At The Deadbeat Critics, your voice is yours. We will edit the hell out of your grammar and punctuation if needed, but we will treat your opinion with the same hands-off approach we take in our own lives. That means our site has no prevailing style. We have a short formatting guide that all new writers will receive, but other than that, write until your fingers bleed and your laptop keys are tiny square craters. We want you to unleash your opinions and not feel the least bit bad about it. We want real criticism that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
The brainchild of film critic Hayden Mears and cinephile Nathan Ellis, The Deadbeat Critics is passionate rambling masquerading as an entertainment website, the result of many evenings spent analyzing popular culture. We want our reviews to read like transcriptions of our living room conversations and bite like the remarks of a lovingly critical friend. We want thoughtful discussions, strong arguments, and solid reasoning. Ultimately, the site aims to honor the lazy pop culture sponge in all of us. It also exists so that smart-asses like us can be deviants sequestered from society and free from the people demanding we be “decent” and “well-mannered.”
This is an independently owned, privately run media company that values journalistic integrity and abhors the idea of trading honesty for clicks. We will never hide our dislike for something, but we also will tell you if we think something is outstanding. Our news articles are informative and written by people with extensive industry experience. Our editorials are irreverent, opinion-filled, and written by people who really need day jobs.
To pitch an article, join our staff, contribute frequently, or remind us that we’re sad sacks of shit, email Hayden Mears at email@example.com with relevant writing samples, a brief bio, and a paragraph detailing what you want out of this experience.
A fast food vacuum first and a functioning human second (if at all), Hayden can usually be found rolling in a pile of cold nachos and drinking warm PBR from a waterskin while nursing a violent hangover. If you thought that sounded unappealing, just wait until you hear what he does when he’s not working. Somehow, he has contributed to CBR, PopMatters, WeGotThisCovered, Starburst Magazine, and nearly a dozen other publications and he still sucks. In addition to managing The Deadbeat Critics, he also covers news for CinemaBlend and The Playlist.
Gaming’s been a huge part of his life for as long as he can remember. If he’s not busy dying in Darkest Dungeon or replaying Silent Hill 2 for the umpteenth time, he’s usually found with either his head in a book or his eyes glued watching a horror flick. Oh, and he really has an unhealthy obsession with xenomorphs. It’s not creepy at all, honest!
Gaming Features Editor
Glitch mother, saint, and lover. Living in a meme-age daydream. Games writer extraordinaire and your pal!