Community Connection: Cory Jezierski and the Twin Ports Horror Society
The world is a big place and if you want to find a community, you can find it. However, the anonymity of the internet can sometimes breed bad manners. “Let's face it, it's not always fun to talk to people on the internet,” says Cory Jezierski who started the Twin Ports Horror Society as a local Facebook group almost six years ago. “I felt... if people were just talking to people locally... maybe they'll be able to settle down and be a bit more polite.” And it all worked out. Jezierski found a large group of local folks that were interested in the same "weird things" as he was.
After existing exclusively on-line for some time, the group began hosting get-togethers for the purposes of attending local haunted walks, houses, hayrides, etc. This year, the group also hosted their 2nd annual Ghoulish Gala. “You can't have a horror society and not have a Halloween party," says Jezierski of the private event.
For someone so enveloped in the horror world, is it still easy to get scared at "haunted" events? "I think because I've done so many of them that sometimes I'm going through and I can kind of pick up on 'oh, that's definitely a red herring, they want me to look there, but the scares going to be over here'... but that doesn't mean I'm exempt from somebody catching me off guard as well," says Jezierski. "You don't always know what's coming next, so it's still fun."