The genre has lost a lot of good folks this year but for guys like me who run a site like this, the passing of Chas Balun is a particularly sad occasion. We live in an age when you can quickly Google a movie title and find all the data you want about it but Chas operated back in the day. He packed the pages of his books and Deep Red Magazine with entire catalogs of obscure data, sung the praises of Italian horror way before it was chic and freaked Charlie Sheen’s shit out with an unsubtitled copy of what many people thought to be a real snuff movie in the form of Za Ginipiggu. He was a hero to fanboys everywhere. He knew everything there is to know about horror and to the likes of us who run these fan sites, reporting and commenting on the contemporary state of horror, Balun was the model by which we fashion ourselves. Chas’ style of writing, a seriously informal and particularly candid method of comment and critique was the sort of thing you find on blogs all over the web today and his finger prints can be found on just about every passage written here.
Chas was 61 on this past December 18th when he handed in his letter of resignation to the cancer that he had been valiantly battling for years. In the wake of his passing he leaves behind a staggering mass of knowledge and a legacy as a fan, a professor and a scholar that those of us who have unofficially dedicated our lives to horror can aspire to.
Rest easy, Chas. We’ll miss you.