Born out of the flat lands of the Texas Panhandle flanked by the shit-laden winds carried from local feed yards and a desperate blend of Bible Belt sensibilities, stubborn Republican affections and a pervasive white homogeneity and, yet, cannot help but call it home...at least for now...
Blake graduated with degrees in British history from The University of Texas at Arlington & Texas Tech University. He currently works for Playa Design Studio in Amarillo, Texas, but can boast a variety of work experiences: rental property maintenance, Barnes & Noble bookseller, interim college minister and even a warehouse manager for a Belgian toy company. In his free time during the last 10+ years, he has developed his writing style and focused in on the subject that allows the words to flow most freely: horror. Occasionally, he also writes on music, life and TV shows. If reading him is just not enough--and, for most, it usually is--he also co-hosts on two podcasts: The Body | The Blood (exploration of the sacrament of horror) & Impossible to Say (a new music podcast that sometimes features talk of faith and beer). Somehow his vocals reside in a realm of ambiguity between "sultry Texas accent" and no accent at all. The struggle is real, folks.
He still resides in the small college town of Canyon, TX where he somehow conceals his moderate political beliefs, high church affection and low key pacifism (or nonviolence, if you prefer). Also, he has a cat named Ripley who will protect us all from the coming onslaught of Xenomorphs and Face Huggers.
Some Words About Me:
Blake Ian’s pen is a Gatling gun of truth that spews bullets of realism into the loins of sarcasm, fantasy, and hyperbole. And his critical perspectives on horror and suspense are, not only a welcome refresh to a stagnant field of jaded film writers, but a necessary correction to years of oversight and negligence in properly decoding and identifying specific evangelical themes buried one foot deep into some of the genre’s finest cinematic achievements.
Blake’s sickening knowledge of scripture and slasher, gospel and gore, Calvin and Craven, put him in a sphere that few dare to go, but many desperately should.
--Jeff Wyrick, host & producer of The Smell of Music podcast, former writer of Son of Byford
Blake and I have collaborated on many endeavors, leading a reviewer of our most recent collaboration, Impossible to Say, to suggest we sound like an old married couple. This is not an entirely incorrect analogy, but I wish to add one caveat: Blake is old and I am not. Given his age, Blake is a cornucopia of knowledge about old people music like soul, classic rock, and terrible pop country. Despite his predilection for these older genres, Blake has managed to round out his musical knowledge (with some help from me, of course) and can talk or write, for a long time, about any type of music and, more impressively, he almost always has something important to add to the conversation. A passionate hip-hop fan and lover of Train in one body, Blake Ian Collier is truly an enigma…an old one.
--Carl Laamanen, host & producer of Impossible to Say podcast, contributor to Mockingbird
It's impossible for me to say enough words about Blake "The Make" Collier. Like a mockingbird calling out to me in the dark night, he was the one who invited me to be a part of The 5ive Blog. Being a part of that project allowed me to provide body and blood to my snark. For that, and for the role he has played in expanding my taste and smell for music, I can almost recommend his writing to you. His is a voice that you can never quite get out of your mind. The depth of his knowledge and admiration of the horror genre is frightening. Also hip hop. I should probably say something about his relationship to hip hop.
--Jeremy Doan, writer at The 5ive Blog
For a guy cloaked behind the mists of anonymity known as the internet, Blake has deeply impacted my life and writing. Whether his influence has been beneficial or not is another story. With his persuasive push he encouraged me to return to writing to explore, in conversation, a deeply depressing album. That's the kind of dude Blake is, one that knows how to bring you down and deflate your happiness. It is probably why he enjoys horror so much because in the blood, guts and violence of the genre, we are made to face the worst of who we are. And Blake is the worst of the worst.
--Matthew Linder, writer at The 5ive Blog