When I decided to create the By Candlelight Media Network, it wasn’t because I had this great and crazy idea about building a multimedia horror empire. I did it because I wasn’t satisfied with my options as a content creator online.
Horror has always been a part of my life. From as far back as I can remember I have been a huge fan of the horror genre. I can clearly remember sitting on the floor in my living room beside my dad, watching horror movies. Movies like Fright Night, The Lost Boys, American Werewolf in London, and others. Some films truly scared me, keeping me up for weeks with nightmares. While others were just too much fun not to watch, and which I begged to see over and over.
So naturally growing up, it was no surprise, I wanted to make my own horror. As a young child, I would write my own scary stories. Stories which were most likely never even remotely scary, or which were most likely impossible to understand. But I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough of the horror films I was watching, or the stories I was reading, or the shows on tv. I needed more. So I wrote stories for friends, family, and basically for anyone willing to read them.
As I got older, writing stories grew into making films. Like many kids, I took my parents camcorder and made my own horror movies with friends. These too, I’m certain, were never actually scary, but the idea that I could make something with the potential to scare others was exhilarating. There was something about being able to scare people, to cause them to feel fear, that I loved.
And yet still as I became even older, the desire never left me. In fact, the older I became, the more I wanted to write and film, and create content to scare others. I took art classes and film classes in school, learning the techniques of the film-makers I admired.
Eventually, I would have to grow up, get a job, and find my place in the world. And I did those things. I entered the corporate world of retail and fast food. Then joining the marketing world as a web developer. I had become an adult. The one thing no one wanted to become, despite the things their five-year-old selves had said two decades earlier. I had responsibilities and bills, and all the things we grown-ups hate. Still, I doodled in sketch pads making monsters, typed up short stories on my laptop, and every so often, made a short film with my cell phone.
Even now I do this as a way to pass time, and to entertain myself more than anyone. Recently, someone read one of my short stories, “The Woods Beyond the Fence”, and they told me I should publish it.
For a few months, I played with the idea. I’d always thought about publishing my content. It would be interesting to see what others would think. But every time the idea came up, I would let my insecurities and fears of rejection overcome me. This time, however, I decided to do it. I began by looking online. My first choice, of course, was creepypasta. The site offered a lot of exposure, as well as possible fame, (something I’m not seeking, by the way). But after looking at the criteria, as well as other pitfalls which I felt the website had, I decided against it.
But where would I publish my content? I didn’t like any of the sites I had looked at. None of them offered what I wanted. And what was it I wanted? I wasn’t even sure of that myself.
So I thought about it, long and hard, letting the idea of publishing go for a time.
I wanted a place where I could publish my writing as well as potentially other content I had dreamed about making. An all in one stop for Rick’s horror creations. That’s when I came up with the idea for a website. I’d worked in online marketing, before entering the healthcare industry, and I knew how to develop websites. It wouldn’t be too difficult if I really set my mind to it. So that’s what I did.
As I began building the site and telling my friends and colleagues what I was doing, I discovered there were others out there; other people like me, who loved the horror genre and who wanted to do something similar by creating and publishing their content.
That’s when By Candlelight Media was born.
I never expected something like this to happen. The website, which seems to be always expanding and growing, is a culmination of creators, artists, filmmakers, makeup artists, authors, and others, who have one single goal in mind: Create content that’s both eerie and entertaining. And that’s what we do! It’s why we chose that as a slogan. We want to make content that you, as the entertainee, enjoy. Content that scares you, frightens you, maybe even gives you nightmares!
And while the website and our network is still in its infancy. We’re all working hard to create content to publish. Personally, I’m recording three podcasts, filming and hosting two web series, while producing and directing two other shows! On top of that, I’m writing short stories and publishing this blog weekly. It’s a lot! I know! But its what I love to do, and I’m having the time of my life doing it.
For those of you who love horror as much as I do, I hope you find something to enjoy here on the site. I hope you read a story that gives you the chills or excites you. I hope when our first podcast goes up, you find something we said as funny, or informative. Mostly I hope you just have fun because after all, that’s what this is all about, isn’t it? And who knows, maybe what we do on this site will inspire you to create your own content to share with others. If that’s the case, I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!
Anyway, I appreciate you taking the time to read this. Keep an eye out for more content to come. Content which will inevitably be more entertaining and thoughtful than this blurb. And remember, keep clear of the moors, stay on the road, and keep close to the candlelight!