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 is the Editor-in-Chief at Diabolique Magazine, and the co-host of their Daughters of Darkness and Hell's Belles podcasts. She has also written for BFI, Senses of Cinema, Fangoria and Scream Magazine, and provided various home video supplements, commentary, liner notes, on camera interviews and audio essays, for a number of companies including Arrow Films, Kino Lorber, Indicator, Second Run and Cult Films. Kat is the author of Daughters of Darkness (Devil's Advocates, Auteur), and All the Colours of Sergio Martino (Arrow Films).
Andrew J. Rausch is a a freelance film journalist, author, and celebrity interviewer. He has published more than thirty books including The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Making Movies with Orson Welles (with Gary Graver), and The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood (with Charles E. Pratt, Jr.). He is a web editor at Diabolique and writes a regular column in Screem magazine. His work has also appeared in Shock Cinema, Scream, Senses of Cinema, Cemetery Dance, Cinema Retro, Creative Screenwriting, Film Threat, Bright Lights Film Journal, and Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture. He has written several works of fiction including Layla's Score, Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties, and Bloody Sheets. He has also worked as a screenwriter, producer, and actor on numerous straight-to-video horror films. His newest book, My Best Friend's Birthday: The Making of a Quentin Tarantino Film, is out now.
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.
Jerome Reuter grew up in the suburbs of Southern California with what he describes as a "taste for heavy metal, bizarre history and renting movies from Blockbuster." Aside from being a contributing writer and the managing editor for Diabolique, he also reviews albums for Metal Injection. Reuter resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his girlfriend and a growing collection of Judas Iscariot inspired riffs.
Joseph Dwyer is an assistant web editor at Diabolique, where he concentrates on the Legacies of Sade and Watching the Watchdogs columns. His major interests are freedom of speech, desire, and dissent in horror/cult cinema. He lives in Oakland, CA, and has academic degrees from the San Francisco Art institute and Hampshire College.
Magdalena Salata has an MA degree in Contemporary Literature and Culture, and is 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.
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.
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.
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. He then pursued his MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. 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, and his first play "Subconscious Lee" was published in December of 2017. Other publications include: Carroll County News, Benton Courier, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo, ABC Financial, Moroch, Dread Central, Morbidly Beautiful, Rue Morgue and Screen Rant.
Adam Fleet is a film nerd, record collector, comic book enthusiast, punk rocker. Originally from the UK but based in Melbourne, Australia he also writes for Screen Realm and has written for Junkee and the Rue Morgue website. He also writes short fiction and tweets/Instagrams at @adamfleetmovies.
Adrian saw "Night of the Living Dead" and "An American Werewolf in London" at the tender age of five and has had blood in her hair ever since. She celebrates and creates horror as a writer, makeup artist, and haunter. You're likely to run into her at conventions, movie theatres, haunted attractions, and the mosh pit at Britney Spears concerts.
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a film critic, author, programming consultant and research academic from Melbourne, Australia. She has written seven books on cult, horror, and exploitation film including Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2011), Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality (McFarland 2014), Suspiria (Auteur, 2016), Ms. 45 (Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2017), The Hitcher (Arrow, 2018), Masks in Horror Cinema: Eyes Without Faces (University of Wales Press, 2019) and a forthcoming book called 1000 Women in Horror. Alexandra has published well over 100 interviews, essays, articles, liner notes and reviews, over twenty book chapters, recorded a stack of home entertainment commentaries and video essays, and has co-edited a number of books, She is also a programming consultant for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, the largest genre film festival in the United States.
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.
Amanda Reyes is an archivist, author, film and television historian and academic. She edited and co-wrote Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999 (Headpress, 2017) which celebrates the made for television film, and was featured on Barnes and Noble’s Best of Horror list for 2017. The book is an expansion of her TV movie-centric blog, Made for TV Mayhem and its companion podcast. She's had essays published in several books including Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, and When Animals Attack. She's been a guest speaker at international film festivals, TV movie screenings, and conferences in such places as England, Australia, and stateside in Texas, where she currently resides. She also contributed the commentary tracks for the Blu Ray release of the 1977 telefilm The Spell (Shout Factory, 2017) and the upcoming release of Last House on the Left (Arrow, 2018). And, she is the curator and co-presenter of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Made for Television Mystery Movie series, which runs quarterly as part of Terror Tuesday. Amanda also loves slashers, soap operas, and Michael Mancini on Melrose Place.
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.
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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.
Andy is a writer and reviewer from Barnsley, England. He was first terrified by Freddy Krueger aged eight, which explains a lot, and is a huge fan of horror movies; he especially loves slashers, Clive Barker, and the low-budget end of the market. His ambition is to meet both Mads Mikkelsen and Katharine Isabelle, and cure his unhealthy addiction to caffeine.
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 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 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 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 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.
When he’s not riding The Green with Swamp-Thing, Brad is probably watching a movie. In addition to Diabolique, he is a weekly columnist at Film School Rejects and co-host of the In The Mouth of Dorkness podcast.
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.
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 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.
Bryan Norton has an M.F.A. degree in Film Production from New York University's Tisch School of The Arts Graduate Film Program, and a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Sarah Lawrence College. He wrote and directed the horror film Penny Dreadful for Showtime Networks with a generous grant from Warner Bros, starring Friday the 13th's Betsy Palmer as well as the recent horror hit ‘All Hallows Eve 2”. He recently signed with Eli Roth’s CRYPT TV as a writer/director of genre content for their new internet platform. Bryan teaches film directing and screenwriting throughout the United States since 2001 and served as the chairperson of The New York Film Academy for 14 years. He also has consulted on several documentaries, books and articles relating to the history and analysis of the horror genre, including Butcher Knives and Body Counts: Essays of the Formula, Frights and Fun of the Slasher Film, Going To Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel and the upcoming documentary “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street.” He has written articles for Fangoria Magazine, Delirium, Gorezone and other horror publications. His book ‘For God Sake’s Get Out! The Making of the Amityville Horror’ is due out next year from Bear Manor Media.
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.
Cat Kovach is currently working in the publishing industry while secretly penning stories of her own. Her serial novel, Anomalies, can be found on JukePopSerials.com, 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 follow:www.twitter.com/TehGreatCATsby, and you can check out her official writers blog here.
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.
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.
Cherease Kingdon fell in love with movies at a very early age, back when you could still go to your local milk bar (Australia's version of a convenience store) to hire a video nasty before they were all banned. She was introduced to a variety of different genres and devoured everything she could get her hands on. With happy memories of sneaking out of bed to quietly sit behind the sofa watching whatever very "grow-up film" her parents deemed "unfit", Cherease dived into two early loves: horror films and made for TV movies. She also developed a morbid fascination with 90s erotic thrillers. Obsessed with collecting vintage movie novelisations, interested in subcultures and loving all things Giallo, Cherease has been researching movies in one way or another all her life - so why not put it to good use and start writing?
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, 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 consideringfilm.com. Follow him on Twitter @consideringfilm.
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 (https://www.sevrpod.com/), a podcast dedicated to talking about all things horror.
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 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 zombiehamster.com with alarming regularity.
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 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 NorthShoreMovies.net. 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 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, Movies.com, 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 http://www.danielclarksonfisher.com
A cinephile before she could walk, Danielle Ryan loves controversial cinema (especially horror) and good cinematography; her dislikes include romantic comedies and people's knees. In addition to Diabolique, Dani writes for Birth.Movies.Death, Paste Magazine, and Cinemazine. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast about weird fandoms, @FreakyFandomsPC.
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.
Dave Thomas's path was laid out when his grandparents allowed him to stay up late watching Hammer horror films on TV. Already a Star Wars nut, he hit puberty at the exact moment pre-cert home video arrived in the UK. It was all downhill from the day an uncomprehending babysitter left him alone with a copy of Deathstalker; he's still rendered helpless at the thought of Lana Clarkson waving a wooden broadsword. Dave's love of weird films eventually led him to the BFI, where he's a Patron and regular supporter; find him in the bar after screenings loudly decrying the lack of a Bruno Mattei season. An occasional film reviewer and podcaster, he's guested on The Fiasco Brothers Watch a Movie, BERGCAST (the all-Quatermass podcast) and the BMovieCast, and contributed reviews to Teleport-City.com. Dave's wrote 'Hammer Films: Back From the Dead' for the MovieWiz Academy, part of a series of "where to start with…" ebooks available for Kindle. Dave dreams of giving up work to follow his true passion; dividing his vast DVD collection into increasingly pedantic sections. He lives in Hertfordshire, England with his wife, cats and collection of hideous shirts.
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 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 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 DictionaryofHammer.com
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 www.facebook.com/davidltamarin. 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 www.severed-cinema.com/davidltamarin.
A lifelong fan of all things dark and spooky Dave has written for Creature Corner, House of Horrors, Horrornew.net 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.
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.
David Konow is the author of three books including Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), a three decade history of metal and hard rock, and Reel Terror (St Martins Press), a history of the modern horror film. He has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, The Village Voice, The Fix, and many other publications and websites.
Dennis Capicik is a lifelong fan of movies. He is the co-founder of the old school ’zine Sub-Terrenea and has also contributed to Video Watchdog, European Trash Cinema, Giallo Pages, Killbaby! and the original incarnation of Monster! He is also a regular contributor to the re-vamped Monster! and Weng’s Chop. He also runs the movie blog Unpopped Cinema.
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.
Elissa Rose is a musician and fashion designer, in addition to being a fashion, film and costume history enthusiast. She has written and performed music in various bands for 20 years that has featured on Australian tv shows such as Home and Away and Neighbours, and performed spoken word poetry for the short film "Decomposition and Transcendence" -Light Year projection festival NYC and the ep "Sometimes" by Dumb Numbers featuring Adam Harding and Dale Crover (Melvins). In March 2017, she recreated a collection of 1950s garments from the archives of the prominent Flinders Lane heritage label "Mr Simon" for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival that were featured in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. She is currently channelling her passion for vintage design into studying and writing costume design pieces.
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.
Emily von Seele hails from Seattle, where it rains a lot, which gives her plenty of excuses to stay inside and watch movies. She has written for Bloody Disgusting, Daily Dead, the Women in Horror Annual and Grim Magazine, and is co-host of the Dead Ringers podcast. You can usually catch Emily on Twitter, where she has been known to gab excessively about movies and tweet adorable pics of her two cats - seriously, they are the cutest ever.
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.
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 bestfilmsofourlives.wordpress.com.
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.
Gianna D’Emilio is especially interested in films from Eastern Europe, France, and Britain. Recently, she contributed two chapters to Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin. She is based in the U.K. and her biggest dream is to interview the actress Iwona Petry.
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 Realitystudio.org.. A selection of his genre writings are available at www.facebook.com/raewrites, and he runs a Mad Foxes page on Facebook too. You have been warned.
Harvey F. Chartrand is a features writer at Ottawa Life Magazine (www.ottawalife.com). 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]
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.
Hud William is a would-be scholar who resides in Queensland. His taste, like his mental state, vacillates between both high and low but, like his mental state, gravitates towards the weird: queer, cult, exploitation, ozploitation, horror, trash, giallo; the usual unusual. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Popular Culture, after which he plans on undertaking postgraduate study, and is simultaneously working on several personal projects he hopes to share in the future. He hopes you enjoy reading his work as much as he enjoys freaking out about it being deemed worthy by strangers on the Internet.
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.
Jack Sargeant's books include Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film (2016), Against Control (2014), Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground (1995, 2007), and Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (1997, 2008), among others. Jack started curating film screenings in the nineties, having organized live music and performance events from the late eighties. He has also toured transgressive film programmes across Europe and Australia. He has curated exhibitions at the Horse Hospital, London, and co-curated shows at the Alaska Gallery, Sydney, and Strange Neighbour, Melbourne.
Jacob Trussell is a Brooklyn based writer and actor who moonlights as the Managing Editor for Ghastly Grinning. He saw John Carpenter's The Thing at a terribly young age, and it continues to make a profound impact on his life. He's really quite new to this. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter for pictures of his cat: @JE_TRUSSELL
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 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.
James has written for Starburst Magazine and That's Not Current about his main loves, horror films and classic television. It passes the time until the alien overlords arrive to enslave us or people finally destroy the world, whatever comes first. You can find him on Twitter @J_PEvans.
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.
Jane Rose is a writer and sometime horror filmmaker and makeup fx artist living in Brooklyn. She has written for Mental Floss, Morbid Anatomy, and Boroughs of the Dead’s blog. She is the creator of the Lovecraft in Brooklyn walking tour.
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 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 https://horrorhappens.com/ Twitter @horrorhappensRS & @horrorhappensFF
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 https://kibsreviews.blogspot.com/ or follow him on Twitter @jeremykibler25.
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 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: www.soundcloud.com/Jess-o-lantern
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 Noisey.vice.com, and Stagebuddy.com. 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.
John Campopiano is an archivist, independent filmmaker, and film writer living in Boston. He is the co-producer, writer and director of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary as well as co-producer and writer on the upcoming documentary, Pennywise: The Story of IT. John is also co-author of the upcoming book, Creatures For Kids, which is examining 30 years of monster movies and creature features made for children, young adults, and their families. In 2015, he launched the New England Media & Memory Coalition (NEMMC)--a regional organization dedicated to fostering discussion and promoting a better understanding of how media and digital and analog technologies intersect with and relate to memory, identity, nostalgia, and senses of place. When he's not engrossed in films, John serves as the Archives & Rights Manager for the PBS documentary film series, FRONTLINE.
John Harrison is a freelance writer and film historian based in Melbourne, Australia. His previous books include Blood on the Windscreen (an examination of the gory driver education films of the 1950s – 70s) and Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks. Apart from contributing regularly for publications like Weng’s Chop and Monster!, Harrison is currently working on two books, Wildcat! The Films of Marjoe Gortner and Rollin’ with the Punches, the filmography of Hollywood stuntwoman and actress Marneen Fields (whom he married in Las Vegas in 2016).
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 www.aftermoviediner.com.
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 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 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 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 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 HorrorNews.net. 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 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 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.
Justin Beahm is a writer, director, and producer. His feature work appears in Fangoria, Delirium, Scream, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Horrorhound magazines. He has directed and produced for Scream Factory, Anchor Bay, Shout Factory, Arrow Video, Reverend Entertainment, and Prescribed Films. Justin appears on a number of video commentary tracks and has contributed to several books. Keep up with him at Facebook.com/JustinBeahm and JustinBeahm.com.
Katie Bell is a final year PhD research student in nineteenth century literature with the University of Leicester, UK. She chiefly studies the works of Charles Dickens, but her interests also include authors working within the early twentieth century Southern gothic genre, and she has been published on both Dickens and Poe. She can be found on Twitter @DecadentDickens.
Kate is a writer and editor from London. She loves everything macabre and wrote about Poe, King and literary sadomasochism for her final-year dissertation. She writes for That’s Not Current and her own blog, Musings of a Nitpicking Girl. When she’s not doing these things Kate likes to indulge in retro gaming, cats and grammatical pedantry.
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.
Keith Allison is a writer and pop culture historian living in New York. His interest in film and adventure started at an early age, when he was left to his own devices in the wee small hours and discovered the Universal monsters, Godzilla, and "Matinee at the Bijou." He has written for Alcohol Professor, The Cultural Gutter, Teleport City and the book Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head. He is also the author of Cocktails & Capers: Cult Film, Cocktails, Crime, and Cool.
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.
An expert in the field of human ecology and graduate of Harvard University, Kevin Cooney is a freelance writer with a devotion to the aesthetic of Katsuhiro Otomo, Simon Stålenhag , and Nigel Kneale. While known for academic non-fiction he has a collection of short fiction straining at the stable door. An independent scholar of the concept of place in science fiction and the field of Folk Horror, he can be found sketching monsters and spaceships, watching British television, old-school anime and 70s films, or reading books that put most people to sleep. He can also be found on Twitter @bostonwookiee.
I was born and raised in San Jose, California and still reside here with my husband, Ronnie, and our cat Jake. I grew up watching classic films, television and horror films both old and new with my dad. I owe much of my passions for all three to him and dedicate any success I have in the writing realm to him. The first horror film I remember seeing was the George Romero 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead in 1973 on the local creature features show here in the bay area. I ran from the room several times but kept coming back for more. I was scarred for life! I would go on to become a fan of Hammer Films, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Universal horror and many others. In 2015, after sporadic attempts to write the occasional review for a magazine or site, I decided to pursue writing as a profession. It has led me to becoming a staff writer for We Belong Dead and Scary Monsters magazines, a writer for the horror site horrornews.net as well as the film site myindieproductions.com, and a freelance writer and interviewer at large. I’ve also appeared as a guest on the current rendition of the local tv Creature Features show, filmed in Santa Rosa, California and airing on San Francisco’s KOFY-TV as well as on youtube. Most recently, I was added to the fabulous staff at Space Monsters magazine as the writer for a new regular column on science fiction called “My Views From the Space Station: The Past and Present Futures of Science Fiction”. When the opportunity arose to write for the prestigious diaboliquemagazine.com, I simply had to leap at it. I am very much look forward to writing, reviewing, interviewing and being an all-around presence here.
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 klon.bigcartel.com along with zines about Basket Case, Poor Pretty Eddie and more.
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 TheBlackMaria.org, 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 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.
Laura Kupp-Beerman is a writer and critic, because you can't have one without the other. She is in the early stages of book development on the theme of repetition compulsion within the horror film and film viewing experience. Time stopped when she discovered Dario Argento at Blockbuster Video in 2000, and she still misses MediaPlay. She earned a graduate degree in Early American Literature and is a devotee of both Roland Barthes and Joe Bob Briggs. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her Canadian husband and American kittens.
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.
Leslie Hatton 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 founded Popshifter (2007 – 2017), and also writes for Biff Bam Pop, Everything Is Scary, Rue Morgue, Vague Visages & more. She has a degree in Film Studies from UCSB and a Hannibal tattoo.
Lisa Rae Bartolomei is an artist, musician, composer, sound designer and writer from Melbourne, Australia working across disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography, video and a multifaceted sonic practice that includes musical, electroacoustic and multichannel sound compositions . She has grown up with a love of film and has a particular fondness for the dark and mysterious world of Film Noir and Horror Films. She is a current Board Member of The Cinemaniacs Film Collective.
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'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.
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 cosiperversa.com. 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 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 www.gingergeekblogs.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter: @MattDelhauer
The son of a VHS Pirate, Matt was exposed to video nasties at a tender young age and soon became a macabre movie fanatic. A student of Roman Catholic messages in genre film, he enjoys tracing the genesis of religious themes throughout the history of horror cinema.
He has bylines at Dread Central and Horror Homeroom, and is a regular contributor at LongLiveTheVoid.com. He is also an occasional screenplay writer and PAGE Award finalist.
Matt’s first book ‘Porte Dell’Inferno – Lucio Fulci, The Vatican, and the Uncontainable Evil’ is a semi-academic exploration of the religious themes in the Italian director’s work, and is coming soon.
Matty Budrewicz has written online and in print for Zombie Hamster, Delirium and Scream Magazine. He's also co-penned a bunch of booklets for 88 Films (with his ink-slingin' partner in crime Dave Wain) and was part of the writing team of 'It Came From the Video Aisle: Inside Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment Studio', contributing chapters on the Killjoy, Evil Bong, and Gingerdead Man series'.
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 https://countdowntoheatdeath.blogspot.com/. In his free time, he likes to wonder what he's going to do with his free time.
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).
Michael Campochiaro is Just your typical Gen Xer: cynical, sarcastic, hopeful, world-renowned expert on Michelle Pfeiffer. Your standard stuff, really. He is also a regular contributor to HiLoBrow, The After Movie Diner, Sequart, Horror Geek Life, and elsewhere. His writing on film covers the gamut, with a specific interest in cult classics of any genre, horror, critical favorites, and of course Pfeiffer films. He is currently working on three chapters for inclusion in various books of pop culture criticism. Read more of his work at his blog Words Seem Out Of Place.
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 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 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.
Besides writing for Diabolique, Michael has also written for the magazines Monster!, Weng’s Chop, We Belong Dead, Grindhouse Purgatory, Exploitation Retrospect and various others. A regular contributor to the online blog Theater of Guts and to the Spaghetti Western Database. Has also had his work published in three books; 70’s Monster Memories, Unsung Horrors and Son of Unsung Horrors. Lives in the United States with his daughter and their cat Rotten Ralph.
Miranda Corcoran currently teaches American literature in University College Cork, Ireland. Her research interests include Cold-War literature, genre fiction, literature and psychology, and popular culture. She also enjoys researching and writing about topics related to horror, the supernatural and witchcraft.
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 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.
Nathaniel Thompson is a writer, author and home video producer in Los Angeles. He is the author/editor of the four-volume DVD Delirium book series and can be read regularly at Turner Classic Movies. Since 1998 he has maintained the cult film review site Mondo Digital and can be heard on over 150 audio commentaries on Blu-ray and DVD. He also produced many genre film releases for Image Entertainment, can be seen in several documentaries and featurettes including 2018’s King Cohen, and is full of stories about working at the Oscars.
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.
Neil Snowdon is the founder and Commissioning Editor of Electric Dreamhouse Press, Series Editor of the Midnight Movie Monograph line, and Editor of We Are The Martians: The Legacy Of Nigel Kneale. His writing has appeared in the pages of Video Watchdog, Rue Morgue, and Fear magazine, and online at The Digital Fix. He is currently at work editing Cine Fantome: The Electric Dreamhouse Book Of Imaginary Film, a new collection of film writing about films that don't exist - but should - written as if they do, due for release later this year.
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 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 facebook.com/nickhiras9087 and you can follow him on Twitter: @nickh908.
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 www.abovethefilmblog.wordpress.com and follow him on twitter: @_NickWolf
Niina is a life long genre fan and enthusiastic amateur writer. Originally from Finland, but currently based in the UK, she mostly spends her time writing, painting, watching films and in general tomfoolery with her little boy. Besides Diabolique, Niina also writes for Horrornews.net as part of their Asian horror review team.
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.
Professor Patricia MacCormack is a researcher who has published in the areas of continental philosophy (especially Deleuze, Guattari, Serres, Irigaray, Lyotard, Kristeva, Blanchot, Ranciere), feminism, queer theory, posthuman theory, horror film, body modification, animal rights/abolitionism, cinesexuality and ethics.
A child of the ’60s and ’70s, I was born in Caerleon, Wales, where I spent my formative years. The ubiquitous ghost stories of the region piqued my interest in horror at an early age and from there I gravitated to books on horror films, with Dennis Gifford’s Pictorial History of Horror Films, Alan Frank’s Horror Movies, and Ed Naha’s Horrors: From Screen to Scream being particularly influential. With the help of these books, I became an “expert” on screen terror far before I was allowed to see any of the films on the telly.
I moved to Alberta, Canada in 1981, and the culture shock (and the cold winters) did nothing to dim my interest in genre cinema. Here I discovered Fangoria magazine, VHS tapes, and the fact that my tall height was a ticket to sneaking into Restricted movies in the theatre. Thus began a banquet of terror treats that continues to this day, though I no longer fear being asked for ID at the box office.
I have worked as a retailer, cinema usher, invertebrate zoology technician, map cataloguer, bureaucrat, teacher, freelance business/technical writer, and now earn my keep in university administration. I have previously written about genre cinema for Her Majesty’s Secret Servant and We Belong Dead magazines and books, and I’ve hosted public film screenings and co-hosted film podcasts.
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 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.
Rémy Bennett is a filmmaker, writer, and curator living in New York City. She earned her BA in acting and drama studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and studied film at SVA in New York. Her feature film debut Buttercup Bill was shown at Raindance, The New Orleans Film Festival, and The Marfa Film Festival and she recently completed a documentary series called Under Her Skin profiling female artists for the all female led Brooklyn based media company The Front. Her short film Eat Me and installation about a female serial killer/web cam girl exhibited at The SPRING/BREAK art fair was voted as one of the top 10 shows to see at Armory Week in 2016 by W Magazine and Gothamist, along with the group show GLORY HOLY that she curated along with her sister. Bennett has contributed as an artist and writer to PLAYBOY, 1985ARTISTS, VICE, and BUST MAGAZINE. She most recently programmed a film series at The Roxy Hotel Cinema called GRIT & GORE: NYC HORROR which featured screenings of films by and in person discussions with Larry Fessenden, William Lustig, Frank Henenlotter, and Roberta Findlay. Bennett will be lecturing in April at The Miskatonic Institute of horror studies teaching a class called LA DESPAIR: CHASING DEATH WITH JOHN GILMORE focused on the dark underbelly of retro hollywood and the work of the late crime writer John Gilmore.
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.
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 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 (www.avalardpublishing.com). His personal website is www.avalard.co.uk
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
Robert Skvarla is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. His focuses include conspiracy culture, fringe communities, and new religious movements. He has written for Atlas Obscura, Philadelphia City Paper, and Cinepunx, and served as a programmer for the Cinedelphia Film Festival.
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 ryancbradleyblog.wordpress.com
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.
Sally Christie is a writer, critic and educator from Melbourne, Australia. Her postgraduate studies focused on the early films of John Waters and she is currently in the very early stages of a book about 90s thrillers. Sally’s research interests include censorship and subcultures in cinema and pop culture in education. Sally currently co-hosts Plato’s Cave, a film criticism program and podcast on Triple R FM . She has worked on film festivals such as Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Monster Fest. Sally is proudly involved with the Melbourne film collective Cinemaniacs.
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: https://twitter.com/SamanthaNWard
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.
Sean McGeady is a London-based writer and editor with an academic interest in horror and the paradox of its appeal, as well as a profound love of trash and a fondness for ghouls. You can find his genre-related bylines at Daily Dead, Kotaku, The Quietus, Shelf Heroes, and others.
Sean Smithson is a lifelong "horror kid".,Born in Baltimore, MD, and raised during the early 70's, Sean was raised the feral child/mascot of Johns Hopkins film students. Becoming a touring/recording musician in his teens, as one of the progenitors of bay area thrash metal and crossover, his bands have included Sacrilege BC, Grinch, and The Politician. He now concentrates primarily on film, as an essayist, programmer, and commentator. He is currently working on his first book, FAST AND HIGH: A Look Back At Ridgemont High for Bear Manor Media.
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 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 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 Merritt wrote book reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. Currently she writes essays for Scream Magazine. For several years, she had contributed reviews, articles and conducted interviews for the Hellnotes.com 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 is a child of the 1960s, his marmie liked Alfred Hitchcock and he grew up on a diet of classic Dr Who, Hammer Horror, Heavy Metal, Goth and Spaghetti Westerns. 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 was co-editor of the Star Wars website TheForce.net, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s Propellor.com. As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at IGN.com. His work has also appeared on AOL.com, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.
Stephen Vagg is the author of "Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood" the first biography of Australian actor Rod Taylor which subsequently adapted into the documentary feature, "Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches". He has written extensively on film and theatre history, including groundbreaking pieces on Alec Coppel, Frank Harvey and Alfred Rolfe. He is also an AFI-nominated and AWGIE-winning screenwriter, whose credits include "Neighbours" and "Home and Away" as well as two feature films, "All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane" and "Jucy"; he was head writer on "Neighbours" for over three years. His plays have been performed around the world, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and London.
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.
Tim Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling author of over forty novels. Recent books include Relics, The Family Man, The Silence and the Rage War trilogy of Alien/Predator novels. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award. The movie of his story Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, was released Hallowe'en 2015. The Silence, starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, is due for release in 2018. Several other movie projects are in development in the US and UK.
Find out more about Tim at his website www.timlebbon.net
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.
Wes Black is a TV and comic book writer who resides in Los Angeles. He writes the column Midnight Void for VRV and is a regular contributor to Otaku USA Magazine. Formerly, he was an editor and writer for Animerica. He lives in a cave made of musty old paperbacks, and spent an alarming amount of his childhood scouring Chinese grocery stores for movies featuring devil fetuses, human pork buns, and men trapped in black magic sex-pacts with dehydrated ghosts. You can follow him on Twitter.