As we recently reported, Chris Alexander removed controversial remarks made on his Facebook page that drew both support and disgust from the community. In the spirit of ensuring readers can evaluate the story for themselves we feel it is important to preserve Alexander’s comments.
Thanks to the work of an astute reader, we have the full transcript. Here they are, in full and exactly as they appeared to his large social media following:
> It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Oct 17, 2013 23:43:21 GMT.
> **A NOTE ABOUT THE BITTER FAILED NON-WRITER DAVE PACE AND HIS CONTINUING
> ATTACKS ON FANGORIA, TIM LUCAS, HORROR MOVIE MAGAZINES AN
> *October 17, 2013 at 10:37am
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> *A NOTE ABOUT THE BITTER FAILED NON-WRITER DAVE PACE AND HIS CONTINUING
> ATTACKS ON FANGORIA, TIM LUCAS, HORROR MOVIE MAGAZINES AND THE ILLUSTRIOUS
> BEN CORTMAN.
> By Chris Alexander
> A few years ago I gave a break to my friend’s struggling brother-in-law,
> name of Dave Pace. He wanted to be a writer and was working temp jobs and
> needed a hand. He asked for a blog, no pay, just a space where he could
> write about movies. I let him write whatever he wanted. 90% of his “column”
> was used to ingratiate himself into the folds of Canadian indie filmmakers
> -transparently -in the hopes he could eventually make his own movies.
> Everyone on staff at the time wanted him gone as even online, he needed
> MAJOR editing. And his facts were always erroneous. I fought to keep him
> around and groom him because I knew the guy needed a break and I felt
> responsible for him, even though I was accused of nepotism and felt
> conflicted about it. I tried to give him opportunities, hoped it would work
> out, appreciated his enthusiasm, let him use the FANGORIA name to promote
> his local attempts – to make himself a star or something and felt bad when
> every attempt fell flat on its face. A failed screening series. A failed
> live blog. A failed convention appearance. When I imagined starting my own
> side-mag offshoot of FANGO called FANTASMA, I even asked Dave if he could
> run the website. I wanted him to succeed.
> I also watched him follow around the now disgraced Lianne Spiderbaby –
> another person I gave a break to years ago – like a puppy, in the vague
> hopes I suppose that he’d get to hang with her then-boyfriend. I secretly
> laughed at his melodramatic rhapsodies about her “work” and promotions of a
> book she hadn’t even released. Whatever Kool-aid that girl brewed, Dave
> Pace guzzled every drop.
> When her drama hit us all – and was most profoundly felt by the people who
> printed her work, something the trolls fail to realize – this guy Pace saw
> his chance, losing his mind and launching an all out war against Lianne and
> those who “harbored” this “criminal”, trying to ride a micro-scandal into
> fame for himself. This was his big chance! Turns out he was festering like
> an open sore for years because he wasn’t getting paid (his own choice) and
> he was livid because she had received a few duckets now and then in print
> (full disclosure: Lianne Spiderbaby wrote for almost two years FOR
> FREE…her choice and something that Pace of course has no idea about
> because HE HAS NEVER WORKED FOR A MAGAZINE BEFORE).
> I’d laugh if it wasn’t so sad.
> Attempts to position himself as a messiah for a new kind of “genre
> journalism” fell flat, including clumsy attempts to use this to ingratiate
> himself into what he thought would be the only outlet that MIGHT hire him
> (and thus far, has not), RUE MORGUE and he went back to his cave.
> But apparently he has emerged anew with a blog poised to again “bring
> down” what he fancies is “corruption” in the “monster magazine universe”.
> Again, let’s bite our lips to hold back the guffaws. The monster magazine
> universe! Now, remember, this guy wrote a free blog on the FANGORIA
> website. He never wrote for the magazine, though he endlessly promised me
> assignments that he never, ever delivered. This guy eventually piddled out
> a piece a few months ago- before he went Kurtz – and it was absolutely
> unprintable. Just a jumble of words and thoughts and woeful
> self-indulgence. But, I managed to squeeze 2 pages out of it -heavily
> edited and re-written (an interview with Joe Bishara in FANGORIA #326),
> paid him his money and thanked him.
> But the thanks was peppered with the hard truth that no matter what he
> fancies is insight into “media”, he has never been – and likely never will
> be – a writer nor has he ever been employed as such.Though he comically
> rails against Lianne the plagiarist sneaking through the cracks and getting
> published in major niche magazines, the truth is – and he KNOWS this – that
> his own sporadic blog, the one that he used to bill himself as “FANGORIA’s
> Dave Pace” was edited within inches of its life, leaving his own byline
> questionable. The man’s postage stamp of fame was forged in charity, plain
> and simple.
> He is a sour, dour embarrassingly naive individual who – after I cited him
> as such publicly – is now on a very bitter public trail to try to “bring me
> down” – along with poor Tim Lucas, a real writer and independent business
> man who ended up in Dave Pace’s line of pathetic fire – and all who dared
> shake their heads at the way the trolls handled the “Spiderbaby Situation”.
> So now, here comes Dave Pace, his tired self staying up late penning a
> blog about how I use pseudonyms when I write.
> The first handle he tries to “out” me for is “SCHIZOID CINEPHILE”.
> Again…way to go and be “informed” Dave. I WAS the Cinephile for 7 years
> in Rue Morgue. It was my column. A modicum of research or insight would
> have revealed this.
> Second, he tries to “reveal” that I am also Ben Cortman. Hilarious. Almost
> everyone of my loyal readers, who have been reading me in print for a
> decade know that I am Ben Cortman and I have said in interviews often that
> I became Cortman when I was a publicist at Warner Bros. and writing on the
> side. My first assignment was THE OMEGA MAN DVD and I thought it was
> hilarious that I could be Robert Neville’s nemesis and no one at the WB
> would know. I use – LIKE EVERY SINGLE PROLIFIC JOURNO – pseudonyms when my
> own byline is already saturating an issue and I want to mix it up. Or when
> i want to adopt a different style for fun. Or when I discuss a title that I
> am too close to.
> It is no secret.I am proud and amused by Cortman as I AM LEGEND is my
> favorite novel. I am also Janos Skorzeny, Mokey Bone and others. On
> occasion I am also DR. CYCLOPS.
> And here is Dave Pace, wasting his life and time yet again, self
> indulgently grinding his axe and writing an entire blog about the “mystery
> of Ben Cortman” and launching an inept investigation into something people
> who would care, already know.
> See, in an issue last year, I inserted a 400 word preview piece on my
> indie film BLOOD FOR IRINA – that I made outside of FANGORIA with FANGO
> photog David Goodfellow – in our Monster Invasion section and because I
> didn’t want to write it first person, I used Cortman.
> There was no shame in this only pride – put my little film in there in a
> quickie throwaway piece, especially considering it was to be a wide release
> and was in festival rotation and I had Cortman interview me because it was
> So the question is, why does a failed (and often unprintable) wannabe
> writer keep trying to attack hard working professional people -myself
> included – who write and run horror entertainment magazines for a living
> and who are successful doing so? The reason? Because he is not successful.
> And sadly, never will be. And what I used to pity about this individual has
> now mutated into a cancer. Bitterness and failure tends to do this to
> Normally I would follow my own good sense and let this go, to not give
> this unsavory individual the ink he craves.
> But…no one has ever loved me for my good sense.
> Perhaps Mr. Pace fails to grasp that the very core of his manifesto itself
> is corrupt. His 14.5 minutes of interweb fame was built on a favor, on the
> very “privilege” he claims to abhor.
> Ben and I are aghast…
I add only 2 things to all of this.
1. More than 12 hours before this was posted we had requested Chris Alexander’s comment on the identity of Ben Cortman. No response was forthcoming from Alexander.
2. To spend over a dozen paragraphs enumerating my various failings and character flaws, true or untrue, seems perverse when the final paragraphs are an admission that everything I had accused him of was true. He was Ben Cortman, he did write about his own film in his own magazine under an assumed name.
He even admitted what I didn’t accuse him of – that he uses the Ben Cortman name when he wants to “discuss a title I’m too close to”. In other words, he is aware he uses the name inappropriately and to promote work he is admittedly not able to be objective about.