Last week I made an announcement that literally took every ounce of my strength. One that signaled the end of an era for me personally. You can read said announcement below should you have missed it.
In truth, my heart was broken. In a lot of ways it still is and will remain so for a long time to come. Walking away from something I created and worked on for 18 years was NOT easy, but it was necessary… for both myself and to Dread Central as a whole. While I’ve stepped down from the site’s day-to-day activities, I do remain a silent partner.
I have/had no Plan B as I never thought that I’d ever need one. All I wanted … I wanted to be with you guys, my peers, for as long as air could still enter my lungs and keep me moving. My heart beating. You see, this horror shit? It’s in my blood. It’s not just an interest for me. It’s who I am. One of the reasons I wake up every morning. I made a career out of helping fans find movies and connecting them to the filmmakers. I’m lucky to have done so. When my announcement was made, it felt like being a guest at my own funeral.
Please allow me a moment to go full Bill Pullman…
That’s right… the ticker is still beating. First and foremost, thank you all so very much. To say that I was touched by such an outpouring of love and support is an understatement. I laughed, I cried; hell, I mostly cried, and I am still emotionally overwhelmed. The only thing I ever set out to do, from the Fangoria message boards until right this very second, was to be a part of something and make a difference. To leave a mark, no matter its size. To make a difference and keep people happy by lending them the hand that I never got whenever I could. My hand will always be extended… to every single one of you.
So, the question beckons: Where do I go, and what do I do from here? I haven’t the slightest clue! (Anybody hiring?) Anything could happen, and I’m sure that it will. I’ve been out on my ass 1,000’s of times in my life, so this is nothing new for me. I’m used to the view from here, and that’s okay, too. I’ve made my peace with all of it. You cannot rise until you fall, and I’m not gonna let the past 18 years of my life be for nothing. DreadCentral.com is in good hands, and I look forward to seeing what’s next over there. But here? Right here? I’ve sat and thought about what could go wrong for what feels like forever. I’ve decided that I’m not scared of the future. Instead, I’m more excited about what it holds and what could possibly go right.
Here’s what I DO know…
The people behind Deep Talk Radio Network built this site for both me – and YOU, and I am grateful to them for it. Insanely, speechlessly grateful. They do not want me to go quietly into the night; and honestly, that’s something I refuse to do. So what is this site? What will it be? I dunno… yet.
I can tell you a couple of things for certain:
- No one who’s worked on this site or will work on this site has done it or will do it for money.
- This site is just a part of where this journey will take me. I have way more to do and forks in the fire.
- This site is here to support the radio show I do with Joe Knetter and to talk about horror (and the paranormal) for the plain and simple love of it.
You may see some pretty familiar faces popping up here and there, but more on that later.
This site will NOT focus on news as there are plenty of other sites – including Dread Central – who do that better than anyone out there. Here we’re just gonna talk about cool shit and do reviews along with interviews and the occasional editorial if there’s something important to be said. Or even just something silly. My personality is nothing if not silly.
There will be no “hot button” discussions about race, gender, sexual preference, religion, politics, or anything of the sort. All that shit is checked at the goddamned door where it belongs. At the end of the day there are only two types of people in this world… assholes and those who are not assholes. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. We are here to stay as drama-free as possible! Just have a good time while blowing off steam and celebrating what we love.
This site also has a Patreon page. I’m not gonna lie – it needs revamping as it was originally set up to support the radio show only. Now we’re gonna shift focus a bit. Change the perks. Update the info. As stated, no one is making money on this site so whatever we get will go to server costs, live investigations, and just keeping the lights on the site burning and the show going. We have other shows and podcasts planned as well. Really cool stuff. We’re all pretty much broke as fuck currently so we do need some help and some support. If you wanna support me or this endeavor, the place to do so is RIGHT HERE. If you can’t, no worries. Even just sharing the page could and would be a HUGE help. We are truly grateful for every cent and promise that it will go toward making something cool. We may even be adding a DONATE button for those of you who don’t wanna subscribe to anything. Who knows?
If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken that first step with me. I cannot thank you enough, but not for standing behind me. I want you guys to stand beside me. Let’s see where we go!
Growth is painful.
Change is painful.
But nothing is more painful than being stuck somewhere you don’t belong.