Monday, March 14, 2016

Monsters rally for CurePsP

Taste the Blood of Monster Serial probably marks the end of our MONSTER SERIAL feature. If so, it’s a good note to end on … while I had some misgivings about restricting writers to a single topic (“movies about vampires!”) it turned out to be my favorite in the series. The contributing writers did some of their best work here.

But there’s a small problem with the publishing side of the series: how to spend the money.

In the beginning, the idea was to donate MONSTER SERIAL's modest revenue to a charitable cause. Thanks to a lack of leadership on my part, this money wound up being used for promotional ads to help raise awareness of the series. By the end of 2015, the snake had fully swallowed its own tail: Mark Zuckerberg made a few more dollars without producing any noticeable uptick in sales of the book.

Enter: The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

In February, the Collinsport Historical Society was nominated for the fourth year in a row for Best Blog or Website by the Rondos. “Taste the Blood of Monster Serial” was also nominated for Best Book of 2015, which prompted the sale of a few copies of MONSTER SERIAL books. I didn’t know what to do with this money, but Zuckerberg was not going to get it this time.

As it happens, Kathryn Leigh Scott — who wrote the introduction to “Taste the Blood of Monster Serial” — has a new book coming out in April. “Last Dance at the Savoy: Life, Love and Caring for Someone With Progressive Supranuclear Palsy” tells the story of Kathryn’s marriage to Geoff Miller, who passed away after a long struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsey. PSP is a “Parkinson’s Plus” syndrome, a brain disorder that worsens over time and can lead to life-threatening complications. At the moment, it has no cure.

Kathryn is the volunteer national spokesperson for CurePsP Foundation, and the upcoming release of “Last Dance at the Savoy” seemed like a sign. At the very least, donating the revenue from the MONSTER SERIAL books to CurePsP is a way to show our appreciation to Kathryn for writing the introduction to  “Taste the Blood of Monster Serial."

To summarize: All the revenue from this year’s sales of MONSTER SERIAL books will be donated to CurePsP.

I’m not anticipating this will be a lot of money … DARK SHADOWS fans can be occasionally myopic and don’t want much more than to see the same old photos of Barnabas Collins in their Facebook feed every day. (I feel comfortable saying that because those people will absolutely not read this.) But the decision to donate the revenue to CurePSP should make everyone involved — from the writers to the reader — happy to know their money is not going to prop of Facebook.

For those of you coming in late, welcome aboard! There are three entries in the MONSTER SERIAL line: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial" and "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial." All together, the books collect more than 600 pages of commentary about some of our favorite (and least favorite) horror movies. In addition to Kathryn's piece, the books also feature introductions by film historian Gregory William Mank and Peter H. Gilmore, high priest of the Church of Satan.

Note: “Last Dance at the Savoy” goes on sale April 16. Patrick McCray — a tough judge to impress if there ever was one — has told me glowing things about the book.

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