Ryan Bradford

Ryan Bradford lives and writes in San Diego. He is the author of Horror Business.

Ryan Bradford is a writer. The problem, he says, is that these days, most writing gigs are for websites that call stories “content,” and search-engine optimization—not creativity, or even quality—is the goal. Read more

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Extreme Herman Melville voice: Call me Ryan. Read more

Staycation Issue


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My grandpa dies a couple days before Christmas. He was 92 years old. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


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After fronting Chicago’s seminal cult ska band Slapstick in the ’90s, Kelly moved on to sing and play bass in his best-known project, The Lawrence Arms. Read more

The Spotlight


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A google search of Pitbull (aka Mr. Worldwide [or as my editor mistakenly referred to him: “Mr. Everywhere”]) reveals he’s either a really big rapper or an adorable hound. Read more

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There are right opinions and there are wrong opinions and what I’m about to say is, objectively, a wrong opinion: Hot Snakes are better than Drive Like Jehu. Read more

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When I was recently scammed out of $30 from an internet con artist named “Amanda Cesario,” I wanted blood. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward

Curses! Foiled again! All I wanted this year was to get that pesky gas tax repealed. And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling liberals! Read more

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Missing Persons are creepy and I love it. Now, they’re not creepy in any traditional sense, but in a Lynchian way. Read more

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Gift option #5: An offer to be confrontational on the phone Read more

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For the past decade, Tristan Shone's been creating the soundtrack to a long industrial nightmare under the moniker Author & Punisher. Read more

Music Feature

Fucked Up always been an album band, and a great one at that. Read more

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Tammy Greenwood is a novelist and educator. Read more

People of the Year


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Nichole MacDonald is an entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Sash. Read more

People of the Year


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Bring a dish to share. These are the words that will cause my death. Death by potluck. The end of me will be heralded by smiling faces eager to give me exquisitely prepared food. Read more

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Anka is one of those guys whose voice has been so er... instrumental in music, that even if you don’t know him, you know him. Read more

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Ryan Andrews offers to give me a ghost tour of the Gaslamp bar, Prohibition. It’s the weekend before Halloween, and while I’m not a man with a lot of hard-and-fast rules, “never pass up an opportunity to do ghost-y shit” is one of them. Read more

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Good news fellow depressives: Lucero is sad again! Read more

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Club Sabbat turned 20 this year and if it’s continuing popularity is any indication, goth nights are having a bit of a, eh, resurrection in San Diego. Read more

Music Feature

This is my fifth year of curating CityBeat’s 24-hour horror marathon, so this year I’ve decided to pull out all the stops with a bunch of relentless picks. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


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Authentic Mexican goods? Solana Beach superstores? The best boutiques from North Park to North County Read more

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