A life-story that changed the world.
IT STARTED WITH -
An endless passion for music, for voices,
for discovery, for people, for life.
I started writing on a whim. I enjoyed and visited many haunted houses during the season here in Chicago, am an enormous fan not just of the creative projects that are developed yearly – also of the business end that is crammed into several months. When I stumbled across an ad was placed for people to review haunts, thought it was only natural to step into that direction. It was a super fun assignment, yet I wanted to explore deeper.
I found the ad Haunted Attraction Magazine listed for interns, and thought why not? At that point in time, I was consistently writing reviews for both haunted houses and for local businesses – was very nervous at the aspect of writing for a well known publication, yet, had to take that chance. Was stunned when a few weeks later, I received a reply back accepting my application.
The time I spent with Haunted Attraction was a fantastic learning experience – of all types. We went beyond writing summaries of local haunts, our coverage expanded the nation. I was thrilled – and nervous – damn anxiety! – to interview some of the biggest names that the industry has had the honor to know. These were haunt owners with attractions that seen enormous attendance numbers each season – and were well respected. Each interview was a journey for me, as I wanted the reader to grasp the idea of how they can possibly do the same for their attraction as well.
It was during this time period, when it was realized that we should expand these interviews to include special effects artists. A section was added for haunters to learn new skills each quarterly issue, and it was during this time that I had the opportunity to interview Tom Savini – which made cover of Attraction in about 2014.
It was during this time that I wanted to expand even further and start including other – smaller haunts, artists and eventually musicians – who all enjoy the same genre, yet at that time we were limited to media sources that were mostly exclusive to one avenue or another. I wanted to connect the dots.
We did this by filming a few behind the scenes look at Haunted Houses. We had the fantastic opportunity to film and interview artists at Statesville Haunted House and at Terror on the Square.
Once the films were out there, we started including other artists – such as mask makers, illustrators, makeup artists in articles that would feature their work to both fans and haunters. We have since attended as fans – and vended many horror conventions in the area. Talked and interviewed fans.
IT NEVER END
Passion never die. It grows
stronger every day.
Music was the next step to take in this journey. We brought horror and art to concerts, talked and featured musicians. Bringing the community together.
The Emporium now is celebrating it’s 4th published edition – both digital and in print – and is Chicago’s unique – underground – magazine and podcast dedicated to fans, cosplayers, haunters and artists. As with reviews I wrote for Haunted Illinois, many of the events we attend or feature are non compensated. I wanted to keep it this way so that readers get a non biased experience.
We are metal heads, artists and a home haunter! Look forward to meeting or talking with you at one of the shows we attend. If you are visiting Chicago, please feel free to drop me an email – I love showing off our beautiful city and will gladly create an initiatory based on what is going on in the Chi during the time of your visit.
Welcome to a place where every day is Halloween! Welcome to The Haunted Emporium!