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Ryan Bradford

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

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The Floating Library

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, News

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. more

Seen Local

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Tammy Greenwood is a novelist and educator. more

People of the Year

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

Well, That Was Awkward

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. more

The Spotlight

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. more

Well, That Was Awkward

Good news fellow depressives: Lucero is sad again! more

The Spotlight

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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. 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. more

Well, That Was Awkward

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

Best of San Diego

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Kevin McAllister pizza? Tom Waits’ favorite slice? The best spots for everybody’s favorite food more

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I’m usually not a proud man. I think pride is mostly a garbage virtue. However—and it kills me to say this—I may have been wrong about Del Taco. So, so wrong. more

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I still love and defend Interpol. In my mind, they are the first truly post-9/11 group who epitomizes an era of confusion, dread and sad romance. more

The Spotlight

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The promise of a helicopter ride does strange things to a person like me. more

Well, That Was Awkward

I love Eleanor Friedberger’s solo stuff. It feels timeless, like Beach Boys pop with a little goth and Fiery Furnaces experimentation peppered in. more

The Spotlight

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“In the future,” Binder recalls the doctor saying, “people will have to work harder to make themselves indispensible.” Out of this warped bootstrap view of the world, The Absolved was born. more

, Fall Arts

I have a theory that a place is defined by its horror stories. What is a house without a ghost? What is a structure that isn’t inhabited by death, ghosts and the things that we fear? It’s just that: a structure without history. A big empty. more

Well, That Was Awkward

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This year KAABOO is... very decent. more

The Spotlight

It’s been a hell of a summer, and it’s charred my once-benign outlook. And I’ve decided to have enemies now. more

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When I was in sixth grade, there were few things more terrifying to me than Marilyn Manson. more

The Spotlight

A couple weeks ago, I received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for the writing I do in this fine publication. To be more specific, I won the Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award, which is a hilariously-named award for humor writing. more

Well, That Was Awkward