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Second Annual Women in Horror Month Celebration – updates!

This year we are excited to announce
At Dark Delicacies In Burbank, CA
February 12th, 2011

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We would like to officially invite you to the second year’s festivities for Women In Horror Month celebrations in Burbank, California at Dark Delicacies! Dai Green and Reyna Young have teamed up with Sue and Del Howison to bring this exciting event to the friends and fans of women in the horror genre and to celebrate our strides in the industry throughout the years while also meeting up for two great causes!

February 12th, 2011 we will be having a food drive to benefit the Burbank Food Bank and a clothing drive to benefit The Covenant House whose mission is to reach out to at-risk homeless youth living on the streets and offer them opportunities to turn their lives around.

Each person who brings any of the following items:

Five (5) canned food items

Every day Essentials (Large & Plus Sizes needed!), Underwear, socks, gently used bras, T-shirts

Clothing and Accessories (Large & Plus sizes needed!) – Professional and casual clothing
appropriate for older teens and young adults – shoes, ties, belts etc..

Personal Items – iPods, Walkmans, watches, jewelry, cologne, perfume, bath and body gift packs, sunglasses, batteries (all sizes)

will be given a raffle ticket to win amazing items from the following sponsors:
Hyaena Gallery
Wicked Apple Jewelry
Dylan Keith Salon
The Writer’s Store, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Sue Proctor Public Relations
Hula Girl Beverages
Some raffle prizes may only be given to people over the age of 21. In the event someone not of age wins that prize, they will be given the choice of the rest of the remaining prizes as a substitute. Proper ID may be needed in order to claim raffle prize)

During the event, we will have 12 of the local favorite women in the genre on hand to meet fans and sign items.

The Amazing Line Up Of Women include:
Bastet2329 – Owner Of Creepy Gothic Dolls
Brooke Lewis – Film Maker – Actress
Dai Green – Writer – Actress
Eileen Dietz – Actress
Elissa Dowling – Actress
Melissa Krimsky – SFX Artist
Michelle Tomlinson – Actress
Mo Whelan – Writer – Film Maker – Writer
Monique Parent – Actress
Rachael Grubb – Film Maker Actress
Reyna Young – Film Maker – Actress
Tara Cardinal – Film Maker – Actress
Victoria Del Mare – Actress

(Please see below for short biography on each woman)

Each of the girls, unless otherwise noted, will have a table set up where they will be signing autographs, selling their DVD’s and 8x10s, original art.
Melissa will be demonstrating special effects techniques in the front window
Dai Green will be acting as the “Meet and Greet Mistress” so make sure to look out for her as she will be walking around saying hello and signing items purchased at the event for no charge.

Other special appearances include:
Heidi Martinuzzi
Dana Davidson
Elizabeth Fies
Jeff Dylan Graham
Kevin Tenney
Mike Mendez
Jenny Spain
Melissa Pleckham

The address for the celebrations is
Dark Delicacies
3152 W. Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
The event will be from 2pm PST – 6pm PST.

This is a free event to the public and we hope to have as many of our press friends there as well to help us celebrate the spirit of the month and raise even more awareness for next years festivities.

If you have any question or would like any more information on the festivities, please contact
Sue and Del Howison DarkDel@DarkDel.com

Thank you so much for your time and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Dai Green
Head Mistress

BASTET2329 –


Christie or Bastet2329 is a Southern California Doll artist . She was born and raised in Ventura County and moved the the San Fernando Valley in 2007. In the Spring of 2002, money was needed for an upcoming Halloween Honeymoon so her and her husband began making Creepy Dolls to sell on Ebay for some extra cash. They were very popular and each doll was one of a kind. A short while later, her and her husband parted ways and she began to make to the dolls alone as her full time job.

Her work has appeared in galleries across the USA and are collected worldwide. She is the mother of a 5 year old little girl and in her free time, she goes to Disneyland, yard sales, swap meets and on small road trips. She love nuns, vintage dresses, dolls and all things Halloween.
For more information or to purchase a doll, please visit www.creepy-dolls.com


Dai Green is the “Head Mistress” of one of the top horror websites HorrorNews.net as well as an actress, model, and podcast host.

Apart from her duties with HNN, she has starred in films such as IT’S GROUNDHOG’S DAY, CHAINSAW SALLY, GOREZONES’S AMERICAN SERIAL KILLERS, MODERN ROMANCE, and is currently working on three more film in various stages of production such as RESURRECTION where she is set to appear along with Holly Madison, Nicolas Puccio, Tommy Lynch, as well as many others. She was named one of the “Top 100 Women In Fantasy/ Sci-Fi films of 2010” as well as one of the “Top 10 Hottest women of 2010”.

Dai is currently the producer and host of two podcasts, PODCAST FROM HELL along with John Torrani and THE GASH along with Nita Burson, which explore many to all aspects of the horror genre and beyond. Both shows have a large fan base with many horror celebrities added to the mix. PFH is the interview show where the guests have spanned from Frank Henenlotter to Sid Haig and The Gash is the show hailed by Kevin Tenney as “The View with PMS” which covers all aspects of the entertainment genre from the eyes of “chicks in horror”.

Aside from her work in the entertainment industry, Dai is also known for her activeness for multiple charities. Halloween of 2009, she rallied up over 100 people, on a month’s notice, to donate their time and money and going into children’s hospitals across the country in costume to pass out candy to those children who would have missed Halloween all together. In 2010, she started selling her photos and donating all the proceeds to various charities including, but not limited to, the West Memphis Three Fund and multiple children’s organizations. She plans to expand her work more in 2011 with a new show and many more surprises coming up.

Tara Cardinal is best known for her portrayal of the young romantic lead in the Warner Brother’s film “Delivery”. Since that 2006 release Tara has appeared in dozens of features in starring and leading roles. 2010 was a hot year for Tara, securing two nominations (Best Supporting Actress) for her role as the lovable mentally retarded ward in “Song of the Shattered”, as well as a spot on 2010’s sexiest women in TV and Film. Tara is heavily featured in the upcoming documentary entitled “The Greatest Women in Sci-Fi and Horror” where she is honored for her contributions to the genres, most notably for her upcoming fantasy franchise (feature, sequel, comic series and novel) “Legend of the Red Reaper”.

Reyna Young has been labeled by press as
“The Queen of Horror in the Bay Area”
She was born and raised in San Francisco and is currently working in Independent Horror as a Director, Producer, Writer, Model, Actress, and Horror Host in San Francisco.
Ever since she was a little girl she remembers seeing her first horror movie: John Carpenters “Halloween.” It was at that moment she fell in love with being scared. She then decided she wanted to give back to the Horror community and make her way into the Genre she bleeds for. Reyna began following around her film buddies and helping them out on set and acting in their films. She bought books and relied on the internet to teach her everything she needed to know. From there she created her production company Last Doorway Productions in hopes of bringing a little more horror to the world (never a bad thing). Since then she has written feature scripts, and created a series of short films, which she has Produced, Written, Directed and even starred in.
Aside from her film projects, she has also created a show for Independent Horror in the Bay Area. The Last Doorway Show. A show dedicated to Independent Horror which she hosts under the pseudonym Miss Misery. Helping out the Independent Horror Artist and helping filmmakers get their short films shown.
If you thought that wasn’t enough she also Directs her own Short Horror Film Festival in San Francisco called “A Nightmare To Remember”

Maureen “Mo” Whelan is a former automotive gear-head turned producer, director, actress, traditional artist, non-nude alternative model, and writer. Mo recently finished production on her short film “The Suburban Count” and is in production on her next short film “A Sin That Cannot Be Forgiven.” Currently, she is a content producer for “Animation Nation,” a weekly television series on MyTV New England.
Previously, she was known as a producer and actress for the independent horror / slasher film “Client 14,” an actress in the independent horror / comedy film “7 Deadly Sins: Inside the Ecomm Cult,” and as an animator for “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.” She was in charge of film licensing and acquisitions for AWNtv.com and has worked at several production and post-production studios in the Los Angeles area. She also wrote for the comedy / horror magazine, Girls and Corpses magazine, the on-line animation publication AWN.com and several other publications. As a model she has worked with several diverse Los Angeles photographers. Her artwork has been featured at several art exhibits throughout the Los Angeles area. Her pictures and writings can be found throughout the internet and in print.
For more details regarding Maureen “Mo” Whelan please visit her blog at www.modragonfly.com


Donned Scream Queen of the Month (Nov. 2009), the recipient of the 2007 Shriekfest Film Festival’s “Pretty/Scary One to Watch” award and listed on several Top Ten Hot B Movie Actresses Lists, Michelle Tomlinson is receiving rave reviews in four separate feature films currently captivating audiences throughout the film festival circuit and DVD Releases.
Tomlinson earned the Pretty/Scary Award for her work in The Cellar Door, a horror and psychological thriller that is earning its own recognition for improving upon the girl-trapped-by-a-serial killer storyline. The award is sponsored by the online magazine Pretty/Scary: For and By Women in Horror which called Tomlinson’s performance, “groundbreaking.” Scream TV said, “Ms. Tomlinson is fascinating to watch in this role … (her) strong performance as (the heroine) Rudy is one of the most exciting in recent memory.” A sequel to The Cellar Door is slated for production in 2011.
Tomlinson also stars in the Kevin Tenney (Witchboard) directed, humorous, high-concept horror film Brain Dead. Brain Dead was honored with the “Best B-Movie” award at the ShockerFest Film Festival, and has picked up nominations and awards for visual effects, makeup, screenplay, and best horror feature at over a dozen film festivals. The Film just finished a Theatrical Release and is being released on DVD. George’s Intervention, a tongue-in-cheek Horror Comedy Feature directed by JT Seaton is also making the Festival Rounds with 11+ Film Festivals and numerous nods for Best Feature Film.
Tomlinson’s acting abilities span far beyond just the horror genre. She also currently stars in the Indie drama Indelible, which has received several Awards on the Festival Circuit and just wrapped shooting two Features back to back. (Second Class Citizens playing a white supremacist and …Xtra Man playing a fluffy and vapid ex-stripper!)
Tomlinson has also played key roles in several Pilots that are making the rounds with Networks: not to mention a brief role in TV’s Worst Week.


Melissa Krimsky is a born and raised California girl and long time horror fan since her first viewing of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of twelve. Throughout High School Melissa was a drama geek and always had an interest in the performing arts but Horror always held (and still does) a huge soft spot in her heart although she couldn’t see herself working in front of the camera.
Melissa’s first job was as a “scare actor” at Six Flags’ Fright Fest in 2003 and that was when she got her first REAL taste of Special FX Makeup. Melissa has now worked eight season with Six Flags as a “scare actor” and makeup artist as well as freelancing as a special fx makeup artist on many photo shoots, independent films, zombie walks, first aid/EMT classes and disaster drills, and building props and costumes for haunted houses and short films. Melissa is a self taught makeup artist and is hoping to attend the Los Angeles Makeup School Special FX program and hopes to move to Los Angeles in the near future to continue working as a makeup artist, broaden her skills, network, and someday work on a feature film.


The desire to perform came early for Elissa Dowling, by age 8 she was dancing in the NYC Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker”. At age 11 she was invited to tour with an improv troop where she gained valuable experience in the art of ad lib. By 13 she had already starred in stage productions including “Little Shop of Horrors” and had her television debut as the notorious lips singing the opening theme song from “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. The transition from stage to screen has worked well for Elissa whose expansive acting range has already landed her unique and diverse movie roles such as a transvestite bartender, an attorney, a serial killer, even a gothic dominatrix from New York. Her skills as a character actress have afforded her film performances so intense that she is almost completely unrecognizable. Several of the films she has starred in have been lined up with Lions Gate distribution and she has also achieved a recognized body of work within the independent movie circuit.


*Dubbed “Hollywood’s Hottest Scream Queen” by AssociatedContent.com since 2006 & “Scream Queen of the Year” in 2010 by TerrorTitans.com.
*Currently starring as “Batty Boop” in ‘Killjoy 3’ (Warner Home Ent) now playing on DVD, Video-On-Demand, & cable TV worldwide.
*Currently starring in John Lechago’s ‘Contagion’ (Best SFX Winner at the Chicago Horror Film Festival 2010). Recently released on DVD in Japan with upcoming release dates worldwide in 2011.
*Lead vocalist of the all girl band Black Room Doom. The girls have completed their debut film ‘Black Room Doom’: check out clips from the movie on YouTube Channel BlackRoomDoomVisuals. ‘Black Room Doom’ is the “female Spinal Tap”/all girl modern day “Commitments”.
*Model for various international magazines.
*Host & Producer of #1 live daytime talk show (2007-2008) ‘The Chat Cafe’ distributed in the UK & Europe on the SKY Channel to 3 million viewers.
*Former member of Joffrey, St. Croix, & Wilmington Ballet Companies, as well as Los Angeles


Rachael earned her English degree from the College of St. Catherine. Shortly after graduation, she won the Best Breakthrough Screenplay award at the New York International Independent Film And Video Festival for her first feature-length script. Her interest in film led her to take acting classes and audition for films in the Twin Cities area. In the past few years, Rachel has acted in numerous independent shorts, features, music videos and television shows and recently moved to Los Angeles to expand her career. She wrote, directed, and starred in Why Am I in a Box? which has already won seven Creative Spirit Awards and has distribution. Together with Brooke Lemke, Rachel runs Silent-But-Deadly Productions, an all-female production company.
As an actress, she first appeared as Amy in St Euphoria Pictures’ The Monster of Phantom Lake. She has since become a well-known Scream Queen and acted in numerous, independent feature films, such as Terror Overload, Strip Club Slasher and Cave Women on Mars. She played a creepy ghost in Dav Kaufman’s 13 Hours in a Warehouse and she played the lead role in JP Wenner’s Retina, featured on The Horror Vault DVD. Rachel portrays Jolly in the web comic A Life Behind the Mask from Comic Book Divas.
Rachel has been an in-studio guest on Maxim Radio’s “Hotties Of Horror” week and writes a regular Scream Queen column for The Chainsaw Mafia. Rachel was featured as Scream Queen Of The Month at ScreamQueen.com and was crowned PollyStaffle.com‘s Pinup Of The Year. She has been a panel speaker at the Xanadu convention in Las Vegas and been featured in several magazines, including Gorezone and Girls and Corpses. Rachel has her own trading cards, available from TerrorCards.com.


A native of Philadelphia, the vivacious and versatile Brooke Lewis has made an impact as both an actress and producer. Brooke relocated to New York, where she began her professional career. Her first major taste of the limelight came from Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding – the Off-Broadway hit comedy- in which she played the “prima donna” bridesmaid Donna Marsala. Brooke soon signed with Tazmania/Metropolitan Records and released the freestyle song “Get Me Off Your Mind”. Brooke would also find success on-screen, appearing in The Rules (For Men), A Packing Suburbia, Fare Well Miss Fortune, and Pride & Loyalty.
She headed west – to Hollywood. There, she would create Philly Chick Pictures, an endeavor designed to increase opportunities in front of the camera, as well as behind it. Since making the move, Brooke has had roles in, or on, several projects, including, Quintuplets, Mafiosa, Break, Gerald, Dahmer Vs. Gacy and Double Tap. She starred opposite Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) in the indie TV pilot/web series Life’s A Butch. Some of this firecracker’s impressive producing credits include: Circuit Riders (actress/producer), Broken Angel (co-producer), Kinky Killers (actress/co-executive producer) and iMurders (actress/executive producer). Among projects still in production, or yet to be released, are The Drum Beats Twice (actress/executive producer), The Sinatra Club (actress/producer) and Slime City Massacre (actress/co-producer). In March of 2009, Brooke launched the Ms. Vampy TV/talk show/web series, in which she starred, produced and co-directed! Ms. Vampy is currently being developed into a feature film titled Vamp It Out. She was honored by Screamqueen.com as SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH November 2008!!! SCARS MAGAZINE honored her with the centerfold and interview in March 2009 and she graced the October 2009 Cover of SCARS with iMURDERS Co-star Tony Todd. She was chosen SINISTER GIRL of 2009 by SinisterSpace. “VOGUE for Horror Fans” GOREZONE MAGAZINE chose her as their GOREMATE August 2010. Spreading out to SciFi, she is SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s SLICE OF SCIFI’s SLICE QUEEN. Brooke was recently honored by the B MOVIE GOLDEN COB AWARDS 2010 for BEST SCREAM QUEEN of 2009. As if she is not busy enough, Brooke strongly believes in charity work and was chosen HOT HUNKS OF HORROR HOTTIE 2009. The amazing “hunky horror” calendar benefits the Lynn Sage Foundation for Breast Cancer Research and Brooke promoted this cause throughout the year. Brooke is a proud member of Women In Film and Film Independent. And, during football season (when she finally decides to take a break from working!), you will always find her at a sports bar cheering for the Philadelphia EAGLES!


From the Oscar winning film, THE EXORCIST, and the Emmy winning movie-of-the-week, HELTER SKELTER, to the Emmy winning daytime drama, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and the Tony winning play, STEAMBATH, Eileen Dietz has been involved in some of the best and most exciting projects in the motion picture and television industry.
Eileen did her first soap opera, one line on THE DOCTORS, which let to a starring role on LOVE OF LIFE, which led to… Her first starring film role in TEENAGE GANG DEBS, a film noir portraying the 50’s gang life, which became a popular drive-in attraction.
Another starring role followed in DAVID HOLTZMAN’S DIARY, the award winning Indy film, featured in “Life Magazine” and voted by the magazine “Cinema Verite” as number 17 out of the 50 most important Independent films ever made.
Eileen was cast in Pulitzer Prize winner Joyce Carol Oates’ first play, ONTOLOGICAL PROOF OF MY EXISTENCE, where she portrayed an androgynous runaway. This role led directly to an audition and a screen test for THE EXORCIST, in which she was cast for two parts: The Demon (better known as The Face of Death), and the possessed Regan (the Linda Blair character). For this role, Eileen performed many of the controversial scenes that portrayed the child being possessed by the evil demon, exorcised by Father Marrin. For six months, Eileen vomited, levitated, spit, and abused the cross. Following her memorable and legendary performance in THE EXORCIST, Director William Friedkan brought her to California.
After enduring four hours of Exorcist/Demon makeup every day, Eileen underwent two hours of makeup for a chimpanzee in the TV show THE PLANET OF THE APES and two hours for Sala, a Neanderthal Woman on the kid show KORG 70,000 BC.
She went “bald” to play a member of Charles Manson’s gang in HELTER SKELTER. Then in the comfortable confines of ABC Studios, she played Sarah, a mental patient, on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Eileen insisted on light makeup, and asked for “foundation, eye liner and a little lipstick, please” — which led viewers of this number one soap opera to identify with little Sarah.
Eileen’s most recent projects include the independent film, SIN-JIN SMYTH in which Eileen plays a receptionist at a County Jail. Eileen’s scene is set at a pivotal piont in the film where she acts alongside Roddy Piper (They Live), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), Charles Cyphers (Halloween) and Sin-jin Smyth himself.Eileen is also playing the lead in an upcoming indie film called, THE QUEEN OF SCREAMS. The film is about a former scream queen who terrorizes a group of high school kids by locking them in the local theater where she proceeds to act out her favorite roles from the silver screen.


  1. Great review. Thanks for posting such an in depth impression. I’ve handled one in the store, but your review covered alot of ground that I couldn’t with such a limited amount of time. Based on my in-store experience and your review I think I’ll be waiting for a future generation to arrive. The potential is certainly there for this device, but based on my current portfolio of tech devices (laptop, desktop, iPhone, iTouch) I’m not sure this device quite justifies the expense at this time for me.


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