CGM: Tell us about Carmela Hayslett and her relationship with the “terror in a top hat”.
RT: Well if Roxsy Tyler wasn't me I would say we wouldn't get along very well. I'm very much a quiet person, very polite, very afraid of a lot of things. Roxsy Tyler is the complete opposite! She's loud, obnoxious, and she absolutely has to be the boss of everything. I could see Roxsy Tyler getting in a bar fight but little ol' me? I would be hiding in a corner. That's the scary thing about Roxsy Tyler. The more you get to know her the more you realize she's a wild card. She can't be controlled. She'll jump into anything without fear of consequence. However, I enjoy the night and day personality. Roxsy Tyler was originally a character in my book "Big Boots and Black Hair Dye". I would daydream of this woman who has long black hair, wears a top hat, dresses like a comic book villain who's personality is all over the place. She was my muse for many things though I was never sure how I dreamed her up in the first place. The transition from thought to story and then from story to an actual personality was incredible. The more Roxsy Tyler is let out of the box the better she becomes. You never know. If you took away all rules and expectations you might find yourself a different person too. I just gave mine a name and a top hat.
CGM: How was Roxsy Tyler first introduced to TV and internet Audiences?
RT: I made my onscreen debut on Midnite Mausoleum when I helped host "Carnival of Souls" with Marlena Midnite and Robyn Graves. I didn't ever intend to do my own show. Doing Midnite Mausoleum was a fun excuse to fly out and meet Blake Powell (co-creator of Midnite Mausoleum) in person after having been friends with him online for so many years. A few months after I came home it appeared that a lot of people wanted me to do my own show too. I had the resources to do it and there's so many horror hosts out there... why not one more? It was never part of the plan but I'm glad I took a shot at it especially since I would like to pursue having an acting career.
CGM: . Tell us how classic comedians like the Marx Brothers influence a horror hostess like yourself.
RT: Laughing keeps me alive. I always said my goal in life before the day I die is to laugh as much as possible. The Marx Brothers make me laugh because their personalities are so chaotic. I want to entertain people the way I'm entertained. The sarcasm, the fast deliveries, the intentional obnoxiousness of their characters are comedy gold. It has little to do with horror but we really wanted to incorporate a Marx Brothers appeal into our show to give it that something extra. We strive to be as lovably chaotic as they were.