Alexandra West (@scarealex

Alexandra West, Contributing Writer

Alex West’s work has appeared in The Toronto Star, Rue MorgueFamous Monsters of Filmland, and Shock Till You Drop. Her writing has also been published in The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro: Critical Essays, Art of the Title and Offscreen Film Journal.  She is the co-host of the Faculty of Horror podcast and the author of Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity and The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula.

Twitter: @scarealex


Amanda Reyes, Contributing Writer

Amanda Reyes is an archivist, academic, author, and film and television historian. She edited and co-wrote Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999 which celebrates the made-for-television film, and was featured on Barnes and Noble’s Best of Horror list for 2017. She’s been a guest speaker and lecturer at international film festivals, television movie screenings, and academic conferences in  England, Australia, and Texas, where she currently resides. Amanda contributed the commentary tracks for the Blu Ray releases of the 1977 telefilm The Spell (Shout Factory, 2017) and Last House on the Left (Arrow, 2018). She is also the curator and co-presenter of Alamo Drafthouse’s Made for Television Mystery Movie series, which runs quarterly as part of Terror Tuesday. She also blogs and podcasts about TV movies. 

Website: Made for TV Mayhem
Podcast: Made for TV Mayhem Show

Photograph courtesy of Ashlea Wessel

Photograph courtesy of Ashlea Wessel

Andrea Subissati, Contributing Writer

In 2010, Andrea Subissati’s master’s thesis on the social impact of zombie cinema was published under the title When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. Since then, she has been published in The Undead and Theology, The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul, and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television. She became editor of Canadian genre film magazine Rue Morgue in 2017.

In addition to writing, Andrea is co-host and producer of The Faculty of Horror podcast with writer Alexandra West, as well as co-curator of the Toronto-based horror lecture series The Black Museum, which she co-founded with Paul Corupe.

Facebook: Lady Hellbat
Twitter: @necromandrea 
Instagram: @necromandrea


Anya Stanley, Contributing Writer

Anya Stanley is a horror columnist and film critic at Dread Central. In addition to her Video Nasties column at Daily Grindhouse, Anya’s film reviews and analyses have been published at Fangoria, Birth Movies Death, Vague Visages, F This Movie!, Blumhouse, Grim, and Diabolique.

Website: Anya Writes
Twitter: @BookishPlinko


Chris Hallock, Contributing Writer

Chris Hallock is a writer, screenwriter, and film programmer in Philadelphia. He's contributed to VideoScopeDiaboliqueCemetery Dance, and the Boston Globe, as well as the books Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film & TelevisionAtlantic West Effects: The Deformities of Gabe Bartalos, and If I Only Had a Brain: Scarecrows in Film & Television. He serves on the programming team for the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) and the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (MIFF). He is currently working on a biography of prolific character actor Billy Drago entitled Hoodlums, Hitmen, and Hillbillies: The Professional Villainy of Billy Drago.

Website: BUFF / MIFF
Twitter: @ChrisDIYDriveIn


Professor Douglas E. Cowan, Contributing Writer

Douglas E. Cowan is the author of Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen and America’s Dark Theologian: The Religious Imagination of Stephen King. He has also written on speculative fiction (Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television) and fantasy (Magic, Monsters, and Make-Believe Heroes: Fantasy Culture and the Mythic Imagination). He is Professor of Religious Studies at Renison University College in Waterloo, Canada. In his spare time, he practices Shorin-ryu karate, plays with his big black dog, and rides around on a big black motorcycle.


Erin Thompson, Editor

Erin Thompson (formerly Miskell) specialises in film analysis, ranging from popular culture fare to European and Asian independent cinema. Erin is the owner/editor of the film analysis website The Backseat Driver Reviews, and has contributed articles to the websites Scream Quarterly Magazine, Gruesome Magazine, and That’s Not Current, as well as both web and print editions of Diabolique. Most recently, Erin contributed a chapter in Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin.

Website: The Backseat Driver Reviews
Twitter: @bsdriverreview
Facebook: The Backseat Driver Reviews


Frazer Lee, Contributing Writer

Frazer Lee’s debut novel The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Best First Novel, and a Book Pipeline Finalist. His other published works include the Amazon #1 horror/thriller Panic Button: The Official Movie Novelization, novels The Jack in the Green and The Skintaker, and the Daniel Gates Adventures series of novellas.

His screenwriting credits include the acclaimed horror/thriller feature film Panic Button, and award-winning short films Simone and The Stay. His film and television directing credits include multiple award-winning films On Edge and Red Lines (starring Doug Bradley) and the promotional campaign for Discovery Channel’s True Horror With Anthony Head. His script doctor and story consultant engagements include commissions from The Asylum, Mediente Films International, Movie Mogul, and others.

Frazer is Head of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. His guest speaking engagements have included StokerCon, World Horror Con, Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, London Screenwriters Festival, and the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass. He lives with his family in Buckinghamshire, England just across the cemetery from the actual Hammer House of Horror.

Website: Frazer Lee / Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @frazer_lee
Facebook: Frazer Lee - writer & director

Photograph courtesy of David Pearson

Photograph courtesy of David Pearson

Dr John Cussans, Contributing Writer

John Cussans is an artist and writer whose work draws on the cultural legacies of Surrealism, colonial ethnography and the popular genres of sci-fi, horror and the supernatural. He is the co-founder of several collaborative projects including The Bughouse (in Memory of Philip K. Dick), The Free School in a New Dark Age and DRUGG (Diagram Research, Use and Generation Group). Since 2009 he has been closely involved with the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, often working with the Haitian video collective Tele Geto. He is currently working on a cross-cultural artistic research project called The Skullcracker Suite, inspired by Hox’hok, the giant cannibal crane of Kwakiutl legend, investigating processes of cultural decolonization in British Columbia since the 1970’s. His book Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex explores the uses of Haiti as a locus for Euro-American fears about African culture, spirituality and revolutionary excess in the Americas, and their sublimation into popular horror tropes.

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Joseph Dwyer, Contributing Writer

Joseph Dwyer writes about cinema and makes movies sometimes. He is interested in desire, dissent, and freedom of expression in and through horror/cult cinema. Joseph holds academic degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute and Hampshire College. His writing has appeared in Diabolique, Otherzine, and Dissolve. His films have screened in many cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Winnipeg, and Berlin.


Dr LMK Sheppard, Contributing Writer

LMK Sheppard lectures at Palomar College and the University of East Anglia. Her publications include: Look Ro, It’s the Pope at Yankee Stadium, Christ What a Mob: Modernism, Commodification and Spiritual Affiliation in Rosemary’s Baby, A Jigsaw of All Our Worst Fears: Representations of Mary Shelley as Gothic Heroine in Popular Media, and This whole country is built on skeletons. One would like a cup of tea, though:  Discourses of Class within the Adaptive Victorian Gothic Labyrinth of Penny Dreadful.  Additionally, she co-coordinates the Hallowed Histories Festival and produces their monthly podcast. She has also functioned as Assistant Film Curator at The Brooklyn Museum, Archivist for The Andy Warhol Foundation and as Development Assistant for Women Make Movies.

Website: Hallowed Histories

Neil Gravino, Contributing Writer

Neil Gravino is working to receive his master’s degree in Literature from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has contributed to Horror Homeroom, and has had short fiction published in Voices From the Arroyo and The Ghastling, with hopes to write more fiction and non-fiction in the future.

A native of Southern California, Neil has spent a lot of time in and around Los Angeles, and is very accustomed to the warm weather, though he sometimes wishes he could spend more time in the cooler, more forested areas of the Pacific Northwest.

Twitter: @n6eil



Rebecca Booth, Editor

Rebecca Booth has a master's degree in Film Studies from the University of Southampton. Formerly the Managing Editor of Diabolique, her book on The Devil Rides Out (Devil's Advocates) will be published in 2019. In addition to contributing essays to printed collections, most recently Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, she has been published on several popular culture websites such as Den of GeekScream and Wicked Horror

Twitter: @rebeccalbooth

Samm Deighan, Contributing Writer

Samm Deighan is Associate Editor of Diabolique and co-host of the Daughters of Darkness Podcast. She is the editor of Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin and her book on Fritz Lang’s M (1931) is forthcoming.


Photograph courtesy of Karlos Almache

Photograph courtesy of Karlos Almache

Valeska Griffiths, Contributing Writer

Valeska Griffiths is a University of Toronto alumna and a freelance writer with a passion for genre and pre-code cinema. She is the founder and editor of film criticism site Anatomy of a Scream and the Executive Editor of Grim, a semi-academic horror magazine with a focus on intersectional feminist analysis. Valeska has written about genre film for, and Nightmare on Film Street.

She spends her time critiquing slasher films, watching makeup tutorials, and living deliciously. October is her natural habitat.

Website: Anatomy of a Scream
Twitter: @bitchcraftTO


Jeremy Thompson, Illustrator

Self-taught artist Jeremy Thompson was fed a steady diet of comic books, afternoon cartoons, science fiction, and horror growing up. Displaying an aptitude for art at a young age, Jeremy was inspired by artists such as Frank Frazetta, Frederic Remington, Bob Ross, Bernie Wrightson and Jim Lee. In addition to client commissions, Jeremy illustrates adult colouring books.

Facebook: The Art of Jeremy Thompson


John Sowder, Illustrator

John Sowder was born in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in the state of Kentucky. He grew up as a ‘monster kid’ and avid comic book reader, and still draws inspiration from classic Bernie Wrightson art and various Warren Publishing magazines of the past.

During the 1990s, John wrote and created artwork for various small press magazines. The majority of his illustrations employ traditional comic book pen and ink techniques with digital colours. He recently contributed artwork to RED STYLO MEDIA’s The Strip anthology, Lovecraft eZine, Drew Edward's comic series Halloween Man: American Nightmare, various self published books and stories by writers Rick Powell and Jennifer Miller, and the United Nations of Horror podcast.

Website: Latitude Zero