As of January 2020: The Dead Head Reviews Admin Team includes Patrick McDonough, Elle Turpitt, and Ellen Avigliano. Dead Head Reviews Admins manage content submissions, site maintenance, social media marketing, public relations, and community outreach. They ensure that all content posted to the site/social media aligns with the Dead Head Reviews Mission Statement.


Dead Head Reviews was founded by Garrett Witt in July 2019.

Garrett had been following the review community for a year, before deciding that he wanted to take a crack at helping spread the word about amazing books. He began with the books he was reading at the time, and eventually started receiving offers to review more! It rapidly grew and grew, and so The Mysterious Dead Head helped create the original iteration and content for Dead Head Reviews.

In mid-August 2019, the Team began to grow with the addition of Elle Turpitt. It was not long after that Garrett partnered with writer Patrick R. McDonough, who currently co-pilots the blog’s operations. In September 2019, Becca Futrell joined the Team as a contributor. The spookiest month, October, rolled in festively, and with it came another new contributor– Brennan LaFaro. In November 2019, Jason Cavallaro was added to the team, and was deemed Dead Head’s first (and currently only) Splatterpunk Specialist! December 2019 rounded out a successful 6 month start, and the Dead Head crew was blessed with two more contributors–Regi Caldart and Ellen Avigliano– making Dead Head Reviews a diverse and go-to platform within the horror community.

The first week of January 2020 kicked off with beloved author, Laurel Hightower, joining as a Guest Contributor! A few days later, Aiden Merchant joined the team as a contributor.

As if January wasn’t exciting enough for the growth of Dead Head Reviews, Kevin “Well Read Beard” Whitten – YouTube book reviewer – joined the team. Shortly thereafter, author Stephanie “Sterp” Evelyn jumped in with both feet as our second guest contributor! To wrap up the month, Elle and Aiden took on the role as Copy Editor on top of contributing reviews, and Ellen became the third Copy Editor and sole Layout Artist, on top of contributing reviews.

Who would have thought a small group of strangers would become such good friends who eventually became like family? What once began as a small passion project has grown into something bigger, better, and brighter than we could have ever imagined.

We welcome you all with open arms to our cozy Haunted House, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next spooky chapter in the story of Dead Head Reviews!


“Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book.
Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.”

R.L. Stine

“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”

Clive Barker

“Sometimes we gotta be brave even when we’re scared. We gotta not let being scared keep us from thinkin’ straight.”

Poppy Z. Brite
Young female victim in white dress in the misty forest. Photo in horror style, mystery

Let’s write the next chapter.

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