 100 Scariest Movie Moments” and acted as a consultant, writer and researcher for AMC’s show “Eli Roth’s History of Horror.” He is the co-director of International Programming for the annual Fantasia film festival in Montreal, which, according to Quentin Tarantino, is the “most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent.” Timpone is also the author of “Men, Makeup and Monsters: Hollywood's Masters of Illusion and FX,” which profiles twelve masters of screen special effects.

What did you study at NYU?

When I was first studying at NYU I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to major in. While I was in high school I had been a freelance writer and it was a dream job of mine to work at a magazine. It wasn’t until my junior year, when I started writing for the two NYU student newspapers, “The Courier” and “Washington Square News,” that I realized that I wanted to major in Journalism.

I was born in NYC, raised in Queens and I was a commuter student at NYU. Most of the friends I made were also commuters. I’d take the subway to West 4th Street, go to classes, then I’d take the train to work.

Do you have a favorite memory from your time at NYU?

When I was a student, there were great lectures in the Loeb Student Center with various guest speakers. I had the chance to meet Gene Roddenberry (creator, writer and producer of “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) when I was working for the newspaper. I spent time getting to know him, before his presentation, which is a favorite memory.

Tony Timpone: his story continues