It’s Miss Misery, Dammit!! 

One of the many perks of doing my podcast, The Phantom Zone Radio Show was being able to meet amazing people who love all things dark and spooky just like I do. In spite of what most people think, folks in the horror community are some of the best people to know. Creative, resourceful, and just fun to be around, there’s always a willingness to share knowledge and pass it on, whether it be a movie, book, bloody special effects, a scary program, where to find killer clothes… there’s a certain comradery amongst horror lovers that is as genuine as it is unique. This woman you’re about to meet is helping to keep the torch lit and continuing to pave the way for horror hosts and anyone who has love of the genre to throw caution to the wind and listen to your rotting gut and do what you love no matter the odds. 


Reyna Gillette a.k.a Miss Misery is a very dear friend of mine and quite a powerful and creative woman. Her passion for the horror genre and her love of music and cinema can be seen in her awesome T.V. show,  Miss Misery’s Movie Massacre, which is one of her many productions. She’s a writer, actress, director, filmmaker,  musician and all around badass lady who goes beyond the definition of hard work and dedication to her craft. 


Her husband, John Gillette is not only her partner in crime with their company, Last Doorway Productions, but he’s also the guitarist and founding member of The San Francisco Bay Area based grunge/punk/metal band, Dammit! And let me tell you meows… If you don’t know, you need to find out QUICK! Their music is head banging good fun and makes you wanna turn it up to 11! 🤘🏻😝🤘🏻


When this dynamic duo is working on something, you know it’s going to be of epic proportions! Reyna and John are one hell of a match! Reyna took the time out of her busy schedule to answer some crazy questions for Mystic Meals and even provides a (very quick) and easy recipe for the ghoul on the go! Enjoy, kiddies! 😛

MM. Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer a few horrific questions! 😛 Here we go…

What was the very first horror film that you remember watching? How did it have an impact on you? Could you name a few of your all time favorite horror actors?
RG: The first film was John Carpenters Halloween, it wasn’t so much that I was scared of watching the film, it was more of having a thrill up my spine from watching it. I instantly became not just a fan but became obsessed with horror. Before that though my dad would wake me up Saturday nights to watch late night shows like Monsters and Tales from the Darkside. As for my favorite actors, Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Vincent Price, there’s just so many I love…
MM: When did you know that you wanted to not only be a horror host and have your own show, but make and direct your own films? Can you tell us a bit about Last Doorway Productions and what we can expect from your show, Miss Misery’s Movie Massacre? Where can we all see it and check it out?
RG: I grew up watching Elvira so when I was younger I knew I wanted to do what she did. I grew up acting, doing commercials, and modeling for children’s clothes, extra in films, I did a lot of that but always wanted to be a writer and actress. It wasn’t until I hit my first year of college that I wanted to start directing when a boy told me girls can’t direct. Lol… 

Last Doorway Productions was born in 2003 when I started writing scripts and filming shorts. It wasn’t until I met my husband John that I started doing a lot more because he was also into film making. Movie Massacre right now is on Chabot Television out of Hayward, Ca and Roku, but recently been toying with the idea of doing YouTube…
MM: Wow! I think Youtube’s a great idea! I know I’d subscribe to your channel and it would certainly broaden your fanbase😉You’re also a published author. Tell us about what you’ve written and where you get your inspiration from. What are some of your favorite comic books? Who are your favorite artists and writers? Any recommendations? 
RG: I grew up reading Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Goosebumps, anything horror basically with some exceptions like The Babysitters Club, lol. 😋

I have a series out called Monsters through Black Bed Sheet Books,  and it’s basically in the heart of Goosebumps. I’ve always wanted to have my own young adult book series and so I started this year and so far two books are out and you can get them on Amazon. I have a novel coming out soon Called When Night Falls which is through Fear Front Publishing. I just signed with them and super excited about it.

I get my inspiration from all around me basically, my imagination never stops. Sometimes I have so much going on that I HAVE to write and I feel like my head is going to explode. I love comic books, I read anything that’s good, I use to be obsessed with Tales From The Crypt comics and still am, lol. 

One book I always recommend is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, I’m amazed sometimes that lots of people have not read it.

 MM: The Haunting of Hill House is a great read! You’re so right about that one. Your husband John is in a band called Dammit! You meows make such an awesome power couple! How did the two of you meet and what’s it like for the two of you to work together? What other bands are you both fans of? 
RG: We met when I was working at a grocery store and he was a delivery man, we were friends but attracted to each other. I was with someone at the time and he had a girlfriend but eventually he dumped her and I dumped my bf, after that we started going out on dates to rock shows and horror films and we clicked right away. We both love the same bands and bands I didn’t like he didn’t like either, so it was meant to be. We’ve been together for ten years now and still I get butterflies in my tummy over him… 💘 He’s amazing and we just get along so well. We work well together, we listen to each other and there’s nothing but love for all we do. Plus we both play guitar so it’s always fun to jam together. We both love Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, AC/DC and many more. I’m a 90’s girl so anything grunge I still am obsessed over. 

MM: If you and John could host the ultimate dinner party with any of your favorite horror or rock icons, living or dead, who would they be and what would be on the menu? 
RG:  Ahhhhhhhhh man I would serve Mexican food lol, and have a couple tables spread out of desserts, mmmmmmmm. We would have Bowie, Cobain, Joplin, Hendrix, so many great icons of the rock world would be there. Plus you can’t forget Vincent Price or Christopher Lee. It would be a huge jam session, man that would be something. 
MM: Do either of you like to cook? If so what are some of your favorite go to meals to make? Would you mind sharing a recipe with us? 

RG: John use to be a cook so he will whip stuff up and I cook a lot of Mexican food so we do split the dinners each week. We both like to cook so it’s no problem – sometimes we do get lazy when we work too much but I make chicken fajitas or enchiladas, he likes to make pastas or chicken with veggies. We try to mix things up, but I love fajitas so it’s easy. Here’s a quick recipe… 


Dammit! Those are killer Fajitas! 😝


 Cook and chop up your chicken, then put in some fajita mix, I get that at the market. 

Then slice and cook up two onions

two green bell peppers

 one red bell pepper 

heat up some flour tortillas and you’re done!  Pretty simple and quick.

MM: I love it! You guys don’t mess around! 😝 In your opinion, what are the top 5 underrated Horror Films? 

RG: 

Alice Sweet Alice

Beast From The Haunted Cave

Silver Bullet (I don’t feel it gets enough attention or any AirPlay during October)

Halloween 3

Mr Boogedy 
MM: Meow, you are so spot on about Silver Bullet! That’s one of my favs and it’s true… It’s almost never played or even talked about. What’s up with that? 😝If you could remake a classic horror film, which one would you choose and why? 
RG:  Lol I don’t like remakes. It if I had the chance to remake a film I would remake Alice Sweet Alice, I just love that film.. Although it would be fun to remake Creature from the Black Lagoon, but if I were to do it I would really wanna make sure I do it right and not let the studios rush me. Lol..  
MM: Name three places in the world that you’ve always wanted to either live or visit.
RG: I’ve always wanted to visit Paris, London, and Italy. I would want to live in London, plus it would be awesome to visit the haunted areas there.

MM: This one’s for both you and John…Describe yourselves as a drink, appetizer, entree and dessert and explain why? 
RG: A Shirley Temple (I don’t drink so it’s non alcoholic)

Guacamole with tortilla chips (we love our guac)

And for an entree I would say Burritos because I can’t can’t enough of them! 

For a dessert, I’d say ice cream because we do like to cuddle up to a good film and split a bowl of ice cream. 🍧🍨

That sounds like the perfect way to end an evening… Cuddling with your sweetmeow, watching a great flick and sharing a bowl of ice cream. Now that’s love, baby! Unless you start fighting over who gets the last bite… 😉 Thanks again to Reyna & John for being great sports and giving us a little peek into their lives. And thank you meows for hanging with me! Until next time… Cheers, hugs & meows! 

Nikki Meow ✨💖😻

Pictures courtesy of Reyna & John 

Fajita picture courtesy of Google 😋

The FANtastic Horror Film Festival!


October is upon us and it’s that time of year to celebrate all the things that go bump in the night! Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! Of course, every day is Halloween in our spooky abode! Scary films, creepy creatures, ghoulish delights… Tons of Frights! Ok… that’s enough of that…😛 

We also LOVE horror films and so does my friend, JoAnn Thomas! She and her husband Mike love horror films so much that they created a film festival to celebrate the indie horror genre and the fiends that make those films so freaking awesome! For the 3rd year in a row, The FANtastic Horror Film Festival will be held in San Diego on Halloween weekend, October 28th, 29th, & 30th. They’ll be handing out awards in various categories, and what better way to showcase the amazing people who are keeping the indie horror scene at the forefront of cinema for today’s terror hungry maniacs! 

JoAnn was kind enough to take the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about the festival, some film and book recommendations, and even gave us a delicious recipe for us to savor! Enjoy! 

The lovely JoAnn Thomas 😊


MM: Greetings, JoAnn! Thank you for the interview for Mystic Meals! Ok… Let’s get started 😉What was the first horror film that you remember seeing and how did it have an impact on you?
JT: Back in the 1950’s I recall watching some scary sci-fi/horror movies but to be honest I do not remember more than a few scenes that terrified me back then.
MM: Do have any all-time favorite horror films? How about a top 5 favorite horror actor/actress?
JT: Although most of my favorite movies have a thread of horror in them, they are not actually horror movies. That being said, I would have to say that at this point my all-time favorite indie horror movie stars my favorite horror actor, Bill Oberst Jr. The original director’s cut of the film “Children of Sorrow” takes the #1 spot. Some of my other favorite horror movie actors/actresses include Tim Curry, Lynn Lowry, and some newer actresses on the scene who are coming into their own; Kristin WestSheri Davis, and Tiffany Fest
MM:  How did you and your husband/ co-founder of the FHFF, Mike Thomas come up with the concept and name “FANtastic Horror Film Festival“?
JT: The fest started as a casual comment at a very disorganized festival in the Los Angeles area, and if I hadn’t come back to San Diego and ran with it, that is where it would have stayed. Our experiences with screenings, fests, and conventions were varied and sometimes down-right disappointing. Making fans “hurry up and wait” sometimes hours after the film was scheduled to screen, did not create a fan-friendly atmosphere, quite the opposite.
So, the question became ~ what do filmmakers, producers, actors and actresses have in common with their fans? The answer, although, not obvious, was we are all FANS of the genre. Thus the name was selected, with our goal of treating everyone equally. We have had our challenges, but we are proud of our successes.
MM: This is the FHFF’s 3rd year! Congrats! How has running the festival changed things in your lives? What kind of gruesome bits and pieces can we expect from the fest this year?
JT: This year we are screening 12 Feature Films and 27 Short Films. Of those, we can boast 11 International Films from Austria, Canada, Great Britain, India, Italy, and Spain. We have a Seminar/Panel Discussion ~ Get Your Film Distributed! As well as, a fabulous Award Ceremony in store for our filmmakers. In 2014, the first year of our festival we ran into a plot twist that turned out to have become a tradition. We invite our filmmakers, and some of the other attendees to join us in presenting the awards to their colleague’s. It is always a last minute thing and everyone seems to enjoy it.
MM: Being so busy, what do you meows do to help yourselves relax and unwind? Do you like to read? Any book recommendations?
JT:  What does “relax and unwind” mean? 😛The Fest is a year around project and there is always something to do. Mike, however, goes to the movies to relax.

As far as reading is concerned I spend most of my time reading the screenplays that are submitted to the festival’s Screenplay Competition. My favorite writer is Stephen King. My favorite book of his is “The Stand”. There are a couple of writers that have caught my imagination in the past few years that might be of interest ~ Sue Dent , a self-published writer. Nathaniel Jones has a horror novel, “The Coin” available on Amazon.com; and Brian Bowyer, who’s books can be also be found on Amazon.com.
MM: I noticed that you and your husband often post pictures on Facebook of your lunches and dinners. Mostly salads! What are some of your favorite salads and dressings?
JT: Tuesday night is salad night in the Thomas household for the most part, except when Festival priorities come into play. I am a big fan of the 15-minute prep time that my salads take to make. Generally, I go to the market pick up whatever salad fixings that are on sale that day and that is where I start. I prefer to use leaf lettuce, red, green, or romaine which makes for a nice basic presentation and add tomatoes, and whatever colorful things I have in the frig, throw in a few staples I have on hand and “poof” ~ salad. We keep a variety of dressings on hand but I do not make my own.
MM: Are you both vegetarians? If so, when did you stop eating meat and why?
JT:  If I tried to take away Mike’s meat I doubt that I would be here talking about it. Neither he or I are vegetarians, although we do like vegetables a lot.
MM:  What are some of your favorite go to fruits and vegetables? Would you mind sharing a recipe with us?
JT:  I love berries of all kinds, as well as grapes. Veggies include cabbage, carrots, celery, snow peas, red and green peppers, generally speaking whatever is in season.

I really love stuffed cabbage but unfortunately I don’t get along well with boiling water so to satisfy my taste buds I came up with this recipe ~


Stuffed Cabbage Casserole 



1 pound of lean ground beef

1 medium Vidalia onion, coarsely chopped

Seasonings to taste, I use celery salt, garlic salt, and parsley If incline replace these seasonings with your favorite taco seasoning for a Mexican flair.

1 head of cabbage, chopped and then wilted in the microwave until it just starts to become translucent

1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with celery, onions, and green peppers (if you have the time you can make your own)

Drain the excess grease from the ground beef mixture and then combine the ground beef with the cabbage and diced tomatoes. Place in a 350o oven for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Top with 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce and shredded cheese ~ Cheddar or Colby-jack and return to the oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

If you want to give it a horror twist ~ use a meat cleaver to serve. 😉

MM:  That looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out! If you could have dinner with a horror icon, living or dead, who would it be?
JT:  Being an organizer of a horror film festival, I must say that I have had many opportunities to hang out with some very impressive horror icons, too many to count. May I also say, with some fantastic up-and-coming folks who will one day become icons in their own right!
If I had to choose, I would choose to have an intimate banquet with Lon Chaney, Jr. & Sr., Vincent Price, Stephen King. Mary Shelley, Elsa Sullivan Lanchester, Tim Curry, Lynn Lowry, Bill Oberst. Jr., and a few others.
MM:  That’s an impressive guest list! This next question’s for both you and Mike. If you could describe yourselves as a drink, entree and dessert, what would they be and why?
JT: For me it would have to be blueberry wine from either Michigan or New Jersey ~ colorful, tasty, and sweet; some homemade soup ~ chicken noodle or beef vegetable, makes me feel like being wrapped in a cozy blanket on a crisp fall day; and for dessert ~ homemade pineapple upside down cake like my grandmother used to make in a cast iron frying pan in the oven, with whipped cream.

Mike on the other hand would be a rip-your-face-off red wine to pair with a medium rare rib eye steak with corn and asparagus, followed by lemon sherbet. He has his reasons.

And of course, we’re left in suspense!!! Very sneaky, JoAnn & Mike… 😏 Be sure to check out the FHFF’s website for more information and purchasing tickets if you’re in the SoCal area! It’s going to be a frightfully fun filled weekend! Thank you meows for hanging with me! Until next time… Cheers, hugs & meows! 😻

Nikki Meow 😊✨

Scarousel Studios Gofundme Campaign! 


Happy Friday to you, dear meows! As some of you may know, I have started a fundraiser for my new business venture, Scarousel Studios! My boyfriend Jay and I both love anything horror related. Movies, music, cartoons, books, posters, clothing… You name it! He and I created a pilot years ago called Planet Houston, which is a horror comedy web series. That’s also where the title for this blog came from. I have a cooking segment on it that I think you’ll find quite interesting and hopefully, entertaining! If you watch the linked YouTube video, you’ll see what I mean… 😉 From that pilot spawned our podcast, The Phantom Zone Radio Show which has afforded us the opportunity to interview and become friends with some amazing celebrities from all corners of the entertainment industry. I hope you check out some of our shows and see or in this case, hear for yourselves! 😊

But our original idea was to create the ultimate production studio where we could combine all of the things we love about horror under one twisted umbrella. As in actually making films and helping our other friends and fellow creatures of the night do the same with their projects by providing actual studio and recording space in which to film and edit their work, as well as music videos and scores. 

In addition to that, we want to add a practical special effects department and an animation studio. We’ve got big visions and even greater ambition to make this happen! And that’s where YOU come in 😉


Now we feel is the right time to set this evil plan into motion and we could really use your help and support with it! If you can donate to the campaign, that would be great! We’ve got some pretty cool perks on there. But liking and sharing the post is just as helpful! You never know who’s going to see it and might want to help or knows someone who would! Check out and like the Facebook page for Scarousel Studios so you can find out more about what the fundraiser’s all about! I would love to connect and engage with you there 😀 Thanks for hanging with me and taking the time to read this blog post. I appreciate any help you can offer! Cheers, hugs & meows! 

Nikki Meow 💖✨

Artwork by Jay Luna