WORDS BY: MONICA GALLARDO
PHOTOS BY: JOSE DE CASTRO
Creepy clowns, Stephen King novels and vampires -- these are just a few things CSULB alumna Kathleen Fontilea talks about on her weekly radio show “The Dark Lady.”
As her show’s name suggests, Fontilea entertains listeners every Tuesday at 9 p.m. on KBeach 88.1 FM with facts and stories about the horror genre, accompanied with music like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” soundtrack.
“[The horror genre] has always been an interest of mine,” she said.
Fontilea was inspired to start this show after sitting in during a different KBeach radio broadcast, Fergie Rosales’ “Fergalicious Hour.” Fontilea then completed her radio training hours, learned how to use the soundboards, and she signed a contract with Kbeach earlier this year.
All she had to do was choose a subject to focus on.
“I had always wanted to join KBeach, but I was struggling,” Fontilea said. “I didn’t want to do a news show, and they already had an entertainment show, so I wanted to do something different.”
Thus, “The Dark Lady” was born. It was her love of the online game “World of Warcraft” that led her to that name.
“One of my favorite characters is Sylvanas Windrunner, and she’s pretty much this undead banshee queen,” Fontilea said. “One of her titles is ‘The Dark Lady,’ and I like that title.”
She also liked that “The Dark Lady” is a subject of William Shakespeare’s sonnets from 1609.
History is not only prevalent in the title of her show, but also in the subject matter. The self-proclaimed horror movie buff enjoys topics such as Sam Raimi’s 1981 film “The Evil Dead” and recently dedicated a show to Stephen King’s novels and film adaptations in honor of the author’s birthday.
Among her list of topics for the future is the origin of slasher films, a special on Clive Barker -- known for films such as 1987s “Hellraiser” -- and a special on 20th-century fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft.
“I’m really looking forward to the Lovecraft special because all those monsters are so cool,” Fontilea said.
In addition to her recent guest speaker Yvonne Conway Williams, a Wiccan who believes in the religion of Pagan Witchcraft, Fontilea hopes to invite paranormal investigators and ghost hunters on her show.
For an upcoming Halloween special, she plans to do a radio-theatre episode.
“I’m currently working on the script, and I’m trying to get some voice actors,” Fontilea said. “I’m going to try to do something special for Halloween definitely.”
With her enthusiasm and deep interest in the horror genre, the possibilities are endless for Fontilea.
“The horror genre is so broad,” she said. “I get inspired whenever I watch a movie or when I’m reading an article from Bloody Disgusting Magazine or iHorror.com, or any horror entertainment blogs.”
She hopes that her show will connect her to other horror enthusiasts and inspire anyone who is afraid of ghosts and ghouls to learn more about the genre.
“I want to encourage people to try watching horror movies, especially those who are too afraid to check it out,” she said. “It is a great genre, and it’s not just for Halloween anymore, like, there’s horror movies in December.”
She recommends taking small steps into the horror genre with dark comedies like “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn,” “Frankenhooker” or anything by Wes Craven.
As for the distant future, Fontilea is not sure of what she wants to do and prefers to live in the moment.
“If there was ever a major station that would want me to do a show on the subject matter that I do now, then I would totally do it, but I don’t know,” she said. “I enjoy it, so as long as I’m in the city I’m going to keep doing the show.”