Ginger Nuts of Horror
It feels like a lifetime ago when it was announced that Ginger Nuts of Horror was closing. It was a choice that didn't come easily to me, at that point I was probably at my lowest point, physically, emotionally, and mentally in decades.
I'm not going to go into details about what happened, suffice to say that with everything that was going on in my life at that time, this website felt like a poison dart in my side. Through all of the troubles and turmoil, I was going through, the site and all the reviews that needed posting, that was when I realised that I had crossed the line from doing this as a hobby into this website taking over my life. I felt that the only recourse left to me was to kill the thing that seemed to be at the root of all my troubles.
Those of you who run their review sites will know all too well how much time and effort it takes to do it. Years of getting up at 3 am to reply to emails, write reviews, post news items, etc., had over the years taken their toll on both my health, my family life and my mental health. Combining that with a physical job that in all truth I am getting too old for, and family commitments, resulted in me not being a very nice person at home or work, exhaustion is a bastard, and while it is no excuse for my actions, it was a source of the problem.
Adding to this was the constant noise and chatter for the cheap seats. Why so many of those involved in the genre felt they needed me to either be aware of new drama was unfolding, or hell in even some cases take up the sword in their quest for justice was beyond me. From now on I'll leave that for those of you with your white horse, and a twisted sense of morality and shifting goalposts.
To counteract this have stripped the friend's list on Facebook from over 2500 to around 200, my main Facebook account is now for friends and family only. I need to distance myself from the constant chatter, and the constant need to be contacted by people who don't respect personal boundaries. With that in mind as of today, i will no longer be using Facebook Messenger; I hate it, I hate how the little red notification sits there staring at you trying to make you feel guilty about ignoring it.
If you are wondering what this all has to do with the site, then hold on all will be answered.
My review team are fantastic, they are brilliant writers, but more importantly a great set of friends and confidants, people who without their counsel and help, would have probably seen me in a much worse place. And to just kill the site would be a huge mark of disrespect to them as friends. There also was the matter of Summer of Sabbath; there was no way I could let all that work just go away and a large number of reviews and articles that still had to be posted.
So with that in mind, Ginger Nuts of Horror will return, but with some very significant changes.
1. Reviews are now closed, all reviews will be by invitation only. No exceptions. Currently we have over 500 books sitting in this year's review pile, that number of books is just too much for any site, and the time and effort that it takes to deal with this is just too much.
2. News items will unless it is a major event, will all be posted in a mass news post, daily multiple news posts will no longer happen.
3. The film side of the site will slowly be phased out, dealing with multiple PR agents for the same film is tiring, confusing and downright annoying, and to be honest, the flood of mediocre indie horror films at the moment is rather disheartening.
4. There will be a zero tolerance policy on the site; I won't promote anyone how acts like a dick, either to me or any of my reviewers or in the genre as well. No reviews for the author's books or any anthology they appear in.
If you are wondering what brought this on, there were two things1. I received a long winded rant from an author directed at me and some of my feelings on the genre a day later; they had the cheek to send in a review request. 2. A great friend of mine has hung up their reviewing books, for some reasons, many of which I have gone through myself, but one of them was brought on by a writer who spends more time trying to get attention and pity than actually writing. Their need to be a tattletale resulted in my friend getting a shit load of abuse, that sort of shit is not going to be tolerated anymore.
So as of next week, Ginger Nuts will return, I'll be taking a step back from the front line, but I will still be there driving the site forward, but the site will now be under my rule, rather than me living under its rule.
And we have a lot of great stuff coming your way.