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.
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