THE NET EFFECT: Diary - The double life of Yahoo!'s Frazer Lee

Frazer Lee is not your average surfer. Professional worker by day

and writer/film director/vampire breeder by night, Lee is definitely one

of Yahoo!'s more colourful staffers.



"He's certainly a character," Andy Williams, the head of surfing at

Yahoo!



UK & Ireland, says. And Lee, who joined Yahoo! last April, fast carved

himself out as an individual with a particularly healthy interest in the

twilight zone. "I started getting into horror novels when I learnt to

read," Lee says. "Yes, he's a bit of a gothic person," Williams

understates.



Lee's MA in screenwriting has left him with what can only be described

as a distinct bent for horror movies. And his thesis on "The body horror

film genre" clearly stood him in good stead for his next starring role

at the London Dungeon. While others chose the safety of the office, Lee

smirked in the face of such normality and opted to dress up as Count

Dreadlockula. "I got paid to jump out and scare the life out of some

poor punter," he reminisces fondly. "He still does," Williams

retorts.



On joining Yahoo!, Lee decided to introduce himself to his fellow

comrades by penning: "Born in Transylvania in 1371, I spent my formative

years scaring villagers and trying desperately to assume the form of a

bat. Unfortunately, my attempts failed."



Still, Lee managed to find some partners with a suitably ghoulish

interest in horror to form a film production company, Robber Baron

Productions.



One of their films, On Edge, is your usual bubble gum comedy about a

business man who goes to the dentist without an appointment, wanders off

bored and meets with rather more surgery than he'd intended.



And wouldn't you know it, Doug Bradley, known to horror fans as Pinhead

in the Hellraiser movies, chose to be in the film. Expect more

ghoulishness from Lee coming to a screen near you soon.



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