m (added a few additional writers who helped shape the magazine's editorial content and approach)
'''''Cinefantastique''''' was a [[Horror fiction|horror]], [[fantasy]], and [[science fiction]] [[List of film journals and magazines|film magazine]] originally started as a [[Mimeograph machine|mimeograph]]ed [[fanzine]] in 1967, then relaunched as a glossy, [[offset printing|offset]] quarterly in 1970 by [[publisher]]/[[editing|editor]] [[Frederick S. Clarke]]. Intended as a serious critical/review journal of the [[genre]]s, the magazine immediately set itself apart from such competitors as ''[[Famous Monsters of Filmland]]'' and ''[[The Monster Times]]'' due to its slick paper stock and use of full color interior film stills. ''Cinefantastique'''s articles and reviews emphasized an intelligent, near-scholarly approach, a then-unusual slant for such a genre-specific magazine. Advertisements were few, with most of them being only ads for other titles and materials by the publisher. This lack of "page padding" assured the reader a high proportion of original editorial content.
The magazine quickly came to be known for its lengthy, information-filled "retrospective" articles devoted to the full production details of such classic films as ''[[The Incredible Shrinking Man]]'' and ''[[Planet of the Apes (1968 film)|Planet of the Apes]]''. Based on the popularity of these articles, ''Cinefantastique'' began producing huge double-issues centering on comprehensive Making-Of looks at such movies as ''[[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|Star Wars]]'' (the magazine's first double-issue), ''[[Close Encounters of the Third Kind]]'', ''[[Blade Runner]]'' and ''[[The Thing (film)|The Thing]]''. Many of the articles have since become accepted as the definitive source of production information regarding these and other genre titles. The magazine was responsible for introducing the work of several writers who have continued to produce important work in the field, including Don Shay, [[Bill Warren]], [[Tim Lucas]], [[Mick Garris]], [[Stephen Rebello]], Paul M. Sammon and Alan Jones.
On October 17, 2000, Clarke committed [[suicide]] at the age of 51. Editorship was briefly assumed by long-time contributor [[Dan Persons]], until rights to the continuing publication of ''Cinefantastique'' were acquired by [[Mark A. Altman]]'s [[Mindfire Entertainment]], who formally re-named the magazine '''''CFQ'''''.