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Chiller Theater fans rejoice! Late night horror films have returned to Pittsburgh television! Every Saturday night at 10:00 PM on WBGN TV Pittsburgh, It's Alive! brings you scary movies, comedy, live music, and more! Hosted by Professor Emcee Square and the band DEATHMOBILE.

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Michael A. Arnzen

Michael A. Arnzen is the author of the Bram Stoker Award winning novel, Grave Markings (Dell Books/Delirium Books) and publishes the acclaimed website, gorelets.com. His titles at Raw Dog Screaming Press include Play Dead, his long-anticipated second novel, and 100 Jolts, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection. Publishing horror, humor, criticism and suspense since 1989, Arnzen's writing has won the International Horror Guild Award and has been reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories. His bibliography includes the books Fluid Mosaic, Freakcidents, Rigormarole, Writhing in Darkness, and Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems. Arnzen holds a Ph.D. in English and presently teaches graduate studies in "Writing Popular Fiction" at Seton Hill University in Western Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and cats. His current project is a twisted kidnapping novel.



Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg

His first book was a guide to Doctor Who collectibles; Howe’s Transcendental Toybox, co-authored with Telos Publishing’s David J. Howe, was published in November 2000, revised in 2003 and followed by two supplementary updates. Arnold has also authored or co-authored The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, The Big Big Little Book Book and Pop Culture with Character: A Look Inside Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. Arnold and Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For co-author Andrew Hershberger are already at work on a follow-up movie guide that will focus on…let’s say bigger monsters. You can keep up with all his current projects at apanelwithnoborders.com.



Gary A. Braunbeck

Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific and multi award-winning author who writes horror, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and mainstream literature. He has, to date, 9 novels and 10 short-story collections, a majority of them set in his fictional town of Cedar Hill, Ohio; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in publications such as The Horror Show, Cemetery Dance, Not One of Us, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and APEX Science Fiction and Horror. Among his novels are the critically-acclaimed Prodigal Blues and his recent Leisure release, Mr. Hands, which is garnering excellent reviews across the board. His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction in 2003 for "Duty" and again in 2005 for the zombie-themed story "We Now Pause for Station Identification"; his collection Destinations Unknown won the Stoker Award in 2006. His novella "Kiss of the Mudman" received the International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction in 2005. A former president of the Horror Writers' Association, he also teaches at Seton Hill University as part of their Master’s Degree Program in Writing Popular Fiction. To learn more about Gary and his work, please go to his official website: garybraunbeck.com.


Max Brooks

Max Brooks is considered by many to be one of the world's foremost Zombie preparedness experts. As we all know, the world we live in has become a rather scary place, and the global increase in the number of Zombie attacks isn't helping matters any. According to the Office of Homeland Security, Brooks is the preeminent authority on dispatching the relentless, flesh-eating armies of Zombies that seem to be everywhere these days. The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to success against the hordes of the undead that may be stalking you right now. The book is the result of Brooks’ tireless search for both the living dead and ways to eradicate them, which has taken him to over 30 countries and territories in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Arctic and Sub-Saharan Africa. His latest release, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts "as told to the author" by various characters around the world. The son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Max Brooks is completely dedicated to the cause of raising awareness on the issue of Zombie survival. Brooks is ready to come to your campus or community to help prepare your audience with the latest Zombie survival techniques.

NOTE: Mr. Brooks will be appearing on Sunday only.


Jarlath Conroy

Jarlath starred in George A. Romero's Day of the Dead as William McDermott. His Broadway credits include The Weir, The Iceman Cometh, On The Waterfront, Ghetto, The Visit, Philadelphia Here I Come!, Comedians. Off-Broadway: A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, Our Lady of Sligo, A Life, Pigtown at The Irish Repertory Theater, also Gardenia, Translations at Manhattan Theater Club, and The Matchmaker, Playboy of the Western World at The Roundabout Theater. Regional roles include Drumm in Hugh Leonard’s Da at the Guthrie Theater, Thomas Dunne in Sebastian Barry’s The Steward of Christendom (Barrymore Award), Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Uncle Sid in Ah,Wilderness!, Fluther in The Plough and the Stars, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol , Frank in Faith Healer, Fluellen in Henry V (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Joxer in Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award). He was in Cromwell and Hamlet at the Royal Court in London. TV and film: Law and Order, NYPD Blue, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Beat, Summer, A Marriage: O’Keeffe and Stieglitz, The Elephant Man, Heaven’s Gate, Kinsey, Stay, The Baxter, and, most recently, Julie Taymor's Across the Universe. His directing credits include True West and Human Resources.



Ed Demko

Ed is the co-creator/writer/webmaster for Bloodtype Online, rapidly approaching its first full year of existence covering horror/cult/exploitation films. The site was started by Ed and friend Russ Rutter as a way to get the types of films they enjoy out to the public, as well as a means to give people guidance on films coming to theatres and DVD. Bloodtype not only offers movie reviews, but also daily horror genre news, interviews with actors/directors/etc, a weekly podcast, feature article section, and a specialty article entitled "The Mud, The Blood, and The Beer". "We take pride in being on the forefront of writing reviews for the site," Ed says. "We are very familiar with other websites out there and very few if any of them review as many films as we do on a weekly basis. Basically we love always having fresh and new content for people to check out."


Antone DiLeo

Antone Dileo is most recognized for his part as Pvt. Miguel Salazar in George A. Romero's Day of the Dead. He also worked with Mr. Romero on the films Knightriders and Two Evil Eyes. His other film appearances include Only You, Lorenzo's Oil, Bob Roberts, and Passed Away.



David Emge

David Emge is best known to fans for his role as Stephen (aka "Flyboy") in George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. His other films include Basket Case 2 and Hellmaster.

Dawn of the Dead Fun Fact #1: David once worked as a chef in the same restaurant where actor (and Dawn co-star) Scott H. Reiniger worked as a waiter!


Andrew Hershberger

Andrew Hershberger is Registrar for Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and a prolific writer of film and music criticism for numerous print and online publications, including Now Playing, Cinescape, EON, IF and www.cinejunkie.com. Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For is his first book.


Bill Hinzman

Bill's first and perhaps best-known film role was the cemetery zombie in the original Night of the Living Dead. He was also featured in George A. Romero's There's Always Vanilla, Hungry Wives, and The Crazies. He later directed and starred in The Majorettes, written by Night of the Living Dead screenwriter John Russo, and the zombie film Flesheater. Bill also played roles in the films Legion of the Night, Santa Claws, and Evil Ambitions.


Edward A. Holsclaw II

Edward A. Holsclaw II, author of horror, is the author of such books as Piece of Mind, Twist of Fate, Origin: Unknown, Laid to Rest, Tiburon, many short stories and other literary works. He has been awarded several national literary awards for novels and short stories. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, where he has lived most of his life. Edward is married and has three children. "I aspire to entertain the reader, by taking them on an incredible journey through my twisted imagination." Please visit Edward's web site at fearmaker.com for more information.



Scott A. Johnson

Scott A. Johnson¹s novels include Deadlands and An American Haunting. He hails from Texas, but he recently relocated to Pennsylvania. He currently teaches horror and creative writing at Waynesburg University, and teaches in the innovative Masters in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University. He also serves as the Paranormal Studies Editor for Dread Central, where he writes "Cold Spots," a twice-monthly column about real haunted places. In his spare time, he hunts ghosts, teaches martial arts, and plays golf. His website is americanhorrorwriter.com.



George Kosana

"Yeah, they're dead. They're...all messed up."

George Kosana is best known for his role as Sheriff McClelland in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, for which he also served as Production Manager.


Gregory Lamberson

Gregory Lamberson is the author of Johnny Gruesome, a new horror novel from Bad Moon Books which has so far spawned a rock CD, Gruesome; a short film starring Erin Brown (aka “Misty Mundae”); a series of Trading Cards; two on-line comic books, and the collectible “Johnny Gruesome Death Mask.” His first novel, Personal Demons, won the Anubis Award for Horror, judged by acclaimed author T.M. Wright. Lamberson previously wrote and directed the horror films Slime City, Undying Love (released on VHS as New York Vampire), and Naked Fear, and worked on I Was a Teenage Zombie, Brain Damage, Plutonium Baby, and West New York. He recently wrote a screenplay, The Soulless, for Argentinean filmmaker Nicanor Loreti, and Black Creek Village for Captures Enterainment. Next year, McFarland & Company will publish his book, Cheap Scares! How to Make a Low Budget Horror Film. Lamberson was recently hired to serve as Editor-in-Chief for the new horror website, fearzone.com; his personal sites are slimeguy.com, and johnnygruesome.com.


Bob Michelucci

In 1981, Bob formed Imagine, Inc., and published the extremely successful book by special make-up effects artist Tom Savini, Grande Illusions, which is currently in its sixth printing. He followed it up with Dick Smith's Monster Make-up Handbook, Eroticism in the Fantasy Cinema, The Complete Night of the Living Dead Filmbook, Voodoo Dawn, Forrest J. Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland and How to Operate a Financially Successful Haunted House. Credited with beginning the current hot trend of adult-oriented trading cards, in 1990 Bob issued the first series of Scream Queens trading cards. In the early nineties, Bob became active in movie and video production and distribution, working with Horror Hall of Famer John Russo on various titles, including Horror Effects, Monster Make-up, Witches and Zombies and Horror Rock.



Judith O'Dea

Judith O'Dea is best known for her role as "Barbra" in the George A. Romero film Night of the Living Dead. Apart from her most famous role, O'Dea has appeared in the television movie The Pirate and the films Claustrophobia, Evil Deeds, and October Moon. She can soon be seen in the upcoming November Son, The Ocean, and Women's Studies. Judy also owns and operates O'Dea Communications, a firm which deals in oral communications training.


Kim Paffenroth

Kim Paffenroth is the author of several books on the Bible and theology, but lately he's been considering the interface between religion and pop culture, especially his favorite movie monster, the humble and hideous zombie. He has written Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Visions of Hell on Earth, and a zombie novel, Dying to Live, the latter publsihed by Zombie Fest sponsor Permuted Press. He grew up in New York, Virginia, and New Mexico, and attended St. John's College, Annapolis, MD (BA, 1988), Harvard Divinity School (MTS, 1990), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD, 1995). He currently lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. Gospel of the Living Dead is Paffenroth's page on his zombie-related fiction and non-fiction. Gospel of the Living Dead won a Stoker Award in 2006.


Joe Pilato

"I'm runnin' this monkey farm now Frankenstein!"

Joe Pilato is best know to horror fans as the brutal Capt. Rhodes from George A. Romero's Day of the Dead. His other work includes roles in George A. Romero's Knightriders, Wes Craven's Wishmaster, and the voice of MetalGreymon in Digimon: The Movie.

Day of the Dead Fun Fact: In 1983, Joe auditioned for the role of Stevie Steeler, the Pittsburgh Steelers' then new mascot.


Scott H. Reiniger

Scott H. Reiniger played "Roger" in George A, Romero's 1978 zombie epic, Dawn of the Dead; he also made a cameo appearance as "The General" in Zack Snyder's 2004 remake. In addition to his film work, Scott is founder of the InVision Group, specializing in the art of professional and personal development and communication.

Dawn of the Dead Fun Fact #2: Scott is the Prince of Ghor, an ancient province of Afganistan. Reiniger is the great-great- great-grandson of Josiah Harlan, the first American to set foot in Afghanistan, and who signed a treaty giving the title of Prince of Ghor to all his heirs.


John Russo

As a screenwriter Mr. Russo's credits include Night of the Living Dead, The Majorettes, Midnight, and Santa Claws, having also directed the latter two. He has also performed small roles as an actor, most notably the first zombie who is stabbed in the head in Night of the Living Dead as well as cameos in There's Always Vanilla and House of Frankenstein 1997. He has also written a number of comic books for Avatar Press, including Escape of the Living Dead, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and Plague of the Living Dead.


Russ Rutter

As a young boy growing up in Pittsburgh, Bloodtype Online co-creator and writer Russ Rutter was into movies of all genres. "Unlike my Bloodtype partner Ed Demko, I haven't always been strictly a horror fiend," writes Russ. "My transformation into all out fanboy/critic started with my love for cinema when discovering films like Terrance Malick's Badlands, Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon, Deer Hunter and numerous other films from the golden era in cinema. The raw feel of the 70 films are rarely replicated and since I only 26 I did all I could to catch up on all the classics!" Russ' goal in life is to sit through every exploitation film until he finds one better than Thriller: A Cruel Picture.



Kyra Schon

"I hurt."

Kyra Schon is best known for her role as the cellar dwelling, trowel wielding, mother stabbing, father's arm eating zombie girl Karen Cooper in George A. Romero's original 1968 Night of the Living Dead. Says Kyra, "I grew up watching and loving horror movies and I realize how fortunate I was to be a part of horror-film history; it has truly been one of the highlights of my life." Kyra's website is GhoulNextDoor.com.



John "El Juan" Shatzer

John is a regular contributor to Bloodtype Online, a local horror news and reviews site. About himself, John writes: "I'm the 'old' guy here at Bloodtypeonline at 37. Some of my earliest memories are of watching old black and white horror films from the 30s and 40s. From there I moved onto the sci-f flicks of the 50s and 60s. Then I discovered Romero's Night of the Living Dead when I was around 12 or 13. Night introduced me to a whole new world of movies and I went from Romero to Argento and Fulci. To this day Night of the Living Dead is one of my favorite movies (with Romero's Dead being my absolute favorite movie)."


Russell Streiner

"They're coming to get you, Barbra!"

Russell Streiner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is still his hometown. He has three children who live nearby. He continues to work in the film business as an independent producer, director, and filmmaking instructor. Although his role as "Johnny" in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead has been Russell's biggest movie success, he has been extremely successful in producing and directing other types of films as well. Russell has been actively involved in bringing film and television productions to western Pennsylvania throughout his career, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Film Office.



Leonard A. Lies, the owner of Dream Catchers Films, Inc., is an established producer, writer, and director. He has worked in the film and video industry since 1981. Leonard’s background experience, in the film industry, includes producing, writing, directing, and technical operations on feature films, commercials, documentaries and industrial productions.
To Horror fans Leonard is infamously known as the Machete Zombie from his role in George Romero’s classic version of Dawn of the Dead. Leonard aka machete zombie gets a Machete in the skull while trying to find some fast food at the Monroeville Mall. Leonard also appeared in George Romero’s Knightriders as an extra biker and also put on a life sized raven costume to thrash through the woods for a nightmare scene that becomes a warning for the King’s, Ed Harris’, eventual death.
Leonard is presently developing Reign of the Dead and Scream Actors Guide for filming in 2008. Reign of the Dead is based on friend Len Barnhart’s horrific zombie novel and Scream Actors Guide is an original script written by Leonard and associate Brian Ridgway.
Leonard has just finished work on a documentary ‘Brain Injury and the Challenges of Life Ever After’. It will be released nationally in late November.
People wanting to check out Machete Zombie’s new website should go to http://www.scarsmagazine.com/machetezombie/mzhome.htm or if they want to communicate with Leonard directly they should go to myspace and type in myspace.com/machete1zombie.


Justin Wingenfeld

Justin knew he wanted to be involved in show business at an early age, and spent his high school years active in theater and making short movies. He majored in Film & Video Production at Point Park College, a Pittsburgh school specializing in performing arts and journalism. Film classes were held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, one of the oldest independent media arts centers in the country. Justin produced and directed several short films before graduating in 1995. In 2001, Justin and his wife Trinity relocated to northern New Jersey, where Justin joined motion picture studio & marketing company, ei Independent Cinema, and appeared in several of its films. Currently, Justin is Manager of Catalog Sales for ei Cinema’s on-line/catalog sister company, Alternative Cinema. He has written and directed one feature, SKIN CRAWL, for ei’s Shock-O-Rama Cinema horror label and is currently developing several new horror projects for the studio.


Conrad Brooks

Conrad Brooks began his film career acting in the infamous oeuvre of Ed Wood, including his first short film Range Revenge (1948) and the cult classics Glen or Glenda (1952) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1956). Among his other numerous film credits are Night of the Ghouls (1958), The Sinister Urge (1960), The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961), Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge (1991), Ed Wood (1994), Zombiegeddon (2003), Raising Dead (2002), Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots (2003) and Brain Robbers from Outer Space (2005).


Marilyn Eastman

Marilyn Eastman is best known for her role as Helen Cooper in George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). In addition to acting in the Romero classic, Marilyn was in charge of makeup and wardrobe. She has also appeared in the films Houseguest (1995) and Santa Claws (1996).


Clayton Hill

When a zombified Clayton Hill rode the escalator in Dawn of the Dead most of us giggled like kids. Clayton’s history as an entertainer stretches back to his childhood and spans a significant part of the globe. As a teen, he often sang on WTAE; he sang with swing bands during his stint in the Air Force; he’s performed in multiple venues right here in Pittsburgh, too. He studied drama Point Park College, and shortly after his time there and with the Pittsburgh Playhouse, he landed his role in Dawn. He also worked on the film as weapons coordinator. Clayton’s other film credits include All the Right Moves, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, Knightriders (as second assistant director) and Hellraiser III.


Joe Shelby

Joe Shelby’s involvement in Dawn of the Dead was varied; he appeared as a motorcycle raider, a van driver and as a looter. He also worked as an assistant make-up artist. Joe has worked on over 50 movies, including most recently Island of Torture and Goth Girls: The Return. His experience includes casting, acting, stunts, make-up, and SFX.


Sharon Ceccatti


Sharon Ceccatti and Clayton Hill

Guest appearances are subject to scheduling availability and may be subject to change.
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