I was excited about the book, but I had no idea what people's reaction would be, especially mainstream readers.
Manhattan Beach, CA (Vocus) April 29, 2010
What is all the Horror Movie Freak buzz about?
In short, there’s a huge community of fans out there thirsting for anything that is horror. As filmmaker John Carpenter (‘Halloween’, ’The Thing’) once said, "Fear is the most powerful emotion in the human race and fear of the unknown is probably the most ancient. You're dealing with stuff that everybody has felt; from being little babies we're frightened of the dark, we're frightened of the unknown. If you're making a horror film you get to play with the audiences feelings."
And judging by the amount of horror fans out there – admitted or not – audiences clearly enjoy having their feelings played with, evidenced by the growing popularity of the 'Horror Movie Freak' book.
'Horror Movie Freak' explores what it takes to be just that…a horror movie freak. The book’s topics include Rules of Survival in a Horror Movie, What Makes a Horror Movie Great, Ten Movies To Watch Leading Up to Halloween and a Beginner’s Shelf to name a few. In addition, every horror film essential to becoming a horror movie freak is discussed – from classics like 'Frankenstein', 'Psycho' and 'Rosemary’s Baby', to the recent 'Saw' series and remakes such as 'Dawn of the Dead', 'Halloween' and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.
'Horror Movie Freak' is due out in August 2010 but went up for pre-sale on Amazon.com in March. Not knowing what the response would be, Author Don Sumner was stunned, “I was excited about the book, but I had no idea what people’s reaction would be, especially mainstream readers.” Amazon.com lists bestselling books by category – updated hourly - and 'Horror Movie Freak' has consistently topped both Popular Culture Books and Horror Reference Lists. What does this mean? “To me it means there are more horror enthusiasts out there than we thought – both confessed and closeted,” says Sumner, “which I actually realized a few years ago after starting the Best-horror-movies.com website.”
Sumner launched the website Best-horror-movies.com in 2006 to give true horror fans what they really want. “As a horror movie freak myself,” says Sumner, “I was always disheartened by what I call the ‘horror intelligentsia’ - mainstream reviewers and film academics that pick on horror. Rather than regurgitate their point of view on the genre, I wanted to create a content-driven website where horror enthusiasts could read about what other horror enthusiasts thought, and eventually interact with each other via blogs, forums and chat rooms.”
Little did Sumner know at the time this platform and subsequent user activity would quickly have Best-horror-movies.com generating over a million page views a month and would render him USA Today’s ‘expert on horror movie locales’. People everywhere were coming out of the woodwork, anxious to get in touch with their inner horror movie freak.
With literally thousands of horror aficionados clamoring for more, now it was time for a book.
“We immediately went to the Best-horror-movies.com fan base and asked them what films they wanted to see featured in the 'Horror Movie Freak' book,” remembers Sumner, “From there we realized the importance of including every subgenre of horror; for example one chapter’s dedicated to remakes and reimaging. Other subgenres include classics, Asian horror, zombies, homicidal slashers, vampires, monsters, ghost stories and more. In short, we wanted to give horror fans a sort of road map, letting them know which films the horror community considers an essential part of the journey in becoming a horror movie freak.”
In addition to Best-horror-movies.com fans, Sumner enrolled other experts in the horror industry – reviewers, filmmakers, actors and writers to give their input. The result is one of the best horror reference guides in history. With over 250 color illustrations, Horror Movie Freak also includes a DVD of George A. Romero’s 1968 original zombie movie masterpiece 'Night of the Living Dead' with a special introduction by Don Sumner.
Pre-orders of 'Horror Movie Freak' are available now at Amazon.com. For further information, visit http://www.horrormoviefreak.com.