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Millions of people from around the world have made Daily Dead their destination for coverage of the horror and sci-fi entertainment industry. Created by Jonathan James in 2010, Daily Dead is home to insightful special features, breaking news, live festival coverage, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and television.

Independently owned and operated since its inception, Daily Dead showcases a staff that has written thousands of articles about the past, present, and future of horror. Our unique voices and perspectives on the genre make Daily Dead more than just a site that reports on horror, but one that celebrates it as well.

A wide range of horror-themed content can be found on Daily Dead, but if you're new to our site, a great place to catch up on some of our favorite features is the Editor's Choice section. And for the latest genre news, don't forget to check the homepage regularly, as we update it every single day.

Get to know Daily Dead’s dedicated team by checking out our staff list below. If you're interested in scheduling a coverage opportunity with any of us, please send all requests to: contact@dailydead.com

Jonathan James - Editor-in-Chief

After spending more than 10 years as a consultant in the tech and entertainment 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.

Heather Wixson - Managing Editor

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and 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.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

Derek Anderson - Senior Editor, News & Features

Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

Tamika Jones - Senior 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).

Scott Drebit - Senior Columnist

Scott Drebit lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is happily married (back off ladies) with 2 grown kids. He has had a life-long, torrid, love affair with Horror films. He grew up watching Horror on VHS, and still tries to rewind his Blu-rays. Some of his favourite horror films include Phantasm, Alien, Burnt Offerings, Phantasm, Zombie, Halloween, and Black Christmas. Oh, and Phantasm.

Patrick Bromley - Senior Contributor

Patrick lives in Chicago, where he has been writing about film since 2004. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society, Patrick's writing also appears on About.com, DVDVerdict.com and fthismovie.net, the site he runs and hosts a weekly podcast.

He has been an obsessive fan of horror and genre films his entire life, watching, re-watching and studying everything from the Universal Monsters of the '30s and '40s to the modern explosion of indie horror. Some of his favorites include Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931), Dawn of the Dead (1978), John Carpenter's The Thing and The Funhouse. He is a lover of Tobe Hooper and his favorite Halloween film is part 4. He knows how you feel about that. He has a great wife and two cool kids, who he hopes to raise as horror nerds.

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.

Margee Kerr - Columnist

Margee Kerr has a PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches and conducts research on fear, with a focus on how and why people engage with frightening or thrilling material. Margee has also worked in the haunted attraction industry for the past eight years, notably with ScareHouse in helping to create immersive and thrilling experiences. She is the author of SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, named as a must read by the Washington Post. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday.

Ben Larned - Columnist

Ben Larned is a filmmaker, author and incurable horror film addict. He holds a BFA in Film & Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His spooky short stories have been published in several magazines, including "Blood Moon Rising," "WitchWorks," "Sanitarium" and "Danse Macabre."

In addition to literature, Ben also writes and directs film, including recent efforts about cosmic chaos demons and seductive forest spirits. You'll catch his attention with anything Eurohorror, David Lynch, Shirley Jackson, or H.P. Lovecraft. He is represented by Jeff Ourvan with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

Bryan Christopher - Columnist

Horror movies have been a part of Bryan’s life as far back as he can remember. While families were watching E.T. and going to Disneyland, Bryan and his mom were watching Nightmare on Elm Street and he was dragging his dad to go to the local haunted hayride.

He loves everything about the horror community, particularly his fellow fans. He’s just as happy listening to someone talk about their favorite horror flick as he is watching his own, which include Hellraiser, Phantasm, Stir of Echoes, and just about every Friday the 13th movie ever made, which the exception of part VIII because that movie is terrible.

Kalyn Corrigan - Contributor

Kalyn Corrigan is a freelance writer who has worked for a variety of news outlets, including Daily Dead, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop, Playboy, ComingSoon.net, Icons of Fright, and FEARnet. When she's not writing, she spends her spare time reading lots of Joe Hill and spouting her crazy True Detective theories to anyone who will listen. Kalyn currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her two cats, Ash and Spike.

Jason Alvino - Contributor

Jason Alvino is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, artist and native New Yorker. He has contributed to the long-running website Icons of Fright, and has worked in the special effects industry on films such as Tron Legacy and Sucker Punch. He loves Ghostbusters, the Universal monsters and Stephen King

Jerry Smith - Contributor

A lifelong horror addict, Jerry loves all things Carpenter and can also be found gushing over both slashers and demonic horror online way too often on various sites and magazines. He also directs depressing relationship dramas.

Sam Hart - Columnist

Hailing from Manly, Australia - Sam’s love of horror spawned from the pain filled pages of Fangoria. Fascinated by movies he was unable to watch due to both age and location - horror magazines not only gave him an avenue to feed his gore fix, but also helped establish a strong appreciation for horror journalism.

Now residing in Seattle, Sam works for the Museum of Popular Culture, writes for KEXP radio, beatdust.com and has somehow got his dog, Rupert, to do model work for both Sub Pop Records and Amazon.com. He is currently writing a comic that chronicles the true life stories from the early Norwegian Black Metal genre in a vintage 'Tales from the Crypt' comic book aesthetic.

Sean McClannahan - Contributor

From his first theatrical experience with E.T. The Extraterrestrial at age 5, Sean McClannahan immediately formed a bond with movies. A freelance movie critic and member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association, Sean has a sincere and distinct voice with an approach to cinema that's passionate and refuses to be compromised.

Jemma George - 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.

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