Dread Central Turns Five! Time to Blow Stuff Up!
Five years. Ups and downs. Crowning achievements. Growing pains aplenty. Old friends. New faces. Everything in-between. That's pretty much what the ride has been like for us here at Dread Central, and every bit of joy and pain has never seemed more worth it.
On July 4th, 2006, Dread Central opened its doors and the lunatics officially began running the asylum. Honestly, it was a crapshoot. Did the world really need another horror website? We were going to either sink or swim. Thankfully, you, dear readers, were right there to toss us a life preserver; and we've been swimming upstream ever since.
As always, I'd like to take this time to acknowledge the folks who have really helped to make this online destination for all things spooky your home. The Foywonder, Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, Scott Johnson, Mr. Dark, Nomad, Morgan, Joe Knetter, and Emilie Noetzel have been soldiers since the beginning. You guys are the foundation that every single brick has been built upon. The words "We love you" cannot even begin to describe how we feel about each of you.
Other faces have found their way into the family and have stayed on as extremely important cogs in what makes this machine work. MattFini, Sean Decker, Heather Wixson, Brian Smith, Elaine Lamkin, Gareth Jones, Thom Carnell, Chris Haberman, Serena Whitney, Kalebson, Evil Andy, Paul McCannibal, Pierre-Wolf, Rick Trembles, Drew Tinnin, Erik Van Der Wolf, Heather Buckley, and Crix Lee. To say you guys rock is a bit of an understatement. Thank you SO much for everything that you continue to do.
And there are even a couple of new faces we're lucky to have who have instantly become part of the family ... Doctor Gash and DougEvil ... thanks for being psychotic enough to want in and then not running away like your heads were on fire. You'll be seeing much more of these two.
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. There's not a day that goes by that I don't feel thankful that you all humored me enough to start this wacky journey and see it through. You guys are the reason I breathe. Thank you.
And 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.
Finally, and most importantly, there's you guys. The people who come here and tune in to our shenanigans day in and day out. The denizens of our little island of misfit toys. Don't think for one second that we don't realize that you are the folks who allow us to do what we do. You're not just our readership, you're our peers. Thanks to the old faces who have stuck with us, thanks to the new faces who have made themselves known, and of course thanks to the people who read along quietly. You all keep us on our toes, and we are grateful for that. In the end it's you who have shaped what Dread Central has become.
Much love, guys! Thanks for five amazing years, and here's to many more to come. Rock and roll, baby ...
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