My name is Ken Artuz, Founder and Senior Editor of DecayMag. I’m a New York City-based photographer, writer and most of all a Horror genre connoisseur. Over the years, I earned a degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. I also got Certification in Film Production and Field Recording.
I’ve been an avid horror fan since as long as I can remember. I spend my youth admiring box art at the neighborhood video rental store. Conversations with the attendants would fuel my curiosity on the genre.
Also, my older sister, Marilyn would usher me to watch R-rated Horror films at the cinemas. It was comical, how I would be the only preschooler in attendance. Movies varied but most were Grindhouse double features. I recall films such as Zombie Holocaust, I Spit on your Grave and Terrorvision. The violence, I would squirm in my seat?
Below, I summarize my personal endeavor, my passion, DecayMag.com. I created DecayMag to not only to offer news, and media content. The platform also aids in promoting independent projects, women in horror and diversity in the genre. The information below reflects the history, goals and mission statement to DecayMag.
Using social media platforms is a powerful networking tool for DecayMag. The popularity in Horror, Thriller, and Science Fiction community comes new ambitions for content. We’ve secured interviews with industry talent within various fields of indie and major productions.
Profiled in 2015 were up-and-coming artists and actors. We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing many rising stars within the local community. We’ve set new goals and ambitions for the upcoming year. In the forecast are projects that will enable us to deliver news in both podcasts and YouTube mediums.
Decay Magazine originated as a hobby in April 2014. The purpose was to provide news sources covering Horror, Thriller and Sci-Fi genres. Curated news articles had issued daily using mobile/web app Flipboard.
The growth in popularity was phenomenal on Flipboard. Over the course of a year, thousands of followers and subscribers had garnered. This success was just the beginning. Yet, Decay Magazine would transform from leisure pass-time to dedicated news platform.
Managing a curated news source was both impersonal and robotic. The idea was spontaneous. A domain name got purchased, and a theme created. In a blink of an eye, DecayMag.com was off and running! The mission was to create a platform that covered Horror, Thriller Sci-Fi. This includes all sub-genres. Although a presence continues on Flipboard, regurgitating pre-released content is not the agenda. Abandoned was providing quantity over quality.
By September 2015, Decay Magazine obtained re-branding to DecayMag. The blueprint for DecayMag is to offer quality daily news coverage. The aim is to foster awareness of indie horror projects, women in horror and diversity in the genre. Also, the site is a platform to promote aspiring horror content creators.
Although Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi news sites are aplenty. Many don’t offer a continued focus on the independent circuit. DecayMag strives to set itself apart. The site will offer itself as a promotional platform that encompasses indie developed mediums.
We hope to expand our team of content contributors. We welcome new writers looking to grow with us. Extra staff will allow us to broaden our coverage of the Horror, Thriller, and Sci-Fi genres.
DecayMag is a dedicated team of writers and content contributors. Our writers are as passionate as I am. Each shares a common goal towards the development and growth of DecayMag. Their contribution, time and resources are on a volunteer basis. I’m thankful for the support, dedication, and professionalism of our current team of writers.
-Ken Artuz, DecayMag Founder, Editor