Don Sumner's first experience with horror was sneaking up in the middle of the night to watch Terror Train on cable TV and he hasn't stopped since. He is the CEO of Horror Freaks Media LLC, Editor in Chief of Best-Horror-Movies.com, has served as the expert on horror movie locales for USA Today, and is committed to countering the unenlightened views of movie critics who do not really "get" horror--the dreaded "horror intelligentsia."
"Fun and completely enjoyable. You can almost hear the terrible music that filmmakers like me use when we make a horror flick. This is an excellent guide for Horror Freaks and aspiring horror movie makers. If you're not already a freak, 'Horror Movie Freak' will turn you into one, so be careful... and stay scared."
-George A. Romero
'Horror Movie Freak' is the first published book by Don Sumner. Years in the making, 'Horror Movie Freak' explores what it takes to be just that... a horror movie freak. Topics include Rules of Survival in a Horror Movie, What Makes a Horror Movie Great, Ten Movies To Watch Leading Up to Halloween and a Beginner's Shelf to name a few. In addition, horror films essential to becoming a horror movie freak are discussed - from classics like Frankenstein, Psycho and Rosemary's Baby, to the recent Saw series and remakes such as Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th.
Why 'Horror Movie Freak', you ask?
Sumner wanted to write the book for the same reason he started the website in 2006 - to give true horror fans what you really want. As a horror movie freak himself, Sumner was always disheartened by what he calls the 'horror intelligentsia' - mainstream reviewers and film academics that pick on horror. Rather than regurgitate their point of view on the genre, he wanted to create a content-driven website where horror enthusiasts could read about what other horror enthusiasts thought, and eventually interact with each other via blogs, forums and chat rooms. Thanks to the incredible site visitors this has been achieved that at Best-Horror-Movies.com!
Now it was time for a book.
And as luck would have it, a publisher contacted Sumner for this very purpose. He immediately went to the thriving online community at Best-Horror-Movies.com and asked what films they cared about most. From there he realized the importance of including every subgenre of horror; for example one chapter's dedicated to remakes and re-imagings. Other sub-genres include classics, Asian horror, zombies, homicidal slashers, vampires, monsters, ghost stories and more. In short, he wanted to give new horror fans a sort of road map, letting them know which films our BHM community considers an essential part of the journey in becoming a horror movie freak.
With this valuable input we believe we've compiled one of the best horror reference guides in history. With over 250 color illustrations, 'Horror Movie Freak' also includes a DVD of George A. Romero's 1968 original zombie movie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead with a special filmed introduction by author Don Sumner... it even fades to black and white!
We hope you will enjoy Horror Movie Freak!