One of the horror genre's "most widely read critics" (Rue Morgue # 68), "an accomplished film journalist" (Comic Buyer's Guide #1535), and the award-winning author of Horror Films of the 1980s (2007), The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007) and Horror Films of the 1970s (2002), John Kenneth Muir, presents his blog on film, television and nostalgia, named one of the Top 100 Film Studies Blog on the Net.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ten Years Down...
What I looked like when I started blogging on April 23, 2005.
What I look like now.
I began blogging in this space on April 23, 2005.
It's hard to believe that's ten full years -- and some 7,000 posts -- behind me.
Time flies when you're having fun, I guess.
When I started this blog, I lived in another city, I was not yet a father (or a college professor, for that matter), and George W. Bush was our president.
Star Trek was fading out on TV (Enterprise's cancellation was imminent), and the Star Wars prequels were coming to an end with the summer-time release of Revenge of the Sith (2005).
In terms of horror movies, found-footage films had not yet revitalized the genre, and we were still in the thick of the torture-porn age and seeing efforts such as (the incredible) Hostel (2005).
Back then, there was no Facebook for the public (though TheFacebook had been founded), and MySpace was huge.
In 2005, I was writing Horror Films of the 1980s (2007), and prepping my web-series, The House Between (2007 - 2009) for production.
In the years since the blog started, I've also written The Rock and Roll Movie Encyclopedia, Music on Film: This is Spinal Tap, Music on Film: Purple Rain, Horror Films of the 1990s, Horror Films FAQ, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s, and Space:1999: The Whispering Sea. I've also become a regular columnist for Flashbak.
So a lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same in the last ten years, I guess you could say.
There have been many high points (the Chris Carter interview of 2009, Lance Henriksen Blogathon of 2011, and the totally unexpected [positive] response to my reviews of The X-Files: I Want to Believe , Prometheus , and Walkabout  to name just a few).
I'm trying to conjure up the bad stuff, or blog low-points, but I can't really summon any. I suppose the lowest point of blogging here is, simply, cataloging those we lose.
And losing Leonard Nimoy this year was the biggest gut punch of all.
So...how long will I continue to blog?
The short answer: Forever. (Or until Blogger turns out the lights, whichever comes first).
Actually, I'm just going to keep on trucking (or Trekking) until the (probably inevitable) moment when the blog starts losing its readership, and a new one doesn't show up. I'm already planning for Doctor Who's 100th Anniversary in 2063.
To all of you who have been here with me the whole time, part of the time, or even just arrived: thank you for visiting, and thank you for hanging around.
Thank you for making this a great place to come to work every single day.
Thank you for listening and reading as I sound off about my love and appreciation for horror, sci-fi, cult-television and everything in-between. You have made these last ten years an extraordinary, life-affirming experience.