By Alan Kelly.
1) You’re a columnist for Gorezone Magazine, did you begin working in the horror genre in journalism?
I started acting in 2001, and didn’t begin writing until about 2004. I did an interview with Horror Mania Magazine, which is a mainstream horror magazine in Italy. They were surprised at my genre knowledge, and absolute adoration for all things horror, so they asked if I would like to be their New York correspondent. I wrote a monthly column for them for 2 years, until the hard copy mag disbanded. They are still alive and kicking online. Around 2005, I was put in touch with Bryn Hammond, who was just launching Gorezone and was on about the third issue. He asked me to write a monthly ‘Diary of a Scream Queen’ column back in 2005, and the rest is history.
2) What do you feel are the differences in writing for an underground publication like Gorezone versus say a mainstream horror rag like Shivers?
Someone told me that Shivers magazine actually folded months ago. While Gorezone magazine used to be underground, now it has become a major force to be reckoned with. Global sales of each issue are over 72,000 copies per month. Gorezone is available on newsstands everywhere. I’m so proud to be a part of a magazine that was initially a grass roots magazine, and has since grown by leaps and bounds and now rivals any other mainstream horror publication on the market today.
3) There is a limited edition of Suzi Lorraine Terror cards available. Do you do a lot of PR work as well as journalism/modeling/acting?
I’m so happy with how those Terror Cards turned out! What fun. I don’t have time for as much PR work as I would like, but yes, I think that’s an important element in order to keep your career moving forward. So I try to expand my network of friends and colleagues, stay in touch with everyone, and am always trying to keep a pulse on the horror community. I have a NetFlix subscription, and generally 75% of the movies I rent are from the horror genre. Research, I say.
4) Who do you look up to working in the horror right now?
I definitely look up to Debbie Rochon. She is honestly one of the few “scream queens” who has been able to make a full time living doing exactly what she loves, and in turn making so many fans so happy. I had the chance to work with her on my film Won Ton Baby! in which Debbie played the lead role of Madame Won Ton. She is simply a wonderful human being. Just lovely to work with. She has a wicked sense of humor too. Can’t even count all the times we were cracking up on set. She’s a true professional, and brings so much to the table as an actor.
5) What are the drawbacks from only working in the horror genre?
I think the most stressful part of any film lies in the hands of the victim. In order to get in a mental state where you’re totally freaked out and scared for your life, as an actor, you actually have to put yourself in a dark place, and imagine horrible things actually happening. A few times I nearly hyperventilated and passed out because I become so immersed in the moment. I have to say it is great fun to play the antagonist/killer.
First posted: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009.