Autoeroticasphyxium Zine (AEA Zine or AZ for short) has existed since the first issue’s release in January of 1997. Back then it was a typical underground fanzine supporting underground metal, punk and hardcore. While it still supports these genres the format has expanded to encompass entertainment you don’t usually read about in mainstream press. The zine covers the female goth mystique, metal and belly dancing, metal and ballet dancing, burlesque, morbid cabaret, fire dance, vampire literature, the occult and paranormal, science fiction, independent art, fetishism and sexuality, and internet radio in addition to extreme music. Its goal is to spread word about artists who dare break the mold of aboveground mediocrity, and does so with a vengeance. The zine also offers contributor poetry, fiction and artwork.