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  • Dima Ballin

    Dima is the founder and publisher of Diabolique Magazine and the co-founder of the Boston Underground Film Festival. He is currently working on several screenplays and trying to attain enlightenment through Buddhism.

  • Kat Ellinger

    Kat Ellinger is the Editor-in-Chief of Diabolique Magazine, and the co-host of their Daughters of Darkness podcast. Her writing has appeared in the pages of Fangoria, Scream Magazine (UK) and Gothic culture magazine Carpe Nocturne. She has recently worked a number of liner notes for cult home video label Arrow Films, as well as appearing on camera for them, written for Senses of Cinema and is currently working on a book on Daughters of Darkness (1971) for the Devil’s Advocates Series (Auteur).

  • Heather Drain

    Heather Drain is a fringe culture writer who has written for Dangerous Minds, Video Watchdog, Lunchmeat and Cashiers du Cinemart. She has also been a contributor to The Rialto Report, The Projection Booth, Paracinema, Cinema Head Cheese and, on occasion, as a guest writer at both Rupert Pupkin Speaks and Turner Classic’s Movie Morlocks blog. Heather currently writes for Art Decades as well as her own site, Mondo Heather, and is the Music & Culture Editor at Diabolique Magazine.

  • Joseph E. Dwyer

    Born on a Friday the 13th, Joseph Dwyer has an ambivalent relationship with horror cinema that ranges from visceral pleasure to investigative schizoanalytics. He holds two master’s degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, as both a filmmaker and theorist. He is unmoved by most contemporary art, and currently looks to the horror genre as a potential space for new perspectives on desire and dissent.

  • Kieran Fisher

    Kieran is an avid genre film fan and proud dog owner. In addition to Diabolique, you can find him over at Film School Rejects and a few other outlets. His favourite movie is Ben Wheatley’s ‘Kill List’ and he lovingly obeys the King of the Monsters, Godzilla.

  • Magdalena Salata

    Magdalena Salata is a MA Contemporary Literature and Culture student, and Diabolique’s Web Editor. She is especially interested in Gothic, Neo-Victorianism, haunted houses and vampires. Magda previously completed her BA in English and wrote about Edgar Allan Poe, women, and death. She reads a lot and lives in London.

  • Nat Brehmer

    In addition to Diabolique, Nat Brehmer has written for Wicked Horror, Dread Central, We Got This Covered, That’s Not Current, Dark Knight News and Tom Holland’s Terror Time. As an author, he has had fiction published in several lit mags and anthologies including Sanitarium Magazine and Hello Horror, as well as novels and novellas… at least three of which are still in print. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida.

  • Rebecca Booth

    Rebecca has a Masters in Film Studies from the University of Southampton. In addition to her role as Managing Editor at Diabolique Magazine, she co-hosts the international horror podcast United Nations of Horror, as well as X-Files X-Philes and The Twin Peaks Log. She has contributed to several popular culture websites such as Wicked Horror, Den of Geek, and Big Comic Page, and has contributed essays to following publications: Unsung Horrors (We Belong Dead, 2016), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (Spectacular Optical, 2017), and the forthcoming A Filthy Workshop of Creation: Sin & Subversion in Hammer’s Gothic Horrors (Electric Dreamhouse Press, 2018).

  • Samm Deighan

    Samm Deighan is Associate Editor of Diabolique Magazine and co-host of the Daughters of Darkness podcast. She’s the editor of Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin from Spectacular Optical, and her book on Fritz Lang’s M is forthcoming from Auteur Publishing.

  • Steven Thrash

    Thrash graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a “prolific” writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Benton Courier, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo, ABC Financial and Moroch.

  • Alexandra West

    Alexandra West has written about horror films for Toronto Star, Famous Monsters of Filmland and Rue Morgue. She lives, works and survives in Canada.

  • Alex Morris

    Alex Morris studied MA History of Film at Birkbeck, University of London, writing his dissertation on gender in the Italian giallo. He now works for a charity that advocates for the use of moving image in higher education and research, and also freelance for a distributor specialising in cult and exploitation cinema. Follow him on Twitter @necrobaker.

  • Amy Seidman

    Amy Seidman is a Toronto based writer for Fangoria Magazine, Delirium Magazine, Shock Till You Drop and Thrillist. She has a tattoo tribute to Castor Troy from Face/Off and is currently working on her Bates Motel fan fiction “Masterbates Motel.” She is proud of her life decisions.
    Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul’s work is recently featured online or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Trop, Jewcy, Lent Magazine, and The Bitter Southerner. His collection of short fiction, The River Thief, is a recipient of the 2012 Portz National Honors Award. He lives in Mississippi. Follow him on Twitter @anandypaul.

  • Anthony Isaac Bradley

    Anthony Isaac Bradley is pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at Missouri State University. His stories and poems have appeared in Slipstream, Gargoyle, Penduline Press, and other journals. He lives with his cat and the ghost of another.

  • Anthony Mangos

    Anthony Mangos is a freelance writer from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He has contributed film articles in CLASSIC IMAGES and SCARY MONSTERS. His poetry has appeared in BACKBONE MOUNTAIN REVIEW and he is an arts & entertainment reviewer at PEOPLE’S WORLD online. His heroes range from Jack Kerouac to Jean Rollin and he carries on as a beat writing postman in the spirit of Charles Bukowski. He also enjoys traveling, writing fiction, and sitting in old movie theatres.

  • Bill Ackerman

    Bill Ackerman is a contributing writer for Diabolique and Lunchmeat Magazine. He is the host of the Supporting Characters podcast, and has appeared as a guest on episodes of The Projection Booth, Director’s Club and Pop Culture Club. He has a B.A. in English from Ithaca College, and studied film production and editing at The New School for Social Research. He produced the 2007 film Alms, You Say, and is thanked in the booklet of the most widely derided title in The Criterion Collection. He has yet to serve either pork or bacon when hosting dinner parties.

  • Bill Van Ryn

    Bill Van Ryn is editor of fanzine Drive-In Asylum, and maintains film blog Groovy Doom. Via the Groovy Doom Facebook page, he curates vintage newsprint images of horror, cult and exploitation film advertisements. Bill has also written features for website That’s Not Current. This is his first piece for Diabolique.

  • Blake Lynch

    Blake Lynch was educated at New York University, the Institute of Contemporary of Arts in London, England, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. A professional freelance writer, Blake has regular columns for I Had Cancer, Irish Film Critic, Unseen 64, That’s Not Current, as well as appearances in many other magazines. He is a first time contributor to Diabolique.

  • Brandon Kosters

    Brandon Kosters studied film analysis, writing, and multimedia art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied journalism at Georgetown University. In addition to all the written work he has published on film and mass media, he has
    contributed works on global politics to the Talk Radio News Service in Washington
    D.C., and has appeared on WBEZ Radio and WGN-TV in Chicago to discuss his many
    personal artistic ventures.

  • Brianne Marie

    Raised in upstate New York, Bree Marie grew up fascinated with filmmaking and all things macabre. Moving to Orlando in 2010 to pursue her BA in Cinematography, Bree became a media correspondent and journalist at The Movie People in fall 2012, covering cast and crew interviews. She is now also a moderator for the publication. Bree began attending festivals as press in 2012, and frequents many of the East Coast horror conventions. She is a contributing writer to Diabolique, and her work made international print in the UK’s top horror rag, Scream Magazine.

  • Bruce Hallenbeck

    Bruce G. Hallenbeck is a two-time Rondo Award winner and has written nearly all the cover stories for Little Shoppe of Horrors since 1981. His latest book, from Hemlock Books in the UK, is The Amicus Anthology.

  • Carlos A. Molina

    Carlos A. Molina was accidentally spawned just beyond the threshold of the accretion disk of the black hole Pantagruel, in the Cigar Galaxy, when the local deity Lostradamus snapped his fingers in a fleeting moment of ineffectual eureka. He loves horror and science fiction movies of all kinds, especially those composed of found footage.

  • Catherine Kovach

    Cat Kovach is currently working in the publishing industry while secretly penning stories of her own. Her serial novel, Anomalies, can be found on, and her short story, The Drowning, was the inaugural short story in Diabolique’s “Exhumation Collection” series, which can be found here. She also often muses about most things on her twitter, which you can, and you can check out her official writers blog here.

  • Charlie Brigden

    Charlie Brigden is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about film music. He has just launched a documentary-style podcast on the history of horror film music called The Sound Of Fear and can sometimes be found in the pages of SciFiNow and Film Score Monthly Online.

  • Chaz Weisenstein

    22 years old from Columbus, Ohio. Lover of all types of horror movies since I was young. First horror movie I ever saw was Childs Play at the age of 7, I’ve been hooked and intrigued by horror movies ever since. I plan on moving out to L.A. California next year to peruse my career. I’ve always loved writing as a hobby & want to revolve it into a career. I’m writing my first film this summer, & hopefully write & direct my own films some day. I love interacting with fans that love the horror genre as much as I do, I want my readers to get the best out of their films & become 100% satisfied with my reviews.

    Follow me on instagram:takeme2themovies.

  • Chris Hallock

    Chris Hallock is a screenwriter and film programmer in the Boston area. He has contributed to VideoScope Magazine, The Boston Globe, Paracinema, Shadowland, ChiZine, and Planet Fury. He serves as a programmer for the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival and is a former Co-Director of Programming for Etheria. He is currently writing a book on the horror genre for Midnight Marquee Press. His other passions are cats, drumming, and fiercely independent art.

  • Christopher Bruno

    Christopher Bruno, a graduate student in the NYU Cinema Studies program, lives in New Jersey with his wife and five cats. In addition to Diabolique, his writing can be found at Tiny Mix Tapes and Follow him on Twitter @consideringfilm.

  • Christopher William Koenig

    Christopher William Koenig is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago with a BA in Film-Video, specializing in directing, screenwriting, cinematography, and editing. Before college, Christopher became a science fiction and horror film fan at the age of 10, and has never looked back on it since. Also, at this time Christopher is involved as film reviewer and commentator on The Super Evil Vampire Robot Podcast of Doom (, a podcast dedicated to talking about all things horror.

  • Cody Noble

    Cody Noble, despite being a lowly cashier, is an ongoing student of film studying at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, New Jersey. His favorite directors include Guillermo Del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Adam Green, and James Gunn. On a side note, Cody enjoys rollerskating, playing videos games, and reading the works of Scott Snyder, Brian K. Vaughn, and Stephen King.

  • Colin McCracken

    Colin McCracken is an Irish freelance writer and critic. A lifelong obsession with the darker side of cinema and literature has culminated in an insatiable desire to write endlessly on the subject. His work appears in a multitude of genre publications and he can be found on his website with alarming regularity.

  • Courtney Sanders

    Courtney is a lover of all things horror. She collects literature, posters, figures, and film. When she isn’t watching horror movies, she writes about them. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to create her own horror stories. A fan of animals, she owns a pit bull and a parakeet. She currently works as a body modification artist to pay the bills. Her favorite movies are Evil Dead and The Black Cat. You can find her work at Diabolique and Three if By Space.

  • Daniel M. Kimmel

    Daniel M. Kimmel is past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and founding co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. His reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and can now be found at He is local correspondent for Variety and teaches film at Suffolk University. He is also in demand as a speaker for various groups. A lawyer turned film critic, he is also Boston correspondent for Variety, the “Movie Maven” for the Jewish Advocate, and the Sci Fi Movie Page. He also writes on classic SF films for Space and Time.

    His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network (2004), received the Cable Center Book Award. He is also author of The Dream Team — The Rise and Fall of DreamWorks: Lessons from the New Hollywood (2006) and I’ll Have What She’s Having — Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies (2008). His book is Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies (2011) was a finalist for the Hugo Award for best related work. His latest book is his first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender’s Guide.

  • Daniel Clarkson Fisher

    Daniel Clarkson Fisher is an essay filmmaker whose work has been featured by The AV Club, No Film School, io9, Film School Rejects, Boing Boing, Films for Action,, Filmscalpel, and Vimeo Staff Picks. His writing has appeared in outlets that include AlterNet, Nonfics, and Political Animal Magazine. He has also commented on news stories and other topics for CNN, E! Entertainment Television, and Fandor. He is currently a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program at Ryerson University, and lives in Toronto with his wife Stephanie Lyn. Visit him online at

  • Dave J. Wilson

    From London, England, Dave is an expat living in Thailand. He is a lifelong film fan of various genres, with a particular fondness for horror, exploitation, and other shocking cinema. He loves to write critique on this dark side of cinema. As well as being a contributor for Diabolique, you can also find him over at Dread Central, and at his blog Cinematic Shocks.

  • David Calbert

    David Calbert is a student and freelance writer in New York. He is studying to get his B.A. in creative writing. David has been obsessed with horror movies and literature since childhood.

  • David Del Valle

    David Del Valle is a journalist, columnist, film historian, and a radio & television commentator on the horror, science fiction, cult, and fantasy film genres. He has contributed to magazines internationally and has been interviewed by the BBC, A & E Network, Channel 4 (London) and The Sci-Fi Channel. He produced and hosted a series of television interviews entitled Sinister Image. His guests ran the gamut from Cameron Mitchell to Russ Meyer. His book, LOST HORIZONS, takes you on a first person tour of the man-made Shangri La beneath the Hollywood sign, ultimately descending into the smog-shrouded netherworld of Lost Horizons.

  • david j. moore

    david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and The Good, the Tough, and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars.

  • David Kleiler

    David Kleiler is a veteran of over 30 years in the independent film industry. He is the co-founder of the Boston Underground Film Festival, Artistic Director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, Chairman of the Board & Chief Advisor to the Northampton Film Festival, creatively involved with the New Haven and Nantucket Film Festivals and receives a credit for the Journey into Madness Program at the Toronto Film Festival. He is a former tenured professor of Communications at Babson College, and has also taught film at Emerson College, U Mass Boston, and Tufts University.

  • David L Rattigan

    David L Rattigan is a British-Canadian freelance writer with interests ranging from religion, film, and language. His published writing includes Leaving Fundamentalism (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008, ed. G Elijah Dann), and articles for Third Way magazine and The Guardian’s Comment is Free website. He shares his love of Hammer horror at

  • David Tamarin

    David L Tamarin is a writer located in Massachusetts. He is about to have his first two books published, HURTING MY TOYS a novel of extreme brutal horror will be released by Comet Press, and his collection of short stories, This Book Hates You, to be published by Radiation Sickness Press, He has co-written three films and has also worked as an entertainment attorney and producer. His Facebook is According to director/writer Gregory Lamberson, “David L Tamarin is the sickest motherfucker i know”. He is hard at work on two new books he hopes to finish in 2014. Check out his column at

  • David Dreher

    A lifelong fan of all things dark and spooky Dave has written for Creature Corner, House of Horrors, and The Horror Channel. He is co-host of Horror News Radio and has spent the last 18 years working with Tom Savini as the webmaster of his website. Dave holds a BA in Creative Writing and a MA in New Media Journalism.

  • David Huckvale

    Dr David Huckvale is the author of James Bernard – Composer to Count Dracula (McFarland, 2006), Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant Garde (McFarland, 2008), Touchstones of Gothic Horror (McFarland, 2010), Ancient Egypt in the Popular Imagination (McFarland, 2012), Visconti and the German Dream (McFarland, 2012), The Occult Arts of Music (McFarland 2013), Hammer Films’ Psychological Thrillers (McFarland, 2014) Poe Evermore (McFarland, 2014), and A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre – Crime, Magic and Power in the Novels of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (McFarland, 2016). He has also contributed to A Night in at the Opera (ed. Jeremy Tambling, 1994), Wagner (The Journal of the London Wagner Society), The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, BBC Music Magazine, Popular Music, The Journal of Popular British Cinema and The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia (ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi, 2013). His book on Nietzsche and the Great Composers will also be published by McFarland later in the year.

  • Drew Toop

    Drew Toop is a writer and aspiring filmmaker formerly based in Taipei, Taiwan, but now working in Seattle, Washington. His documentary Goodbye, Night Market, Goodbye aired on Taiwanese television, and he hopes to develop new projects in the near future. When he isn’t working (whether his day job or his creative jobs), he is busy exploring his new city and watching really bad (but oh so good) low-budget horror films.

  • Eloise Ross

    Eloise Ross is a film historian and university lecturer, and has a PhD in cinema studies specialising in film sound and embodiment. She writes about these things too, and also about pre-Code cinema and Classical Hollywood mostly, in various places in print and on the internet. She’s President and one of the programmers of the Melbourne Cinémathèque, and co-hosts the Cultural Capital and the Senses of Cinema podcasts.

  • Emma Westwood

    Emma Westwood is a writer from Melbourne, and broadcaster on Triple R FM’s Plato’s Cave film criticism program, with an interest in horror and extreme cinema. She is the author of Monster Movies (Pocket Essentials, UK, 2008) and is currently working on a monograph on David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) for the Devil’s Advocates series.

  • Erin Miskell

    Erin Miskell writes about movies and passes for normal in Upstate New York. An avid fan of inappropriate humor and schlock horror, you can find her rambling at and @bsdriverreview on Twitter.

  • Ethan Gates

    Ethan Gates is a graduate of NYU’s MA program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. He has worked with Northeast Historic Film, Major League Baseball Productions and the Flaherty foundation, and is currently employed in the NYU Cinema Studies department’s Film Study Center archive. He specialized his studies in Soviet cinema and has done extensive research on film preservation under Stalin, as well as the Soviet Westerns of the 1960s-1980s. His writing on film has been published by The New Republic and he blogs (semi-)regularly at

  • Frank Terry

    Frank Terry was born in 1988. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a BA in literature. Frank’s work has recently appeared in the Yellow Chair Review, Rhino Poetry, Fish Food Magazine, The Rio Grande Review and Far Off Places. Frank believes in heavy metal and great vegan home cooking.

  • George Melnyk

    George Melnyk is Professor Emeritus of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary. He is the author or editor of 25 books including a half-dozen on Canadian cinema.

  • Gianna D’Emilio

    Gianna D’Emilio holds a B.A. in philosophy and aesthetics, and is interested in power and sexuality in cinema. She is working on a book about rebellious women in the films of Andrzej Żuławski, with a focus on 1996’s astounding Szamanka, and is based in İstanbul.

  • Graham Rae

    Graham Rae has been writing about weird and wonderfueled cinematic oddities for nearly 30 years. He started off writing for the legendary Deep Red, and since then has been bounced around like a human pinball around such venues as Film Threat, American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique, and A selection of his genre writings are available at, and he runs a Mad Foxes page on Facebook too. You have been warned.

  • Harvey Chartrand

    Harvey F. Chartrand is a features writer at Ottawa Life Magazine ( Harvey’s stories have appeared in numerous publications including Cinema Retro, Filmfax,Shock Cinema, Rue Morgue, Scarlet: The Film Magazine, National Post, Jerusalem Postand The Globe and Mail. Harvey is a movie fanatic and has interviewed several film celebrities. To contact Harvey, e-mail him at: [email protected]

  • Heather Buckley

    Raised on genre since the age of 13, she’s always been fascinated by extreme art cinema, monster movies and apocalyptic culture. She followed her love for special effects and worked on Circus of the Dead, SyFy’s Dead Still, and We are Still Here. She is currently a Blu-Ray Special Features Producer for Red Shirt Pictures, Kino and Severin Films, working on documentaries for TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT and BORDELLO OF BLOOD, the SAW 10th Anniversary reissue, and ARMY OF DARKNESS. Among her 2016 projects are new releases of THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE THING.

  • HV Hyche

    HV Hyche is a freelance illustrator and writer from Middle-of-Nowhere, Alabama. Her obsession with film began at the age of six when she stumbled upon an uncut presentation of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS on cable television. When her Southern Baptist parents caught her, she was promptly grounded, but it was too late: she was hooked. Since then, her love for film has grown exponentially. It has even affected her art. Most of her current personal illustration projects are directly inspired by her favorite horror and exploitation films.

  • Jake Whritner

    Jake Whritner is the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a graduate of the Cinema Studies department at NYU. As a postgraduate film student at the University of Kent, Jake specializes in cognitive media studies and works in the interstices between film theory and cognitive neuroscience. In particular, Jake is interested in questions of narrative comprehension and emotional engagement.

  • James Gracey

    James is the author of Dario Argento (Kamera Books) and a monograph on The Company of Wolves (part of Auteur’s Devil’s Advocates series). He contributes to Exquisite Terror, and has also written for Paracinema, Film Ireland, Eye for Film, Little White Lies and The Quietus.

  • Jane Congdon

    Jane Congdon, a Hammer fan since age thirteen, is an American author of two memoirs from Bettie Young’s Books: It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me, the story of her trip to Transylvania; and Mr. Joe: Tales from a Haunted Life (co-author), the story of a school custodian and his ghosts. A former English teacher, newspaper reporter and textbook editor, Jane retired from publishing in 2009 to write.

  • Jason Barr

    Jason Barr is the author of The Kaiju Film: A Critical History of Cinema’s Biggest Monsters and has a co-edited volume on kaiju and pop culture coming out soon.

  • Jay Plainsafe

    Jay Plainsafe is an amateur filmmaker and critic, dealing primarily in the realm of the absurd. He’s an advocate for the cult film in-theater experience and believes the VOD landscape has allowed incredible distribution to reshape the horror genre. He’s currently working on his first television pilot script and is not on any social media… yet.

  • Jay Kay

    Jay Kay has always been a fan of horror in all of its dark corners since watching “Face of Death” and “Friday the 13th” back as a wee lad. Jumping onto the scene with the world wide Rondo nominated weekly horror talk radio show, “The Horror Happens Radio Show”. Jay’s impact, understanding of the intangibles and unique conversational style enthralls, entertains and educations fans who listen each week as the show has reached over 800 first time guests in under five years. When Jay is not in the bunker in Blairstown with his partner “The Ghost”, he is writing to old school Verve jazz or working on the show, he is traveling to horror conventions, film fests and events across the country gathering more conversations and giving opportunities to everyone in the world of horror and the dysfunctional family. A huge fan of Asian horror, Jay is a constant student and targets to be the best in the world at what he does. Support horror and join him if you dare…
    Find out more at Twitter @horrorhappensRS & @horrorhappensFF

  • Jeremy Kibler

    Jeremy Kibler is an Online Film Critics Society member and freelance writer who never stops watching movies and writing about them. An alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, he has been a fan of the horror genre since he was a kid, renting every Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street from the video store. For more of Jeremy’s reviews, go to or follow him on Twitter @jeremykibler25.

  • Jeremy Carr

    Jeremy Carr teaches film studies at Arizona State University and writes for the publications Film International, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, MUBI/Notebook, Cinema Retro, Vague Visages, Cut Print Film, The Moving Image, and Fandor.

  • Jessi Riese

    Jessi Riese is strange and unusual. She is originally from Central Florida, where she spent 5 years being a Scare-Actor at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, she co-ran Zombie Crawl Orlando with her fellow Scare-Actors, was an active member of The Rocky Horror shadow cast The Rich Weirdos, and worked as a Puppet Master at a Marionette Theatre. She now lives in Queens with all the ghosts in the graveyard. She is fascinated by all things spooky, all things gore, and has a very active case of taphophilia. When she’s not frolicking through cemeteries, reading, or watching B-Monster movies, she is a singer/songwriter/weirdo. You can listen to her spooky sounds here:

  • Joe Yanick

    Joe Yanick is a writer, videographer, and film/music critic based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the former Managing Editor for Diabolique Magazine, as well as a contributing writer for, and In addition, he has worked with the Cleveland International Film Festival as a Feature reviewer. He is currently a Cinema Studies MA Candidate at New York University.

  • Jon Cross

    My earliest movie image, that I can remember, is that of the demon/devil in the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Fantasia which I saw at the cinema when I was around 3 years old. Although it wouldn’t be till my early teens that my serious love of the horror genre would flourish, it’s interesting to me that my earliest memory is of something scary.

    I have been writing as long as I can remember but since 2010 I have been writing a movie review blog and since 2011 I have hosted my own podcast over at

    While producing the show I have had the chance to interview genre favourites like Barbara Crampton, Jim Wynorski, William Sadler, Brian Trenchard-Smith, William Lustig and Herschell Gordon Lewis among others.

    My writing has also been featured in the ‘I Love Bad Movies’ Zine and on Bruce Campbell’s personal website.

  • Jon Towlson

    Jon Towlson is a film critic and the author of CANDYMAN (DEVIL’S ADVOCATES) (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2018), THE TURN TO GRUESOMENESS IN AMERICAN HORROR FILMS, 1931-1936 (McFarland, 2016), CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (CONSTELLATIONS) (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2016) and SUBVERSIVE HORROR CINEMA: COUNTERCULTURAL MESSAGES OF FILMS FROM FRANKENSTEIN TO THE PRESENT (McFarland, 2014).

  • Jose Cruz

    Jose Cruz is an author who lives in southwest Florida with his wife, their very furry child, and nearly not enough shelves for their books and DVDs. He has written for Rue Morgue, bare•bones e-zine, and Turn to Ash, among others, and his fiction has appeared in Nightscript and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror.

  • Josef Luciano

    Josef Luciano is a screenwriter and filmmaker. He is former contributor to horror/sci-fi magazines FANGORIA, DIABOLIQUE, and STARLOG. As a location manager for the New York City Housing Authority, Josef has helped TV and film productions shoot throughout the five boroughs within New York City’s public housing developments, such as HBO, Paramount Pictures, and Marvel Studios.

  • Joseph Perry

    Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in “The Creature from The Black Lagoon” and Mothra battle Godzilla in “Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Outer Limits,” along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ “Creature Features.” He is a staff writer for Gruesome Magazine, the foreign correspondent reporter for the “Horror News Radio” podcast, and a regular contributing writer to “Phantom of the Movies VideoScope” magazine, “Scream” magazine, the When It Was Cool website, and “SQ Horror” magazine. He has also written for “Filmfax” magazine and He occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right. Joseph has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. A former northern Californian and Oregonian, he has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.

  • Joshua Malone

    Joshua Malone is graduate from Augustana College (IL) with a BA in Theatre Arts and ADs in Art and Geology. He currently resides in Chicago and is a huge fan of the horror genre. On top of reading and watching as much as he can he has worked for various haunted houses over the past eleven years as both a designer and an actor. Other publications of his include the short stories The Pull and Room 125 which was awarded the Barbra Anderson Miller Award.

  • Jordan "Juice" Rasmussen

    Jordan “Juice” Rasmussen is a dude. He enjoys writing, staring at walls until he thinks of something to write, and pizza. He has lived in Utah his entire life and is currently based out of Salt Lake City, much to his chagrin. A wild mustang caged by inner city pressures.

  • Keith Ten Eyck

    Art director ​and independent filmmaker ​for a film​ and television​ production company ​based in Cleveland –​ where he also lives with his cat, Crookshanks. ​ ​Loves to cook, ride bikes​, design posters ​and watch International cinema.

  • Ken W. Hanley

    Ken W. Hanley is the Web Editor for Fangoria Magazine, as well as a contributing writer for Diabolique Magazine. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on several screenplays spanning over different genres and subject matter, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

  • Klon Waldrip

    Klon Waldrip is a father, illustrator, writer and zine publisher. As founder of the Ghastly Horror Society, he hosts movie trivia and shows films at the Flicker Theater in his hometown of Athens, GA. He’s interviewed Rudy Ray Moore and spent the night in Hasil Adkins’ trailer. Once a week he posts brief illustrated biographies of notable oddballs on Instagram (@klonj) and Facebook. Look for the next issue of his video store-themed zine, Late List, at along with zines about Basket Case, Poor Pretty Eddie and more.

  • Kyle Kouri

    Kyle Kouri is a writer. He was born in Connecticut and spent his late teenage years in Los Angeles. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and now lives in New York.

  • Kyle Turner

    Kyle Turner is a freelance film critic and writer, as well as the assistant editor of Movie Mezzanine. He began writing on the internet in 2007 with his blog The Movie Scene. Since then, he has contributed to, Film School Rejects, Under the Radar, and IndieWire’s /Bent. He is studying cinema at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He is relieved to know that he is not a golem.

  • Lacey Paige

    Lacey is a devoted horror enthuasiast and movie collector. A recent journalism school graduate, she is currently a contributing writer for Diabolique, Cinesploitation, Absolute Underground and Fangoria. She likes taking long walks in dark, eerie places; reading true crime and horror fiction; and sharing her borderline-obsessive love of horror with just about anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter: @LaceyPaige88.

  • Lee Gambin

    Lee Gambin is a writer, author and film historian. He writes for Fangoria, Shock Till You Drop, Delirium, Warner Bros. and Scream Magazine. He has written the books Massacred By Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film, We Can Be Who We Are: Movie Musicals of the 1970s and the soon to be released The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film. He runs Melbourne based film society Cinemaniacs and lectures on cinema studies, currently working on a lecture series called “Can You Dig It?: Tortured Young Men in Film from 1976-1986 while working on two new books – one on the Stephen King adaptation “Cujo” entitled Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo and another book with collaborator Cris Wilson called Tonight, On A Very Special Episode: A History of Sitcoms that Sometimes Got Serious.

  • Less Lee Moore

    Less Lee Moore fell in love with weird music and movies during countless hours spent watching Night Flight and listening to college radio as an impressionable teenager. She is the founder of Popshifter, and also writes for Rue Morgue, Everything Is Scary, Biff Bam Pop, Modern Horrors & more. She has a degree in Film Studies from UCSB and a Hannibal tattoo.

  • Lita Robinson

    Lita Robinson holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Smith College, and an M.A. in Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She currently works in sales and distribution, and consults as a story editor on the side.

  • Lucy Sabin

    Lucy’s academic background is in French, Spanish, and Philosophy. She’s particularly drawn to Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies. Currently working in PR for a charity based in London while freelance writing on the side, Lucy still hasn’t got used to referring to herself in the third person. Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • Marek Zacharkiw

    A film fan of the pretentious and the extreme, with a penchant for films of a bygone era. He has contributed to Weng’s Chop, The Gore Splattered Corner and runs the cinema website Often found discussing Italian horror with anyone that will listen or at the very least not walk away. Follow him on Twitter @cosiperversa

  • Matt Delhauer

    Matt Delhauer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a degree in communications and digital filmmaking. As an avid fan of horror films since childhood, Matt has had years of exposure to the best, worst, and many in between. Outside of film Matt also holds knowledge in several fields of media and entertainment, from literature to television, which are all met with an eye for analysis and a love of entertainment. For more of Matt’s work take a look at his blog at or follow him on twitter: @MattDelhauer

  • Max Chis

    Max Chis is a mild-mannered writer by day, but is also the same thing at night. He is a pursuing a degree in Film and Television at New York University, and is interested in becoming a screenwriter. He maintains a blog on his experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome and Depression at In his free time, he likes to wonder what he’s going to do with his free time.

  • Max Weinstein

    Max Weinstein is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of DIABOLIQUE, and his words have appeared online and in print in CINEASTE, FANGORIA, MOVIEMAKER, VICE, THE WEEK, and more. In 2015, he received the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Writer of the Year and was nominated for a Rondo for Best Article. Follow Max on Facebook (/maxlweinstein) and Twitter (@maxlweinstein).

  • Michele Galgana

    Michele “Izzy” Galgana is a freelance writer and film festival programmer. She has curated films for the Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, All Things Horror Online screening nights, and has written for Rue Morgue and All Things Horror Online.

  • Michelle Alexander

    Michelle Alexander is a Melborne based writer specialising in the Italian and Spanish horror cinema genres. She has contributed to many print and online publications, including Art Decades, Cinemadrome, I’m in a Jess Franco State of Mind, and Cinefear as well as film historian Dean Brandum’s upcoming book series Technicolour Yawn and Melbourne film society Cinemaniacs also imminent journal series Cinemaniacs Presents… Her most recent work is a chapter in Lost Girls: the Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, a collection of essays on the films of Jean Rollin.

  • Mike Snoonian

    Mike Snoonian has changed a lot of diapers in the pat year and a half. He promises you that baby poop can come in all the colors of the rainbow. In his spare time he watches way too many horror movies and is obsessed with his cats. His wife would like to remind him not to make a mess.

  • Madeleine Koestner

    Madeleine Koestner is the former managing editor of Diabolique. She is a writer, filmmaker, and she plays the ukulele, performing songs as Erik Leafinson, a Viking past life of hers who was a major disappointment to his father, Leif Ericson. Madeleine has been involved with horror all over the country but is currently based in New York City, where she continues to not make any sense at all ever all the time.

  • Natalie Papak

    Natalie is a visual artist and art educator living and working in Melbourne, Australia.

    Natalie’s art practise has varied in media over the years, but for the past 14 years she has been primarily working with sculptural ceramics. A career highlight was her artist residency in the the historic town Vallauris in the South of France in 2014 where she worked alongside a group of peers to create and exhibit an individually proposed body of work during her stay. She has been exhibiting her work professionally in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1998.

    Natalie’s academic and artistic investigations have consistently sought to examine the role of women in the arts, popular culture and antiquity.

    Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and A Post-Graduate Diploma of Visual Art which were completed at the Victorian College of The Arts in Melbourne between 1997-2000. Her Graduate Diploma of teaching was completed in 2003 at Melbourne University.

  • Neil Young

    Neil Young (b.1971) lives and works in his home town of Sunderland on England’s north-east coast. A devotee of horror cinema since the mid-70s, he has reviewed films regularly for The Hollywood Reporter since 2008 and frequently contributes to a wide range of film-related outlets including Sight & Sound, Indiewire and Tribune (London). Director of the Bradford International Film Festival since 2011, he works as a consultant for several European film-festivals and has served on more than 20 juries including Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique last year. His favorite horror films are The Fog, Don’t Look Now and Suspiria.

  • Nick Beudert

    Nick Beudert lives in New York City, and is a recent graduate of the film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He likes button-up shirts, shiny shoes, black coffee, reading books, and riding his bike.

  • Nick Hiras

    Nick Hiras is a graduate from Montclair State University with a BFA in Filmmaking. While gaining his degree he worked across the spectrum studying and practicing pre, pro and post-production. Special interests include writing, cinematography, editing and motion graphics. Professional works include short films, corporate videos, viral videos and more. You can contact Nick at and you can follow him on Twitter: @nickh908.

  • Nick Wolf

    Nick Wolf is a graduate of Montclair State University, where he studied English and minored in Creative Writing. With an interest in all things film at a very young age, Nick chose the route film criticism and film writing. Having been thrown into the world of cinema his entire life, he promises an entertaining experience to anyone willing to listen. Film is an art, and it’s all about your imagination and interpretation. It’s an eye opening experience that many need to stop taking for granted. Currently, Nick is writing a screenplay for a feature film, as well as producing/writing/directing/starring in a web series. Stay tuned for the premier of the pilot episode and where to watch! For more from Nick, please check out and follow him on twitter: @_NickWolf

  • Olivia Saperstein

    Olivia Saperstein is a freelance writer and film critic residing in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 11, Olivia became fascinated with horror films, and would often stay up late watching Carrie and The Exorcist alone on her couch. Thus in writing about movies, she feels she is resurrecting her pre-teen self, minus the angst. While horror was her first love, she also adores seeing and writing on all different genres of film. She hopes to continue doing this for years to come, as long as there is food involved.

  • Peg Aloi

    Peg Aloi has been a film and TV critic for almost twenty years, writing for the Boston Phoenix, Art New England, Cinefantastique Online, Basket of Kisses, The Arts Fuse, and her blog The Witching Hour. She is also an award-winning poet, a traditional singer, and teaches media studies in upstate NY.

  • Rachel Bellwoar

    Rachel Bellwoar is the Comics Editor at That’s Not Current and a contributing writer for Flickering Myth. Her first Alfred Hitchcock movie was Rear Window and she questions the value of the binge model for watching television — much better to avoid endings. Having found out who killed Laura Palmer, she compensates by watching as many David Lynch films as possible.

  • Rob Dilauro

    Rob DiLauro has been a massive fan of horror as well as cinema since he was a child, and with his passion for film and everything in between, began writing for a column in 2010, and quickly moved on to acquiring major interviews with nothing but drive and determination. He began his own social media page which became a hit with horror fans, and turned a podcast which had a top tier guest every episode into a worldwide hit radio show that was soon sought after by former Editor-In-Chief of Fangoria, Chris Alexander, with his lists of co-hosts including two Time Emmy Award winning makeup artist Thomas Surprenant, Dinah Cancer of the legendary horror punk band 45 Grave, and iconic Scream Queen, Linnea Quigley. After leaving radio, DiLauro published a book series and had written a script that had projected Executive Producers Bruce Harrison Smith and wife of pioneer metal band Slayer’s vocalist, Sandra Araya, the series was self published and became successful through word of mouth and solid review from industry professionals as well as fans. Rob had become Head of Film & Media for popular music website Metal Onslaught Magazine as well as Lead Interviewer for site Terror Time, run by well respected director Tom Holland, creator of “Fright Night” and “Child’s Play”. Currently, he is planning a return to radio with co-host horror actress Tiffany Shepis in January, and his book series “The Binding” has been re-released as an officially published work. Rob continues to grow a respect and knowledge in the genre, and lives with his family, including his first son, Gabriel Vincent DiLauro, named after the late horror maestro, Vincent Price.

  • Rob Gray

    Rob S. Gray, a.k.a Voodoo Rob, is a genre journalist in his own right and you can see more of his writing at

  • Rob Talbot

    Returning from early days of Diabolique, Rob Talbot is a compulsive writer and cult cinema obsessive. He also writes for UK horror magazine Scream, including the popular ‘Eurohorror of the Week’ column for their website, and has also been published extensively in Starburst and Bedabbled!: British Horror & Cult Cinema, amongst others. Other obsessions include Italian soundtracks, Krautrock, and hard SF novels.

  • Robert JE Simpson

    Robert J.E. Simpson works as a film historian, writer, and broadcaster based in Belfast. He recently threw away a career in libraries for a stint as an independent publisher ( His personal website is

  • Robert Vaughn

    Robert Vaughn is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking. Throughout his time in the program, he worked on various aspects of pre, pro and post-production. Writing has always been a favorite of his and he feels this “favoritism” shows in his work. Various professors, students, directors and actors have praised his writing ability. On top of writing for Diabolique, he has written for TV, written/co-written feature films for So Real? Entertainment and is currently working on a feature length dark comedy script of his own. Follow him on twitter: @rvaughn881

  • Ryan C. Bradley

    Ryan C. Bradley is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Wicked Horror, Gothic Blue Book V, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, and others. He won the 2015 JP Reads Flash Fiction Contest. You can learn more about him at

  • Ryan Larson

    Ryan likes to try and surround himself with any and all things pop culture. While adoring everything from obscure Saturday morning cartoons to serial audio dramas, his true love shines through in horror, wrestling, and comic books. He is an aspiring screenwriter and his writings can also be found online at Blumhouse, Shock Till You Drop, and That’s Not Current. He co-hosts and created wrestling podcast Superkick! Live and was recently married to the only other person who listens to as much pop punk as he does. You can find him on Twitter and the Shock Waves Horror Movie Club on Facebook.

  • Samantha Ward

    Although she spends a lot of time at the cinema both leisurely and to earn a living, Sammy still finds the time to write about films and comics. With horror in her heart, she is a big fan of B-movies and creature features. She hopes to write and make her own horror shorts this year. Sammy is also a contributing writer for the UK based cult entertainment mag, Starburst. You can follow her random ramblings on Twitter:

  • Scott Feinblatt

    Scott Feinblatt is an independent filmmaker who writes, produces, directs, and scores most of his projects. His feature, Outtake Reel (2011), is a unique spin on the found footage genre, and his short horror film, Tuning In, Tuning Out, is a surreal take on the threats of a media-dominated society.

  • Shawn Francis

    Shawn Francis was suckled on monster movies and classic science fiction television when he was a wee child, before being coddled by the horror genre in the 70s thanks to WPIX’s Chiller Theater. He is a published fiction writer with only three pieces of erotic horror tales in the public eye — the short story, “In The Cathedral Of The Trees” in the now out of print anthology, Raging Horrormones, “The Woodwalkers” and its sequel, “Other Nature.” He currently passes the time reviewing movies for various websites (i.e. You Won Cannes & The Critic’s Choice) and hopes to one day return to fiction writing.

  • Shane Dover

    Shane Dover is a Melbourne, Australia based freelance writer contributing to Japanese punk news site Punx Save The Earth, punk publication Dying Scene, and Diabolique Magazine. Not just a fan of punk music, he’s spent most of his life obsessed with the horror genre across all media, as well as pop culture in general. He plays music and writes fiction, check out his Twitter for updates on those projects. Follow him on Twitter, and check out his work every Wednesday on Dying Scene.

  • Shawn Macomber

    Shawn Macomber is a writer, editor, and noted pug wrangler living and working in the greater New York City area. (AKA, Jersey.) His writing has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Shock Till You Drop, Delirium, Decibel, Magnet, Maxim, and other fine and middling publications. His fiction has appeared in Fangoria, Despumation, the Grey Matter Press anthology Savage Beasts, and other outlets. In 2015 he co-edited of the heavy metal horror Healing Monsters anthologies, featuring contributions from members of EyeHateGod, Pig Destroyer, Crisis, Charred Walls of the Damned, Orange in the New Black, and others.

  • Sheila M. Merritt

    Sheila Merritt wrote book reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. For several years, she had contributed reviews, articles and conducted interviews for the newsletter. She was friends with a British ghost hunter who happened to be the author of a biography of Boris Karloff. She’s had a brief and embarrassing conversation with Christopher Lee in a department store, but also had a much more relaxing exchange with director-writer Frank Darabont at a horror convention. She became enamored of horror films and dark fiction as a child. Mother didn’t approve of them. The rest, as they say, is history.

  • Simon Ball

    Simon is a child of the 1960s, his marmie liked Affred Hitchcock and he grew up on a diet of classic Dr Who, Hammer Horror, Heavy Metal, Goth and Spaghetti Westerns. In 1976 he cut his journalistic teeth in 1976 interviewing the bass player from an unknown band called Motorhead, now what was his name? Since then he wasted several years in corporate PR, edited heritage products and got an MA in the History of Science before he fell off the truck and returned to the world he loves best. Simon is Editor in Chief of the Horror Hothouse website and a regular contributor to the Spooky Isles.

  • Stephen Slaughter Head

    Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at His work has also appeared on, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.

  • Ted Newsom

    Ted Newsom is a writer, actor and filmmaker whose works range from big budget (the original screenplay for Spider-Man in 1985) to micro-budget (he starred as twin maniacs in Ron Ford’s thriller Dead Season.). Along the way he wrote and directed the TV series 100 Years of Horror, the BBC production Flesh & Blood, the Hammer Heritage of Horror, and the award-nominated all-star sci-fi spoof The Naked Monster. Currently he and Brinke Stevens are taking meetings about the Sinbad script they wrote with Ray Harryhausen—oh, and writing for Diabolique, of course.

  • John Townsend

    Currently fulfilling an ambition by contributing to Diabolique, John is a Lead Writer with Starburst magazine, and has featured on a variety of websites including WhatCulture and HorrorNews.Net. A lifelong fan of horror, John is a found footage apologist who considers The Blair Witch Project to be one of the most significant films ever made.

  • Zenin Murawski

    Zenin Murawski is a big baby when it comes to horror movies. He studied journalism in a college in southern California, and currently spends his time trying to be productive.

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