Here are the current Malevolent Dark contributors. We are always looking for new ideas and voices. We also entertain guest blogging spots. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in writing for us. We accept one time and reoccurring contributions. Come join the horror of it all!
Malevolent Dave – Editor
Dave was raised on horror movies. The first film to blow his mind was House on Haunted Hill (1959). From that film, Dave caught the fever that keeps him in the horror game today. He has written over 100 posts on malevolentdark.com and continues to manage and grow the site. His favorite horror film of all time is the Tobe Hooper classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Dave’s focus tends to skew towards classic horror from the previous 5 decades. He holds a special love for Italian horror, especially the giallo sub-genre.
Jennifer Sternberg – Senior Contributor, Social Media Admin
Jennifer Sternberg wrote her first horror story at the tender age of 6 when her Catholic school teacher told her to create a book about the twelve apostles. The result was a rather disturbing depiction of the very gruesome deaths of each apostle. Things only got worse from there as she discovered a love of horror and heavy metal. By age 12 she was fully indoctrinated into the world of Stephen King and when given the choice she would rather read a book than do pretty much anything else.
The movie she finds the most relaxing after a hard day at work is the original Halloween (1978). She considers Laurie Strode to be the greatest final girl in the history of final girls and will fight anyone who disagrees.
Recently, Jennifer has begun writing her own horror stories (sans apostles), which is what led her to Malevolent Dark.
Bella Minori – Senior Contributor, Discord Admin
After being raised from the dead by a heinous horror hag, Bella found a love for horror that’s defined her life for the past two decades. Her first horror movie love was Evil Dead II (1987), with an adoration for Saw (2004) following close behind.
Her love for horror doesn’t just stop with movies however. Video games, such as the iconic Silent Hill franchise, have left a lasting impact on her. She also holds a fascination with modern internet horror projects, such as The Mystery Flesh Pit National Park and The Mandela Catalog, which she hopes to share with others through Malevolent Dark!
Michael “The Dedman” Jones – Senior Contributor
Michael “The Dedman” Jones had been a journalist in the industry for over 20 years and has written for such sites as Horror-Zone, Horror Vein, Horrornews.net, Horror Society, Tom Holland’s Terror Time, Morbidly Beautiful and House of Tortured Souls as well as in print with Dark Disc Magazine, Wicked Karnival Magazine, GoreZone (UK) Magazine, ShriekFreak Quarterly, GASP Magazine, Living Dead Magazine, Screams Quarterly Magazine StiffMag, Gore Noir, Coffin Cuties Magazine, Digital Dead Magazine and HorrorScope Magazine!
He is also the host of The Calling Hours Horror Podcast as well as the owner of Slit of the Wrist FX based out of Raleigh, NC. Films worked on include The Forever Dead (2007), Z13: The Zombie Within (2007), The Evil Woods (2007), Mental Scars (2009), Heredity (2010) as well.
Peggy Christie – Senior Contributor, Columnist
Peggy Christie is an author of horror and dark fiction. Her work has appeared in dozens of websites, magazines, and anthologies. Her horror fiction/art collaboration with Don England, Plague of Man: SS of the Dead, can be found through Amazon; her short story collections, Forever Trapped, Dark Doorways and Hell Hath No Fury, from Dragons Roost Press; and her vampire novel, The Vessel, from Source Point Press.
Peggy is one of the founding members of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, as well as a contributing writer for the website of Cinema Head Cheese. Check out her webpage at themonkeyisin.com for more information on her other publications and appearances.
Peggy loves Korean dramas, dogs, survival horror video games, and chocolate (not necessarily in that order) and lives in Michigan with her husband.
Lionel Ray Green – Senior Contributor
Lionel is a horror and fantasy writer, an award-winning newspaper journalist, and a U.S. Army gulf war veteran living in Alabama. His stories have appeared in more than two dozen horror and fantasy anthologies. His short story “Scarecrow Road” won the WriterWriter 2018 International Halloween Themed Writing Competition and was featured on The Night’s End Podcast. His Amazon Kindle stories “Dead of Winter” and “Peace of Mind” both cracked the Top 100 Paid Amazon Best Sellers in the 30-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads Category. Lionel also writes a column for HorrorAddicts.net titled The Bigfoot Files. Lionel’s website is lionelraygreen.com.
J. Brams – Contributor
J. Brams is a ghost stuck in a bone house. It wasn’t the eeks of the ghouls that captured Bram’s adoration for the macabre, but the creaky floorboards, candles that wave at you when you pass and the lives left to be explored. Now, as retired spiritualist they spend most of their time exploring abandoned buildings and studying creative writing. Paranormal horror is their specialty, but they often dabble in cultish and beast subgenres too.
Tyler Geis – Contributor
Tyler Geis is an Orlando, Florida based writer, filmmaker and podcaster who originally hails from western Massachusetts. His kinship to the horror genre dates back to the days of being a kid and daring himself to go down the horror aisle of his local video store and look at the cover art. Too young to rent movies like that, he would often imagine what they were about. Since those days, Tyler has gone on to become a fan of anything from slashers to International horror from places like Japan and Italy. He writes for multiple websites and produces a weekly podcast called, Tyler Geis’ Basement. As well as a Youtube live show that blends the joy of horror with tasting outrageous hot sauce called Hot Genre Topics.
Charlie Yarchin – Contributor
Charlie Yarchin wrote her first horror story in second grade about a haunted house and has been hooked on the genre every since. She is a published contemporary author as well as a seasoned host for the paranormal podcast Coast to Ghost, which can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and wherever you listen to your podcasts. Charlie specializes in suburban noir and American Gothic Horror. Check out Coast to Ghost on Instagram @ctogpodcast
Glamzilla Nick – Contributor
Glamzilla is just a sewer urchin livin’ under the streets of New York City. She loves all things horror and aspires to apply her experiences in the social sciences to her work in horror.
Lucia Z. Liner – ContributorLucia Z. Liner recorded Bride of Chucky on her mother’s DVR when she was in middle school, and her fascination with horror has never wavered. Lucia’s time in horror and entertainment news has encompassed sites such as CryptTeaze, Dark Nation (formerly Dark Universe), and Sounds & Shadows, as well as her own personal blog. Outside of the writing world, Lucia is a producer and social media manager for The Ination, one of the longest-running dark alternative club nights in the United States. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and German from Bowling Green State University.
Posts by Lucia Z. Liner
Ian Klink – Contributor
As a filmmaker, writer, and artist, Ian Klink’s work include the feature film Anybody’s Blues, his thesis film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands, and short stories for The Creeps magazine and ‘Chilling Tales For Dark Nights’ videocast. Klink shares his talents as a teacher of Computer technology/Multimedia studies in Pennsylvania. Ian also produces the videocast VCR Redux with Chris Stiles.
Nicole Eichenberg – Contributor
Nicole Eichenberg is a healthcare worker and stand-up comedian from Sacramento, CA. She fell in love with horror after watching the 1990 “It” miniseries at six years old. In her free time she enjoys making mixed media art and writing short horror stories. Some of her favorite authors are Paul Tremblay, Joe Hill, and Eric LaRocca. You can find her on social media at @nicoleisjustok
Jessica Kitner – Contributor
Dabbling in the world of horror since the late 90’s, my specialty is finding beauty in the horrible, Brought up on a steady diet of Scream and Freddy Kruger, I long for the days of bad hair and even worse one-liners. I’ll take practical effects over CGI any day of the week.
Melonie Klouda-Smith – Contributor
Horror is in her bones.. Her first memory is being on her moms hip going into the theater and seeing Jaws.. she was 3. Her first ghost stories were told to her around the same age. Beautiful fairy tales filled with trolls, witches and death.. no sunshine crap for her. Next came Alien and Stephen King and things spiraled quickly out of control from there. She has re-watched many horror movies at numbers that could only be termed psychotic. Halloween is among the movies she has seen 50+ times. She probably has an unhealthy relationship with movie characters as she cried when she saw Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens in Halloween Kills and maybe even sniffled a little for the pseudo Tommy Doyle. She often roots for the monster and Carrie White is her favorite movie heroine.
Paul A. J. Lewis – Guest Contributor, #9 Tenths of the Law
A writer, photographer, lecturer, and sometime filmmaker from Lincolnshire in the UK, Paul was introduced to horror films during his childhood, in the era of the Video Nasty. During this period, he fell under the spell of Lucio Fulci’s genre films, in particular. He started writing about films for ‘zines back in the 90s, and pursued his love of cinema into education, eventually producing his PhD thesis on the American films of Paul Verhoeven. He has had work published both in print magazines and online. He is particularly interested in European genre films of the 1960s and 1970s, and neo-noir films of the 1990s. His writing has been published in the Film Noir Foundation’s magazine Noir City, Horror Homeroom, From Below, Warped Perspective, Horrified Magazine, The Film Magazine, and elsewhere. He has written home video reviews for DVDCompare since 2005, and records episodes of the cult movie-focused podcast Kill It With Fire (on Twitter at @Kill_It_Podcast) with friends who are both lecturers and practitioners in various creative fields. Paul can be found on Twitter as @Krycek_Facility.
Craig Wallwork – Guest Contributor
Craig Wallwork is the author of the novels, Bad People, Labyrinth of the Dolls, The Ghost of Stormer Hill, and The Sound of Loneliness, as well as the short story collections, Human Tenderloin, Quintessence of Dust, and Gory Hole. His stories have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, many of which feature in various anthologies and magazines both in the U.K. and U.S. He is also the co-host of the horror podcast, Session 10. Please check out Craig’s written and photographic work at craigwallwork.com
The Session 10 Podcast is a weekly podcast where two irregular guys talk about regular horror movies. British horror writer Craig Wallwork, and purveyor of all things strange, Boff Island, walk you through horror movies from each decade, starting with the 1970s. Expect chills, thrills, spoilers, and hilarity.
Zack Puckett – Associate Contributor
Zack Puckett was introduced to Horror at a young age. He grew up viewing the likes of Jason, Freddy, Chucky and Candyman. Zack is compiling a list ranging from 1895 to today of every horror film ever made. Having seen over two thousand Horror films, he seeks to elevate obscure horror out of the depths while still paying respect to the classics. He predominantly watches the Extreme subgenre but has a love for all horror. His unique tastes provide a welcome perspective to our site. When we met Zack, we could barely keep up with the crazy films he was voraciously consuming. Somebody has to do it. Zack’s handle is on Twitter is @ZackPuckett6
Benny Sabbatelli – Associate Contributor
Benny Sabbatelli is an Creative Writing student studying in England. He writes short stories, reviews, essays and all things horror. He specializes in the gritty, the melancholic and anything purgatory. He writes short purgatory stories on Amazon under the series Where The Flowers Bloom. Before joining malevolentdark.com, Benny professed his love for the movie Soutbound (2015) and wrote his first review on the film. It well represents his current writing focus. Benny also provides a unique perspective in his contributions as he grew up watching modern horror. Benny can be found on Twitter at the handle @NudeBreakfast