Ghastly Grinning in 2019

Hey there Grinners!

Thanks to every single one of you who has stopped by to check out the site. We hope you’ve liked what you’ve seen, I’m here to give a little bit of an idea of what we have in store for 2019.

First, we’re going to continue our message and mantra of “make horror happy.” I’ve become such an advocate for highlighting the best in the things, annotating the positive, celebrating the genre in all its shapes and sizes. To clarify on that, I hope you all know that this doesn’t mean that we’re just lying about things here at Ghastly Grinning. Sure, we’ll read or watch some things that we might not like but then our goal becomes to accentuate what we did like about it. We can point out flaws and such but the goal is to not come out swinging on something that someone, or multiple someones, poured their blood and sweat into. We aren’t here to bash things, we’re here to point out the things that did work, because even though we might not love it, someone does. My dad told me once that “every band is someones favorite band,” and that resonates with me. Just because we dislike something doesn’t mean everyone does or will or even should. So that’s one reason we’re here.

The next is to advocate for change in the genre. To push and champion for representation in all forms. More women in the genre. More minority representation, whether that be race or sexual orientation or gender, we want more of it. These stories should be told and we will use our tiny platform here to push for that representation. Because of that, I also recognize that I’m a cisgender white guy, and it’s not exactly my place to write about these things. Does that mean I won’t? No, of course not. I do think it’s important that if I’m given this absurd advantage in society because of my race and gender I’m going to try and do something good with it and use it to vocalize my opinion that I should not be the norm. If some stubborn, ignorant people insist they only want to listen to me talk, I’m going to tell them how wrong they are. However, what’s FAR more important, is giving people a voice. So over this year I will also be reaching out to find writers that can help write from these points of view from the most important position: their point of view. I’ll spend the year (and every year after) looking for writers who can write from the female perspective, from the trans and queer view, from any and all sexual orientations, races, genders and every walk of life.

Lastly, I want to discuss a new favorite phrase of mine: hope punk. I saw it floating around online the other day and it’s really stuck with me. It’s a loose genre in which the hero or heroes are fighting for hope. For the idea of hope. It’s so Peter Parker, that of course I fell in love with it. This is the phrase I want to run with this year. We’re adopting it here at Ghastly Grinning and we’re going to plaster it everywhere. This is the year we don’t stop fighting, we don’t stop going, we’re going to do everything we can to get the Ghastly Grinning name out there. All of us, as a staff, are united for this cause and we are going to continue to bring attention to the horror community for being one of the best, brightest and most progressive genres around. We’re going to spread love and happiness, celebrating each other, congratulating each other, coming together in the horror community closer than ever before. I’m not here to tell you to read our site over some other one. I’m here to tell you that Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting and Gayly Dreadful and Nightmarish Conjurings and Birth Movies Death and IGN and all of these other sites have important things to say too. They have writers with a message and I’m going to encourage them as much as I do my own writers. Change and happiness doesn’t grow from a single spot but needs to be spread widely, I’ll be damned if I’m the one who’s trying to stomp that out.

2019 is the year we use our voice to encourage change, advocate for celebration instead of condemnation, and it’s definitely the year that we push for what is right.

And if you’re not here for it, you’re fighting on the wrong side.