The end of May we’ll be celebrating Emerian Rich’s birthday! She is our fearless leader and although she hosts the show, edits most of our anthologies, and runs the publishing end of things here, she doesn’t get much of the attention. In fact, she is usually busy making sure the authors, musicians, staff, and other guests on the show are promoted, featured, and have a good experience while doing so. So, to put Emz front and center, we’ll be talking about what she’s done for the horror community and what great content she’s put out over the 25-ish years she’s been doing this.
First up, Emz tells you in her own words…
Where the Blog Began
by Emerian Rich
Written Jan 9, 2020
When I started HorrorAddicts.net, it was just a podcast to keep my listeners and readers interested and engaged in between novels. Little did I know it would become the horror network it is today. With podcasts, Facebook groups, writing competitions, book publishing, and a blog that has survived ten years of ever-changing media coverage, it blows my mind.
Back in the beginning, we just talked to the listeners through the podcast and my own personal Ning forum. At Ning, there were feeds titled Horror Addicts, Wicked Women Writers, Movies, and Writing. Anything the listeners wanted to chat about, we’d just make a new feed. Even though Facebook started in 2004, it wasn’t something my readers or authors really knew about. Myspace was very popular and vampirefreaks.com was another good horror site you could network with Horror Addicts on, but there wasn’t really a place where Horror Addicts could come share and read news, publically. Still, it suited us and everything was running quite smoothly until mid-2009 when Ning announced they were going to start charging for their forums in the new year.
Being a free fan site, I didn’t want my readers to have to pay to play with us. We wanted to geek out on horror stuff the way intended…FREELY and open to everyone. When I voiced my concern to our staff, Sapphire stepped up and suggested we start a blog. A blog sounded like a bit more than I could spend time on. Already slammed with the career of author and all that entailed, I said I didn’t think I had time to run it, but Sapphire volunteered to be Blog Editor.
So now, ten years later, it’s Sapphire who we should thank for getting us up and running. She served very long hours for many years with us making sure that our Addicts had what they were looking for on the web.
THANK YOU SAPPHIRE!
Since then, the blog has expanded so far. More than I could’ve ever dreamed of way back in 2009. Today we have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share memories, review things, and geek out in our horror lifestyles with, but the blog is still trucking and feeding information from our hard-working writers to you, the readers. We do this all for you and because our info is gleaned through your eyes, the blog shows the identity of us as a community. We are truly a horror site run by Horror Addicts, for Horror Addicts.
Happy 10iversary Horror Addicts!
To those of you who were with us at the beginning–like Michele Roger who started Wicked Women Writers and Laurel Anne Hill our first interviewed writer– and the rest of you who found us along the way, thank you for your support. We strive to bring you the best in horror movies, music, fiction, and more!
Here’s to ten more years geeking out HORROR-STYLE, together!