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The Nervemeter

October 22, 2014


One of these days, after one of those networking events (can’t complain, really, met some interesting people), we were approached by a homeless man, selling a magazine. I expected it to be The Big Issue but he said it was something else. Something that was started by people who did work for The Big Issue before but had left, to do something different.


I recognised Edgar Allan Poe in the cover, we all had a laugh over that (I’m so clever, aren’t I?), I gave him the £3 and as soon as I opened the magazine, found a quote by Aleister Crowley, right on the 3rd page. ‘This could be interesting, I thought’. And indeed it


The Nervemeter is much, much darker than The Big Issue could ever be. It’s a mish mash of images and quotes and images about all sorts of addiction: Sex, heroin, alcohol… you name it. The imagery is right up my street. Creepy,  dark, thought provoking.

Reminds me of fanzines from back in the day. The collages, the black and white printing, the ‘forbidden’ themes. You can see the current issue and download previous issues here. I’m devouring them.


This was very welcome with someone of my tastes but I wonder how well it was received by the public in general?

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  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage October 22, 2014 at 14:33

    Good thing you took a chance and bought it, right? 🙂

  • Reply Connie* October 22, 2014 at 23:47

    Oh how cool. (I’m dating myself with that one.) Oh how dank. That’s better. This reminds me very much of the avant garde mags that were circulating around lower NYC in the 1980’s.

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