Patreon is Here! Help Us Make 2017 A Year to Remember
Great Things Are Coming. Help Us Get There.
As I’m sure you’ve read, the internet is no longer the haven for creators that it once was. Between the rise of ad-blocking plugins, social media campaigns, and an insane amount of over saturation, it’s harder than ever for new brands to make a name for themselves. Luckily (depending on how you look at it), Modern Horrors never knew that world. We launched at the tail end of 2014, and for us, the idea of making money barely crossed our minds. We were just a couple of dudes that thought it would be cool if we could, one day, get a free movie and invited to a film festival. We also hated the way that the horror genre was portrayed by other publications. It turns out, we weren’t the only ones. But we didn’t really think it would go anywhere…
In just two years, we went from being pumped to hit 30 visits a day to hitting twice that amount every hour on average. Not like that’s a TON of traffic, but we’re proud of where we’re at, and we never sacrificed our “less is more” approach. We put out a fraction of the web content that other genre publications do, and that’s because we only want to showcase the projects that, we feel, carry weight in the industry. This has many advantages, but as a result, we’ll never win a numbers game–and that’s okay.
We knew early-on that we wanted Modern Horrors to be more than a website. Soon after its launch, we premiered The Modern Horrors Podcast; a show that continues to grow beyond our wildest imaginations and now hits thousands of listeners every week. We also began to flirt with video content with projects such as FRIGHT LOGIC, SHOULD YOU BUY IT segments, and unboxing videos. But with varying levels of success and plenty of external challenges, we haven’t been able to commit as much time as we’d like to the things we are most passionate about. We want to be so much better than we are in so many facets of the game, but as Modern Horrors continues to grow and it becomes a much larger time and resource investment for all involved, we need your support now more than ever.
We have been toying with the idea of launching a Patreon for months, but we wanted to do it in a way that was respectful to our listeners, viewers, and readers. We wanted to ensure that we weren’t asking for something without giving something in return. We’re not looking to profit in order to keep doing what we’ve always done. We’re looking to expand. We’re looking to become part of the solution and putting as much muscle behind independent genre cinema as we can. We’re looking to create new content for our patrons and include our loyal supporters on everything we do, and we believe that we have taken those first steps today.
Whether it allows us to pay hosting fees, upgrade our studio gear, travel to film festivals, or simply buy the podcast’s weekly supply of craft brew–we’ll take our patrons along every step of the way. We’ve accomplished great things in our first two years on the scene, and with your support, we can devote even more time to this thing that (we’re told) people actually enjoy for one reason or another. Can’t support? That’s a bummer, but you’ll still have access to the Modern Horrors that you know and love today. Maybe we’ll earn that buck next year 😉