Dearest Readers of The Blood Sprayer:
I’m coming to you pretty well humbled. I haven’t been completely “here” lately and your loyalty has suffered the wrath. I feel terrible for the amount of neglect that has gone on pertaining to the website, and more importantly, that you have probably been disappointed. Some things have occurred that I want to fill you in on. Not as excuses, but as an explanation.
I obviously don’t live off of this website. Hell, I don’t make a dime off of it period. It’s more of a “break even” sort of thing. So, naturally I work a day job…and I work a lot. In fact, I’ve worked so much over the last few months, that I didn’t notice that some things on this website were majorly malfunctioning.
As a lot of you may have noticed, or knew personally, The Blood Sprayer has had a lot of writers who have come and gone. Some spoke of being interested then never contributed a single article. Others not only joined the site, but contributed some of the most compelling articles to be featured in this website’s brief history. At some point over the past few months, some technical errors occurred within the inner workings of this website. As a result, several of the accounts of individuals who’ve written for this site were either deleted or messed up in some way. This resulted in articles being accredited to other writers, namely myself and few others. The odd part about it? No one deleted these accounts manually and to further complicate this, the articles attributed to me are not at all my account on this site. If you look at certain articles that are attributed to “Wes Allen”, you’ll notice that there’s not avatar photo. There’s a reason for that-it’s not a real account on this site. Yes, that is my name, but my account is NOT my full name. It’s only under the name “Wes”. I’m not going to fool you into thinking that I have ANY clue as to how these things have happened. I wouldn’t have known of this error were it not for the fact that a former staff member, and one of the reasons this site has even had such brilliant writers, Kristy Jett pointed this out to me. When this was all brought to my attention, I was in the midst of a very heavy work time. Plus, it was right around Christmas and I was simply unable to dig into the issue very hard. When I did finally get the opportunity to dig into the malfunctions, it seemed as if it would be an easy fix…this was not the case at all. Since then, I’ve been teaming with my human computer and we’re trying to get this issue solved. In doing so, the end result will be that the writers who actually wrote these articles will be accredited with their work, rightfully so.
While I know that you as the reader aren’t personally affected by this, I am. My negligence to this website has not only resulted in these technical errors taking place, it has resulted in people that I respect being hurt. Every person that writes or has written for this website is doing so pro-bono. There isn’t money to be made in writing these articles that they write for us, but they do so anyway. It’s obviously a love/passion-driven thing and we the audience reap all the benefits of their labor. This “glitch” has taken credit away from some hard work carried out by some excellent writers. No, I didn’t cause these errors personally, but my lack of attention to The Blood Sprayer’s guts caused people to be hurt. I screwed up. I should have spotted this stuff immediately. It most likely has damaged my friendships with these people and could very well result in them losing all respect for me. While I don’t go through life aiming to please people, I certainly haven’t set out to deliberately hurt/disappoint them either. So, with all of that in mind, I want to take the time to apologize to some of those folks. It doesn’t fix what has happened and doesn’t change what the website is currently accrediting some of its articles to. It does let me give them this bit of credit while we’re trying to reverse the errors that occurred and give the credit BACK to the actual writers of those articles.
The first few folks I want mention are Shawn Savage, Jeff Konopka, and Ted Brown. Not only are these guys great writers, they are passionate dudes. Shawn and Ted run the well known horror site, The Liberal Dead (www.liberaldead.com) and were nice enough to offer their services to us for a time. Jeff Konopka had his own blog and did our podcast, which he’s since taken over to The Liberal Dead as he’s joined their team full time. The time and knowledge these fellas contributed is invaluable to me. They’re all talented guys and I hold The Liberal Dead site in the highest regard. I’m truly sorry to you guys for this mix up.
The next few people are Hannah Neurotica, Jayson Kennedy, and Brian Solomon. Brian Solomon left the site quite a while ago, but I’m certain a lot of you are familiar with his work in other places. He’s written for everyone from WWE magazine to his own site www.thevaultofhorror.net. While he hasn’t been around for some time, it doesn’t make his contributions any less credible. The same would go for Jayson Kennedy, who’s work at www.ghoulbasement.com and horrortalk.com is already familiar to you. Not to mention his knowledge of genre film and home video technology is goddamned staggering. I’ve literally NEVER encountered an individual who’s as well-versed in those areas as he is. He wrote some fascinating articles on the subject. Hannah Neurotica probably doesn’t need an introduction. I don’t have enough space to list all the things she does for not only horror, but for gender equality within the genre. She’s one of brains behind Women In Horror Recognition Month and of course, Ax Wound Magazine. I offer my sincerest apologies to these individuals as well while we work this mess out.
Finally, I need to apologize to Kristy Jett. Kristy and I have had a complex relationship throughout the history of The Blood Sprayer. We haven’t always agreed on one another’s methods but it doesn’t change the fact that I respect Kristy for her sheer tenacity. I don’t have to agree with how an individual handles everything to plainly see that their passion and conviction make them an incredible individual. We’re it not for Kristy’s involvement with The Blood Sprayer, I literally wouldn’t know 90% of the people that have passed through this site. When I started up The Blood Sprayer, I didn’t know where to start other than I thought it would be cool to have a site rapping about the type of horror and exploitation films I dug. I have to be completely honest: Not only did I not know of any of these horror blogs that were out there, I didn’t even read blogs! I still don’t! I only read a few blogs pertaining to my beloved Baltimore Orioles. Kristy opened my eyes to a world of mercenary writers who’s passion drove their writing efforts-not a paycheck. Were it not for her, I wouldn’t know these beautiful people existed.
Kristy also contributed to some of the most popular articles in this site’s existence. She was the person tearing the roof off of the Camp Blood fiasco, as well as, the brains (and more importantly, HEART) behind Dan O’ Bannon Week. She was an invaluable asset to what this site became. Without her, I could not have gotten off the ground. I’ve never truly given her the credit she was long due for her part in this site, but I can tell you this with all certainty: Kristy Jett’s undying love for horror was poured into her contributions to this site and that’s a major factor to its success (however one may define that word). That undying love is her motivating factor. She works at Fright Rags, she’s why Popcorn is getting a long overdue DVD/Blu-Ray release, and she writes for numerous horror sites and publications. This woman is a lifer! Horror is ingrained into the fiber of her being and that passion shines through in everything she does. Like I stated earlier, I may not always agree with her methods in doing things, but make no mistake about it: She’s a hard working, driven, individual who’s success has been earned. No one’s handed anything to her…she went out and made it happen. That’s why I’m making this apology to her as well. Kristy helped me do things that I couldn’t have done for myself at the time. If I’ve never said it to her, I’ll say it right now: Kristy Jett, I’m envious of your drive. You helped me without ever needing to and I didn’t ever thank you properly for that. In the same breath, I want to apologize also, about the issues going on internally. This doesn’t do enough, but it’s my way of apologizing while we fix these problems.
Now onto you, the reader. Look guys-I’m human. I admit that I often bite off more than I can chew, and instead of owning up to the fact that I may need some help, I just say “fuck it”. That’s not an answer to any problem. I wanted to start this site because I love horror and exploitation film. It was an escape growing up and is a love affair now. I hoped that people would check it out and enjoy it. You’ve done that tenfold. I get some rad emails from regular readers giving suggestions of things they’d love to see us cover. Each time they make a point to say how much they love The Blood Sprayer. I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much that means to me! The horror community is a fascinating and weird one, but it’s also a loving one. You will go unjudged here. Not many sectors of geek culture can claim that openness. I won’t tell you guys that I’m never going to fuck up again. I can’t. It’s an unreasonable commitment to make. But I can tell you that I’m going to do everything in my power to get this site back to the standard I held for myself from day one. It was a passion project from the start and I intend on it getting back there. Who knows? By the end of this, everyone else may say “The hell with this guy! I’m outta here” and leave the site. Maybe I’ll be the only one left. If that is the case, I’ll do everything in my power to give you guys the best I can. There are still several incredible writers contributing (Zach Shildwachter, Bill Adcock, Jimmy Terror, Matt Pocock, Mahlon Orrin, Brittney-Jade Colangelo, and Mike Dobrzelecki to name a few!) and everyday I feel blessed to be in their presence. They have an insane amount of knowledge that I could never dream of having, as well as talent to spare. In short, they’re all brilliant. But then again, so is every writer that’s ever bothered to write for us. I’m a blessed human being to have been given the opportunity to work amongst these folks. It’s an embarrassment for me to have had this technical bullshit go down, but it’s also been an awesome chance to acknowledge some of the excellence this site has had the privilege of knowing.
I want to wrap this up, but I want to finish by saying this: Thank you. Thank you to everyone who’s ever visited The Blood Sprayer, who’s ever commented on an article, taken part in a contest, emailed me to say “hey” or “fuck you”…Thank you. You don’t know us personally, yet you support what we do. That’s an overwhelmingly beautiful thing. I’m sorry I (personally) have not given you the quality you deserve. It’s unfair to you as you are the people who keep this site vital. At the day’s end, I’m in the same boat as all of you. I’m working to provide for my family (gladly too!) and do this as an expression of my love for horror films. That’s all that it’s really about. I love horror and exploitation, just like all of you. I could have done irreparable damage to my own credibility (then again, I probably don’t have any credibility! HA!) already and may have put the death nail in my coffin with this, but it needed to be said. Everyone ever involved in this site kicks ass and I’m sorry for dropping the ball on many occasions with you all. You’re incredible people who I owe a giant debt of gratitude to. Thank you for your work, and to the readers-thank you for loyalty. I’m aiming to give you the best I can with (hopefully) fewer mistakes from now on. It’s not always going to be material talking about the latest, hottest thing but it will be honest and passionate. That’s something we can guarantee you at The Blood Sprayer. I hope all of you can forgive me over time for the errors I’ve committed and know that I want to give you the best I can, since I already KNOW that the other folks who contribute to this site DO give you their best. Once again, I apologize for the mishaps, to those they’ve affected and to the readers-thank you for your continued support. If you trust that I will make improvements on my end, then I guarantee that I will continue to unintelligibly rant about the greatness of Lucio Fulci.
My sincerest regards,