It was a great honor to be invited to participate in Jacques Tourneur Month at The Pink Smoke. Widely considered to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made, his occult thriller Night of the Demon (released in the US in an abbreviated cut titled Curse of the Demon) features a memorable black magic villain, eerie ambiguity, beautiful cinematography, and a delightfully puppety creature effect. What's not as frequently discussed is the movie's rich esoteric symbolism, which in this author's opinion earns it a place of pride as an early example of British Folk Horror.
I appear to have grossly over-committed myself during the month of April, but I've managed to make it through in one piece. Thank you to all who came out and said hi at various events!
On the personal front: I am running a sale in my webstore. Enter the code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout and receive 20% off any order. EUROPEAN FRIENDS: I have added a European shipping option. It sucks that the price is so high, but that's in the postal service's hands, not mine (alas).
I am hosting the psychedelic biker/folk horror/comedy suicide movie PSYCHOMANIA as part of Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn's Weird Wednesdays offering. Come out and see one of the wildest offerings of the British Horror Boom on the big screen this Wednesday May 2nd!
John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, is one of those historical figures who's almost too good to be true. Fashionable, scandalous, and a libertine through and through, he penned verse so explicit it makes today's audiences blush. (Today's audiences are often prudish and puritanical but that's neither here nor there--you take my point). This is a great piece talking about his significance and quoting from some of his poetry.
Inside the World of Extreme Metal Logos - Kerrang! by Mike Rampton
I have a huge admiration for people who push the boundaries of design, and the dysfunctional anti-aesthetic of illegible metal logos delights me to no end. Talk about "more is more!" Peek behind the curtain at the design decisions that go into creating some of the most extreme logos in the world of metal.
Speaking of underground music, here's a quick list of things that have piqued my interest lately:
Reverorum ib Malacht and Black Metal Excess as Devotion - Invisible Oranges (baroque as fuck Catholic black metal)
Under the Shadows: Welcome to the Unique Darkness of Grave Pleasures - Kerrang (sexy goth-inflected post-punkish rock with a soupcon of surf)
Exclusive: Hear Hekate's New Single "Luzifer Morgenstern" - Heathen Harvest (Satanic German neofolk)
The Rise of Ruin: An Interview with Tusmørke - Heathen Harvest (a magically upbeat palate cleanser in the form of an interview with the proggy, mystical, psychedelic Norwegian band)
Smoke and Leather 1971 - Sweet Jane
And finally, we land on a fashion editorial that truly has it all. And by "all," I mean "French women in leather, smoking."
I had the opportunity to chat with artist Cristóbal López, aka Kerbcrawler Ghost, about his astonishing artwork. There's nothing NOT extraordinary about his work, from his draftsmanship to his willingness to push erotic boundaries. The story of how he came to this mode of creating is even more amazing: he began honing his technique a mere three years ago, after spending over a decade in advertising and commercial work.
I'm returning to the Jersey City Oddities Market for their largest event yet: Spring Mourning, a celebration of all things weird and old. The market will host around 100 vendors of antiques, natural specimens, vintage goods, handmade items, and unusual art. I'll be sharing a space with fellow artists and good friends Becky Munich of Munich Art Studio and Carisa Swenson of Goblinfruit Studio and Wormwood and Rue. We'll have original art, pins, zines, prints, and much more. Swing by and say hi!
The market takes place from noon to 6pm at The Annex at Kearney Point, easily accessible via car with plenty of on-site parking at 78 John Miller Way in Kearney NJ.
The Tao of Alan Moore & Grant Morrison - Sequart Organization
I am always eager to read about an author feud and I'll fully cop to finding Moore's anti-Morrison comments in "Last Alan Moore Interview?" to be delicious. That having been said, there's probably a bit too much emphasis put on this particular interpersonal disagreement (Moore's body of work is vastly more interesting than any of his admittedly satisfying verbal slap-downs), so I enjoyed this article. The phrase "Hulk vs. Superman argument for the Vertigo set" hits quite close to home.
Number 2155: Dr Hypno inks with cat fur - Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine
Thanks to Pappy's Golden Age Comics, I now know that Dr. Hypno is a hero who can transfer his brain into the body of other living creatures. In this story, Dr. Hypno employs the body of a cat to escape from the clutches of devious Fifth Columnists (probably Communists, but maybe really beardy Nazis--who knows?).
Look, this is a lot more mainstream than I'd usually go here, but I imagine you're the kind of people who would get a chuckle at a song in German about electing ALF as Federal Chancellor, so I'm posting it here. Learn more about how the Germans went nuts for ALF on No Recess!
Calendrier Magique - Feuilleton
A wondrous achievement of fin-de-siecle graphic design and good old fashioned witchery, the Calendrier Magique is now available in beautiful high-resolution format online. Maybe this Internet thing isn't entirely bad after all...
I can't build on that title. You're probably best off clicking the link and watching the video.