About

Daily Dead was created by Jonathan James in 2010 as a place to share his love of horror and sci-fi movies. Since then, we have grown into an online magazine written by multiple contributors and read by entertainment fans from all over the world. We love zombies, classic horror, conventions, and get excited about upcoming releases. While we report on popular movies and TV shows, we also cover classic releases, events, video games, collectibles, food, and anything else that piques our interest.

We want you to think of Daily Dead as one big never-ending horror and sci-fi convention. Sure, you’re here for daily horror and sci-fi news, but we hope to entertain you with unique features and news, and want you to meet new people along the way in our comments area. We hope you enjoy visiting our site as much as we enjoy putting together news and features. If there’s anything we can do to improve your visit to Daily Dead, please let us know.

If you’re new to Daily Dead, a great place to catch up on our favorite features is the Editor’s Choice section. Don’t forget to check the homepage regularly, as we update it every single day.

Below is a list of our current staff that contribute content to Daily Dead. If you’re interested in scheduling a coverage opportunity with any of them, please send all requests to: contact@dailydead.com

Jonathan James - Editor-in-Chief

After spending more than 10 years as a consultant in the entertainment and tech industry, Jonathan James launched Daily Dead in 2010 to share his interest in horror and sci-fi. Since then, it has grown into an online magazine with a staff of writers that provide daily news, reviews, interviews, and special features.

As the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Dead, Jonathan is responsible for bringing the latest horror news to millions of readers from around the world. He is also consulted with as an expert on zombies in entertainment and pop culture, providing analyses of the zombie sub-genre to newspapers, radio stations, and convention attendees.

Monte Yazzie - Film Critic

Monte is an independent filmmaker from Arizona and a film reviewer for a North Phoenix publication. He has spent most of his life watching, re-watching, analyzing, and examining film of all genres, though his film fondness remains loyally with horror, science fiction, and film classics.

When he isn’t keeping up with his first passion, his lovely wife and young child, you can find him working on film projects or searching for rare and out-of-print films for his ever-growing collection. He is actively involved in the Arizona film community, offering support to independent venues, local filmmakers, and film festivals.

Heather Wixson - Film Critic, Special Events Reporter

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last seven years carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

When writing about the horror genre isn’t keeping her busy, Wixson also works as a publicity and marketing specialist with a focus on horror-themed entertainment and in March 2013, she started the CineMayhem Film Fest in Thousand Oaks, CA which celebrates the best and brightest that indie horror has to offer.

Tamika Jones - Indie Spotlight Manager, News Contributor

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

Kristian Hanson - Event Reporter, News Contributor

Kristian Hanson is an avid fan of horror films. Since seeing Child's Play at the age of 5, he has had a thirst for all things horror related. He resides in Newport Beach where he terrorizes his wife Fernanda with the newest and greatest horror films.

Becki Hawkes - Film Critic

Growing up just outside London, Becki's interest in horror started from a very early age, watching video tapes of 1970s classics such as The Abominable Dr Phibes, Theatre of Blood and Taste the Blood of Dracula.

In 2011, Becki graduated from Bournemouth University’s BA Scriptwriting course, and she's currently working as a writer on several film, television and theatre projects. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of Becki's work seems to fall into the horror/psychological horror genres.

Scriptwriting aside, Becki is also an MA Film Studies student at King’s College London, where she enjoyed writing her first Master’s essay on one of her favorite horror films, Martyrs. Her latest research project involves European cannibal cinema, which has led to some fascinating – and very gory - viewing experiences.

Todd Gilchrist - Film Critic

A member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 2005, Todd is a film critic and entertainment journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He has contributed to a wide variety of print and online outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Variety, Boxoffice Magazine, The Verge, The Playlist, IFC, Movies.com, Cinematical, and MTV Movies blog among many others.

Todd currently lives in Los Angeles with his two cats Nemo and Otis. You can find his reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, or follow him on Twitter at @mtgilchrist.

Jemma George - News Contributor

Jemma recently graduated in Film Studies from Lancaster University (in the UK, not Pennsylvania). She's hoping to get involved in film production in the near future or perhaps delve into film criticism.

Jemma is particularly fond of horror films: the Scream series, Final Destinations, Wrong Turns and like everyone else, The Walking Dead TV series. She tells us that Freddy, Jason, Michael and Leatherface are friends of hers, so are Ben + Jerry, and they all get along quite nicely.

Derek Botelho - Classic Horror Writer

Derek Botelho is a devotee of the horror genre and is happy to have Daily Dead as an outlet for his opinions of genre films. He is currently working on a book about the films of Dario Argento, titled The Argento Syndrome, which will be published later this year.

When he isn't covering horror movies he is probably in the kitchen making a mess or reading one of many books that cover his night stand. If you have any recommendations for books, send them along!

Derek Anderson - Contributor

The public library’s collection of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series introduced Derek to the horror genre, while the local Blockbuster’s copies of Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980) ensured he would forever love the genre. Still regularly reading horror today, his favorite authors include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Joe R. Lansdale.

Some, but not all, of Derek’s favorite horror films reflect his obsession with the 1980’s: The Lost Boys (1987), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Night of the Creeps (1986), and Borderland (2007) (he’s also a huge fan of The Walking Dead TV series).

In the spring of 2014, Derek will graduate from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Technical Communication and Professional Writing and minors in Advertising and Media Literacy, respectively.