Welcome Horror, Metal and hopefully some Scribbler fans! The Scribblers turn 1 year old today! My how the time flies... oh damn it’s only been one year? It seems much longer actually. So from humble beginnings…
Wow it’s only been one year since we first put this operation into well… operation. When Cult & I first began this site we honestly had no real clue what we wanted it to be or what it would be. It all began with conversations over frustrations at being unable to get our work out there. It seemed everything I was submitting to different magazines or book anthologies was getting the “thanks but no thanks” treatment (some of that still continues) and Cult had some of his work rejected by horror-writers.net for various reasons. All either of us really wanted was to have our work out there for people to read and enjoy. We’re writers and the point is for people to be able to read what we work so hard on. So Cult made the suggestion of starting our own site to put our work on display without worrying about someone else’s approval or if it was “right” for that outlet. My first reaction was no but then the idea nagged at me. Could we offer enough to keep anyone interested? Well here we are a year later and still growing so I guess some are interested.
Shortly before we began this site I had put the final tale together for the novella collection I am still currently trying to find a publisher for and had sent it to my lovely lady for her enjoyment but also because I know she is brutally honest. If it was crap or improvements needed to be made she was the only one who was going to let me know. While I was waiting for her to go through the massive 120K+ word tome I began writing tales specifically to submit for different magazines, webzines and book anthologies getting one rejection after another. I was beyond frustrated even though I know that’s just the way it works. When you submit pretty much blindly you never really know if your style fits with that particular outlet. I write the way I write there’s just no real changing it so I was at a loss. Cult was feeling about the same so I went quickly from no to hey, maybe this could work. Then talks quickly turned to what all to post on the site. We both had numerous ideas which still continue as we try to think of ways to keep it fresh not just for anyone reading what we do but for us as well. Aside from writing our own original work we’re both horror movie nuts and, of course, metal lovers so it didn’t take long to figure out at least how to start.
Coming up with something different to say about this movie or that album or whatever can get a bit stale. I have my own ways to work around that but it can be difficult to keep this interesting in a sea of people who do similar things. We aren’t the first to write movie reviews or album reviews and even in a review we hope to entertain anyone reading it. Informative but fun is what we aim for in our reviews. Aside from reviews we started the Skullfucked segment to pay tribute to some of our metal influences and heroes. We were doing this once a month which has slowed not because we’re running out of bands but those take an extraordinary amount of time for us to both write and for me to post so now we’ll be doing them kind of as we feel inspired to do so. Then came our first big break, if you will, with doing interviews starting with Robert Bravo of Bravo FX who was kind enough to be our first guinea pig. We try to keep up with everyone we’ve interviewed and have forged some genuine friendships along the way as well which is a pleasant surprise.
Over the course of this last year I’ve had to learn to write and edit faster as we strive to bring more and more content to the site. I’ve become far more efficient at posting as I try to maintain an order to things to streamline that process the best I can though it is still very time consuming. We’ve gone from just wanting to get our original work out there to forming friendships and relationships we hope will continue for years to come with filmmakers, FX artists, bands and artists. I am still struggling to get my collection published and have a novel in the works but I do have something that will be coming out soon that will hopefully kickstart that journey. More details on that later though.
Also I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention the struggle to name the site. Cult and I went back and forth for days on names for the site. There was a constant barrage of “nope that ain’t it” and we were feeling a little hopeless like we’d never settle on anything. After days and probably at least 100 fails Cult messaged me the suggestion of Thy Demons Be Scribblin. It took me all of two seconds to send him a resounding, “Fuck yeah, that’s it!” We wanted a name that would reflect who we are, “Scribblers”, and our love of horror and metal so it couldn’t be a more perfect fit. I still can’t say the name without singing it in the tune of where it comes from, Pantera’s By Demons Be Driven. It also rarely fails to put a smile on my ugly mug so a big thank you to Cult for coming up with it!
All Cult and I can really do is thank everyone who visits the site and enjoys what we bring here. We started with just a couple readers a day and now have a couple hundred everyday so we couldn’t be happier with our progress so far. What started very simply has grown into somewhat of a monster at times and we only hope to grow bigger and bigger. We will add new segments as we think of new things to do and look to make even more friends as we continue this journey. This year will definitely be a big one for us as more and more of you pay us a visit. So tell your horror and metal loving friends about us and feel free to make suggestions on things you’d like to see us cover. We’ll keep the horror & metal flowing with reviews and our original work as well as anything else we can think of for this site. It’s been a long road to get this far and we’ve still got miles and miles to go hopefully you’ll all stick with us!
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