by Lorie Lewis Ham
What better way to celebrate Halloween than to interview the Valley’s queen of horror, The Homicidal Homemaker Kaci Hansen from Visalia! We chatted with her about her new TV show and more! Kaci is also the founder of the Central Valley Horror Club.
KRL: What is the Homicidal Homemaker?
Kaci: The Homicidal Homemaker is “where home economics meets horror!” I started my website a few years ago, and show other people how to combine their love of the horror genre with other aspects of their life, primarily in the kitchen and through DIY projects.
KRL: When does the cooking show start airing?
Kaci: The cooking show will begin airing later this fall.
KRL: Where can people see it?
KRL: What will we be seeing on the show?
Kaci: You can expect to see completely new recipes, as well as some more in-depth tutorials of my most popular recipes from my website, with a few DIY projects and tutorials thrown in. I also plan to have some special guests joining me in the kitchen in the future.
KRL: Will there be actual recipes?
Kaci: Yes, the recipes will be summarized in the video, with the full recipe available on the website.
KRL: How did you come up with the idea for this?
Kaci: I love horror films, and I love cooking and baking, so naturally, the two eventually collided. I began posting photos of some of my creations online, and friends began asking how I made them, so the idea of the website was born.
KRL: How did it come about that it would be a show?
Kaci: When I first brainstormed the idea for the website about six years ago, I wasn’t sure if anyone would even be interested in the idea of horror-themed recipes. I waited a couple of years to launch the site, and almost instantly, I had a growing fanbase. I create and photograph all of the recipes myself, and sometimes it is a little hard to photograph the recipes that are a bit more complex or have a lot of steps. I knew that those recipes would be better suited for video tutorials, and after a few years, I found the perfect crew to get the ball rolling with the cooking show.
KRL: What is involved in planning and producing an episode?
Kaci: It all begins with recipe development, and then working with my producer and crew to properly plan and execute the shots for all of the steps. It is a lot of work, but we all have so much fun working on the show that it doesn’t even seem like work.
KRL: I know you have been involved in horror-related things for awhile—what all have you been involved with?
Kaci: I founded Central Valley Horror Club in 2008, and began hosting free monthly horror movie meetups, in hopes of uniting other local horror movie fans. I also founded and host the Visalia Zombie Ball & Crawl, which was the first zombie-themed event in all of Central CA, [and] is the longest-running, and only, all-ages zombie event in the Valley. I’ve also acted in horror films, was the hostess of a horror-themed comic book, and also was a finalist in Fangoria Magazine’s Spooksmodel contest. All of the things that I am in involved with definitely keep me busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve met so many awesome people and made so many friends through Central Valley Horror Club.
KRL: Any special things coming up for Halloween?
Kaci: This year, I’m trying to keep my options for Halloween night open. Every October I am involved with so many events, that I am quite exhausted by the time Halloween comes around. I am involved with a few other events taking place this month, but aside from those, I am keeping busy working on my show.
KRL: When did your love of horror first begin?
Kaci: It began at a young age, but in all honesty, I hated horror films when I was very young. My parents were huge fans, and I remember covering my eyes and being legitimately terrified of what I was seeing (or hearing) on the television. I remember my parents telling me that it wasn’t real, and I believe that is what initially provoked my interest in the genre. If something wasn’t real, then how did it look so real? How was something fake, scaring me that much? I wanted to know all about what went in to those films, and the love of the genre was born.
KRL: Website, Facebook, Twitter?
Thanks for joining us for our Halloween issue & we will keep watching for the show!
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