• The Darkened Corridor

Hiatus? What Hiatus

To whom it may concern,

Wow, it’s been a long time. When I started TheDarkenedCorridor back in 2018, I intended to do daily, or at longest weekly blog posts about subject I love the most; horror movies and the paranormal.

The observant among you may indeed realise that it has been around about 5 months since I actually managed to put pen to paper - or rather chubby fingers to keyboard about anything. The last thing I managed to scrape together was this whimsical little piece on Saw films - a favourite and returning topic of mine.

Despite this, the blog has been as active as ever from the viewer kind of view, and, when I do occasionally take a look at the page analytics, I’m overwhelmingly heartened that people are still choosing to engage with my content, outdated as it has now become.

So, I want to today provide a quick summary of what is going on, and hopefully what will be happening over the coming year.

My time at first starting the blog was during a time of freelance employment. I’d just decided to leave a job, which, for various reasons, was pushing my feeble little brain to breaking point, despite my love of the role, the team and the outlook of the company. I therefore took to writing the blog as a vent to relink with my roots in the paranormal and film. Suffice it to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and working on the blog, and watching it grow became a daily passion project.

However, roundabout September 2019, I found myself beginning a new and challenging job, which I remain in to this day. The problem with having a full time real job is that you end up very money rich and time poor, and passion projects often have to take a step to the side. And so did the Darkened Corridor. Indeed, since I began my formal employment, i’ve only managed to squeak out two new blog posts, the aforementioned Saw piece in November, and a look at Joker in October.

Now that’s all well and good, but there is something that I’ve missed about writing and blogging, and the ideas i’ve had for content have smouldered away like a moist turd in a cats litter tray.

It is now that I want to take the time to encourage those who continue to send Press Releases and examples of their work to me. I would truly like to have engaged with all of them throughout the past 6 months, but I simply have not had the time.

But this leads neatly onto my major reason for creating this post: I’m back baby! ( well, sort of). In the UK, as with many places in the world, we are currently in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many - including myself- working from home. It is because of this that I am able to tease out precious few minutes in order to start creating content again, based on all the things I love to write and talk about.

So, here is my new battle plan for the upcoming few months. I will attempt to stick to it as rigidly as possible, but some weeks there may be more content, some weeks there may be less. We shall see. I aim for atleast one piece of content a week based on films , be it reviews, theory or thematic exploration, and one piece a week about the world of paranormal, be it reviewing the weeks must-watch-real-ghost footage, or poking fun at tabloid coverage. But I also want to begin to bring forward new and exciting stuff that reaches my inbox, all of which is very much interesting to me, and I appreciate it very much. With this in mind, I’m interested in looking at putting together interview based content, to explore what is making indie producers, be it of film, literature, or music, tick, and put them as a regular part of the blog.

With this in mind, I would encourage anyone who would like to be involved to contact me using thedarkenedcorridor@gmail.com , or on twitter @darken_corridor.

I look forward to hearing from you all, and to putting together fresh and interesting content for you to peep at.