In 2006, The Successor dreamed to build, what in his mind, was the ultimate Castlevania website. The Successor enjoyed surfing the internet for Castlevania content, but most sites left him desiring more. There was often a lack of a certain personal intimacy to the content. Castlevania video games always opened his mind more than most other games. For as outwardly simple as many were, they often made him deeply ponder about things, like the characters, story, environments, enemies, and even music compositions. The content he found simply wasn't deep enough to quell his hunger.
Since no one was writing content like that for Castlevania, The Successor set out to do it himself. It was a vast undertaking, but it soon developed into an experience he would never forget. Rigorous training and research in HTML/XHTML, CSS, Flash, Photoshop, content management systems, forum software, and online marketing allowed him to mold all the creative ideas that were swimming in his head into a tangible display for the world to see, and that is the Chapel of Resonance.
The Successor is a pillar in the Castlevania fanbase, entertaining fans with ponderous articles and his flashy and fun demeanor. The Chapel of Resonance is his way of giving back to the series that has fascinated him for years and continues to do so.
What drew you to Castlevania? What made you become a big fan of it?
I was fascinated by the horror monster theme. I thought it was clever how the game was a monster mash uniting legendary creatures from film, mythology, and literature. The idea of being a lone vampire hunter exploring a haunted castle full of traps and terrors before reaching the Lord of the Castle, Count Dracula, was something that spellbound me. The series is jam packed with intriguing lore that is often either implied or unsaid, but you can feel it. You know it's there.
Around what year did you become a big Castlevania fan?
I've had a lot of respect for the series for as long as I can remember, but I didn't become a huge follower until 2003, when I played Aria of Sorrow, and subsequently, Harmony of Dissonance.
What made you want to create a fansite about Castlevania?
I've always wanted a fansite. I made endeavors to create fansites based on Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, and I think even Monster Rancher. Needless to say, none of those panned out. I love Castlevania, and I enjoyed reading content on fansites dedicated to it.
But, by 2005 (even years before, really), you could feel the older fansites waning. The people from older sites and forums had become pessimistic and jaded. I knew there were others like me out there who still had a lot of appreciation and enthusiasm for the series, and I wanted a place that represented that. I wanted a place where Castlevania fans wouldn't question you for being a Castlevania fan, if you know what I mean. Not a place where newer fans are suffocated by moaning oldies, but where everyone can come and celebrate the series, whether they like a part of it or the whole thing. There's something here for everyone. I don't blame anyone for moving on with their interests, but I wanted a site that still represented Castlevania with the glory I feel it deserves, old and new.
What made you want to write for the Chapel of Resonance?
There is so much that can be said about Castlevania, and I have a lot to say. I feel the series deserves the admiration and analysis we give it, and I enjoy entertaining fans. It's a very good feeling to know that you made a strong connection with people reading your material. When they're excited to read your thoughts, it makes you excited, and pumps you up to do more.
What is the secret to the Chapel's success?
It's simple, yet complicated. I was motivated to succeed by a passion, a dream, and a need to escape a present reality. I was sort of in the dumps about something when I first started the Chapel, and my desire to make the best Castlevania site I could is what knocked me out of my stupor.
Like most things worth doing, succeeding requires sacrifice that most people aren't willing to give. People sometimes wonder why their sites or forums don't work, and oftentimes the answer is that they're not giving what it takes to make them work. Either that, or they have no vision. Even if you try hard, you need vision - a creative spark that makes you stand out from everyone else, and convinces people to spend their time at your site instead of the millions of others.
What are your top 5 favorite Castlevania games in order?
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Do you have any hobbies outside of video gaming?
I enjoy website design, website management, and all that entails. Health and fitness are important and fun for me. I'm a fan of professional wrestling, silly as it may be, and an avid comic book follower. Playing the guitar is something I'll never outgrow, and good fantasy novels are always special.
What other video games or video game series do you enjoy besides Castlevania?