Special Thanks to the Horror Community: A Brief Hiatus

If you think you have been blocked, think again. I opted to take a momentary hiatus from social networking by virtue of irritation and the inability to utilize the burden of my Facebook which is frustrating because I use these sites to promote my hard work AND to promote the work of my colleagues. Shutting these pages down for the time being is not helping me any. Text messages and PM's have also become a nuisance for me. There's nothing I hate more than getting text messages and PMs. If I want to talk to you, I will let you know. Yes, I am selfish that way. Maybe this break will get me on track and help me to focus on more important matters. I want to gear the majority of my focus on my personal life, my book and this script that seems impossible for my brother and I to finish.

Any who, it seems as if my tango with my health issues continues onward but I remain thankful for my children's health and my ability to care for them. Recently, I was rushed to the ER due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Due to my insomnia and exhaustion, I took a high dose of sleeping medication and Nyquil because I just wanted to sleep. My life is fast paced, always on the go, and I never slow down enough to relax. I had no idea I would be inhaling gas for hours and I consider myself lucky to be alive. What's worse is that I haven't had to deal with negativity from local authorities in the area for the entire year that I have been living here until now. These authority figures who abuse their power give my friends in the field a bad name. This 24-hour endeavor was a complete nightmare - Several IVs, heart monitors, high blood pressure of 170, breathing tubes, and disorientation. I was so confused in my state, it was hard for me to answer questions correctly. I couldn't remember names and dates and I am being treated as if I am some drug-addicted serial killer. Unfair and insulting. It's a good thing I decided to hide all my meth supplies and chainsaws in the shed out back. (Serious side note - Everything in my house is child proofed. I strongly believe I was being judged poorly because of all of the horror movie memorabilia that was in my house.)

It's rare that I post photos of my children on social media because of my past issues with stalkers. It's a scary world out there and I want to keep my children as far away from social media as possible. They can Facebook when they're 18. Until then, I continue to monitor everything they do online and I refuse to let my children become the butt of a joke from some deranged sociopath online that obsesses over me. Those of you who know me or have been following my work for years are aware of what I went through online and I wouldn't wish that upon anyone.

Onto more positive and shameless self-promoting, I was asked to be a speaker for the horror panel at the MENSA International Convention in Austin, Texas. This is not just another horror convention I was chosen to speak at and it wasn't a local university. This is a high IQ society and I was honored to be a part of this event. To my surprise, I had a full room of attendees who were interactive and asked questions not even your most devoted horror fan could conjure up. It was impressive to say the least. 


Rosh Hashana was a lot of fun with a great turn out at my parent's building. Where do these people come from? I do not get to join service as much as I'd like to but I try and it really does mean a lot to me, Passover being my favorite.
My recent SOV-VHS article for Dreamaniac received positive attention, thanks to my boys at Geek Juice. My Hackers article is on the way!
Speaking of upcoming articles, my long-awaited piece covering 70's arthouse porn with splashes of horror and fantasy is still in progress. This will be for a magazine I have looked up to for years. I suppose this is where my less than supportive crowd is here to judge me and call me a horrible person or even a horrible mother for including pictures of my children in the same post as my questionable interests. It's not as if I wank to these movies. I write about art and strive to open your minds to the deeper meaning behind controversial subjects.

In closing, I want to thank all of you who have been supporting me for years and don't ever let anyone tell you how to live your life. Write every day. Make horror movies. Encourage each other. Push the envelope. Get heard and stand up for what you believe in. If those around you do not support you, FUCK THEM! Last but not least, everyone needs to see Straight Outta Compton. It's one of the best films I have seen in a long time and I don't even dig rap music..... Not all of it anyway. Freedom of speech. Learn what it means.


1 comment:

  1. fuck you continu to amaze me. Never afraid to say whats on your mind and brave enough to stick with your passions. Please do not delete your face book for good. kg


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