With just over a week to go until this year has been put to bed, I thought I should put together a post about the highs and lows of Ginger Nuts of Horror and the beard behind it.
Like every other year this has been a mixed year, but thankfully the highs have more than outweighed the lows. So let us get the lows out of the way first.
We have a strange psychological make up in the country of ours, where once someone reaches a certain point of success, some of us like to use them for their own personal gain, abuse them then stab them in the back. And this year has certainly seen a fair amount of that. From people taking books to review from me and either never writing a review, or even worse posting the review on their own website, thus making me look like a fool in front of the publicists. To making public the list that Ginger Nuts of Horror has for writers and publishers that we won't deal with. That was a classy move I so enjoyed spending a whole weekend dealing with HWSNBN. To writers thinking that public tagging me and demanding that I help them get a publishing deal, who then have a strop when I say no and remove them from my Facebook feed. You know a simple email, asking, not demanding, might have served you better. And on a side note, it's never a good idea to form a little group and bitch and moan about me, one I don't really care, and two you and all of your little writers and reviewers really just show yourselves for the idiots that you are. However, my favourite has to be getting sent and interview from one of the above lot that was so filled with viruses I got an advanced warning from the World Health Organisation.
The only other thing I will say on this is Ginger Nuts of Horror will help anyone promote, the horror related projects, I'll bend over backwards to promote my genre of choice, that's why I get up at 3am in the morning, but cross me or any one of the team and you will never feature on the site again.
But enough of the negativity I have promised myself to be more upbeat. This year has been an amazing year. Ginger Nuts of Horror has grown tremendously in both content and viewing figures. The site now regularly pushes 300,000 views a month, and more importantly has a huge return rate and a fantastic time spent on the site. This means people are actually reading and exploring the site. To all you who have spent time on the site, liked and shared it left comments, or even just had a read of one or two articles I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And to the fabulous team who contribute to Ginger Nuts of Horror, I cannot thank you enough, you guys rock, you have kept me sane and on the right path and your contributions have been outstanding. So much so our BFS Nomination for best non fiction would not have been possible without your help. So will Kit Power, Duncan Ralston, Alex Davis, Dawn Cano, George Anderson, Paul Feeney, George Daniel Lea, Charlotte Courtney Bond, Kayleigh Marie Edwards, Joe Young, Andrew Fruedenberg and the new boy Adrian Shotbolt please stand up and take a bow, you have all been absolutely fabulous.
And to all the others and contributors of guest articles I thank you for taking the time to answer my interviews, submit your books for review and writing some very interesting articles.
As for the highlights of 2015, the first major one was the fantastic Scarlet Gospels feature we did, it's just a pity that the book never lived up to quality of all of the articles in the feature.
The interview with Joe Dante was both jaw droppingly amazing and pants on fire frightening. How on earth we got the only UK interview with him for his new film I will never, but I am so glad that we did and that his publicists had the faith in us, and you know what I think we pulled it off.
Kit Power's often powerful and moving My Life In Horror provided two other highlights, firstly an interview with Ginger Wildheart who is hero to both myself and Kit. That was a surreal moment interviewing a musical hero about his music and his love for horror films.
The second highlight to come from MLIH was Kit's article on Gremlins going viral, months after it was originally posted. That was a strange moment.
However, on a personal note, getting hoodwinked and present with Jim Mcleod Must die at the launch of Adam Nevill's Lost Girl has to be the personal highlight of not just the year bit from the whole of my Ginger Nuts career, I really don't think it will ever be topped. The reviewing game at times can feel like a lonely gig, you never really know if what you are doing has any kind of impact, and to be presented with a book where so many of your favourite authors have written a story where they take their revenge out on you has to rank as one of the most amazing things that has ever happened.
Even now almost two months down the line I am still riding high on the emotions. The idea was the brainchild of Phil Sloman, who not only ranks alongside Mark West as having the best legs in horror, he also ranks alongside Mark West as one of the nicest people in the genre. To every single person involved in writing a story or the production of this most amazing gifts I thank you and I am forever in your debt, this book has done more for me than any of you could ever possibly imagine.
Which brings to Fiona, who wrote the afterword to the book, an afterword that I still have read in multiple sittings as I can't get through it without breaking up. Fiona, it is an honour to call you friend, and a privilege to call you a bestie. You are a wonderful person and my life is all the better for you being a part of it.
2015 has been a year that has reinvogorated my love for the genre and for running a website, it has been a year filled with success and high points, but stay tuned, for 2016 is going to be even bigger and better there are some intrersting features coming your way.
To everyone who has contributed read or even just muttered under yiur breath about the site I raise a glass and toast a toast in your honour, May those who love us, love us. And those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts; And if He doesn’t turn their hearts, May He turn their ankles, So we will know them by their limping.