Four years ago, I walked into Hot Topic to buy a Slayer shirt and my life changed. It turns out Mike Cucinotta was the store’s manager and, aside from that, the founder of Icons of Fright, a popular horror website. Striking up a conversation with him, I asked if I could write a convention report for the upcoming Monster Bash. The moment he said yes changed my life. A few months later, Mike emailed me and asked me to be Icons of Fright’s main DVD reviewer. For three years, I wrote for Icons, and served as the site’s editor-in-chief for the last year and a half of that stint. The opportunities kept coming, all because I wrote one piece.
And now the opportunities are here for you.
Death Ensemble is looking to expand our staff. We’d like to get some fresh new voices involved, with interesting perspectives about the genre we all love so much. This is an opportunity for talented writers to become staffers for a popular website. Though we can’t pay, there’s the prospect to be read by thousands of fans worldwide, and this could of course lead to other things down the line.
If you’re interested, please send a writing sample to [email protected]. We’ll read every email we get, and respond to those we deem the best. You can write a review of your favorite horror movie or book, your take on a horror convention, a piece about some aspect of the genre that’s important to you, or anything that excites you about horror. If you consider yourself a talented writer who would like a chance at being published on a popular website, this is for you.
My work at Icons of Fright has translated to the Death Ensemble, and four years of writing has contributed to the site’s success. I’ve gotten to cover conventions all over the country, rode a mechanical bull in Texas, and interviewed the stars of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, all because of my writing. There’s no pay in this position, but if this sounds like it interests you, send us a sample. We’re waiting for you to join in the ensemble.