Some say Derek was born 30-40 years too late. Some say he spends too much time watching classic monster and science fiction movie trailers on YouTube. And some just want him to take off his luchador mask and stop talking about fighting vampires. Since 2013, Derek has been producing Monster Kid Radio, a weekly podcast devoted to the classic, and sometimes not-so-classic, genre cinema of yesteryear. After nearly 300 episodes of Monster Kid Radio, Derek has interviewed classic monster icons like Julie Adams and scions like Victoria Price and Sara Karloff, horror hosts like Dr. Gangrene, and indie filmmakers like Christopher R. Mihm. Derek loves his classic monster movies so much that in 2016, he launched MonsterKidWriter.com as his home for all his writing in the classic and retro monster vein. As he says in the introduction his upcoming Fifty Shades of Monster Movies, as far as he’s concerned, vampires, aliens, mutants, mad scientists, and monsters of all kinds all look better in black and white. (Unless they’re in a movie by Hammer Films . . . or American International . . . or Toho . . . or Universal . . . or . . . )