Jim O’Rear has been involved in the entertainment industry for over twenty five years, beginning his career on tour as The Youngest Professional Magician with David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone Jr., and The Great Tomsoni and opening for acts like Cheap Trick and John Anderson.
With his “magical” background and having been trained in New York at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, it was only natural that Jim move into the realm of film, television, and theatre where he has worked steadily as an actor, stuntman, and special make-up effects artist on such projects as Star Trek 4, Stephen King's The Boogeyman, Lethal Weapon 3, Fall Of The House Of Usher, Day Of The Dead, The Vampire Wars, A Christmas Carol, Cop & ½, Psycho Beach Party, Evita, Little Shop Of Horrors, No Retreat No Surrender 3, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, and many more with actors including Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds, Mel Gibson, Amanda Plummer, Kevin Sorbo, Maximillian Schell, Robert Englund, Jon Voight, John Billingsley, Chris Sarandon, and others.
Wanting to get some of his own ideas onto the screen, Jim successfully moved into the area of screenwriting. Although competition is tough, he has written and sold a number of horror-related screenplays, including The House Of Pain (in development with Robert “Freddy” Englund, Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen, Tom “Friday The 13th” Savini, Bill “ChopTop” Moseley, and Debbie “Scream Queen” Rochon), Hayride Slaughter, Hayride Slaughter 2, The Deadly Obligation, Vampyre Tales, Wolfsbayne, The Deepening, and (currently playing on cable) Scream Farm. Jim also placed third for Best Screenplay in TSA’s screenwriting competition and was a finalist in the Fade In Screenplay contest and Writer’s Network competition.
Jim’s horror writing has not stopped there. He has also contributed many articles to national publications, such as Scary Monsters Magazine, Scars Magazine, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Comics Interview, and Underground Entertainment, and has been recognized in Fangoria Magazine, Alternative Cinema, Fright Times, and Femme Fatale Magazine. Jim was also “immortalized” as a comic book character opposite Thor in an issue of MARVEL Comic’s “What The…?” and has appeared as himself (along with Ken Foree, Tom Savini, Debbie Rochon, Brinke Stevens, James Gunn, and more) in the fictional horror novel, BAD MOON RISING… the third installment of Jonathan Mayberry’s GHOST ROAD BLUES trilogy…. and in ZOMBIE: CSU. In addition, Jim has written a paranormal book about real hauntings in Tennessee for Schiffer Publishing titled TENNESSEE GHOSTS and has recently released his follow-up titled HOLLYWOOD’S PARANORMAL FILMS.
Currently, Jim continues to work as an actor and stuntman on several films per year, recently cast opposite Andrew “Wishmaster” Divoff (Lost, Airforce One), Tom Savini (Grindhouse, From Dusk Til Dawn), and Jason Carter (Babylon 5, Angel) in The Dead Matter, playing Kane Hodder’s (Hatchet, Friday The 13th) brother in Old Habits Die Hard, acting opposite Linnea Quigley (Return Of The Living Dead) and Monique Dupree in Post Mortem America, appearing with Ari Lehman (Friday The 13th), Daniel Taylor (Return Of The Swamp Thing), John Dugan (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Playmate Alex Del Monnaco in Hell-ephone, portraying an alien bounty hunter in It Came From Trafalgar, with Reggie Bannister (Phantasm), Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Gunnar Hansen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), appearing with Tiffany Shepis, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal, and John Dugan in Shudder, and is in development deals for three more of his screenplays. As if that isn’t enough, Jim continues to write for horror publications all over the world, consult for horror-related projects internationally, and is the founder of Celebrity Ghost Hunters.
Matt Reynolds is a horror artist and lover of all things dark and haunting. Matt’s art has been showcased at several different horror and comic conventions including Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend where his work was featured on the cover of the 2009 event program. In 2008 Matt joined forces with ROBERT J. MASSETTI and FearFilms and in 2010 they create FearComics.
Back in 1998, aspiring actor Greg Peterson created the character of Count Gregula on Halloween night at a party that was emceed by WCIU/Me-TV Horror Host Svengoolie (a.k.a. Rich Koz) at the now defunct horror memorabilia shop called The House of Monsters.
The Greg's Munster Fan Club website which debuted in January 2000 was the very first incarnation of Count Gregula on the Internet. That site was dedicated to The Munsters and their fans. Then in 2003, the long awaited arrival of Greg's own domain (CountGregula.com) became reality. Starting in 2005 to the present, Count-Gregula.com became Greg's Official Site.
Count Gregula has since lived with his Countess in the Transylvanian section of Illinois in the disguise of mortals Greg and Linda. In 2005, The Gregulas along with their Children of the Night brought a brand new form of vampire horror hosted family entertainment known as "Count Gregula's Crypt" to TV viewers in the Midwest. Greg & Linda travel to various conventions (in and out of their Gregula costumes) around the country to make guest appearances and conduct celebrity interviews together for future shows.
Also, Greg has worked on various other TV series and feature films in a variety of roles as a character actor.
For more info about Greg & Count Gregula, visit these sites:
Count Gregula - The Official Site
Count Gregula - IMDb
Greg Peterson - IMDb
Count Gregula - Official Facebook
Count Gregula - Official Twitter