The artist that designed our logo is the extremely talented Jess Hrycyk. She does ink and water color art with a range from fantasy, nature and animals. Of course, she also does commissions! She is a good friend of Spinster #2, Kelly, and a fellow metal and horror fan.
Brandon Mercer is a independent filmmaker from St John's, Newfoundland with a decade of successful experiences working on big budget television shows as well as smaller scale productions across eastern Canada. He has also received commendations from the Atlantic film festival and the Center for Arts & Technology as emerging director of the year. His work consistently peers into dark corners, finding the light, addressing the themes of justice, transformation and self-discovery through "high concept" cinematography, art direction, and distinctive use of color.
A strong believer and contributor to the horror genre, Brandon's goal is to continue to support other local filmmakers and horror fans alike (when he isn't covered in blood...) Brandon is our very own personal photographer and Promotions Manager!
Appeared and edited our Scary Story Episodes for Halloween 2020.
Jaymes White is a professional mindreader! Jaymes, who is an expert on human behaviour has toured and stunned audiences across the country. He has developed and starred in his own television show and has won many awards in his career. He trains law enforcement, detectives and people in sensitive areas on observation, memory and handwriting analysis. He also runs the biggest seances in Canada which have been sold out for years.
Jaymes was a special guest on Episode 7: Ghostly Investigations: Do you Believe?
Michele Brittany is the editor of the Bram Stoker Non-fiction nominated Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre.
Michele Brittany was a special guest on Episode 10: Spinsters in Space: Alien & Pandorum. She highlighted the concept of isolationism in space horror.
Dance With The Dead is a music duo from Orange County, CA. Consisting of Justin and Tony, they create electronic music with a dark, spooky and heavy style.
Their song Robeast is used in our podcast!
Jenn is a writer at Consequence of Sound and co-host of the Psychoanalysis podcast. She writes about feminism and mental health through the lens of horror including personal and analytical essays such as Jane Doe and the Patriarchy: Deceptive Feminism in The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Scars: Making Emotional Trauma Visible in Jennifer’s Body and the Perfection. Her essay Mothers and Monsters: Possession and Parenting in the Brightburn and The Babadook was featured on the Spinsters of Horror blog.
Jenn was also a special guest on Episode 8: Sometimes Dead is Better!
Julia Lynch is a writer from Toronto who’s been working in the ad industry for 7 years. She’s written for Grim Magazine and reviews indie horror movies for HorrorScreams VideoVault. When she was a kid, her best friend told her Chucky was real and to this day she believes, that’s true.
She wrote a piece for Halloween month - Laurie Strode and the Power of Fear
Joshua has a thing for horror. Always has. From sneaking glances at Freddy Krueger behind a blanket to delving into Goosebumps to scouring the Horror section at his local mom & pop video store, he’s made horror a constant in his life. The A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and Buffy are his fortes as the characters and storylines within them are those that speak - and scream - at him the most. Read his ramblings and dives on the genre in his articles for Nightmare on Film Street (NoFSPodcast.com) and GaylyDreadful.ckm
Joshua appeared on Episode 19 "Hello!? Gay Now" Bisexuality in Buffy.
You've read his film reviews on Bloody Disgusting and Consequence of Sound, as well as his coverage of the SXSW and Fantastic Fest film festivals. He is the co-host of the Horror Queers podcast, which looks at horror films through a queer lens. Please welcome, all the way from Austin, Texas: Trace Thurman.
Trace appeared on Episode 19 "Hello!? Gay Now" Bisexuality in Buffy.
Bloody Disgusting, LLC
Joe is a TV addict with a background in Film Studies. He co-created TV/Film Fest blog QueerHorrorMovies and has written for Bloody Disgusting, Consequence of Sound, The Spool, That Shelf, Grim Magazine and Anatomy of a Scream. He also co-hosts Horror Queers, a queer horror podcast, with Trace Thurman.
Joe appeared on Episode 21: Rabid (1977) vs. Rabid (2019)
Writing @ Anatomy of a Scream
Starting her work behind the camera at the age of 18, Jessie Seitz has gone to write, produce, direct, and create fx makeup looks for over 30 independent films. She is currently producing the first extreme cinema anthology directed entirely by Women titled, FUKT
Nick J Benson is a SPFX Artist / Producer, Director, Artist / Sculptor
He is known for his work on The Blob (1988), Tremors (1990) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988). He is also the Director of Publicity at Morbidly Beautiful.
IMDB page: Nick Benson
Facebook: Nick Benson Official
Bill Turnbull is a Toronto based Canadian commercial, television and film actor known for his roles in Goosebumps, Eerie Indiana, Being Erica, The Vow, Degrassi the Next Generation, most recently on the new Amazon Prime series The Boys. But of course, for metal and horror fans alike, he is known for his role as Curtis Weaver in Todd and The Book of Pure Evil.
IMDB page: Bill Turnbull
Dr. Alison Peirse
Dr Alison Peirse is a writer and critic specialising in horror film. She has published four books and collections on horror, and regularly collaborates with international genre festivals including slash Filmfestival (Austria), Kurja Polt (Slovenia) and Offscreen (Brussels). This year, she is publishing her latest book, Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre, and she is serving on the finalist jury panel for Etheria Film Night (the world's most respected competition showcase of new sci-fi, fantasy, action, thriller and horror films directed by women).
Trained in history and anthropology, Anne Millar lives in an abandoned cinema but can be found on Twitter @faustinafate, with WolfCop content most every day @SgtLouGarou. Seasonal panel appearances at conventions in Ottawa and Montreal obviously off the table for the nonce, but there may be a podcast in the future because writing an analysis is the only way to stop the tide of fabric and paint projects, or learning the guitar from spite.
Read her blog post for Spinsters of Horror: Canadian IS a Genre: Wolfcop, Another Wolfcop, and the Joy of the Cult Film.
Kelly McNeely is a tea-drinking, craft making, machete-wielding screen junkie with a mostly healthy obsession with horror, 90s action films, and spooky home decor. A staff writer for iHorror.com, she has also contributed to Grim Magazine, Modern Horrors, CGMagazine, Salem Horror Fest, 1428 Elm, and Netflix Life. You can find her getting day drunk and making festive housewares at The Creepy Crafter on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kellsmcnells
Appeared on Episode 1 of Kelly's Taboo Terrors Presents: Shock Talk with Kelly McNeely on A Serbian Film
Mysterion is one half of the world-famous Sentimentalists mind reading team. They have appeared on shows like Penn and Teller Fool US, AGT and he has appeared on paranormal programs like Ghostly Encounters, Phantom Signals and more. His collection of oddities is one of the most known private museums. He is the owner of an Atacama mummy, similar to “Sirius” one recently made into a documentary on the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Appeared on Episode 30 The Spinsters Get Abducted!
Website: The Sentimentalists
Carolyn Mauricette is a Toronto-based film writer and critic focused on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi genres. She founded www.viewfromthedark.ca, where she dives deep into race and representation of people of colour in genre film or lack thereof. She's also a film programmer and Development Coordinator for the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, and a contributing author to the first edition of the Women in Horror Annual, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films (Rowman & Littlefield), and the Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films (Rowman & Littlefield). You can find other pieces she's written on diversity and women in sci-fi on www.graveyardshiftsisters.com, and film reviews on www.cinemaaxis.com, and Hollywood Suite. You can also hear her on the film podcast she co-hosts, Reely Melanated.
Carolyn appeared on Episode 31: Reflecting Mirrors- Candyman.
Jenny is the Programs Director at the Austin Asian American Film Festival and has been working with the festival since its rebirth in 2015. She believes the films people engage with should not always be mainstream and loves finding audiences for under-the-radar, diverse, and thought-provoking cinema. She has had a dedicated career in film, from marketing to journalism. In addition to her work at AAAFF, she is a Marketing Consultant for Bullfrog Films and Docuseek, a film critic at the Austin Chronicle, and creates video essays for Certified Forgotten, among other freelance jobs.
Jenny was a special guest on Episode 33: Ringu vs The Ring