Preston Fassel

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Writer

Preston Fassel is a Rondo Award nominated[1] journalist, screenwriter, and author, best known for his work with Rue Morgue Magazine, his biographical essays on obscure figures within the horror and film community, and his 2016 novel Our Lady of the Inferno. He has been the assistant editor of Cinedump.com since 2015.[2] Prior to his writing career, he co-hosted a morning show on KTWL radio in The Woodlands, Texas.

Non-fiction

Fassel became a contributing writer for Rue Morgue Magazine in 2013. In 2014 he began blogging for rue-morgue.com[3] and writing feature articles for the magazine.

In 2014, Fassel wrote the first published biography of Vanessa Howard, which was printed in the Spring 2014 issue of Screem Magazine.[4]

A series of interviews Fassel conducted with Bert I. Gordon during the winter of 2014 formed the basis for the March 2015 cover story of Rue Morgue.[5] The article served both as a biography of Gordon and also commemorated his return to film making after a twenty-six year hiatus.

He is also a contributing editor and writer of continuing education courses for the optical trade publication 20/20 Magazine, as well as the assistant editor of general pop-culture website Cinedump.com.[6]

Based on his horror writing experience he will be giving a lecture at the 12th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend on becoming and maintaining a career in the horror writing field.[7] In 2017, he was nominated for a Rondo Hatton Award for Best Interview; Fassel conducted Herschell Gordon Lewis's penultimate interview, held one month before Lewis' death.[8]

Fiction

In 2014 he authored the first piece of fiction to be featured in 20/20, a short story called Hindsight published in honor of the magazine's fortieth anniversary.[9] In 2016, his first novel, Our Lady of the Inferno, was published by Fear Front Publishing.[10][11] His work tends to focus on feminism, gender relations, and the culture of the 1980s.

Fassel also cowrote the script for the 2017 horror film Safe Place.[12][13]

Influences

Fassel cites P.C. Cast, who was his writing teacher in high school, as an influence and mentor.[14] He also credits Herman Raucher with influencing him to become a writer, after Raucher encouraged him to do so during a correspondence he shared with the author in college.[15] Fassel would later write the first biography of Raucher, an essay called Rediscovering Herman Raucher, published on Cinedump.

Reception

Fassel's first novel achieved some minor critical reception within the horror community. The Daily Grindhouse's Matt wedge called it "a nasty tribute to grindhouse cinema" and praised the book's 80s setting.[16] Hannah Neurotica, founder of the feminist horror movement Women in Horror Month, praised the book as "a mind blowing nightmare,",[17] while outgoing Rue Morgue editor Dave Alexander said it "should be on every genre fan's radar." [18]

Awards and honors

In 2004, Fassel was the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, for service to the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma police department.[19]

Fassel is also a competitive gamer, and has held two world records. In 2009, he achieved the highest score ever recorded on Tetris Party for the Nintendo Wii, 1,705,575; his record would stand until 2010[20] The same year he achieved the high score for Splatterhouse, a record that would stand until 2011.[21]

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