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Goodbye, FANGORIA…

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It is with equal parts excitement and a bittersweet sadness that I’m announcing my departure from FANGORIA Entertainment. I have accepted a position as Editor-in-Chief at Blumhouse Productions. I’m extraordinarily thrilled about the new opportunities and challenges I’ll face in my new career, but I’m going to miss the bloody hell out of my FANGORIA cohorts.

I met Tony Timpone and Mike Gingold at the New York City Horror Film Festival in 2003 while I was a film graduate student. As a lifelong horror fan, it was like meeting horror royalty. I was hanging out with FANGORIA! And within a few weeks I was hired as a researcher on FANGORIA Radio. It was a dream that still makes my head spin to this day. That was almost 13 years ago.

On FANGORIA Radio, I worked beside Tony, Mike, Debbie Rochon, Dee Snider, and producer Mike Kostel, not only learning a huge amount about the horror industry but slowly building a knowledge base of radio, TV, film, and advertising. Eventually, FANGO president Tom Defeo promoted me to Director of Marketing. I will never forget how amazing I felt that day. I was a regular FANGORIA employee! And for the past decade, I have woken up every morning elated that I get to work here and with such astonishingly talented people.

I cannot even begin to describe how appreciative I am for the opportunities FANGORIA, Tom DeFeo, and Chris Alexander have given me. The FANGORIA staff are not just my coworkers, they are my family.  It is hard to believe that for over 10 years I have talked to each of these guys almost daily. I know their spouses and kids. And when I gave birth to my daughter, my FANGORIA family were some of the first to call and congratulate us.

I know I should be discussing all the skills I learned and connections I made working at such a legendary horror company, but really it is much more than that. All of the FANGORIA staff pour their heart and soul into this company, and so that is what I feel like I’m leaving behind, some of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever known as well as a piece of myself.

To Tom, Chris, Mike, Rob, Bill, Tony, Ken, Jeanne, and Linda- You are all such amazing and passionate people. I will miss you all, but I know you will continue to work with adoration for our beloved genre long after I’m gone.

As I began my new career at Blumhouse Productions, I’m taking with me not just years of experience and connections, but also the fiery enthusiasm you all shared with me. I can’t thank you all enough! Be well! And keep fighting the horror fight!

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Rebekah McKendry
Rebekah McKendry is the Director of Marketing for Fangoria Entertainment, and additionally she is a college professor teaching classes focused on film history and horror films. She is also an award-winning filmmaker. She has Bachelor's Degrees in Film and English, a MA in Media Education, a MFA in Film, and she is currently completing her PhD in Media Theory focused on horror and exploitation cinema. She is especially passionate about grindhouse films, video nasties, and rare or lost titles.
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