"Dead in Hollywood” is a true crime zine documenting strange and tragic Hollywood deaths. I’ve been obsessed with the dark side of Hollywood and the cult of celebrity since I was a kid reading “Helter Skelter.” When I moved to L.A., I didn’t know anyone. I found myself reading books about Marilyn Monroe’s death and Sharon Tate’s murder at their grave sites. What better place to read up on your idols? Years later, I was giving my friends “Hollywood death tours” around L.A. to the actual locations where these stars lived and died. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered my love for zine making. The name ‘zine’ comes from the abbreviation of the punk-era ‘fanzine’ - itself a corruption of ‘magazine,’ which itself dates from post-war Hollywood. Within this medium, I was able to turn my obsession into something creative and informative. Each issue centers on a Hollywood star, cut-down in their prime with their real contributions often forgotten. I will be debuting "Dead in Hollywood: Marilyn of Avalon" at the Long Beach Zine Fest - a zine about Marilyn Monroe's time on Catalina Island before she was Marilyn.
My favorite part of making zines is immersing myself into the world of whichever celebrity that I am writing about. I watch all of their movies, listen to their songs, and watch as many documentaries about them that I can. I spend night after night happily falling down rabbit holes.
We live in a world where people want to strip us of our identities but within the xeroxed pages of our zines we can be whoever we want, and there's no one to tell us that we're not good enough or what we have to say doesn't matter. Zines give everyone a voice.
Start and don't stop. You don't need to have money to make a zine. You don't need to be famous to get people to read your zine. The longer you wait to start making zines... the longer you deprive the world of your unique voice. And let's face it, connecting with people is the best thing in the world.