It was at a young age that my love of horror began, though I can not trace it to a singular event. In part I believe my location played a part. Born and raised just south of the zombie capital, I grew up with George A Romero as a household name, and my job right out of highschool was as a cashier at a dollar store down the street from Douglas Institute, home of Tom Savini’s special effects make up program.
my family was also certainly a part of it as well. As a child I learned the ‘Freddy’s coming for you’ rhyme from one of my cousins before ever seeing any of the films. My father has a penchant for scaring others, whether it’s a strategically placed chucky doll, a scary mask or a well timed mysterious phone call. This was a trait that a picked up from him, and is a major influence in the joy I get from haunted houses. My grandmother is an avid reader and owned all of Stephen King’s novels while I was growing up, this provided me with plenty of options to transition from scary stories to proper horror.
On top of all of this, the timing was perfect. I grew up while the Goosebumps books were being published, and Tales from the Crypt and Are You Afraid of the Dark were still airing new episodes. The local video rental store ran a 5/5/5 deal, 5 movies for 5 days for $5. This opened up to me all of the horror before my time, the Universal monsters, Hammer horror, the slasher films of the 70’s and 80’s and a plethora of b-movie horror. My friends and I spent countless nights watching whatever horror we could get our hands on, and had movie marathons any chance we could get, especially for Halloween and any Friday the 13th.
Fast forward to the present day. I am 25 years old, married, and still living near the zombie capital. I have a degree in education and history, though I work in the oilfield industry. Horror transcends my other interests, from gaming to history, reading and writing. This blog is my outlet to share my love of all things horror with the world. It contains reviews of new horror items, and nostalgia of the old. News from the world of horror, and anything else I feel like sharing. Enjoy.