Our Bloody Staff

Dew Sinister
Amanda Giarratano, Editor-In-Chief / @bloodymessnet / IMDB

A fan of horror from an early age, Amanda founded in late 2012 after becoming dissatisfied with the quality of fan-based horror film sites. Growing up reading Stephen King and watching 1980’s era slasher films has instilled in her a life-long love of all things spooky and strange, and a general distaste for poorly concocted remakes of films of that era. Amanda has previously written for the now defunct horror film review site Forever Horror, as well as done film reviews for, reviews and original articles for HorrorBid, and horror novel reviews for Big Ol’ Face Full of Monster magazine. Her chosen nom de plume, “Dew Sinister”, is an amalgam of a childhood nickname and an online gaming handle.

She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English, with a heavy emphasis on writing, and is presently working to complete a Master of the Arts degree in the same field. Some of her personal favorite horror films include The Uninvited (1944), Popcorn (1991), Interview With the Vampire (1994), The Thing (1982), and Fright Night (1985). She especially enjoys haunted house films, and films about vampires (of the non-sparkly variety), as well as true to life tales of serial killers and paranormal happenings. Her personal motto comes from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: “Life’s no fun without a good scare!”


Sony Iryna, Associate Editor
@LivingGeekGirl / .com

Sonya Iryna is a 30ish media junkie who combines a classic analytical background with a fierce love of new technology. She started watching horror films with her dad at about seven years old and grew up watching them. Thanks to those early horror films she developed a love of the dark side of life early on. The underground goth/industrial/post-punk scene was a natural fit for her and she has been a denizen of the dark for nearly 20 years. As both a club and radio DJ spinning punk/goth/industrial/electro and EBM music she worked in some of the most elite clubs on the East Coast and garnered record high ratings for her primetime radio show 2 years running.

After graduating from college with a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Humanities she worked as the Managing Editor for a weekly arts and culture magazine. She also wrote reviews and features for many genre magazines like Gothic Beauty, Industrial Nation and ReGen. After she left print media she moved to digital media and has been working as a freelance writer specializing in New Media for the last seven years. She also has produced Web videos, Internet radio, and podcasts. Her digital work has been featured on many sites ranging from genre blogs to The Washington Post and Daily Kos.

She is nearly obsessed with post-apocalyptic themed TV shows, movies, and video games. She is obsessed with The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Millennium, and many other films and TV shows. She lives in the South and will soon be living near the filming locations for The Walking Dead, which she is very excited about. Some of her favorite horror movies include: Near Dark (1987), The Hunger(1983), The Exorcist (1973), The Shining (1980) Night of the Living Dead (1968), and The Last House on the Left (1972).


Cobalt Stargazer, Contributor & Criminal Minds Correspondent / ao3

Cobalt Stargazer is a lifelong resident of the south, where they received a degree in literature. They have been known to read everything from Shakespeare’s plays to detective fiction. As a fanfic writer, they can be hardcore about headcanon, but in the interest of fairness will try not to let that affect their reviews. Favorite films include The Wild Bunch (1969), The Blood of Heroes (1989), and King Of New York (1990). That’s probably how they got this gig. For those readers who have not seen the show Criminal Minds, all nine seasons are streaming on Netflix..


Eric Adams, Contributor

From late night TV viewings in the 1980s of Hammer Horror movies and 1950s creature features, Eric has, not a sense of revulsion, but one of nostalgia for the horror genre. While other kids were getting interested in football, he was avidly watching ‘The Little Vampire’. The heroes of the day might have been Luke Skywalker and He-Man, but he was more into Darth Vader and Skeletor. Fast forward a few years and he found a life-long infatuation with the ‘Alien’ films and art of HR Giger, culminating in being on the staff of AVP Galaxy and today’s creation of a motion-comic fan-film project.

However, it was the vampire fandom which first compelled him and a diploma in media involved him writing, narrating and producing a radio documentary on the subject. ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, especially, led to what was (then) a largely new phenomenon of Internet-based RPGs and meeting the actress, Juliet Landau.

These days, he can be found alternating his creative efforts between CGI art and a number of prospective novels, which range from horror to science-fiction.



Kate Griffin, Contributor

A fan of 1980’s slasher films, along with the science fiction, fantasy, and action genres, Kate has developed a keen interest in the depiction of women on screen, particularly the Final Girl concept. She has presented on the topic alongside Women’s Studies subject-matter experts.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Education. She likes to write fiction. Near and dear to her heart are movies A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Dark City (1998), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Let the Right One In (2008), and The Exorcist (1973). Her favorite television shows include Carnivale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Twin Peaks. She counts The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Rose Madder by Stephen King as books that have influenced her.

Her handle is a shout-out to those beloved, overwrought female characters whose use of too much make-up marks them as damaged goods on screen.


Sean Brice, Contributor & Table Top Gaming Specialist

Growing up, Sean had much interest in the sci-fi fantasy genre of movies and games.  He would play Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering for hours with his friends, helping to nurture a lifelong love for table top games.  When exposed to the American gothic author Poe, Sean acquired a new appreciation for the horror and darker side of the human experience.  Soon the written horror genre became an obsession for Sean.  As an adult, stories of the old gods (Lovecraft) and modern dark tales (Palahniuk) kept him coming back for more.  Now a day, Sean explores the newest horror and geeky table top games.

Sean’s handle comes from two of his favorite A Perfect Circle songs (The Hollow and the Outsider). If there is a game out there you want reviewed, you can follow Sean on Twitter or see him live as he performs every Friday in Chicago as a turtle race MC at Big Joes 2 & 6.





Léyla Richardson,  Former Associate Editor & Feature Writer
@sickkgirl_ / IMDB


James Oxyer, Writer & Obscure Film Specialist


Lucy Buglass, Former Feature Writer & Short Film Enthusiast
@successmontage / IMDB 


Zack Long, Writer & Gaming Correspondent



Angela D. Williams, Former Writer