It’s incredibly hard to wrap my head around the fact that this blog, Monster Movie Kid, is now 10 years old! Well, the official anniversary date is October 2 but with that falling within the Countdown to Halloween 2022, I think it’s appropriate to celebrate today.
I launched this little blog a decade ago after writing two articles for the B-Movie Man website courtesy of Nic Brown from the B-Movie Cast podcast. I saw a few other people launching blogs and thought I’d give it a try. I started things off right with my first Countdown to Halloween as I posted every day for the month of October. The last decade has been full of life’s highs and lows. I lost my father and my beloved wife Geri in 2016. I also lost Vince Rotolo, the man who welcomed me into the B-Movie Cast family and really started this whole ball rolling. Some friends left my life but the door opened and welcomed new friends in. I met my brother from another mother Jeff Owens in the summer of 2016. We launched the Classic Horrors Club Podcast in January 2017 and finally attended Monster Bash together that same year. I launched another blog, Kansas City Cinephile, in 2017 and laid it to rest earlier this year. I was a member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, published in a local monster magazine (The Basement Sublet of Horror), attended the local Freestate Comicon as a guest and I was invited to appear on several podcasts (B-Movie Cast, DieCast Movie Podcast, Monster Kid Radio, Nightmare Junkhead, House of Franklin-stein and Magazines and Monsters). I’ve also had a featured spot on two other podcasts (Dread Media and the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast). I’m probably missing something but I think you get the point. Monster Movie Kid has been busy since those humble beginnings a decade ago.
I’ve had some incredibly challenging and heartbreaking changes in the last 10 years and I wouldn’t have been able to survive them without all of you! I’ve always said that if even one person took the time to read a post, then this little blog was worth it and it truly has been one hell of a ride so far. Ten years later, I’ve welcomed a son-in-law into my life, a stepson who shares my love for Star Trek and models, and next year, I’m gaining a daughter-in-law. I’m also a grandpa now and absolutely loving it. And we have another grandchild arriving next year!
Most importantly, I need to recognize several people very close to my heart. My daughter Kayla was always my number one fan since day one. My son Joey and my late wife Geri would always brag about my accomplishments at just the right moments. For over six years now, Jeff has been my partner-in-crime and deserves all the credit for our podcast in which I joyfully participate. And I’ve been blessed for over five years now to have my wife Karla be a part of this journey. She’s a monster kid like me and healed my broken heart in ways I can’t even describe.
Thank you everyone for 10 amazing years and here’s to another 10…and more! Long live Monster Movie Kid!