Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:17

Staff

Peter West – Le Grande Fromage


The Big Cheese, The Head Honcho. Not much is known about Peter West other than he is one bad mutha fucka that is not to be messed with. Ya dig? He reviews films, and most importantly, he pays for the site. If it wasn't for him, you'd be looking at an ERROR 404 page right now.

 

You can email Peter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Steve Pattee – Administrator, Editor, Reviewer


He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone. When you're sitting home alone, watching TV and you feel an odd breeze; that's Steve Pattee coming by to keep an eye on you. He's the man with the red right hand. When you think you've got it all figured out, it's because Steve Pattee has shown you a glimpse of reality. But only the reality he wants you to see, the one he made for you.

 

You can contact Steve Pattee if you dare...

 

Daniel Benson – Webmaster, UK Editor


Daniel J. Benzine, of the South Birmingham Benzines, made his fortune in the tea trade as a Major General in India. Later, he and his man-servant Clive, who was also a Major General, sought fame and glory in the deepest jungles of the Dark Continent. Together they discovered the Lost City of Goatse, where they revelled in the mysterious, yet appalling rituals they found there. Today, Daniel likes to spend time sipping tea in his English country garden while Clive tells droll stories about the septics.

 

Want to warm his cockles? Contact him here.


Or check out his Facebook page.

 

James "Spez" Ferguson – Reviewer


Spez has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.

 

You can follow Spez's ramblings on his Twitter page or email him here.

 

ZigZag – Reviewer


ZigZag's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic. He is ZigZag.


Do not fear him. Do not pity him. Do NOT bore him.

 

You can contact him, though. Just send an E-mail to ZigZag.

 

TGM – Reviewer


TGM, having lost his license over an elaborate kidney harvest pyramid scheme gone awry, now reviews movies here to make ends meet. Not much else is known about the man, save for the fact that when asked for his thoughts on The Human Centipede replied, "Been there, done that."

 

We haven't told him yet that he doesn't get paid.

 

You can contact him here. (Just keep that 'working for free' part a secret.)

 

Charlotte Stear – Reviewer, Blogmeister


Charlotte is a film blogger from the North West of England. Her interest in slasher films started when she was 13 and watched Friday the 13th with a friend. While the friend laughed at how dated it looked, Charlotte was secretly scared pooless but nervously laughed along. This experience led to a nightly ritual of checking under her bed for Mrs Voorhees, which went on for a longer period of time then she would like to admit. Other great horror favourites include Evil Dead, The Lost Boys, Idle Hands, Halloween, Ginger Snaps and 28 Days Later.

 

Along with her great film obsession, she is also addicted to tea and popcorn. Not together. A deprivation of either can result in extreme bad moods. You've been warned.

 

You can contact her or follow her film rambles via her blog.

 

Gabino Iglesias – Reviewer


Gabino lives in Austin, Texas, where he reads an inordinate amount of books and pens down reviews only for the big bucks he makes doing so. When he was about 12, his mother would tell him that reading all the H.P. Lovecraft and Poe would not lead to anything good. Being on the staff page at HorrorTalk is the confirmation of that.

 

Want to drop him a line? You can contact him here.

 

Joel Harley - Reviewer, Grumpy Blogmeister


Joel is a horror blogger from Birmingham, England. He can usually be found styling his hair in an increasingly ridiculous quiff whilst listening to Queen. He has a pet snake called HP Lovecraft and lists his favourite films as The Evil Dead, Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Enchanted.


He also writes at porkhead.blogspot.com and has no followers on Twitter.

 

If you want to send him naked pics, you can do so here.

 

Simon Bland - Reviewer, Pop-Tart Eater


When it inevitably dawned on Simon that he had no real skills or abilities besides watching films and eating excessive amounts of Pop-Tarts, he decided it was time to panic. After discovering there's little money to be made in the breakfast-pastry eating game, he quickly turned to film journalism in an attempt to secure a real-person job. Besides updating his blog I Review Too, Simon frequently contributes to Empire, Total Film and SFX and is currently the film editor for the alt-men's mag FRONT. He's also the co-founder and web-editor of the music site Northern Noise. He still gets nervous when talking to famous people, would love to make a career out of eating Pop-Tarts and enjoys watching dead good horror movies.

 

You can send him words of encouragement here.

 

Ilan Sheady - Reviewer

 

Sadistically brought up on a diet of horror films from an early age, Ilan's first exposure to the genre was Clive Barker's Hellraiser at the tender age of 8. Admittedly, it was only the opening scene before he ran off crying, but nevertheless it was obvious from that point on that Ilan was never going to achieve anything remotely wholesome and pure, so he drifted towards a life of imagination and creativity. This was the catalyst that was the start of his slow descent into the dark abyss and evidently Horrortalk's doorstep where his love of the macabre can find acceptance.

Ilan creates illustration and animations under the guise of Ilanimator at www.ilanimator.com, has a weekly published comic strip, can be followed on Twitter, and can be contacted through here.

Fun fact? Uses big drawn out sentences to hide his stupidity.

 

Sharon Davies - Reviewer, Mistress of Macabre and wannabe Cenobite.

 

Sharon stumbled across the sweet delights of madness and horror from her early days in the valleys of sunny Wales, and upon witnessing the finger blades of Freddy, the Pins of Pinhead and the Hook of Candyman, she was possibly the only person in the world stupid enough to think she could take them. With this stupidity comes great responsibility.

Oh Yes.

With this in mind, she is attempting to take over the world of horror by watching each and every one and using her HorrorTalk reviewing powers for good instead of evil.

Never far away from a Pinky and Brain plan to take over the world, she is destined to either be the Queen of screams or damn the world in the process.

 

Sharon can be contacted here.

 

Ted McCarthy - Reviewer, Podcaster

 

Ted is our man in the trenches, pounding the pavement on the mean streets of Los Angeles, ankle-deep in the blood of the eviscerated dreams of starry-eyed celeb-wannabes who'd smile through a zombie gangbang if it meant 15 seconds of fame. Raised by a warm Christian family that wonders where they went wrong, Ted had a love-hate relationship with horror for many years, daring himself to watch classics like Friday the 13th and early eps of Tales From the Crypt on TV, only to pussy out halfway through. Somewhere along the line, though, the switch got flipped...and then snapped off. Amidst the rabid crowd of anarchic, don't-give-a-fuck horror lovers in L.A. that he knows as friends, he's more of a clean cut horror fan (no tats, no pale skin, piercings, or Manson t-shirts — he stands out as a bit of a preppy douche at conventions). But a pretty face often conceals a twisted mind. Just ask Patrick Bateman.

Ted is also one of five extremely amiable gentlemen that co-host SlasherCast (up on iTunes now), a weekly podcast that includes horror discussion both high- and low-brow, and more than a little friendly ribbing. If you like your horror discussions honest, intelligent, and a tad bit ribald, give a listen.

 

Ted can be contacted here.

 

 

Karin Crighton - Reviewer, Lunatic

 

Karin doesn't know anything about movies. Really. How she graduated from Towson University's dramatic arts program with honors is a mystery to everyone involved. But she is really opinionated about many things so we did her a favor and let her rant incoherently here. She lives in New York where she can blend in with the other lunatics who also argue emphatically that you cannot compare Captain Kirk to Captain Picard. She's writing her first novel and may even publish it.

 

You can check out Karin's blog here and drop her a line here.

 

 

Jersey John - Reviewer

 

Blogger, podcaster, stand up comedian, opinionated asshole, lover of double bass, left-wing liberal and crusher of the dreams of children. When he isn't pointing and laughing at the shortcomings of your offspring, Jersey John partakes in the finer things life has to offer: bacon cheeseburgers, online gaming and watching as cannibal zombies eat your family in slow motion. On repeat. In 3D.

 

You can contact Jersey John here, follow his sad existence as a human being on Twitter, or check out his blogging adventures here.

 

 

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Becky Roberts - A Horrorble Reviewer

 

Having wiped out the horror section of the local Apollo DVD store due to countless pizza and horror sleepovers (a fond Friday night pastime), Becky, then 13, asked for one of the few remaining titles on the shelf... The Last House on the Left. She was told NO. It wasn't "suitable." Scorned and undefeated she turned to HMV (and her reluctant mother). £3 - bargain.

Since, Becky has devoured horror and grown particularly interested in Foreign and Asian genre films (and has written a 12,000 word dissertation on it if anyone's up for a bit of light reading!) She is now a blogger of horrorble films and a journalist, and reviews and reports on horror in nine tenths of her spare time. It is no lie that she enjoys the events with free drinks the most.

 

You can bloody well email her, tweet her or read her blog.

 

 

Michel Sabourin - Reviewer, Podcaster, Blogger, Bon Viveur

 

Ever since Mike discovered the joys of reading Stephen King books at the age of eight, his love affair with horror has blossomed into a mild obsession. Mike is a film and book buff whose taste range from the macabre to art-house. Among his favorite films are such varying fare as Casablanca and Friday the 13th Part 3. Equally at home in a theater or comfy chair with a good book, he loves nothing more than telling people his opinion, occasionally in a humorous way.

 

Mike is 1/5 of the fabulous five finger slap that is SlasherCast, (available on iTunes & Stitcher, twitter @Slasher_Cast) a blistering horror roundtable podcast dripping in ball-busting, rife with righteous indignation, and most importantly, honest, no-holds-barred discussions on the state of horror today.

 

Mike is also the co-host of The Shelf Life Podcast, a book club in podcast form, covering all genres of books. If you're a book lover, check them out on iTunes, Stitcher or hit them up on Twitter at @TheCardCatalog.

 

Mike can be contacted here. You can also follow him on Twitter at @TheFlickist.

 

 

Richelle Charkot - Reviewer

 

Since she first reached out to a television set and said, "I like that movie," Richelle has been obsessed with pop culture. She spends hours a week snug on her couch and watching movies and TV shows, convincing herself it's beneficial to her career as a pop culture writer. Richelle sees her calling as set in stone, because she really doesn't like to do much else.

 

Richelle is currently writing for several publications (which she really enjoys saying in resumes) as an essayist and critic, as well as contributing weekly to her pop culture blog, keeping her two creative projects above water (a comic book series about a man with the ability to contact the dead and a story podcast set in a dystopian future), hosting her movie/TV review podcast called Southpaw, and working as a committee member for the gritLIT literary festival. Richelle also really hates writing third person author bios because she thinks they make her sound like someone she wouldn't want to hang out with.

 

You can follow Richelle on Twitter or contact her here.

 

 

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Hamzah Sarwar - Reviewer

 

Having Hadouken'd Scorpion in an epic encounter at Mortal Kombat, Hamzah is now residing peacefully in the subterranean lair at the Overlook Hotel in Outworld (aka London town) where he can often be found playing chess with Pennywise the clown and Freddy Krueger. He has always been drawn to the dark heart of cinema and is fascinated by transgressive film (from all cultures) that seeks to push boundaries and is thoughtful rather than graphic in its execution. He seeks to look beyond what meets the eye in his blog HMZ Film and is published in the pages of Scream Horror Magazine.

You can follow his musings on Twitter or contact him directly here.

 

 

 

 

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