2019 Year End Review: Part 1 – A Look Back

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End of another year. Another decade. I know one thing for sure that this last decade will not be remembered as one that didn’t produce any good horror movies! Just look at 2014 and you’ll find a ton of amazing films, from here in the US to around the world. As a horror fan, I feel pretty blessed with these last ten years of terror. Let’s hope the ’20s bring us another long list of great cinema.

I had thought that this would be a personal low when it came to films watched, only because it didn’t feel like I had watched that many. In fact, there were a couple of months were I only got to a handful of films. With my book coming out, doing another retrospective for HorrorHound, and the usual holidays, it takes time away from being able to sit and watch movies. But once the tally was done, it turns out that I had watched more in 2019 than I did since 2013! The final number was 236, with almost half of them, a total of 115, being first time viewings. There were a few trips to the drive-ins, some movie marathons, a couple of Turkey Days, and other mini-marathons with friends or just by myself. And I intend to do it all over this year! Really going to try and hit 250 viewings in 2020. Continue reading

Screaming for Pleasure at HorrorHound!

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For those book lovers looking for one of the Rondo nominated books for 2018, then make sure you stop by our table at the HorrorHound convention this weekend because we will have copies on hand! Mr. Bradley has graciously sent us a box of his wonderful book so we can help him spread his deliciously demented ramblings. I couldn’t recommend this book enough, my fellow readers out there.

We only have a limited supply on hand and once their gone, you’ll have to do it the old fashion way and order it online! So stop by quick and pick up your copy at the Kitley’s Krypt table!

See you this weekend!!!

HorrorHound Next Weekend!

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With the release of my first book later this year, we are calling our 2019 tour something a little different than the usual “World Tour”. For this year, we will be calling it the Discover the Horror Tour 2019! We’re hoping to not only get some advance advertising about my book, but also to help promote fans to learn more about the horror genre. So much to read, so much to watch, and so much to learn!

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The 20-Year Anniversary Kryptic World Tour Kicks Off Friday!

The waiting is almost over. This coming Friday will see the first stop in our 20-Year Anniversary Kryptic World Tour! That’s right, as I’ve may have mentioned once or twice before, this year marks my 20th year running the Krypt, so we hope to celebrate that even more at each and every show on this year’s tour. We have new T-shirts and even a couple of those enamel pins that everyone seems to be going crazy over, to help celebrate this milestone. And if you’re in the market for a new horror reference book, our inventory is bursting at the shelves, as we’ve been stockpiling over the winter and have some amazing titles for you to add to your own horror library! Some of the titles are in limited quantities (usually just one!) so make sure you hurry over to our table so you don’t lose out.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s support over the last two decades, both here online as well as at the conventions. I know there are some of you that have been following my little ramblings for quite some time, so thank you!

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HorrorHound Weekend – “I Didn’t Know There Were Going to be Books Here!”

I apologize for not having a new Mystery Photo up yesterday but we got back home last night around 2am from the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati and were just dead tired. From Friday to Sunday, I probably got about 15 hours of sleep. But it was well worth it. It was our first con of the year and it was a doozey! It definitely set the bar high for the rest of our 2017 Tour. Not only was it one of the best shows we’ve ever had, but it showed me something that I often doubt at the cons these days.

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2017 Kryptic World Tour Starts Soon!

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In a little over a week, our first stop on the 2017 Kryptic World Tour takes place at the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio! It has been a long five months since our last show and we are really looking forward to get back out on the road and meet a ton of other like-minded horror fans. We will be set up in our usual spot (at least I think/hope so) and will have our usual array of horror reference books for sale. In fact, we have been slowing adding to our inventory over the winter and have got a ton of new titles, both older and newer releases, all at our usual great prices. So no matter if you’re looking for a biography, film guide, or maybe one on subjects the classics to Italian horror to Hammer Films, I think we might have something for you. So make sure you stop by and check us out, or even just to say hello. We’re always interested in meeting new fans and talking about the genre we all love.

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Have You Rondo?

Yes, it is that time of the year again, with the 14th Annual Rondo Awards recently being announced. Yes, my work in HorrorHound magazine has been nominated again for Best Column, which I’m honored to be listed amongst so many other great writers. I’d love your vote, but more importantly, I would love you to vote period. Doesn’t need to be for me, but vote from your heart, to those you feel has done an admirable job. There are many different categories, from writing to artwork, to the DVD releases. Try and vote in as many categories as you can, but it not mandatory to do so. Just keep in mind that these people put in a lot of hard work for what most of us is just a passion and not a profession. And I think that is something that needs to be rewarded, even if it just a little statuette.

So click on this link HERE and send them an email with your vote. It only takes a few minutes and will help show these dedicated people that their work is not in vain, but that is being enjoyed by many out in the world.

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HorrorHound Weekend…Part 1

I know I’ve said it the past that I wasn’t going to do convention reports but a few things happened at this recent show that I wanted to mention. But instead of one long report, I’m going to break it up into a few different postings over the next couple of days.

In the early hours on March 21st, the Kitley Krew headed off to Cincinnati for our first convention of the year, HorrorHound Weekend. The first shows of the year are usually bigger, which could due to the fact that it is around tax time, or that it just the opening of convention season and people are ready after a long winter. Whatever the case was, they did come out in droves. Sure, it might be because Norman Reedus was appearing at the show, and he always draws a huge crowd of Walkers, willing to pay his $80 autograph prices and $110 photo ops. A few years ago, that drove me crazy. But now, I think I’ve finally gotten over it and it really doesn’t bother me anymore. Besides, good for Reedus to make that money while he can, because we all know that once The Walking Dead show is over, the only job he’s is going to get is when Hollywood is looking for a hick with a crossbow. This isn’t anything against Reedus or his acting ability, but just because we all know how Hollywood works and how they pigeon-hole actors. For me personally, autographs have lost any charm or sparkle that they once had. I didn’t get over to the separate room where some of the celebs were at because I didn’t really care. Had I done that, I might have seen this sign that started a recent big discussion on social media, about two of TWD guests charging $10 to talk to them. Yeah…really hope that is quickly nipped in the butt and will be the last we hear of it. But again, even if I did see it, I didn’t care. As long as fans and Walkers want to do that, justifying to themselves that their money is being well spent, then it will never end. So I’m doing my part in that by not supporting and not paying for autographs. If you want it to change, bitching about it isn’t going to do it. Stop paying…then it will change. Then maybe an autograph will actually mean something more than a business transaction.

What I did do at the show was work at my table, see old friends, made some new ones, and had a blast talking to different people about this wonderful genre we all love. During the course of the weekend, there were some great things that happened, and a couple that was pretty discouraging. I’ll get to those later. But first, one of the best things about this weekend was that the people coming up to our table throughout the three days of the show and purchasing. It a time when book stores are closing, it really showed me that there is still a lot of hope for horror fans, and that they are still interested in buying books to learn more about the genre. From buying books on Boris Karloff, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or even Hammer regular Michael Ripper, it made me proud to be part of this great ensemble of fright fans. I had so many great conversations with so many different people in those three days. So a huge thank you to each and every one of you who came by our table, and either talked to us (or at least listened to my rants!), and especially that those that picked up a book. It shows me that what I’m doing is not in vain or a waste of time and there are still plenty of fans out there that are eager to eat up this information about the genre we love so much.

Also, I had a few people come up to me and comment on my column for HorrorHound, that they’ve checked out some of the movies that I’ve written about and thanked me for that. I have to say, that has to be the biggest reason and payment for writing that column every issue.

Next up….”Fuck Remakes”

HorrorHound Weekend in TWO DAYS!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for our first convention for this year’s Kryptic World Tour 2015, which happens to be the HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnait Ohio this weekend….like in two days!!!! After the last couple of brutal work weeks, I am more than ready to hang out with a bunch of like minded horror fiends, and have some fun and serious conversations about horror movies!

Of course, we will be set up there with a wide range of amazing titles to add to your horror reference library. And I can guarantee that you won’t find titles on my table that are $180! I’m more interested in getting this volumes to good homes, where horror fans can learn more about this amazing genre, and to truly Discover the Horror.

And did I mention they are having a Re-Animator reunion?

So if you coming out to the show this weekend, make sure you stop by our table and say hello.

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