It is with great sadness that we must announce that our publication will be coming to an end. As advertising has not caught up to the costs of production we have come to the conclusion that we must close our doors. As the publisher I have only a small pension and a monthly Social Security check to survive on, and I feel that out-of-pocket expenses for the magazine is no longer viable.
There will be no void, however, because this gives me a chance to complete two other books that I am writing and I am deeply involved in oil painting. I also wish to travel and I am researching my family history (possibly for another book in the future) and I wish to visit Scotland, the home of my father.
Science is another interest of mine, and I have joined the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. I plan to look up at the stars more often now rather than leaning over my computer. Astronomy has always been a great love of mine and I have pushed it hard in articles for the magazine. I am also planning on building two model railway layouts and working on my photography and painting. Fishing trips with my son is also on the agenda, as well as spending more time with my granddaughter, daughter, and my wife. My days will be full indeed.
I will miss all the friends that I have made with this publication as it rose from being The Eerie Digest to become The Arts and Entertainment Magazine. It was always a surprise to learn how many people knew of both names so, that in the end, I have used both for the headline logo. It won’t be a cut-and-run situation, though, as I intend to keep the magazine in a suspended state for the next year so that all those that contributed their time and efforts towards it can point to it with pride. There have been so many great writers that have placed their work with us, and many great celebrities, entertainers, musicians, artists, and members of the scientific community that we have interviewed over the years that, leaving the magazine open, will afford much to read for those wishing to see it.
The central theme of my magazine was to be a learning tool for students and those seeking careers in the fields that our publication explored. We’ve written articles and interviews pointing out the pitfalls and successes that many of those we have featured had offered for our readership so that they, too, could benefit from those experiences.
So this is the end….or maybe the beginning. I have always tried to be positive about life. It is why I have designed the magazine as such. I always wanted to give other writers and students of the arts a place to learn from……….and dream their own dreams of the careers that they are reaching for.
Joseph J. O’Donnell, Publisher
Joseph O’Donnell IV, Photographer
The Eerie Digest/ The Arts and Entertainment Magazine