Since 1992, Paranoia: The Conspiracy & Paranormal Reader has presented alternative views and marginalized theories of the inner workings of the cryptocracy. Subjects include conspiracy theories, para-politics, alternative history, and the paranormal.
Paranoia was founded during the zine explosion of the early 1990s. The first issue had a black-and-white tabloid-style layout, with feature stories …starting on the cover and continuing inside. Over the years, Paranoia evolved into a 72-page print magazine published three times a year, with a print run that reached 15,000 copies. It was sold on newsstands throughout the U.S., the U.K, and Canada, as well as to subscribers.
Paranoia received a 2001 Award of Merit in the Writer’s Digest Zine Publishing Awards, and has been rated by Playboy magazine as a “Top 10 Zine.” Pagan Kennedy of The Village Voice called it “Weirdness on a grand scale …” containing “a dizzying web of connections.” Alternative book publisher New Paradigm Books recently stated that Paranoia is “an original and provocative thrice-yearly magazine, with an occasional compelling focus on women writers.”
In late 2009, Paranoia ended its nearly 20-year run as a print magazine and switched to a book format.
On October 10, 2011, it was formally announced that Ron Patton, former publisher of MKzine and writer for Paranoia, is the new publisher for Paranoia Magazine.