The Filth Zine

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The Filth Zine is a literary zine by Karley Bayer.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., The Filth Zine is a 20+, full-sized, black and white publication. The binding is sewn by the Filth’s creator, editor and short story contributor Karley Bayer.

Writer/contributors include:

  • Seventy years ago, Adrian Stone would have been the junkie faggot beaten and humiliated by strong men and riveting women. He is a drunk without a drink, a freak without the leather mask or lotion-dispensing butt-plug. He's an aging, unprofessional yuppie with a deep desire to taste and identify sidewalk stains. He's America, dog-fights, John Wayne's taint, German comedy, a Cuban cigar, and rat-rods chopped up, blended, and baked into a flawless, broken shell of good-looking. He is The Filth. His stories have appeared in The Filth, Thirst for Fire, and Lost Cause Quarterly.
  • Dr. John Callaghan: a martial artist, originally from New York City, with 40 years experience in judo, karate, kung fu, and the Filipino art of stick and knife fighting. He has a doctorate in both psychology and metaphysics. He is an Original Punk, having lived on the Lower East Side through the later 70's and 80's and partying my ass off, and kissed Deborah Harry on the cheek! He has also written for Gag Me With A..., The F-Bomb, and Grace Notes.
  • Tina Armstrong: (nee Christina Wheeler) lives, writes, loves, fights, and dreams in Tacoma, WA. She started The F-Bomb zine in 2009 and regularly contributes to other zines including The Filth Zine and Gag Me With A…, among others. She’s escaped death 5 times in the past 6 years and often wonders how many of her nine lives she has left. (Four?) She prefers to take a sarcastic/humorous tone in her non-fiction stories and will only write micro-fiction, if at all. Real life is much too strange to not be able to bend it into an entertaining story. She is currently-supposed to be-working on two books, one as a ghost-writer for someone’s autobiography and another as a compliation cookbook.
  • Kimberly Hritzko is fast approaching 40, but, refuses to act her age. She is a life-long resident of rural Pennsylvania, who spends much of her time trying to find a quiet place to read. All she currently asks of life is to not be annoyed; a request that has yet to be granted, which is why she thanks God she was born with both a twisted sense of humour and a decent imagination.

Other contributors include G.B. Jones, Keith Landrum (Every Reason), and Deirdree Prudence (Gag Me With A...).

Each issue of The Filth features an interview with a DJ or independent musician, and an exclusive CD. Previous guests have included: Da Moth (LA based), Ace Hernandez and the No Boom Boom Soul Brother (Baltimore), Sir Morbit (Odessa, Texas), DJ Raiu (Gainesville, Florida), and Gring-Oh-Star (LA).

Contrary to the name, The Filth does NOT specialize in stories about unicorns and rainbows, “lost puppies finding their way home against impossible odds”, or peach cobbler. The zine also contains drawings, photos, and comics.

The Filth comes out four times a year.

Karley Bayer is also one of the co-editors of Sorrow Pants, along with Tina Armstrong, Keith Landrum and Deirdree Prudence.



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