12/27/10

2010: The Year I Brought Down Horror Blips, and Other Stuff...

2010 is almost a wrap, and here at BLS International it was an historical and rewarding year.

Probably one of the biggest thrills was the fact that for several weeks last Summer, BLS was The Number One Blog according to Horror Blips; but joy soon turned to sadness when, without any warning, Horror Blips vanished from the web.  While I don't know what happened, I like to think that I somehow had something to do with its untimely death.

Whatever the case, it's always nice to go out on top.


This was also the year that I rolled out the Union of Independent Horror Bloggers.

Inspired from postings by both B-Sol and Iloz Zoc, I felt it was time to put the money where the mouth is (so to speak), and set up some guidelines for those who are writing about horror in popular media.  Did it work?  I can't really say, but quite a few folks jumped on the bandwagon at the time.


April 1st saw the release of the most talked about horror film of the year, Manic Monday.

Needless to say, director Dex Baxter's mind-fuck of a film put the horror blogosphere into a tizzy as witnessed by the rave reviews that you can find HERE.

Unfortunately, due to legal disputes and some rather unsavory goings on, Baxter's film was pulled from distribution the very next day and has yet to go into wide release.

Last June, TMZ reported that the producers of Manic Monday, rounded up every print and had them destroyed amongst rumors of diabolical disturbances and the untimely deaths of the film's lead actors shortly after the film was completed.





Gay Pride Month was celebrated in style at BLS with terrific guest postings, rundowns of horror films every gay man should see, horror actors who have turned to porn, dead hunks, letters from camp, suburban witches of the 60's, Lauren Bacall croaking her way thorough a Broadway-based slasher film, Joan Crawford chewing the scenery, and the truth behind Peter and Roger's relationship in Dawn of the Dead.







In late July of this past year, I loosed upon the interwebs, The First Ever Billy Loves Stu Meme for Horror Bloggers,  and the response was overwhelming!  In fact we even had some non-horror bloggers join in on the fun.


Click Here to take a look at some of the fine folks who decided to take part in this little experiment.


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All in all it's been a pretty good year - and every day, I count my blessings to be among such talented and twisted company (I'm talking about my fellow horror bloggers out there), the men and women who toil endlessly getting the word out on those things that go bump in the dark; the movies, books, plays and anything else that sends a shiver up their collective spine.   If you want to see some really good stuff, go to the right of this article and scroll on down to my list of favorite blogs (The Children of the Night), there you will find like-minded friends and fiends who will delight you, no doubt, with their wit, wisdom and way with words.

8 comments:

Monster Scholar said...

Cheers to a great year Pax!

ChainsawsSilly said...

Also known as the year that Rhonny Rheaper was found out to be a plagiarist and Brandon Sites somehow got even more self-righteous. Let us hope 2011 finds them even more shallow and untalented...

Mr. Johnny Sandman said...

Oh Pax... I had so much fun with the Manic Monday film. I know a lot of people actually believed it. I great time with the Horror Blogger meme as well. Thanks for some great blogger memories. Hope to do it again next year!

Rob said...

Holy wow, congratulations on being number one! And I'm still ticked about Manic Monday not being real-I was really excited about that one.

the jaded viewer said...

Proud member of the Union of Independent Horror Bloggers..oh Horror Blips you will be missed

Matt-suzaka said...

And don't forget about that blogging humanitarian award you received from Victoria Beckham for Spicing up all of our lives!

Vince Liaguno said...

How did I miss the whole Union of Independent Horror Bloggers business? I'm apparently slacking off my blogging duties these days!

Carl Manes said...

It has been a good year for BLS indeed Pax, and we all know it was you that brought HorrorBlips cowering into the shadows after they realized they could never again find a better blip! Happy New Year and here's to a successful 2011!