About Your Host

“The labyrinth is a primordial symbol. It can mean so many things, culturally, depending on where you find it. But the main thing to me is that, unlike a maze, a labyrinth is actually a constant transit . . . It’s about finding, not losing, your way.”

Guillermo del Toro

I Bid You Welcome …

My name is Jon Kitley and I am your host, as well as the owner/operator of Kitley’s Krypt. I have been a horror fan most of my life, starting at the age of six watching Ghost Story and Circle of Fear on TV in the early ’70s, and continues to this day.

I started to take my life as a horror fan serious in the early ’80s, wanting to know as much about the genre as I could, and watch as many movies as I could find. The deeper I got, the more I realized that I wanted to share my experiences with other like-minded fans, discussing these favorites and recently discovered titles, hoping they follow me on my journey.

I started Kitley’s Krypt in 1998, where you can read a more detailed history of that in the Kryptic History page.

I have been a staff writer for HorrorHound magazine since 2009, doing several retrospectives from the classics like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, to The Fly series and The Thing, as well as my Rondo Award winning column, They Came from the Krypt.

My work has also appeared in Evilspeak magazine, as well as in the books Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies, Hidden Horror, When Animals Attack, and Strange Blood. My first book, Discover the Horror, came out in July of 2019.

I have also appeared in several documentaries, such as Monster Madness: The Golden Age of the Horror Film, Monster Madness: The Gothic Revival of Horror, and Fanex Files: Hammer Films, as well as in Shout Factory’s Horror Hunters!

In 2021, along with Aaron AuBuchon and Damien Glonek, we started the Discover the Horror Podcast, in hopes to helping other fans seek out newer films, and look at films they already know a little deeper. You can find the podcast on all of your usual formats, or the website at www.discoverthehorror.com.

Throughout the year, you’ll be able to find me at a number of different movie conventions, 24-hour movie marathons, and at the Drive-Ins!