She Never Slept (and neither do they)
Editorial and Reviewing Staff
Columnist/Reporter/Monthly Movie Tweet-a-thon Co-host
Sarah L. Gerhardt is is a writer, editor and publisher living in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, where her love for reading and writing science-fiction, strange tales and horror began. She was only 10 years old when she wrote her first scary story.
She has lived in Portland, Oregon for well over a decade, where her love for the strange and unusual was fostered. Sarah’s interest in the unusual has landed her many fascinating opportunities. In addition to several published poems and articles for online publications, she also created an expansive mythos for an alien culture featured in a sci-fi board game entitled “You ‘N’ IT“.
Sarah has even worked in film and television. She was Second Assistant Director for a zombie feature film called “Flesh Of My Flesh“. Later, she worked as the Associate Producer of the local public access program “Northwest Artist Spotlight”, and has contributed her talents to a smattering of short films. For several years she collaborated with Lurker Films, coordinating the “H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival” and “Zompire: The Undead Film Festival“. Now she is here to bring you the latest news and reviews in the Science-Fiction, Strange Tales and Horror genres here at SNS. She also has an exciting new project – Double Feature Press! And as if that wasn’t enough, while she spent some time in North Carolina, Sarah added more to her plate and joined the staff of ConCarolinas as Film Festival Director. With all of that on her plate, it is no wonder she never sleeps!
“Someone once asked what it was that first drew me to horror, science-fiction and strange tales. That’s easy – Drive-In Theater Double Features. As a child my family and I would regularly go to the drive-in (back when they were far more prevalent). Usually they would play a “kid friendly” movie as the opener and a more adult movie later in the evening when the kids should have been sleeping. I never slept.” – Sarah L. Gerhardt
Floyd Brigdon is a writer, a college English and Theater teacher, and a musician.
His earliest memory involving both writing and his early love for genre movies came from watching The Creature from the Black Lagoon when he was about 9 or 10 and, after being very upset with the way that the movie ended, trying to write his own version of the story (which unfortunately never attracted the attention of Hollywood). Floyd developed an early appreciation and love for horror, strange tales, and genre fiction in general. Though he has a very tough time with phrases like “favorite writer”, a brief examination of his books reveals that names like Lovecraft, Stephen King, Joe Hill, James Branch Cabell, Robert Anton Wilson, Stan Sakai, Alan Moore, Rachel Caine and E. R. Burroughs are among the more frequent to appear. Some of Floyd’s favorite memories as a kid growing up in East Texas are of the Saturday afternoon Creature Feature which would always be followed by a chapter from a serial… Flash Gordon and King of the Rocket Men being among his favorite (and many was the night that he dreamed of building a jetpack of his own).
Aside from reading and watching movies (oh, if he had only been born in the era of the DVD!), another of Floyd’s favorite pastimes growing up was music, especially when he turned 15 and started learning to play the guitar, a passion which helped him develop an almost schizophrenic love of music, giving him a passion for everything from punk and heavy metal to folk and traditional music.
Floyd was fortunate enough (the second time around) to marry someone who shares his love for traditional Irish and medieval music and the two of them (along with one of their best fiends..uh, friends) formed a trio, Triskelion, in 2008 to perform at various Renaissance faires and other venues. Floyd teaches at a community college right outside of Dallas, Texas where he considers himself lucky to have not only a job that he seriously loves but also one that gives him the opportunity to still indulge in the other activities that have helped throughout his lifetime to define who he is.
Her taste in general has a wide range but things that give her the shivers are always her favorite. In the last 8 years or so, Heather has discovered comic books and the rest of the world opened up to her.
It was shortly there after that Heather was introduced to our Overlord, Sarah and the rest is history. Heather, when not working hard at making eyeglasses, can be found lounging around on the couch checking the various websites she loves, reading a book or a stack of comics, or goofing off. Said couch is located in Saint Augustine Florida, along with Heather’s husband Mike, and cat Stitch.
Patrick J. Kennedy has been a comics fan since before he could read and still remembers the first time he saw The Blob, peering around the corner of the couch while his older brothers watched the 4:30 Movie. Cinema, particularly the phantasmagorical, is a lifelong passion, as filmmaking runs in Patrick’s blood. His father and grandfather were both accomplished cinematographers – the younger having worked on such films as Goldfinger & The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three, and the elder having documented the Hindenburg disaster.
A classically trained actor and stage-combatant, Patrick has performed off-Broadway and toured nationally. Patrick recently produced the world premier of Edgar Award winning author Joe R. Lansdale‘s play “By Bizarre Hands” and his production company, BellMojo Productions, is developing a musical based upon Mr. Lansdale’s cult novella, Bubba Ho-Tep.
Alanna Quinn is probably the only reviewer for SNS that does not embrace writing as a medium for expression as the other Minions do, however she does have a life-long love for the written word.
By the time she reached grade school, she possessed a library card and discovered Universal Studios monsters and how to create monster makeup effects (good thing the title was free for purchase, she had to have it).
Over the years she has enjoyed the works of Poe and Romero, Barker and Corman, Lovecraft and Carpenter with the lists ever expanding thanks in large part to her volunteering at The HP Lovecraft Film Festival and Zompire: The Undead Film Festival . She endeavors to absorb as many genres available while balancing out her other “hobbies” i.e. dressing up as the King In Yellow and building Kilted Cthulhu figures.
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., a life-long fan of pulp horror, fantasy, and science fiction, found himself exiled from a happy anonymity as of 1999 when Chaosium, Inc. published his highly acclaimed Cthulhu Mythos novel Nightmare’s Disciple. His effectively chilling fiction and verse has appeared in collections including The Book of Eibon,Black Wings, Nameless Cults, The Tindalos Cycle, Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak Supernatural Sleuth, Rehearsals for Oblivion – Act 1, and many others. He has had nearly one hundred stories and poems appear in venues like “Strange Aeons Magazine” and “Crypt of Cthulhu”. He has received many “Honorable Mentions” in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror and Best Horror of the Year. Joe also edited Ann K. Schwader’s verse collection The Worms Remember (2001).
Hippocampus Press released Blood Will Have Its Season, Joe’s first collection of short work, to much acclaim in 2009. It was edited by S.T. Joshi. His second collection of short work, SIN & ashes, was published by Hippocampus Press this year. Joe has new tales upcoming in S.T. Joshi’s Spawn of the Green Abyss (Mythos Books), and several other anthologies. He is currently working on several new tales and his next novel, and has many new stories coming in anthologies, journals, and magazines in the last part of 2011 and 2012.
Minion (Reviewer/Monthly Movie Tweet-a-thon Co-host)
A.P. Weir is an artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. A fan of horror and strange fiction from a very young age, she wishes Mrs. Voorhees was her mother, worships at the altar of Stephen King, daydreams about “Dexter” whisking her away “from all of this,” and swears she was the original prototype for the Final Girl of every slasher movie ever made. Her milkshake also brings all the boys to the yard and they’re like, “Are you sure this isn’t bubble-tea? ‘Cause there’s chunks of stuff in here.”