Personal Essay: Britany Hancock
I have the picture perfect family. Loving husband. Two wonderful, beautiful girls. But deep down inside, I’m a pessimist that hates the world and loves horror (I have a spot-on RBF so it’s probably not THAT deep down). It’s in my blood. My mother, who was a huge Stephen King fan in the 80s, introduced me when I was very young. I watched Pet Sematary when I was seven, and it was the first movie that gave me nightmares. I loved it. The rush of adrenaline just couldn’t be ignored. I was the weird kid in elementary school that kept the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collection checked out. My favorite film was a B-movie called Waxwork. One of the greatest joys of my life was in college when my husband, then boyfriend, found Waxwork on DVD and bought it for me. Oh, memories . . .
When it comes to Pseudopod, I was late to the party. I worked from home most of 2015 and had just discovered podcasts. I wanted to be entertained by what I was listening to, and entertainment to me isn’t real life. So I was searching and listening to anything horror I could find, and that’s how I discovered Pseudopod. As a stroke of luck, I started working at a new company at the end of 2015, and met one of the coolest people ever, who just so happened to be co-editor of Pseudopod. Alex is one of the very rare people in my life with whom I can discuss the awesomeness that is horror.
The world continues to throw curve balls at me right now, and Pseudopod is my escape from the crap that is reality. Sounds weird, right? To escape from the horror that is reality, I listen to audio horror fiction . . . I’m a walking conundrum! The time I spend in the car listening is time that is my own, and I cherish it.
I’m truly excited to a part of this awesome podcast, and the people are really wonderful. I’m enjoying reading everything the authors send to us and can’t wait to see what is in store for the listeners.
Britany Hancock is an Associate Editor at Pseudopod.