OUT FROM THE VOID #2: A CHRONICLE OF EUGENE’S DEAD, MISSING, AND UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE, 5½” x 8”, 28 pgs.

Published originally in the Eugene Weekly newspaper, Out from the Void tells the untold stories of murdered and missing folks in Eugene, Ore. This issue focuses on murdered sex workers, in particular, Eryn Beth McClary, who disappeared in 1995 and whose case is cold. It also includes the essay The Encyclopedia of the Missing by Jeremy Lybarger, which is a profile of Meaghan Good, author of the Charley Project, a catalog of America’s missing. If you like bingeing true crime shows, this might be the zine for you. I’d like to see more, though, than the same narrative repeated—she was a drug addict and a sex worker, so of course she got killed. Eryn McClary was a drug addict and a sex worker, but there is always more nuance to a story, and addicts and sex workers are demonized and victimized enough as is. It seems a little derivative to reduce these women to victims of their circumstance, now just names on a list in a zine. Lybarger alludes to this in his essay, describing “missing white woman syndrome,” and it’s true. Everyone loves a beautiful corpse. No shame if true crime is your bag, or if you loved Monster, or whatever, but it’s about time that these people saw justice rather than fetishization. –jimmy cooper ([email protected])