I spent my tween-age years totally obsessed with horror movies. Not the gruesome splatter flicks we have today, but the Universal classics – Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man and the Mummy. I had classic movie posters on my walls and I spent my free time alternately building Aurora classic monster models and reading every book I could find on the subject. Eventually I expanded out to the dark, rich and sexy Hammer Horror films and thanks to Dr. Shock, the mutated monster movies of the 50’s like Deadly Mantis, Tarantula and Them. This photo was taken in my bedroom back in 1976. Did the rounded edges and you can’t tell but the photo stock has texture to it. Very hip. Don’t know where that rubber hand came from but I found that awesome chunk ring at the mall and thought it was very Barnabas Collins. (So Beast with Five Fingers!) On the far right you can see two of the Aurora models I built; The Witch and (I think) The Phantom of the Opera. Behind that is a glimpse of a Dracula movie poster. On the other side is a mug with a skull head that tilts when you drink and
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I’ve been a fangirl for as long as I can remember. I started off with a literary fandom – I just couldn’t get enough of Sally, Dick and Jane. Everyday, I went off to kindergarten eagerly awaiting the moment when Mrs. Butterfoss would crack open that giant book and read another adventure. “Oh Spot! Do you see, what I see?” From there, it was Gene London. He was a children’s TV show host in Philadelphia. He would draw, live on TV as he told wonderful stories. I had the biggest crush on him. Once I was old enough to stay up and watch primetime TV, I was done for. I had a wild imagination as a child (still do) and television was fuel for the fire. I started creating my own stories in my head and eventually, I started writing them down. At that point, fandom was my own, private little world. All of that changed when I got to Junior High because that’s when I discovered the power of fan fiction. I’m going to let you in on a little secret — as a teen I was chubby, geeky and scholarly – meaning I didn’t have very many friends.
Almost 20 years ago, (I can’t believe I’m even saying that!) I did my first interview with a celebrity and it was the start of a whole new chapter in my life. Since then, I’ve amassed hours and hours of audio and pages and pages of notes and articles from interviews with actors, directors, stunt people, writers, producers. . . etc. Twice I’ve attempted to turn those interviews into books and twice that train derailed and I walked away. But you know what they say, the third time’s the charm. Come on In, the Water’s Bloody is a collection of 20 interviews with the cast and crew of the TV series Supernatural. The title is a quote from series creator Eric Kripke and you’ll find that interview in the book. When I started pulling this one together I had to make two big decisions. First, I had to decide if I was going to publish transcripts or narrative chapters. Most interview books are chapters – like the magazine articles I wrote based on these interviews over the years. I chose to go with transcripts for one reason, I wanted the reader to “hear” what these people sound like. When you
I told someone today that my desk is not cluttered. Well, it’s not cluttered in the usual sense. It’s not loaded with files and papers and books and mail. It is, however littered with things that make me happy. The items change depending on my mood so this is a snapshot of me – April 2014. The biggest item is a large, die-cast Starsky & Hutch Torino that I pulled out of the garage now that I’m back into the show. Behind that is also one of the Starsky & Hutch tie-in novels that my husband added to the collection. Both mugs are from the TV series Supernatural. One is filled with color markers left over from my scrapbooking days. I use them to write my To Do lists. In front is my newest collectible, a bobblehead Dr. Teeth from The Muppets. I got him free with Disney Movie Rewards points. I do love a freebie and he’s just so wild you can’t help but smile when you look at him. Now it’s your turn. What happy items are on your desk?
I’ve been slowly going through all of my old backup discs looking for the interviews I’ve conducted over the years and I keep finding other interesting goodies. For example, digitized versions of a set of Starsky & Hutch TV series press slides from the 1970’s. I bought these slides more than ten years ago on a trip to Hollywood. I think I got them at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, which is an amazing place if you’re looking for unusual books related to movies, TV or theater. The slides were turning red which happens as they age and fade so the store couldn’t use them to make prints anymore. I still thought they were a cool find so I made him a deal on the lot. When I got them home, I took them to a one-hour photo store (do they still exist?) and the guy was able to create small prints from the slides for not too much money. I then scanned the printed images so I could. . . I don’t know. . put them online probably but I’m not sure I ever did. I know I later sold some or all of the slides on eBay so it was
I’ve always loved shopping for other people’s stuff. It goes back to the Berlin Auction Flea Market in New Jersey. When I was a kid, we’d prowl the full length of this massive parking lot searching for garage sale goodies on a regular basis. These days, I haunt the local thrift shops, estate sales and garage sales for stuff – some of which we keep but most of which I resell on eBay for fun and profit. Thrift shopping has become my new addiction. I actually get anxious and excited when I head into a store and I go out at least twice a week on a hunt. Recently, my husband caught the same bug and now he’s Mr. Thrifter. That’s what led us to attempt our first full day thrifting trip this past weekend. I wanted to visit the Savers store in Anaheim. It’s the only one in Orange County and everyone I know who thrifts for profits shops at the chain. It’s about 20 minutes from here, so I did a search and found three Goodwill stores in the area and that was our original plan.
I don’t step in front of the camera very often anymore but when Jesse Selwyn calls, I come running. Jesse is my favorite director. I’ve worked with him and his brother Zach Selwyn on a half dozen comedy music videos and skits. What I like best about working for Jesse is that he’s the most organized director I’ve ever met. He has a plan and a vision and he makes it happen within a reasonable amount of time. He’s so dead on that when I was at his place shooting a web commercial for Verizon Fios Quantum, I predicted exactly what time we’d wrap shooting. And guess, what, I called it. That’s a testament to Jesse’s skill and his amazing crew. So here’s an extra shout out to AD Michael Anderson. I usually work as an AD, so I know it’s a tough job. You have to allow the crew enough time to set up and get the shot but at the same time you have to keep the actors happy and the day moving forward. Michael had a handle on it and so it was a pleasant day. What I like best about filming is meeting all of these
This past weekend, I spent a couple of days hanging with the wild and crazy folks of Monsterpalooza. The convention is dedicated to classic monsters and the people who make them. This is no ordinary horror con – Monsterpalooza celebrates the special effects teams and make-up artists who bring fantasy creatures to life. The vendors room is packed with artists who do amazing work such as Todd Robey. I picked up one of his brand new Walking Dead caricature prints for my son.