As you may be aware, depending on how closely you stalk this site and our Facebook page, the iHorror writers have been entertaining ourselves and sharpening our interview skills amongst our own. We keep in regular contact with each other, sending out virtual kudos on a well-written article or bragging about an upcoming interview scored, and many of us are friends on Facebook or follow each other on Twitter. So I admit, my first thought on the subject of interviewing each other was: what the shit don’t I already know about you guys?
As it turns out, there was plenty to discover in the process of interviewing iHorror writer Landon Evanson. Reviewing his articles in preparation got me not only intrigued, but straight up excited to hear more from him. There’s a reason this guy can boast having once made Kaley Cuoco laugh; he’s got an acerbic quick wit, an effortless way with words, and the kind of enthusiastic passion–whether discussing horror or sports–that makes you give a damn, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if a good portion of iHorror readers became followers because they’d been hooked by one of Landon’s articles. If you can count yourself among our Lando-centric fans, enjoy getting to know the man, the myth, the baseball fan: Landon Evanson
How did you get started writing for iHorror?
I just got it into my head that I wanted to expand upon what I had been doing with B-Movie for the past couple of years and decided to look into writing for a horror site. I Googled it and iHorror came up. I messaged Anthony and the rest is history. I had no idea the absolute jackpot I was falling into at the time, but it’s been beyond amazing. Simply stated, this is the best group of writers, and more importantly people I have ever been involved with. Not only do we all love horror, we have energy with constant chatter and above all we are supportive and helpful with one another. I cannot express how grateful and proud I am to be a part of iHorror.
When did you start doing B-Movie and what do you like most about it?
I started B-Movie when I first began working with HBC back in 2013. It was an old show that just went away, and I brought it back. I grew up loving Joe Bob Briggs and MonsterVision on TNT and I just decided I was going to do a show that was an homage to the drive-in Jedi and it’s been a blast. Started to look into interviews for the show and have scored some great guests — Andy Serkis, Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig and Kane Hodder — which has made me downright giddy. Right now, we are easily doing the best work we’ve ever done. Another thing I am incredibly appreciative to have the opportunity to do
What sort of things do you enjoy writing the most?
Interviews have always been my calling card, but I have pulled away from that a bit of late just because I haven’t been at a Comic Con or anywhere to speak with someone face-to-face, and the phone interview with running pictures gets tedious to put together. I am happy right now just writing what comes to me because horror, particularly the old school, slasher flicks of the ’80s are a tremendous passion for me.
What was the very first interview you ever did?
My first interview was with a baseball legend, Bobby Thomson, whose “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” home run to win the National League pennant for the New York Giants may have been the biggest round tripper in major league history. I was working at a college radio station and never thought I’d score it. I was DEFINETLY like a virgin on prom night for that one!
What is your favorite horror movie?
Man, that’s incredibly tough. I’ve always loved Friday the 13th and cannot get enough of John Carpenter’s original Halloween, but I have to go with Silver Bullet. Gary Busey’s one-liners as Uncle Red always has me feeling “like a virgin on prom night” and I am obsessed with Everett McGill as Reverend Lowe. That is one interview I would do just about anything to score. Unfortunately, no one other than David Lynch knows where the hell he is, so that ain’t happenin’.
What’s your favorite piece that you’ve written for iHorror?
They’ve all meant something to me personally, but I have to say the Rick Ducommun piece stands out. The ‘Burbs is a flick that has always resonated with me since childhood and Ducommun was a big reason why, so I was incredibly grateful that I had a venue to share my sentiments.
Do you write for any other sites?
I have written for Bugs & Cranks, a baseball website since 2007. We’re undergoing some construction right now, but we’ll be back up and running for the playoffs in October.
Big into sports, I take it?
Baseball is my passion, LOVE baseball, and I watch the NFL. That’s it. Don’t follow anything else. Like I said, been with them (Bugs & Cranks) since ’07 and it’s been a great run. I’m part of the “old guard” over there with Patrick Smith and Brad Bortone and they’re like old friends. I’ve gotten the chance to interview a bunch of Hall of Famers because of Bugs & Cranks, and it turned into a gig at the local newspaper so I will be with B&C for as long as they’ll have me.
How would your friends describe you?
What you see is what you get. I’m sarcastic by nature, so I’m always cracking jokes and one-liners, I like to make people laugh. But I’m respectful and loyal to my friends because I am a firm believer that you don’t talk shit behind someone’s back. If you have something to say, you say it to their face or don’t say it at all.
How would you die in a horror movie?
I’d be the dumbass who’s enjoying the festivities way too much to be in tune with what’s actually going on, so I am guessing I’d stumble off to take a piss with a “Grab me another beer, Teddy” then get filleted. I’d like to think my demise would offer some comic relief with a moment of realization and a “Fuck me,” but so long as it came at the hands of Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers, I’d be happy to be dispensed with in any fashion they saw fit.
Keep an eye out for Landon’s work here on iHorror (or anywhere else, you know where to find him!), and more of our upcoming writer spotlights!