John Sanders and Mick Gaffney were in contact with Coil for some time before approaching them in 1986 to produce a magazine solely devoted to their interests and music. John and Mick produced, financed and distributed the Coil magazine in 1987. The first edition of around 500 was numbered with a print included by Stephen Waters. To their surprise it sold out within a month. They did two more print runs of about 500 each time. They soon approached Coil to release some of their music. A 10" of The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser was released in 1988 and followed up by differing CD and cassette formats. The 10" was originally released in black and clear vinyls with a later pressing in pink vinyl.