Let me introduce myself. My name is John Stevenson, but for the past decade or so I've written on the world of Horror, Sci-Fi, and Exploitation Film as your friendly neighborhood Unimonster. Seven years ago, I started this site, the Unimonster’s Crypt, as a way to bring you, the reader, my thoughts on these genres that we love; a sort of op-ed on horror film. Other sites exist to bring you the latest news, and believe me, they are much better at it than I could be. One thing I can do that is unique is share my opinion on matters that touch upon genre film. In the past, that has included such diverse topics as Universal’s often cavalier treatment of the Monsters, the joys of dollar-store DVDs, and the Halloween memories of a child of the ‘70s.
However, this page has been dormant for nearly two years now, for a number of reasons. Too little time, and too many demands upon that time. The demands of writing a book, which tends to monopolize what time I can spend at the keyboard. The lack of an internet connection for much of that time. However, the foremost reason I was absent from here was simpler than that, yet harder to overcome. For some time, I felt that I had run out of things to say.
I’ll go into more detail on that in the first article below [Next Generation, Next Steps], but suffice it to say that that is no longer true. I’m still working on the book, I still have too little time, but I do have things to say and to share with those who love genre film. For those who were readers of this page before the hiatus, welcome back and thank you for trying us again. There have been some changes, but hopefully we've managed to hold on to the things that make the Crypt unique and enjoyable. Senior correspondent Bobbie is still here, though she may be scaling back her writing to just when her muse insists, and S. J. is back, and will be expanding her role to include more than her MST3K reviews. There will also be more surprises coming in the months ahead, things that we hope will keep the Crypt fresh and new.
For those of you new to the Unimonster’s Crypt, welcome! Please make yourself at home, and feel free to let us know how you like what we have to offer. As you’ll soon discover, while we cover all aspects of horror and science-fiction here, we tend to gravitate towards the classic end of the spectrum … and by classic, we don’t mean something from 2002. Classic here means pre-1990 at a minimum, and usually much older. There’s a reason my nom du horreur is the Unimonster … it’s my way to recognize the great Universal monsters, the creatures and killers that first fired my love of Horror more than forty-five years ago. You’ll see that they still figure prominently in my love of genre movies, and in my writings on the subject. I hope that you will come to appreciate them as I do, if you don’t already.
And for everyone who visits us here in the Crypt, please enjoy … and Stay Scary!