As you’ve no doubt noticed, over the past month or so HND has undergone a dramatic change without really changing at all. People other than me have been contributing reviews and editorials, which may seem frightening to you. And that’s okay, because it frightens me too. I don’t know who these people are or how they got access to my site, but I figured I might as well accept their presence like a rapist in the night.
Er…Truth is I invited them all. In the scope of that last sentence above, that makes me a huge slut, but my plan for HND was to always turn it into a hub of valuable opinion on horror movies, games, TV shows and books. I’ve never cared much about breaking news or doing interviews, but I’ve always envisioned HND as a barometer for what’s good and bad in horror today (and yesterday).
So I figured I should give you a rundown of who is who and what you can expect from them. In no particular order:
Matt Wells: Matt’s actually been at the site for a while, so you should have already noticed he’s HND’s games writer. He’s actually already written a backlog of games reviews I’ve been sitting on for far, far, far longer than I care to admit.
John Gholson: Aside from me, Gholson is the most likely to review new theatrical releases. In addition to that, he’s going to have a regular column called Hammer Time where he takes a look back at the vast array of Hammer Films.
Brian Knowles: I’ve asked BrianK to pick one movie available on Netflix’ Watch Instantly service per week and review it. The only important rule being that he can’t know anything about the film before he watches it.
Brian Salisbury: BrianS has an ongoing project called A Year in Film that, in theory, will have him watching one movie a day that he’s never seen before, but should have. The idea is that’ll write up any of the horror titles for HND.
Adam Charles: Adam’s DVD and Blu-ray collection makes me feel like less of a man. He has over 600 movies he hasn’t even seen, which means he has blind-bought more movies than I own total. So expect the majority of his reviews to come from his unseen pile.
And then of course, there’s me. You’ll probably have noticed that I’m not posting nearly as much as I used to. That’s because I’ve started writing for HorrorSquad.com, SciFiSquad.com, and Cinematical.com. Considering those are jobs and HND is still a non-profit hobby (with the sponsored links in the footer I had broken even for the first time in three years, but now that I’ve paid for next year’s hosting, things are back in the red), I’ve been giving them most of my time since starting in August. I’ve not been neglecting HND intentionally , but I have gotten lazy on doing my weekly news re-caps as well as the monthly DVD guides, and for that I do apologize. I’m just terrible with time management, a failing I promise to rectify.
Once I figure out how to strike the balance between all the sites, though, expect at least one post on HND every day. Even if it’s as simple as a picture that requires no explanation, I promise there will be at least something to look at every day.
That balance, however, will not be struck until the beginning of October. Between now and then resides my cherry popping time with Fantastic Fest. I make no promises for what to expect in the next week and a half. HorrorsNotDead will either be the ultimate coverage hub for Fantastic Fest (Gholson, BrianS, Adam and myself will all be there) or I’ll be too delirious from the pleasures to form coherent sentences let along maintain a website. Either way, it’s going to be glorious.
Tags: Fantastic Fest