Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patreon, Digital VS Print Magazines, Independent Horror

Ally Boobior & Vyrus McDisco Blood Wrestling Photo By Brian Nixon
Hello there ghouls!  Welcome to another blog post from yours truly!  In this addition of Gore Noir Magazine blogs sometimes, we are going to go into Patreon and how it's helping independent artists and media.  At first I was skeptical of the format.  It didn't seem like a good way to reach the masses.  That was until I saw a few friends and artists on Patreon bringing people into their everyday process and in some cases bringing in more that $1k a month to boot.

The way I reasoned with myself to start our own Patreon was this..  Sometimes friends, family, and fans want a way to be involved and updated and they also want to be able to donate towards your dreams.  Why not just buy product you say?  Well what if they already have most of what you're making?  Or what if the art is too expensive to buy a piece every month?  Them donating $5 a month is easier than keeping up on buying product from you on a regular basis.  It's also easy for them as it just comes out of their account without them having to fuss over anything.

So I had sold myself on the idea and now we are a good 4 months in with out Patreon.  You set goals for yourself and your Patrons to help move the whole thing forward and motivate all involved.  I set my first goal at 66 and we quickly hit that..  My second goal, which I now realize was a bit too lofty of a second goal, was $666.  I know I was being cute..  But hey it could happen?  We currently sit at $83 a month which helps us pay some of our processing fees and helps go towards new products.

Issue 15
It's an uphill battle these days creating an independent magazine..  Let alone an independent horror magazine.  Add on top of that, that we are a PRINT magazine and you can see what we are dealing with.  My goal was always to move slow and not get too big for our own britches.  You can see some magazines like Fangoria having a problem with this very issue.  It would be far too easy to go full digital magazine every month but I think print is something that I'll never give up on.  What magazine can put out a coffin shaped issue if it's just digital?  Every magazine right?  But can you see it at stores and happen upon it at a friends house on their coffee table or by their toilet?  Didn't think so..

Am I silly to want to keep Gore Noir Magazine a print magazine?  Probably..  It's an uphill battle..  Right now we are in limbo with our 15th issue, which is almost done and ready to go, but we have yet to raise the money for printing costs.   We usually do a pre-order for each issue to help offset print costs and foot the bill.  As we have done with this one and I thank everyone who's helped by sharing the link to get this issue printed.  I promise that we won't be like Fangoria and go digital only and promise a print issue for over a year only to not come through.

February Patreon Giveaway Package
One of the things we've done with our Patreon is to do monthly giveaways to help give back to the fans.  It's a community effort to get something like this rolling so we're able to get lots of stickers, artworks, toys, posters, pins, buttons, hats, shirts, and everything else under the sun from awesome people like you and put together a package and send it to one lucky Patreon Patron that's pledged $5 or more.  Our first giveaway WAS TREMENDOUS!  We hope to bring more and more product into the fold and you can skip to the bottom to find our address to send product to.  We will snap a photo of the products for social media posting (advertising for you!) and time permitting we do a video of all the awesome stuff we have for our Patreon giveaway and thank all those who sent in the items.

I'm always trying to think of new ways to keep in touch with our fan base and if you message us through Facebook or Instagram, or any media to be honest, I try to respond and give you all the attention that is needed.  I feel this is lacking with most magazines.  I try to go on all of the podcasts, the local TV shows, to answer the interview questions, and talk with all of the people that come by our vending booth at conventions and gigs.  I love hearing the feedback and it helps keep the train moving down the track.  It's our motivation.

Lastly I'd just like to thank all of the people that have supported us either directly, by purchasing products, coming to our events, and becoming a patron, or indirectly, by sharing our posts, telling your friends about us and giving us words of encouragement.  We are a small independent horror magazine that loves being a part of the horror culture and making it as bloody as possible!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LetGo app horror VHS found gold!

Hello there Ghouls!  This here article is a little tale of how I came across, what is apparently, the 4th most expensive VHS horror tape from the US according to VHSCollector.com!  In preparation for our 15th issue (preorder here) and my own personal move to Dallas Texas, I had started to sell off some of my excess collection.  While talking to my friend about the toys, records and oddities that I was selling off they suggested and app I had never heard of called LetGo.  I downloaded it just to check it out and I quickly got hooked.  Not to sell mind you, but to get free stuff and find MORE things to add to my collection and to resell.  VHS has been a recent (read 5 years) addition to my collection repertoire and I usually stick to the movies that I can't live without or random cheap movies that I haven't seen yet.

Enter the LetGo app!  While searching I found that lot's of people were selling VHS on the app but not many had any decent horror.  This all changed with a post I had seen on the app selling VHS for $1 a pop and just from the photos I saw a few horror titles that caught my eye.  There is a way to message straight through the app so I messaged the seller and told him I was really only interested in horror and by the end of the next day he had messaged back saying he had 39 horror total and there was a list of titles.  I'd say about 9 of them were ones that I could honestly say I really wanted with a few being duplicates that I could resell.  I messaged him back and advised that I could take them all for a deal if he wanted to work one or just buy the 9 outright.  He messaged back "Honestly at this point I'd let all 39 of them go for $20".  That works out to a little over 50 cents a tape, right on par with Goodwill so I couldn't pass it up!

We met up at a gas station, the thirty nine tapes were divided up into two HEB bags (if you're not from the south/Texas this is an awesome grocery store check it out when you're around) which I loaded into my car.  The same car that was already packed with all my belongings headed up to Dallas later that day.  I took a couple minutes to dig through the bags with my girlfriend and some of the tapes were awesome and some were pretty off the wall and obscure.  The ones I really liked were Motel Hell and this alternate cover of Return of the Living Dead that I hadn't seen.  I was pretty happy with my purchase and started researching some of the tapes online.  Which lead me to eBay and trying to find out how much they were worth.  A search for one of the more obscure tapes, Mama's Home (AKA Captives), lead me to NO eBay results.  I had to turn to the Google.  Below are some links to what I found in my Google search.

First was a listing on VHScollector.com for the tape which listed three people as wanting it and ZERO collections on the site that had the tape.  Which tipped me off that this tape might be rare!


There was also a blog post about it that, unfortunately, I can't find again about people never seeing a copy of the VHS and only seeing it on a video on YouTube in a serious collectors stash.

Which lead me to this YouTube video:

The reviewer makes many references to the tape being rare, and just about never seeing any on eBay ever.  This is all confirmed by the comments saying that they had seen one or two show up on eBay but they went from $355-$650 and they hadn't seen any go up in years.  Which I found the next link to confirm.


Apparently it's listed on VHScollector.com as the 4th highest priced US horror VHS.  Not bad for a random horror lot pick up?  I'll list some photos of the tape here.  Also I really had no use for the tape and would much rather invest any proceeds towards more magazine merchandise for you guys!  I made some posts on Facebook and had 3 different people offer me from $400-$500 but I decided to roll the dice and see what eBay could get me.  Currently the tape is at $415 on eBay and you can check on it here!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Patreon, Giveaway, Horror Shopping Network, Issue 15

Helloooooooo!!  We have so much to talk about!  First off I'd like to tell you all about our Patreon and your chance to see awesome stuff, GET AWESOME STUFF IN GIVEAWAYS, and get products that NO ONE else can!  Head on over to www.patreon.com/gorenoir and donate at least $5 to be entered into monthly giveaways!  Our first giveaway will be HUGE!  And each additional giveaway will likely be even larger as we start the snowball effect and steamroll through the horror scene!

One of the things we just finished today is Horror Shopping Network!  My good friend Fernie and I got in front of a camera and babbled for a solid 16 minutes about the magazine in a hilarious Home Shopping Network parody!  This was episode I and we had so much fun we are going to keep it going.  You'll likely see us give other products and things and stuff the Horror Shopping Network treatment.  Want to be involved?  Email:  gorenoirmag@gmail.com you can also find Fernie's awesome patreon at:  www.patreon.com/ocularofferings

Last but not least!  Issue 15 is on it's way and is available for preorder!  We delve into artwork from Lou Rusconi, Matt Peppler, Jef Overn, and Chris Labrenz. We pick the brain of Circus of the Dead (cover) director Billy Pon. We get to know Morgue the extreme performance artist from AMC's Freakshow. We dig deep into the depths of The House of Masks. Not to mention that you will get to feast your eyes on bloody amazing images from Le Mew Photography and Lady MaCallan. Providing punctuation is an article from Brennan Richie taking a nice dip into all things freakshow and sideshow related. All this plus our regular musings that you'll find in all of our issues! You see now why we're absolutely sure this will sell out!  www.gorenoirmagazine.bigcartel.com

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gore Noir Magazine is an official sponsor and vendor of both Sinister Creature Con's for 2017

It's with great excitement that we announce that Gore Noir Magazine will be signing on to vend and sponsor both 2017 additions of Sinister Creature Con in California!!  Sinister Creature Con 2016 was such a great success that they are branching out to bring us a Spring and a Fall horror convention for Northern California.  The first convention will be taking place at Stockton Arena in Stockton California on June 10-11th, 2017.  The great folks that put together the convention are already making announcements on guests for this show and taking applications for vendors.  (highly suggested you grab a booth as the convention draws in TONS of real horror fans!)

The second convention will be taking place at Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento California on October 14-15th 2017.  Last years show taking place in October was amazing.  It was a great way to get in the mood for Halloween by grabbing awesome products from the vendors as well as photos and autographs from the celebrities in attendance.  On top of all this they had after parties going for those of you who like to party with fellow horror fans.  We will make sure to have a drink and a couple billion shots with all of you crazy fans out there.  Are you ready?  Grab your tickets now and tell your friends!  You won't want to miss this!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Don't Miss This! Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento, CA on Oct 15-16th

We couldn't help but sign on for the 2nd year of Sinister Creature Con taking place in Sacramento California this Halloween season!  The list of the horror celebs that are going to be in attendance is amazing!  I can't wait to meet Lori Petty and Katharine Isabelle!  Also I can't wait to bring our brand of horror publication to the unsuspecting people of the convention.  THAT'S RIGHT!  We will be vending this lovely event!  Read below for more information about what will be going on and who will be in attendance!

"Horror Con announces year two guest: Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento, CA on October 15th-16th, 2016.

Horror Convention Sinister Creature Con is invading Sacramento for year two with Lori Petty of Orange is The New Black and iconic FX artists including Robert Kurtzman, 3 time Oscar winner Ve Neill, Hannibal’s Katherine Isabelle, and that just the beginning.

Sacramento, CA. Cult film appreciators, horror lovers and practical effects enthusiast who want a place to appreciate the art of horror now have Sinister Creature Con for the love of the genre.

Sinister Creature newest convention to The Sacramento Scottish Rite in downtown Sacramento has surpassed horror convention scene and launched year twos first batch of guests. Sinister is brought to you by the masterminds behind the 9th annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival, The Horror Short Film Festival, Amber’s Sweets Theater Troupe, Sac-Conventions and Sac Anime Conventions. Featured guests include award winning practical effects artist Ve Neill (Beetlejuice, Hunger Games, Sweeny Todd) actress Lori Petty (Orange is The New Black, Gotham) actress Katherine Isabelle (Hannibal, Freddy vs Jason, Ginger Snaps) GOLD VIP performance by Aurelio Voltaire and Rich Uncle Bill and the Daleys (Bill "Stay Puft" Brian's Band!) as well as world-renowned makeup artists from the hit Syfy show FaceOff and so much more.

"I had no real idea what the Sinister Creature Con was going to be like. It was the first year, they had a good line up of celebrities attending and the vendor list was plentiful, but a horror con in Sacramento? To my pleasant surprise, it was a huge success! More people in attendance then I think anyone expected. All there to see their Rocky Horror Show idols, such as Barry Boswick, or Cleve Hall from Monster Man, or even me!
The great things about these types of conventions are everyone is there for the same reason. They love everything horror, always have. When younger we were labeled nerds and geeks, but now we have taken over and become the cool kids. As the famous tag line from Dawn of the Dead states - "When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth", well we are all walking to the next Sinister Creature Con next year and suggest you do to!" Award winner Howard Berger and past guest on 2015 line-up.

Sinister Creature Con is back for year two and even though 2015 hasn’t come to a close Sinister is wasting no time in order to impact the community and exposing the culture of practical effects and horror.

From live make-up demos to sculpting and painting, fans can also participate and create themselves in one of many workshops offered by award winning make-up artists and fabricators. Vendors and exhibitors will be on-hand with horror related merchandise.

Tickets are currently on sale:
Gold VIP Weekend Pass
$80 - VIP Gold Weekend Pass
Limited quantity.
Gold VIP Pass allows access at 10:00am each day.
Added entry lines for faster access to venue.
Exclusive VIP Badge.
Exclusive 2016 Sinister Creature Con Print by Gianluca Mattia.
Exclusive 2016 Sinister Creature Con Print by Paul Allen.
"Creature Girl" Sinister Creature Con T-Shirt (sizes sm-xxxl).
Includes Exclusive Access to the Official VIP GOLD After Party at the Colonial Theatre. This after party is exclusive to VIP Gold patrons, featured guests, featured artists, and event sponsors. It is NOT open to the public!
VIP GOLD After Party at the Colonial Theatre Includes...
Musical performance by Aurelio Voltaire!
Featuring musical performance by Rich Uncle Bill and the Daleys
(Bill "Stay Puft" Brian's Band!).
Insane puppet show by Shadow Circus Theatre!
Horrifying short films from Sac Horror Film Fest & CryptTV!
Horror Inspired side show and circus performances!
Drink & Food specials!

Sinister Creature Con is now taking applications for vendors and offering sponsorship opportunities. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be apart of one of the biggest cons to make its way thru Sacramento California.

Vendor requests: Jennifer@sinistercreaturecon.com
Sponsorship and Social Media Management: Brian@sachorrorfilmfest.com

More Information: www.sinistercreaturecon.com "

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Soylent drink being advertised on Facebook is a real thing!

With a tag line like "Enjoy a meal as versatile as you." You'd think that the makers of Soylent know about the 1973 movie Soylent Green.  That movies plot is that in the not too distant future there's a company called Soylent Corporation that is manufacturing rations for the starving New York City population.  Well these major ingredient of this Soylent Green ration is found to be..  Wait for it..  Human!  Yes!  Soylent Corporation is feeding the populace human.

Now why would a company put out a product under the Soylent name without even thinking of the past of this very same moniker?  Are they just naive of what thoughts comes along with the Soylent name?  Are they very aware and just hoping that no one can even remember that movie?  Maybe they know all well about the Soylent Green movie and are hoping for some controversy and to maybe sell some product as a result?  I'm not quite sure but I'll go ahead and send them an email and see if they respond.  I'll post my findings here as an update when I get word back.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Now I know it's only 2016 but I guess Soylent decided to get a "leg up" on the competition?  "People need it.. in the year 2022" I'm just at a loss for words.  Below is a screenshot of their website.  Feel free to go to Soylent.com to check out what they have to offer.  It's apparently a subscription based "meal" in a bottle.  You can get up to 144 "rations" a month for a discounted price of $348.  That's only $4,176 dollars a year.  That would give you a little less than 5 bottles a day.

It comes in at 400 calories a bottle and claims to be Vegan/Animal Free.  Can you eat human and still be Vegan?  I mean are we considered animals?  I'm being silly here obviously..  This is based on the "Drink 2.0" of Soylent.  It also says it is not organic, kosher, gmo-free, allergen-free, or gluten-free.  Well there goes all the hopes for you gluten-free cannibals!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Witch Movie toy playset? NEED!

Have you seen The Witch yet?  I opted out of sitting in Austin traffic the other day and just popped into the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse to watch it all by my lonesome because..  Not one of my movie going friends would go with me to see it.  They're all pansies I guess?  Anyway!  I got my cookie dough shake and queso fries and pealed my eyes to watch it..  Oh and I posted on Instagram that I was watching it of course..  Because if it doesn't get posted to Instagram it didn't happen right?  As soon as I throw the post up there the comments start rolling in.. And I expected this..  Don't get me wrong, but I was hearing a lot of good things so I wasn't expecting that many negative comments.  "I didn't like it", "There's a scene in the middle that's ok but overall :(", etc.  There was one positive comment and it was: "I fucking loved this. Easily one of my favorite films of the last 5-6 years."

So why is there all of this opposite side of the spectrum review business?  I think maybe people were expecting something different than what it actually was.  The Witch is a gritty real film about faith, religion, witchcraft, and possession with some satanic elements dashed in.  They aren't thrown in your face at every turn.  You aren't hanging out with witches the whole film.  You don't get to see most of the dastardly things the witches are doing.  A lot of the things are eluded to and it's presented to us in a sombre tone throughout.  It's a very slow burn so for all of the gold fish attention spanned millenials, they were indeed antsy throughout the film.  I guess they should have brought in Michael Bay for a couple explosions for this one?

My favorite part of the film is the cinematography and the uneasy-ness you are plopped into.  I was on edge throughout the movie.  I wasn't able to watch the film as I do most horror films.  Most horror films I'm presented with some beautiful kills displayed for me to dissect and revel in.  I really do love sprays of blood.  I'm sick I know.  Although you do get treated to some blood in The Witch it's only sprinkled in and I was pretty stoked on those moments don't get me wrong.  It's also lacking the elements of sex and nudity that a lot of horror films use as a crutch.  Oh how I do love those crutches though.  There's just enough fantasy in the movie for you to say "Oh okay I'm just watching a movie", but it's added in towards the end and most of the time you are dealing with what most people of the puritanical America would have dealt with.

I was definitely happy with the film and I'll be adding it to my video collection as soon as it comes out for sure.  It's not for everybody.  I can't even really put my finger on the type of people that would enjoy it.  It takes a different mindset.  You'll all just have to watch it to see for yourself.  If you've seen it I'd like you to post in the comments why you liked it or hated it.  Until then check out this Playmobil set by MillionarePlayboy.com !!