It is with profound regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the 3rd annual The Horror Show with Brian Keene telethon, which was scheduled to take place at Dark Delicacies in September.
Listeners to the show know that co-host and engineer Dave Thomas has been experiencing some health problems. I am not going to share the private details of what has been occurring, but while Dave’s condition so far hasn’t greatly impacted his abilities to participate on the weekly program, his doctors this week have strongly advised against doing the telethon, given what is required for it. He can’t travel to California. And doing it here on the East Coast isn’t an option either because — to be blunt — staying awake and energized for 24 hours will kill him.
As a team, we’ve been working behind the scenes for months to mitigate some of these ongoing circumstances (Dave has been teaching Matt the soundboard, I’ve been pre-recording material, etc.). We’d fully intended on being able to do another telethon, but unfortunately, things have gotten to this point much faster than any of us, including Dave or medical staff, anticipated.
Our first telethon raised $10,000 in 24 hours for the Scares That Care 501c charity. Our second telethon raised $20,000 in 24 hours, again for the Scares That Care 501c charity. This year, we had intended to go for $30,000 and bring in a second charity as a beneficiary, in addition to Scares That Care. In speaking to the Board of Directors for Scares That Care, as well as the representatives of the second charity — all were in agreement that DAVE’S HEALTH COMES FIRST.
I have no doubt that there will be some among you who question whether or not it can really be that physically taxing — sitting behind a microphone for twenty-four hours. Yes, it is. It is both physically and mentally taxing, and I’m not going to let my co-host die in the process.
If Dave’s health fortunes change, I will absolutely reschedule this for early-2020. But as it stands right now, he simply can’t do it, and we simply won’t do it without him.
On behalf of Dave, Mary, Matt, Phoebe, Lombardo, Dungeonmaster 77.1, Other Brian Smith, and myself, we appreciate your understanding in this matter, and we also ask that you respect Dave’s privacy during this ongoing situation.
— Brian Keene