may have noticed less of my byline around here lately. Unfortunately for those of you who thought I was finally gone, that’s about to change – I’m back! I spent the last two weeks in Los Angeles and, believe it or not, Albuquerque New Mexico, where I was doing some vital content gathering. What can you expect from me in the next few days? Look for me to be unleashing:

A visit to the set of Beerfest, the new film from the Broken Lizard guys;
An exclusive, incendiary interview with Henry Rollins. I haven’t transcribed it yet, but we talked for the better part of an hour, so it might be multi-part;
An exclusive interview with James Gunn, the director of Slither, and coverage of the Los Angeles press day;
Exclusive interviews with the writers, director and Samaire Armstrong from the video game movie Stay Alive;
A visit to the Newark Airport location shoot of Paul Greengrass’ United 93;
An interview with the Beastie Boys about their new concert film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That;
An exclusive interview with Rian Johnson, whose film Brick won a Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at Sundance;
An exclusive interview with WETA’s Richard Taylor

Also look for me to be unleashing some reviews, including DVD reviews for Dog Day Afternoon, Battlestar Galactica, and more – I’m hoping to start focusing on reviewing more underground and exploitation DVDs in the months ahead.

There’s a lot more coming up, too. THUD isn’t dead, but it could use your help – if you’re interested in getting in on a relaunch of THUD, which is going to be bloggier, drop me an email at The Shout at the Devil letter column will be appearing this week as well, and if the people demand it, we could soon see the return of The Prognosticator (did you even notice it was gone?).

So thanks to Dave Davis, George Merchan, Eileen and Nick for keeping things going perfectly while I was drinking at the Slither premiere afterparty with Elizabeth Banks and Eli Roth (this job is hell, I tell ya). What’s cool about CHUD isn’t that it’s any one voice but a whole bunch of voices together.

And thanks to you guys for reading, something I don’t say enough. This stuff is all fun, but it’s nowhere near as much fun if you weren’t reading it. And it’s even more fun when you’re responding to it, so please feel free to drop me a line with your opinion – even if I don’t get a chance to reply I read every single one, and appreciate them. Except for that guy who keeps emailing me suggestions on how to kill myself. I can figure that out for myself, thanks.