THOMAS DEFEO, President and Owner, Fangoria Magazine and Fangoria.com
Multiple award winning editor, designer, producer and director Thomas DeFeo was crazy enough to purchase The Starlog Group and its leading horror magazine and website FANGORIA in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since. During his thus far 25 years in the entertainment business, DeFeo was part of the various creative teams that helped launch The History Channel, the Sci Fi Channel, Bravo International, and the Biography Channel but it’s within the world of all things gory, grotesque and gruesome that his bloody beating heart truly lies. DeFeo’s a true blue monster kid made good who has jettisoned our iconic brand into the 21st century, respecting FANGORIA’s storied past while keeping an eye firmly on the future.
CHRIS ALEXANDER, Editor-in-Chief, Fangoria Magazine
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
MICHAEL GINGOLD, Managing Editor, Fangoria Magazine / Contributing Editor, Fangoria.com
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews. He has also been an editor and writer/reviewer for Fangoria.com since its inception in 2000, and produced five Chainsaw Awards ceremonies for Fango’s Weekend of Horrors conventions from 1992-96.
Michael has written a number of horror screenplays, including SHADOW: DEAD RIOT for Fever Dreams/Media Blasters and LEECHES! for Rapid Heart Pictures; most recently, he wrote a remake of the 1977 cult shocker ALICE, SWEET ALICE with director Dante Tomaselli, who hopes to film it this year. For POPcinema’s DVD collection SHOCK FESTIVAL, Michael wrote and directed the “Girlkiller” segment, and he moderated the audio commentary with director Joseph Ruben for Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-ray of THE STEPFATHER. He was also part of the commentaries for three 42ND STREET FOREVER trailer compilations from Synapse Films; the most recent track, for the series’ first Blu-ray, has been nominated for a Rondo Award.
Michael has additionally written numerous reviews for TVGuide.com/Cinebooks’ THE MOTION PICTURE GUIDE, Steven Scheuer’s MOVIES ON TV AND VIDEOCASSETTE and others. He started his writing career in high school, when he began self-publishing the horror fanzine SCAREAPHANALIA, which ran for nine years.
KIER-LA JANISSE, Director, Fangoria.com
Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer based in Montreal, Canada. She is the Director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Web Director at Fangoria.com, the film curator for POP Montreal and a programmer for SF Indie. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival in Vancouver, co-founded Vancouver’s Criminal Cinema and Montreal’s Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror. She has written for Fangoria, Filmmaker, Rue Morgue, Shindig! and Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, has contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide (Sasquatch Books, 2004) and Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punk on Film (Fantagraphics, 2010), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012).
SAM ZIMMERMAN, Managing Editor, Fangoria.com
Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
REBEKAH McKENDRY, Director of Marketing
Rebekah McKendry is the Director of Marketing for FANGORIA ENTERTAINMENT as well as a staff writer. She has been with FANGORIA since 2004, and began as a research assistant working for FANGORIA RADIO on Sirius XM. Additionally, she is a college professor teaching classes focused on film history and horror films. She has Bachelors degrees in Film and English, a MA in Media Education, a MFA in Film Production, and she is currently completing her PhD in Film Theory focused on horror and exploitation cinema. She also co-hosts a weekly podcast on GeekNation called KILLER POV. Though she loves all types of horror, her major interests are controversial and transgressive filmmaking including 70s grindhouse and video nasties. She also focuses a large section of her research into horror films that are hard-to-locate or which never received distribution.
TONY TIMPONE, Editor Emeritus, Fangoria Magazine
FANGORIA Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone helps manage the company’s VOD, DVD and digital divisions. As a Co-Host/Producer, Timpone worked on FANGORIA RADIO for Sirius XM and was the Producer/Interviewer for Fangoria TV’s SCREAMOGRAPHY series. In the 1990s he helped guide the first three FANGORIA feature films to the screen for Sony.
In 2004 Timpone served as an Associate Producer to Bravo’s 100 SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENTS miniseries. For nearly 10 years he served as a Vice President of Acquisitions for FANGORIA’s three separate home video labels, and co-created FANGORIA’S BLOOD DRIVE short film DVD collection, hosted by Rob Zombie. For TV, Timpone was a Co-Producer of cable’s FUSE/FANGORIA CHAINSAW AWARDS and a Consulting Producer to the HORROR HALL OF FAME special. Since 1998, Montreal’s Fantasia film festival has engaged Tony as Co-Director of International Programming.
Timpone has been a frequent media spokesman for the horror industry, making appearances on over 100 TV and radio shows, DVD supplements and documentaries. Tony was the Master of Ceremonies and Co-Producer of the popular FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors conventions for over 25 years. Literary-wise, Timpone is the author of MEN, MAKEUP AND MONSTERS (St. Martin’s). In addition, he edited FANGORIA’S 100 BEST HORROR MOVIES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN (Crown), FANGORIA VAMPIRES, FANGORIA MASTERS OF THE DARK: STEPHEN KING AND CLIVE BARKER (both HarperPrism) and FANGORIA’S BEST HORROR FILMS (Crescent). 2013 will see the publication of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER from Cemetery Dance, which Tony edited.
ROB FELDMAN, Web Designer and Technician
Rob Feldman started in the digital world way back on 1995 when he began taking his design creations to the web by coding html from scratch. Since then, he has helped design and launch brands on the web from LA to NYC, working closely with companies to realize their online presence. A designer and Flash animator who emerged from the smoke of the 2000 dot com burst, he is most known for his cult hit series “Dr. Shroud” through his company Earworm Media and is currently working on several animated and film developments. Feldman is a true fan of comics, pop culture and horror, regularly devoting his non-digital time to creating original properties suited for his own 9-12 age level.
MARLA NEWBORN, Administrative Director of Digital Content, Fangoria Entertainment
As a champion of, and advocate for short films and filmmakers, Marla has been with Fangoria since 2005. She came on board after winning multiple awards as head of Production at USA Network and Syfy Channel. A native New Yorker, Marla arrived at Fangoria to launch and program Fangoria TV. Additionally, Marla is the Festival Supervisor at The New York City Horror Film Festival. She contributes to her blog The NewBorn Dead where she promotes actors, directors and independent short films.