Housecore Horror Film Festival/true crime author Corey Mitchell has died

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According to various reports, true crime author, and Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder Corey Mitchell, 47, suffered a heart attack and died early Monday morning outside of Emo’s hours after the successful metal and movie festival, now in its second year, concluded.

Corey Mitchell

Corey Mitchell

Mitchell co-founded the festival with Pantera singer Philip Anselmo.

Mitchell — an accomplished true crime writer who penned several best-selling books, including “Murdered Innocents,” about the Austin Yogurt Shop killings — was working with Anselmo on the latter’s autobiography, “Mouth for War: Pantera and Beyond,” slated to be published next year by Simon and Schuster.

News of Mitchell’s death flew around the Internet Monday afternoon. The following appeared on the Housecore Facebook page,” our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning. Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You…know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.”

The UT graduate and Schertz resident was also a devout metal fan and contributor to the extreme metal website MetalSucks.com, which wrote, “He was one of the very first outside contributors that ever wrote for MetalSucks, and is undoubtedly a huge part of why we are what we are today. We enjoyed his unique take on the music we all love, as well as his willingness to engage commenters and get involved in the community. You can read his entire body of work for MetalSucks here.”

He is survived by wife Audra and two daughters.


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