Leigh Wartooth is a community (dis)organizer, anti-musician, horror film proselytizer and occasional oracle who enjoys drinking tea and smashing the patriarchy. She is finishing up a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of Dismal Voyage, a zine dedicated to the dark and macabre parts of our world. Issue One will be available late summer and plans for Issue Two are well under way. Stay spooky.

Leigh Wartooth is a community (dis)organizer, anti-musician, horror film proselytizer and occasional oracle who enjoys drinking tea and smashing the patriarchy. She is finishing up a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of Dismal Voyage, a zine dedicated to the dark and macabre parts of our world. Issue One will be available late summer and plans for Issue Two are well under way. Stay spooky.

FemFest

We're in our third year of FemFest planning now and every year it seems to get easier. We're all really passionate about what we do and it's nice to feel the support from the community. We've learned how to develop organically and have had the opportunity to connect with other groups who are also working toward social change. This city is packed with talented and passionate people. As a queer woman with native heritage, I'm proud to be a part of it all.

O'Reilly's Pub

O'Reilly's has been one of the cornerstones of my social life for nearly 15 years. The staff are some of the loveliest people I have ever known and every time I walk in it's like coming home. I've met people there who ended up becoming great friends. I even celebrated part of my wedding reception there. On top of all that, the beer is always cold and they have the best burgers in Columbus.

VHS

I'm a product of the early '80s and nothing is as purely '80s as a VHS collection and a top-loader VCR. Everything from the weight of a tape in my hand to the weird, hot-electronics smell of a rewinding tape is dear to me. There is so much out there that won't make it to DVD or Blu-ray for one reason or another, and as far as I'm concerned there's something extra cool about having an unnecessarily large collection of VHS horror and vintage porn tapes.

True Crime

I think I first read "Helter Skelter" when I was in 6th or 7th grade. It sparked some kind of fascination that has ebbed and flowed but always been present. I think there's something to be said for the huge variety of people captivated by this stuff. Once you get past the sensationalism and titillation, there's really a lot to unpack sociologically and psychologically. I've read almost every true crime book I could get my hands on for the past 20-something years, so I've started listening to true crime podcasts. They vary in quality but I highly recommend "Last Podcast on the Left," "Sword and Scale" and "My Favorite Murder" if you're into that kind of thing.

Creating

It's taken a long time for me to realize that I always need a creative outlet of some kind. Only in the past few years have I had the courage and confidence to not question that need or what comes out of it. Writing, drawing, screaming nonsense into a microphone, making zines - it's all part of my honest self-acceptance and the freedom that comes with that.