“The Transworld Halloween Trade Show in 1995 and 1996 was a time when the haunt ‘industry’ was really starting to form. As with many creative ventures, people have widely different ways of doing things and widely different motivations for the things they do.
It became clear that many people wanted to work as hard as possible on their projects, but were determined to make sure it was always fun. The goal was to never forget why they started all this in the first place.
A group of people always seemed to gather after the show floor closed, to go out to dinner, and then hang around the hotel in the evening, talking and exchanging information, acting as sounding boards for each other’s creative ideas. We didn’t really know each other that well at the time, but realized we all had a common way of seeing this hobby that was now a business.
When John thought about trying to write down all the information that would flow between the beers, the seeds of what would be Fright Times was planted.
The first few issues of Fright Times were written by the folks around those tables. It started just the way most of our haunts did; we weren’t pros at it, but we knew what we liked, and others seemed to like it as well. And the most important thing was, that while we would take what we were doing seriously, we never took ourselves too seriously. So sometimes we came off as goofy, or a bunch of smart asses, but the heart of the magazine never changed. And when it got political, and people would fight about it, is when we knew to walk away.
We would never let all of that taint that which we loved the most; the essence of Halloween and Haunting.”