So, we’re 2 months in. After going live at the beginning of April, I never would’ve guessed that things would’ve gone as well as they did. Looking at all these amazing writers, these fantastic posts-it’s overwhelming for a guy who had what he thought was a silly idea. And so you’re asking me “what exactly has happened?” Good question, audience of people in my head. Well, let’s break it down:
-Our already amazing staff was rounded out by the best names that the net has to offer
-Zach Shildwachter’s Nerd Porn series became an instant classic with our readers (and if we beg him really nicely, perhaps we’ll coax some more of that out of him)
-John Squires blessed the site with it’s first giveaway in the form of a kick ass Fright Rags shirt
-Without realizing it was a big deal, we rounded up some kick ass women to join our team…turns out that was a unique thing to do! Who’d of thought?
-A director was given the opportunity to offer a rebuttal to a less than favorable review of his film. And it didn’t end in bloodshed! Note: We still stand behind that review because we stand behind our writers.
-Because of all of you readers, our goal for how many hits we wanted for the month of May was exceeded by almost 1000!!! Awesome!!!
These are just a few of the things that we’ve done of note over the last 4 weeks. Do I sound boastful? I certainly don’t mean to…I’m more like a very proud papa. There was a phrase that I tossed out in conversation with Jeb, Josh, and Kristy last week: Right people, right content, right attitude. I truly believe that’s what makes The Blood Sprayer so much fun for everyone involved. The right people are writing for this site because they love the horror genre. They don’t just throw up irresponsible garbage, either. It’s well thought out, articulate material that appeals to the other part of the “right people” equation, the reader. You guys know what you love about horror-well, as rabid fans, we’d like to think that we do too. So, rather than patronize you with carbon-copy press releases, we’ve decided to take the high road. As fans, we knew what we were NOT getting out of other sites and publications. Most of our writers come from the blogging world where they were fed up with the same things you (the reader) were. So, they started blogs where they could profess their love or hatred for the genre. Now, with this site, they get a chance to not only continue that trend, but perhaps to a larger audience that will in turn, also follow their blog. It’s a circle of sorts. We’re all in it together-including you guys. This site will provide you, as long as you keep coming back and telling us what you want. Between our team and your love for horror, the right people have all shown up to the party.
The right content is pretty self-explanatory. As I stated earlier, we’re not interested in the same ol’ bullshit press releases. We want substance. We’d rather give you fewer articles with quality content, than 2-3 sentences of shit you could’ve read on AOL’s homepage. It’s not what we’re about. Take this for example: Myself, Christine Hadden, and James Gracey all wrote up fairly lengthy pieces on Italian horror (2 pieces on Lucio Fulci, and one on Ennio Morricone) icons. We cover them because they are such an important part of horror’s history as well as what will happen in the future, that they’re deserving of such articles. Their relevancy is more potent now, than ever. Some of Morricone’s compositions were used in “Inglourious Basterds”. A scene from Fulci’s “Zombi 2” is currently airing all over the damn place, courtesy of a Best Buy ad (covered here at The Blood Sprayer). John Squires and Miss Kristy Jett have a great column dedicated to independent horror businesses called “Little Shops of Horrors”. It spotlights the many talented folks out there that peddle us our geek wares. Then, there’s some of the more personal pieces that have landed as of late. Whether it was B.J’s story of his daughter’s lifelong obsession with Chucky, or Christine’s piece on revenge film where she won my heart for mentioning the immaculate Gaspar Noe film “Irreversible”, or Bill Adcock’s beautifully written pieces bringing together our horror obsessions with their relevancy to our culture, the content HAS been nothing but quality. We aren’t the type to rest on our laurels. It’s seen as a responsibility to put great material out there that fully encapsulates what the genre is all about-and we take that responsibility very seriously. Don’t ever, ever worry about us skimping on the meat because that’s what the point of the website was for me at the beginning, and it continues to be so for everyone at this site.
The right attitude…that’s a little more complicated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it involves some sort of elitist esotericism, but it isn’t as easily explained as the other 2 parts. This point brings it all back around full circle to the title of this editorial. Since The Blood Sprayer’s inception, I’ve been the happiest I’ve been in years. I get the satisfaction of seeing all these brilliant writers contribute to our site on a daily basis. A lot of us have yet to formally meet and some of us don’t even live in the U.S., but I feel a real bond with this group of people. It moves well beyond our collective love of horror. It has become more about preserving the horror community’s place in this world because we believe horror and it’s fans make this world better. Just as most of you are, the writers at this site are in on our own joke. We get why things are funny and ridiculous in horror films. We get why certain movies have a place in your heart, if for no other reason but to make you laugh out loud at their audacity. Horror is crazy, silly, obnoxious, and most of all, entertaining. Those characteristics are the same ones that drive us on our quest of geekiness. This website makes us smile, each and everyday. It makes me proud to be a part of it, and it makes me proud to know these people. It also swells my heart beyond recognition to know that you fans are enjoying what’s going on here. I can’t put into words how happy I am to keep giving our best as writers and getting your return visits in exchange. It’s a fantastic feeling and it definitely has inspired the “right attitude” in this writing staff that we call The Blood Sprayer…
That leads us to where we are now. June is going to see us premiering our official Blood Sprayer t shirt designs (that ALL OF YOU WILL ORDER…ALL OF YOU), starting the first of many theme weeks, and debuting some amazing shit that you won’t even believe came our way. Hell, I still can’t believe it myself. As always, we thank you from the bottom of our blackened hearts for your support. Without your love of horror and revisits, this site wouldn’t keep going. We’re a small group, but a proud one. And a proud one to serve your horror news needs. We aren’t men…we aren’t women…we are The Blood Sprayer.
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