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Dread Central Turns Six!

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Six years ago Dread Central opened its doors on July 4th, declaring our independence from those who were holding us back, and the lunatics have been running the asylum ever since. The road thus far has been winding and unpredictable, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

As always, I’d like to take this time to acknowledge the folks who keep the spooky coming by the bucketful. First, our foundation … The Foywonder, Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, Scott Johnson, Mr. Dark, Nomad, and Rick Trembles. These cats have been here since Day One and helped build this nuthouse brick by brick. Words alone cannot express how lucky we are to have each and every one of you. Your loyalty and support are proof positive it takes more than just blood to become family.

Then there are the cats who have been soldiering for several years – Heather Wixson, Brian Smith, Matt Fini, Sean Decker, Crix Lee, and Gareth Jones. The work that you guys have put in, the initiative that you all take, and the passion that you all have continues to inspire us to no end. The word “professional”l doesn’t even begin to cut it. You are valued, loved, and most of all respected. Thank you so fucking much.

This year we also introduced some new blood into the family… Doctor Gash, Amanda Dyar, Jinx, PopKelture, Aaron Williams, Alex DiVincenzo, Rob Delamorte, Molotov Cupcake, Brad McHargue, and JTMosh. We gave you guys the ball, and to say you have run with it is an understatement. Your effort makes us proud to call you family. We hope that you’re around for years and years to come as we are super lucky to have you.

A SUPER LOUD shout-out goes to our film festival contributors Serena Whitney, Kalebson, Evil Andy, Paul McCannibal, Esther Splett, and Pierre-Wolf. When thinking about you all the word important comes to mind. Thank you SO much for everything that you continue to do.

Then there are my direct partners in crime, the people who deserve far more accolades than they get … the backbone of the entire operation. Jon Condit, KW Low, and Debi Moore. Seriously? I’m pretty surprised you guys haven’t killed me yet. I’d be nowhere without you, and to say I love you really doesn’t even begin to cut it. However, if you are plotting my demise… well… who could blame you?!?

Finally a special nod to all who have been with us and went on to other things. You know who you are. You’ll never be forgotten.

That brings us to you guys… the reason we get up in the morning. Every one of you who have ever sat down and read a single word. The only reason we’re allowed to do what we do is because you let us. I promise we’ll never lose sight of that fact. Every bit of praise, every ounce of shit you give us (whether we deserve it or not) is completely respected. You are the key players in turning Dread Central into what it has become, and we’ll keep doing our thing as long as you keep coming back. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Much love, guys! You’re all rock stars! Thanks for six incredible years, and here’s to many more to come.

Dread Central Turns Six!

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  • Gus Bjork

    Anything I have to say has already been said. I’ve followed the crew here from Creature Corner to the Horror Channel (c’mon, a statute of limitations has to apply sooner or later) to here. Throughout it’s been a little bit of an online home. I check the site daily and the podcasts are always an ipod staple.

    Thank you all for all you do. I don’t know how success gets measured for you guys but I wish you as much of it as you can handle.

    And thanks for recognizing others, assuming Butane, Kryton, the Bostaphs and such, that are gone but not forgotten.

  • jimjimbo

    Congrats guys! Doesn’t really surprise me you made it to 6 years though, you guys are all awesome and have just been getting better and better every year.

    Although I’ve never posted comments or anything, I’ve followed you guys from Creature Corner, to The Hor… I mean that other place, and finally to Dread. I don’t read any other horror sites and don’t feel like I need to when I can get it all here. It’s a great site to come to because you’ve always had a real community feel. That’s awesome because I don’t really know else anyone who’s into horror movies, but also kind of weird in that I feel like I know all you guys because I’ve been reading you sites on a daily (well week-daily, anyway) basis for god knows how many years.

    So, thank you all heartilly! You’ve made my working day tolerable for a very fucking long time… and hopefully for a long time to come.

  • LifeMi

    I fuck you back, Dread Central! Thanks for six years of shark alarms, space babies and, of course, NICE.

  • LSD Zombie

    Thanks DC crew for six years of great reporting and many, many laughs! You guys are without a doubt the most interesting group of characters on the net.

  • Genrewriter

    Congrats on six years, guys!

  • Rottenjesus

    So you’re SIX-SIX-SIX years old eh? Happy Birthday you lovable bunch of creepy bastards and bitches (and Foy too). It’s been a long freaky ride and I hope it never ends!

    Terminal gets to ride in the trunk with the flesh eating bugs!

    P.S. THE SPACE BABY WILL FUCK YOU BACK!

    • Terminal

      You know you love me.

      • Rottenjesus

        Only if you stop talking and get in the trunk. Then I might feel something for you but most likely not. :)

  • nazo

    Happy Birthday you crazy bastards! Thanks for one of the best places on the internet.

  • aliensharkboy

    I’ve been reading stuff on here for a bit longer than I’ve had my account and I do come on here everyday, as long as I have my best friend laptop with me… he’s called Roofus T. Barley Sheef

    congratulations on the six years! I do hope to stick around for the 6 more years to come!

  • Vanvance1

    Dread Central… I stick around for the news, reviews and the chance I might someday get to cook you all in a giant iron pot. Cannibal holocaust for real!

    Of course if I ate everyone who would cover the story? Damn!

  • Sirand

    I largely owe my career to Dread and that is why I’ll never leave it. This has been my family for a long, long time…ever since we all started posting on the Fangoria message boards back in the day. I’ve made some life long friends and collaborators out of this venture, and if I’ve ever been able to give anything back to the horror fans, then it’s all been worth it.

  • MagusMaleficus

    Man, six years already? Seems like yesterday that the site was opening up finally… Fuck, it doesn’t seem so long ago that you guys were still at [Insert Previous Website Name Here]. Time really does fly, eh?

    Six years and I’ve visited this site at least once every damn day. I occasionally visit other sites–read an article or two, listen to a podcast, etc–but Dread Central is the only horror site I call home. You guys and gals fucking rock and I wish you continued health, happiness, and success in the years to come.

    Tonight, I drink in your honor, rocking my Rotten Cotton DC work shirt (and trying not to spill booze on it). Cheers!

  • Terminal

    You forgot to thank Terminal for being a constant splinter in your heel. I kid, I kid. I’m not that egomaniacal, can you imagine? Congrats, guys.

  • Diavolo

    I may visit other sites for information, but Dread Central is the only site where I feel the opinions are worth reading. Even though I may not neccessarily agree with them all, everyone takes the time to explain and justify why they have that opinion (you hear that Jim Wynorski?). The only part that makes me feel uncomfortable is the fact that I seem to have a very similar view of things to Uncle Creepy. Jesus…wept.

  • Mr. Gray

    Congrats, you guys! I don’t comment often, but I’ve checked the site every day since the beginning. This is the only horror site I check for news and reviews.

    Thanks for putting out such a great site.

  • ThatSomeone

    I have learned about this site only today. And must say I liked it`s black design :D

  • PrairieGhost

    Thanks for the 6 years! Looking forward to the many more.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Talk about an old school reader. I don’t even remember a time you weren’t with us! Thanks for the support, man!

  • kiddcapone

    And let’s not forget yours truly….lol. We’ve gone through a lot together, but here we are, still kickin’, more mature and better than ever. It seems like a life-time ago from the old days across various sites. The Kidd is still the Kidd, just older, wiser, and focused on the real life kid. Life is too short for petty shit. We all share the same love around these parts…

    Dread is easily the best place for news, podcasts, and comments. The message boards are vacant wastelands of crap, but everything else: Top Notch.

    Congrats on 6 years, and here’s to another 6. I’m like herpes, you’re stuck with me……

    • Uncle Creepy

      Indeed. We definitely go back a ways, huh?

      Forums and message boards are slowly dying everywhere. What with Twitter, Facebook, and everything else there’s just less of a need for them.

  • MonsterMash

    You lovable fucks are the best in the biz. I fuck you all back! Diehard fan for 3+ years!

    • Uncle Creepy

      Bless your black heart!

      • MonsterMash

        As well as yours, sir!