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Fans are devastated after Bizarre magazine, the British publication celebrating alternative culture, announced it would be closing next month.
For nearly two decades, Bizarre's covers starred tattooed girls in latex, stories of monsters and vampires, punk porn, weird photos and avant-garde art - but February's issue will be its last.
The magazine for people who "dare to be different" sometimes featured a warning sticker saying "don't buy if you're easily offended". It launched in 1997 but is closing with its publisher blaming falling sales in the digital age.
Bizarre has been considered a home to subculture around Britain and a place where "freaks" could indulge in non-mainstream passions like fetish sex, extreme body art and macabre music, films and literature.
Gonna miss the Bizarre Magazine it was one of the first mag to give alternative people a platform, truly a unique mag #BizarreMagazine— Vynx Vyxen (@VynxVyxen) January 15, 2015
It also covers political and human rights news, such as censorship, sex offences, terrorism and bigotry.
It campaigned to raise awareness of discrimination against alternative culture in 2007 after the murder of Sophie Lancaster, whose "gothic" clothes were thought to have led to her killers targeting her.
In its heyday in the early 2000s, Bizarre sold over 100,000 copies per issue, but at the last count in 2013 it was shifting barely 11,000.
Saddened to hear about the demise of Bizarre magazine— Horror Hothouse (@HorrorHothouse) January 16, 2015
Gutted to wake up to @bizarremagazine closing. Reader from #1 & proud had work featured 2-3 times. Where will I get my monthly madness now?!— SteamPrepp (@SteamPrepp) January 9, 2015
Just read that #Bizarre magazine will publish its final issue on Jan 20th :(
Was reassuring seeing a #fetish friendly magazine growing up— bow2her (@bow2her) January 16, 2015
Just seen that Bizarre magazine is closing. Damn you, the internet for making softcore-BDSM porn and tattooed grannies free for all.— Si Gold (@simongoldsays) January 16, 2015
Bizarre's publisher, Dennis Publishing, said in a statement: "Since its launch in 1997, Bizarre has brought together members of the alternative scene. It offered an uncensored view of the world, lifting the lid on the things other magazines run screaming from featuring the most thought provoking stories and photography on the planet.
"The brand has been more than just a magazine and website; it has been a community committed to delivering unique, amazing and shocking content to thousands of loyal fans across the world.
"Unfortunately with a large proportion of the printed magazine market suffering a decline with lower sales in an increasingly digital age, Dennis Publishing has made the difficult decision to close the publication."
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