OBITUARY

Erik Kristopher Myers

March 19, 1976September 15, 2021

On September 15, 2021, Erik Kristopher Myers passed away. He was the beloved husband of Laura Joanna Myers; devoted father of Garyth David Myers; loving son of John and Diane Myers; dear brother of Rachel Myers Isgrig and her husband Christopher; cherished uncle of Owen David Robinson, and Lydia Jane Isgrig.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 610 W. Macphail RD, Bel Air, MD 21014, on Saturday, October 02, 2021, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Erik’s name to The Howard County Autism Society, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive – Suite 308, Columbia, MD 21046 or www.howard-autism.org

Erik served on the board of directors for the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) and spent many hours volunteering. He ran a social group for autistic adults and was the MC at many HCAS events.

Erik was a writer, musician, and artist, but his real passion was filmmaking. His independent films Roulette and Butterly Kisses received numerous awards at films festivals around the world. Erik enjoyed mentoring young filmmakers and he worked on many projects with various independent filmmakers in the DMV area.

Erik loved horror movies, comic books, and the Loch Ness monster. He was a staff writer for Aintitcoolnews.com for many years, and wrote articles on film and genre theory for various websites and books. He was a frequent guest on many podcasts, and was a guest lecturer at Stevenson University.

He loved his son and was devoted to him.

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    Saturday, October 2, 2021

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Ruth Johnson

October 2, 2021

A few years back, Erik invited us to Red Brick Station for a meal. What a wonderful caring host he was. I bet the people at Red Brick Station really miss him, too!
We are very sad to hear of his passing. May the Lord comfort Laura, Garyth, and Carol, (my sister in law) and so many others grieving at this time!

Geordie Sceptic

September 27, 2021

I knew Erik in the virtual world from our shared scepticism (or skepticism in the US) towards lake monsters, particularly the so-called Loch Ness Monster.

Erik was extremely intelligent, and always capable of seeing false “evidence” for what it was. He also articulated his arguments better than pretty much everyone else. To my eternal regret we fell out online, even though we were apparently on the same side of the debate. I saw a lot of similarities between us - particularly a desire to win a debate at whatever cost.

Like everyone else, I wish I had known just how low he was feeling in the last few weeks. I certainly would’ve reached out to mend bridges. None of us will ever know what difference we could have made. I will be permanently altered by this tragedy, and I’d never even met Erik in person. To family and friends this must be unbearable. Rest In Peace, Erik.

Mike Garrett

September 25, 2021

Dear Erik, no one was or is perfect, but you were a far bigger friend to me than you were an unnecessarily difficult, pushy collaborator or editor during our time at BloodNews.com, when I was frankly out of my league and shouldn't have probably been part of the staff, beloved as all you guys were to me. You surely deep down always meant well, wanted us to succeed, and were easily and constantly the most important contributor to that venture; and whether you wanted to or not, put the rest of us to shame. Not long after, in the midst of your efforts to develop what by all indications would have been a game-changing coffee table book on THE EXORCIST III, once you started meeting with William Peter Blatty, you taught me how to find a story, research for and wrangle and compile interviews, etc. for a book than anyone else, and got my book rolling by giving me Paul Schrader's contact info. Others will one day see this book on the EXORCIST prequels, God willing. Finished it a while ago and fine-tuned it to kingdom come, and tears in my eyes from your sudden passing duly amplified its contained praise to you and added your name and years lived to the list of those already listed on one of its first pages, before I may finally somehow get a publisher to take it on. You were, after all, a legend in your own right, and even became a part of that whole story when we effectively helped Schrader with all your and the others' legendary coverage, and I will never forget you, especially the good side I got to know these approximately 20 years. Rest in peace, good sir. No hard feelings here, only honest, objective recollection/perspective and fond memories of our shared and individual successes as collaborators with BloodyNews.com, and early on into the development of my book when I knew absolutely nothing on how to really dig in and start such a giant project. See you one day in spirit, chin up in the meantime. (To anyone else reading this: my sincere condolences. EKM rocked.) MG

Candace Beran

September 25, 2021

I still can’t believe you are gone. I miss you so much already. If you can communicate in the spirit world you already know I’ve been crying and talking to you for days. I still can’t believe you’re really gone. I always just assumed we would hang out more one day. You were always nothing but sweet and kind to me. I love you. My heart breaks for those closest to you in life and your son. Sending much love and light to everyone who loved you.

Ryan Streat

September 24, 2021

We’ve known each other since 2003/2004. TheNinthComfoguration.com wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for you. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Justin Harlan

September 21, 2021

Erik and I would text from time to time since he appeared on my podcast. I reshared the episode as a memorial to him. Clearly he was a kind, talented, and great dude. My heart goes out to the family!

Here's the podcast URL if anyone is interested: http://farsightedblog.com/podcast/the-farchive-episode-4-goodbye-erik-we-will-miss-you-friend/

Racquel Mills

September 20, 2021

I meet Erik in august 2019 at one of the potlucks for the Howard county autism society adult social group. Erik was a very positive guy. He is the reason why I stayed positive. He was also understanding one time at the social group in September 2019 after me and my mom couldn’t bring dinner after we had a disaster making it. I was also glad that I got to walk with him at lake elkhorn this past may 2021 and see him in person one last time. I also remember helping him play the allowance game with his son one night at the social group since he didn’t know to play I did a walkthrough taught him the rules of the game. Erick had also look forward to seeing my pages in my coloring books and what I cooked as well as my friend Adam’s drawings every week on the virtual meetings He also liked to talk about movies and sports with the group as well. I will miss him so much.

Sabina Sambat

September 20, 2021

I met Erik through the autism society. At once it was clear how much love he had for his son Garyth, and how much he wanted to give back to the community. His role in working with adults on the spectrum was unmatched, his dedication to those friends he met and mentored, friend that he cared deeply for, friends who saw that they had a true confidante in him. It was genuine. We were "friends' on Facebook and yet somehow his posts never came in to my feed: I sought them out after learning of his passing, and am deeply saddened that when he cried for help, I wasn't there for him. I don't suspect that I am important enough to have changed this outcome, but I am so regretful that I couldn't tell him that he meant much to me and to the autism society, not to mention his son, all of his family, and his friends that are heartbroken without him. How can people in our lives be so troubled, but we do not realize to what extent? My hope is that he is free of any pain. May Erik's son know that that his father's life was dedicated to making things better for him AND those around him. What an honor to know such a wonderful and giving person. May you rest in peace, Erik.

Bob Coldicott

September 20, 2021

I knew him more as a fellow autism dad, as well as a film guy...but I didn't really now him. We talked about meeting and grabbing a beer, often...although states away. Whenever I even hinted that things were rough, he'd message me and ask me if I needed to talk.

My heart aches for him and his loved ones. I'm so sorry.

Carla Davis

September 20, 2021

Erik and I "met" after I wrote a story about The Blair Witch Project for a horror fansite. When I tweeted the piece, he commented that if I liked Blair Witch, I might enjoy his film Butterfly Kisses. I watched it, and loved it, so I wrote about his film. After that, we conversed through social media, often backing one another up on issues of online bullying.
When I wrote a piece about how truly awful people can be to others when discussing movies online, he wrote up a couple of great paragraphs for me, and I quoted him in the story. It sounds strange to say it, but I did consider him a friend, despite the fact that we never met (or even spoke) in person.
He was incredibly talented and passionate about the things he believed in, and I will miss our online conversations.
I was very saddened to hear of his passing, and my deepest sympathy and love goes out to his family. He wrote so eloquently about Garyth.

FROM THE FAMILY