Well it’s been a rough couple of weeks/months.
As I’m sure you guessed by our lack of posts, we’ve been busy working endlessly behind the scenes here at Erebus Horror. We (the team) have finally met each other face to face for the first time, and we actually have a location secured where all of the Erebus Horror activities will take place from now on. The building itself is a bit run down (dilapidated for lack of a better word…) but it has electricity and a working boiler (essential for all those emergency cups of tea we’ve needed these past few weeks) and despite its crumbling physique, it’s a pretty awesome place. Almost like a haunted house – A perfect base for our operations.
That doesn’t sound like much of a big deal I hear you say. Well there’s been a lot more going on… Read on my friend…
So after the purchase (yes I said purchase! … It was relatively cheap I’m told) of our new HQ, we apparently have a bit more cash set aside. Who is it for? I’m glad you asked… It’s for YOU
You see we’ve been setting out a plan over the past few months for what Erebus Horror is going to become in the next few years. We’ve been bouncing ideas, listening to feedback and weighing up the pros and cons of each idea. Now finally we have something in place which I think many of you will be pretty excited about.
We’ve decided to go down the investment route!
Now let me just explain what this entails…
From today we’re going to be open to submissions. Whether you’re a filmmaker, author, musician, artist or anything else working within the horror field, we want to hear from you, regardless of where you are in the world. Tell us what your project is about, what stage it is at and how we can help. Once a project catches our eye we will offer to assist in every way possible in order to get the movie/book/album etc off the ground and given the maximum publicity possible. We’ll do this by helping out financially, marketing, or any other way that can be helpful.
But I will stress that it doesn’t JUST have to be financial help. If you are okay for money, but would like a bit of help marketing your book internationally or would like a bit of publicity to help you get going, we’ll be more than happy to do that.
At the minute this opportunity will only be offered to one or two successful applicants. If we get good results following this then we may repeat the procedure and offer the service to more of you horror fiends out there. But for now, we can only accept one or two max. Think of this as a test run. We may end up out-of-pocket by the end, but even then it’s worth it knowing that we’ve helped get a horror project off the ground.
So if you fancy a bit of help with your work, get in touch and make your pitch!
It doesn’t matter at what stage your project is at – If you’re a filmmaker with a script, an artist trying to sell your work, or a writer wanting your book published. We will look at EVERY submission and will reply personally to EVERY one.
Now as you read this I bet alarms are starting to ring, or maybe a siren that sounds like “Scam, Scam, Scam, Scam, Scam” I’d probably be the same to be honest. As soon as the issue of money arises, everybody’s ears prick up and we all tend to adopt that defensive stance.
Free money does sound too good to be true, and in many cases it is. In our case though, we don’t want a single penny in return… I’m telling the truth! You will not have to part with any money WHATSOEVER!
Why? Because helping you also helps us as we would have association with that product. That’s it! We don’t want a percentage of royalties or a deposit or any of that stuff (although if you become a multi-millionaire as a result I hope you’d slip us a little monetary thankyou along the way…)
By helping you out we are taking a gamble, because we believe you and your project can go far. So if you DO end up being well-known, Erebus Horror will get an increase in popularity as well. Why is this good for us? Because it helps spread our message even further. If more people know about us, more people will learn about new horror projects which would go one step further to bringing horror back.
One thing I will say though is don’t waste your time with ridiculous suggestions. We’re not going to give you $100,000 in order to remake the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street – We don’t have that amount of cash, nor the will to see Freddy’s image destroyed further…
So that’s it really:
- Email us here and tell us a bit about your project.
- Let us know how we can assist – whether you need help financially, with marketing/ publicity, feedback or anything else
- If we like the idea we’ll tell you!
But please note; we don’t want any formalities. No ‘To whom it concerns’ or ‘Yours sincerely’ or any of that crap. Keep it loose! Nice and informal… We aren’t big shot businessmen looking to employ you. We’re just the same as you. Speak to us like your friend not your teacher/boss/magistrate…
So there you have it – Let’s see those submissions
This next bit is just a bit of rambling – ye be warned!
The reason we chose to pursue the investment route was basically because the other two options had too many disadvantages. The UK festival would have required an enormous amount of time, money and manpower. In the immortal words of Meat Loaf – “Two out of three ain’t bad” but in this case it meant we were unable to pursue that option right now because we don’t have enough people willing to volunteer… Maybe next year?
The publishing route was also flawed in the same way. We would need quite a few more people (albeit not as many as for the festival) in order to make an independent publishing business successful and, alas, we don’t have enough… But it could happen! Watch this space.
So basically that just left us with a wad of cash, a lot of time but with nothing to do… So the investment option seemed the most appropriate really. It will be interesting to see what the response is to this… Feel free to comment below, good or bad! (Although don’t just write ‘scam’ or ‘rubbish’ or ‘codswallop’ give us reasons why you think so and we’ll try to put it right)
Thanks for your continued support guys and please spread the word about this. There is no deadline as such, but we will temporarily put it on hold once we have chosen a project to invest our time, money and sanity into….
So take to Facebook, Twitter, Forums and anything else to get the word out. The next big project could be right around the corner…