Monday, August 17, 2015

Something About Horror Addicts

I am a horror addict; or at the very least, I spend a lot of time thinking about, writing, watching and reading horror. Much of the music I listen to could easily provide a wonderful soundtrack to many horror films; and as some of you already know, I am attempting to make my way through the original Dark Shadows series. For me, watching a twenty-three-minute episode of the old Gothic TV series before going to sleep is the perfect ending to my day. I am currently on Episode 329.

A few years ago I learned about an organization/website known as Horror Addicts Dot Net. I call it an organization because in addition to its founder, there is a dedicated  staff of persons who volunteer their time and efforts to keep things running smoothly. There are also many more participants who contribute regularly to the project.

Horror Addicts Dot Net got its start back in 2008 after the group's founder, Emerian Rich, had produced a podcast of her vampire novel, Night's Knights. At the conclusion of her production Rich realized that her listeners wanted more. She obliged their desires (and her own I suspect), by assembling a group of authors and podcasters interested in offering their material for her listener's pleasure. In the beginning Emerian handled most of  the workload pretty much on her own. Still, her production was such a success that by the end of the podcast's first season, listeners, writers and others interested in her project contacted her, wanting to know how they could help. Today, she has a staff of approximately ten persons as well as a veritable host of contributors and participants. What was once a small podcast quickly grew into a top-notch organization--and today, Horror Addicts Dot Net is so much more than just a podcast.

When you visit the horror addict's website you'll find a variety of things to pique your interest. There are film and book reviews, interviews, movie trailers, music and lots more horror-related material. Currently, there are at least 118 podcasts to chose from with more on the way. During any given podcast season, new material appears roughly every two weeks. This year's itinerary will continue to unfold until just before Halloween. And let's not forget the Wicked Women Writers and Master of Macabre contests. If you like to write horror, you might want to enter a contest such as this. Then, you too could become a finalist, in which case your material will appear in a podcast just like this year's offering. Although the voting is over for this year's finalists, you can still listen to these incredible stories. 

Earlier this year, Horror Addicts Dot Net published a book entitled the Horror Addicts Guide to Life, which appears opposite this text. The publication is a compilation of horror-related material written by both staff and other contributors. Although I have not yet reached the middle of the book in my reading, I'll just say at this point that I really enjoyed reading about other people's youthful horror experiences as well as the many film suggestions that I otherwise, would never have known about. Even at this early stage in my reading I can honestly say that I never knew that, when it comes to horror, there could be so much to talk about. 

If you're interested in purchasing this book, it's available here,
as well as at Amazon Dot Com and other similar venues. It is also available in E-book form at Kindle.

All things considered, I would like to recommend that you scroll through the horror addict's website. There's something there for just about everybody. Have fun!

Here's a link to the Horror Addict's Dot Net website.

Follow this link to the Horror Addicts Dot Net blog.