When I first started the Misfits Bible in May of '94, I had no idea what I was getting into. The Internet was still a new thing to a lot of people and it was sometimes hard to find people with similar interests.
The Misfits Bible was created to fill a void in the Internet. We started very small. For the first few months, there were so few subscribers that I used to force my roommates to send posts in, even if they didn't all listen to the Misfits (they did by the time I was through with them, though). In the early days I was worried about people unsubscribing before they learned anything, so I would "cheat" by responding to posts before sending the issue out to the subscribers.
The Misfits Bible and the web site Misfits Central, which grew out of the Bible, became newsposts for fans from all over the world. I made many friends and I even know of several couples that met and eventually married due to the Misfits Bible.
Amazingly, what seemed like a dream at first soon became a reality. Within a year and a half we were no longer talking about a dead band, as the Misfits returned to the stage. There was so much going on all at once -- The Misfits came back to life, Danzig underwent massive lineup changes, The Undead returned to the scene after a brief hiatus, and there was always the possibility (which didn't materialize for years) of the alleged Samhain box set and reunion tour.
I think the summer of '96 was the best time period for the Bible because we had so many subscribers and many of them were following the Misfits from city to city and meeting up with other subscribers. It was nice to be a part of a seemingly tight-knit community and read the daily reports on who had met the Misfits where, or what the band sounded like, and so on.
The whole entire year of 1996 was actually pretty amazing. In February, on the night of the Misfits Box Set release, we had a special Misfits Bible pizza dinner (which I missed due to traffic) with the band in New York City. Later that year we held a contest for an official Misfits Bible t-shirt which eventually was sold through the band's merchandise distributor Souls Ablaze. We had actual band members, like Michale Graves, Bobby Steele, Eerie Von, and John Christ, posting and subscribing. It was hard to imagine any other fan club, Internet or otherwise, that was so closely tied to the band(s) it followed.
By the end of 1997 the Misfits Bible was overflowing with subscribers. At its peak, we had 1625 in all, which I still find amazing. But things had changed. A lot of the early subscribers had disappeared or unsubscribed due to infighting on the mailing list. The American Psycho album had come out and a lot of people had decided they didn't like the band's new sound or direction. The Misfits themselves were becoming wary of the Misfits Bible because it had become a breeding ground for rumors, complaints, and arguments.
In April 1998, after a discussion with Rocky Caiafa (the band's manager), I decided to shut down the mailing list. There were a lot of reasons, all of which I detailed in that final issue.
There are probably a billion things I could say about what I loved about the Misfits Bible, about all the great people I met (and have subsequently lost touch with over the years), and about the ridiculous amount of time I spent on the mailing list and web page. I have a feeling that my grades in college would have been a lot better if there hadn't been a Misfits Bible, but my life would have been a lot less interesting. To anyone who was involved with the Misfits Bible in any way, for any amount of time, I just want to say, "thanks."