The Fear Merchant

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Bogged Down in Blog Town: A Year Between Posts

Dear oh dear as I look at the date the last blog was posted; one year to the day! Yikes!

The main question I would ask is what is there to say? If I’m to be honest with myself I would say I got carried away over the last 12 months, burying my head in the podcast, organising and chasing guests. What a rush it has been. The Bazaar is thriving and going from strength to strength, why would I stop? Don’t worry the podcast isn’t going the way of the dodo quite yet.

If you’ve been an eager listener of the show you’ll have picked up I am, rather often, on the road. As the Merchant moniker coincidentally now suggests, I am a real-life merchant of sorts. Travelling the world (trying) to sell my wares. Since we last spoke I’ve provided 26 Bazaar’s, 6 Stock Rooms and 1 Pop Up Shop the latter two I wish to do more of in this coming year.

One of the best things I’ve come to learn in the last year is that if you put yourself out there, things will happen. Not to go all Tony Robbins on you here but nothing is achieved on the couch. It’s amazing you can watch a film, have so many questions and not only discuss it with your friends, but to be able to discuss with the director or the writer! The power of the internet is certainly sometimes understated until you know how to use it.

Just a quick little update as I noticed a year went by.  We’ve had the launch of The Order of The Hexagon; a collaboration between myself and good friend of the show Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu) with great help from David Weiner (It Came From Blog). With the sad loss of UK Horror Scene, I needed somewhere to take my opinions. It’s a fun website I’d like you to check out as we continue to grow it slowly but surely.

Lastly, I’d like to thank you the reader and hopefully listener, for supporting myself and the The Bazaar for another year.

Stay tuned for more posts and podcasts in the future (I mean it this time!)

Your friend,

- The Fear Merchant

Setting Up Shop: The Origins of The Bazaar

Hello there and welcome to our very first blog post: The Merchant's Musings.

In the spirit of the #TryPod initiative doing the rounds on Twitter this March, soon coming to a close, we’ll be talking a little about the background of:
The Bazaar - The Fear Merchant Podcast or The Bazaar Cast as it is more well known.

Not so long ago the @TheFearMerchant Twitter handle was born in (early 2015, to be precise). Some may be familiar with this story; @TheFearMerchant spawned from a joke about the Resident Evil 4 Merchant (who can still be heard at the start of the podcast) while some friends and I were streaming Resident Evil HD Remaster on Twitch. Initially touted as "The Fear Merchants", the operation eventually went solo due in part to moving houses. Shortly after this serendipity smiled my way and I began writing horror reviews for It was through this medium that I saw some good-quality independent films ranging from five minutes to full length features. Along the way, I got to chat via email with the men and women who produced these little gems, but I never saw the potential of a podcast from these interactions.

It wasn’t until 2016 that I noticed a few podcasts were following me on Twitter and I thought, “Why not reach out and try to get on one of these as a guest?”. It was then that the seeds were sown and left to gestate for another few months.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016. Stephen Manley, an actor who had played a teenage Spock in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), reached out on Twitter to promote Ghosthunters (2016) from The Asylum. I got the chance to speak to him but our interview ended up being typed up and posted on UK Horror Scene (read here). He was a fascinating character to talk to and I was kicking myself that our two hour plus conversation will forever remain between the two of us.
Through encouragement from the guys over at No Sequel For You Podcast (Educating Brad at the time) and the PreeshCast, I finally decided in November 2016 to get down and dirty and reach out to all those cool people whose films I had enjoyed over the course of two years as The Fear Merchant. Then, on the 22nd of November 2016, The Bazaar finally opened for business.

The name itself was a play on words. The content of the podcasts focus on horror (or the bizarre) but, tying into the “Fear Merchant” aesthetic, the name is also reflective of a market place that brings people together to exchange goods and services. The ultimate goal is to build a wholesome and healthy network within the horror community. I've since gotten feedback from some guests that they are starting collaborations so that is absolutely fantastic to hear and the show is growing month to month thanks to loyal fans, friends, and listeners.

I can't thank everyone enough who has been following this merchant's journey so far.

Stay tuned for more posts and podcasts in the future.

Your friend,

- The Fear Merchant