Ken Hart (ken_of_ghastria) wrote,
Ken Hart

Who the heck are you? What's the "Ghastria" thing?

To brief any newcomers and to satisfy my raging monomania, here's the Quickie Ken Recap:
  • The Ghastria name: I'm a huge fan of the Ravenloft gothic horror setting for Dungeons & Dragons, and Ghastria is a small island domain ruled by a guy who's a combination of the Marquis de Sade and Dorian Gray. Cool! For years on many D&D/RPG message boards, I've used the nom de geek "Ken of Ghastria," so when I chose to start blogging (exactly one year and one day ago), I chose that identity as my new username. Had I realized that it would become part of my blog's somewhat awkward URL, I might have gone a different route, but c'est la vie.
  • The Melrose Place Recaps: Back in the mid- to late 1990s, I had a shockingly well-trafficked website devoted to the great, campy Melrose Place series, where I posted lengthy tongue-in-cheek recaps of the previous episodes. Lots of people loved them, and I ended up getting fan mail from across the U.S. and from Italy, Japan, Australia, and England.
         Then in late August 1997 (coincidentally the same week I met future wife Judy), I received a rude "cease and desist" order from the show's producer, Spelling Entertainment, claiming that I was infringing on trademarked property. Me in Time Magazine, 1997Their chief legal counsel wasn't nice when we spoke on the phone, and while I'm normally an easygoing guy, nobody puts Baby in a corner.
         I realized this was crap (I had no photos or other "intellectual property" on the site), so I pulled on some media contacts I had made, and one month later, my plight and my photo got a sympathetic treatment in Time Magazine. My site's traffic surged so much that I had to switch to a bigger provider, Spelling quietly backed off, and I parlayed my 15 minutes of fame into a couple of other media appearances, culminating with a request to provide my "expert" commentary on the series finale, broadcast live online by the producers of VH-1's Pop-Up Videos. Wacky! And yes, I still love Melrose Place.
  • What I'm Doing Now (2010 update): By day, I'm a marketing writer. By night, I'm a pop culture fanatic, TV addict, gamer, and freelance RPG editor/writer. After taking a couple of years off to be a dad, I'm slowly getting back in the groove, playing some D&D and board games again. And although it's now off the air, 24 was nicely sliced by my Melrosian satirical knives on this blog. Click the tag "24" for the entries.
Now back to the present!

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