To boldly go – Autoeroticasphyxium

Presented by

Tim

Good evening,
Perhaps you have chanced to visit the e-zine ‘Autoeroticasphyxium’, perhaps not. Perhaps you have had opportunity to browse the eclectic range of subjects that are on show there, perhaps not. Perhaps you have been lucky enough to have been selected as a guest or contributor to this important periodical, perhaps not but please know this, whatever you have, do, or do not, know or have known about the Fanzine truth is, very often, stranger than fiction.

The zine covers topics as diverse as underground community, artists, actors, performance artists and celebs, vamps, pagans, metal music and more making for fascinating and satisfying reading.

As Liam Guy of The Fallout Magazine wrote, “Plenty of diverse material in the zine that makes it an interesting read from beginning to end.

So, in the spirit of adventure and bonhomie, we thought we’d sidle on over, check it out and get into a little one-on-one with the man behind it, Dave Wolff.


RVL: Good evening Dave and thank you very much for taking time to speak with us. It’s an honour to welcome you to RVL.

DW: It’s entirely my honor to be featured in Real Vampire Life. I appreciate the unprecedented support of interviewing me for your publication, and I hope members of the vampire community with similar interests in music, poetry, fiction and occult/supernatural topics get to read it. I’ve only been interviewed a handful of times since I started writing, and I welcome any chance to talk about the zine and reach more readers.

RVL: There’s so much ground to cover here that, quite frankly, it was hard to know where to start. How does a lone interviewer get to grips with the entirety of what Autoeroticasphyxium is?

DW: When Autoeroticasphyxium started it was a typical underground fanzine covering metal, punk and hardcore. The format expanded to artwork and movie reviews when I reviewed independent films and contacted local artists interested in contributing cover art. One artist, Winston Blakely, was one of the cover artists for the zine from around 2000 to when the final print issue was released in December 2014. The format continued to expand as I started featuring fiction and poetry, art and performance art, articles on the occult, the music industry and historical events and so on. It was a gradual progression that saw some more added each issue. I make a point of helping give exposure to cutting edge bands, artists, writers and performers in and outside the U.S. I was attracted to underground scenes in New York City and the more I sought it out, the more interested I got and my searching eventually broadened across the country and abroad.

There is a lot of local and unsigned talent out there waiting to be discovered. People today might think huge corporations dominate entertainment and free expression is dwindling, especially in the U.S., but free expression is still alive and you just have to know where to look. As for coming to grips with the zine’s format, the progression to what it was when it began and what it is now was gradual and took several years to develop. I basically took things as they came and today I’m comfortable with the wide range of subject matter it features.

Dave Wolff

RVL: Okay, let’s try this one: when was Autoeroticasphyxium established and why? What was the driving force behind its inception?

DW: In 1996 a friend was talking to me about starting a zine; which gave me the idea to start one. I have always been the sole editor and publisher.

I was heavily inspired by the NYC zine Endemoniada which covered extreme metal and the left hand path. I started “AEA” (short for Autoeroticasphyxium) soon after I began my career as a music journalist, and was one of the first Long Island writers to openly support black metal.

Autoeroticasphyxium was in print from January 1997 to December 2014. The earliest issues had little distribution but it got around by word of mouth and coverage from local zines and distros. I was in contact with the Endemoniada staff for some time, our relationship was one of camaraderie and they reviewed the debut issue. John, the friend I mentioned earlier, had CD reviews in the second and third issues and was the first contributing writer. He interviewed the Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone, the U.S. death metal band Incantation and an ambient project I was involved in called Agamemnon (which is on hold at the time of this writing). The zine has been online since January of 2015 and I briefly published an art/fiction/poetry zine called Cerebral Agony. This zine is no longer active but I still have a handful of copies left for purchase or trade.

RVL: What’s one, no doubt of the many things, that stand out for you from those earliest days of Autoeroticasphyxium?

DW: As I mentioned, I was one of Long Island’s first writers to actively support black metal when it was not popular. I remember in Long Island in the mid-90s, if you were a death metal fan you were almost expected to hate black metal. I remember there was a lot of bias against it and few people if any would give it a fair chance. People in Queens and New York City were more open to it however, and black metal bands from other states and outside the US often played there. Endemoniada also supported black metal and I heard of quite a few bands through that zine. After The Forgotten became the first Long Island based black metal band (they changed their name to Dimentianon) things began to change for the better. Having been a fan of cutting edge music since I discovered thrash metal in the 80s, I basically saw it as a logical progression to support black metal.

RVL: May we ask, when did you first become aware of the existence of a ‘modern living Vampyre culture’ and what were your earliest impressions of it?

DW: My earliest exposure to the culture was through vampire fiction. I made acquaintances with author G.L. Giles, the author of the Vampire Vignettes series. I interviewed her for the zine when it was in print. I don’t remember everything we discussed, but I remember she had an active writing imagination. We supported and promoted each other’s work for some time. There is where my interest in the culture first began to take shape. Beforehand, I freely admit I knew almost nothing about vampires outside of the occasional cable TV feature. I have learned much historical, cultural and fictional information interviewing many other authors and performers.

AEA artwork by Alex Z. Kautz

RVL: If we can turn our attention to some of your own writing work, can you give us a rundown on how your own writing career began and the writing you have done to date?

DW: My first writing gig was for a local music paper called The Angle in 1993. I wrote a handful of CD and demo reviews before the paper folded in 1994. Shortly after that I started writing for a local paper called Good Times. I was on their staff from 1994 to 2009 and had a regular column The Dungeon covering metal, punk and hardcore. I interviewed several bands for Good Times including Warzone and Roger Miret & The Disasters (New York Hardcore bands), Cradle Of Filth and My Dying Bride (from the United Kingdom), and reviewed releases from Mortal Coil Records and Razorback Records whose staff were always supportive of my writing.

RVL: In particular I’d like to ask about the name of ‘Autoeroticasphyxium’, where did the name originate?

DW: It was based on a song title I thought up in 1991 or ’92 when I was playing drums for local metal and hardcore bands. I figured it would be a unique name for a fanzine, and something instantly recognizable while not relying on clichés. There were too many bands using the word ”death” in their name or ending their name in “-tion” and I wanted to get as far from that as I could. Extreme metal has always been about originality so I wanted the name to stand out from those of other zines.

Roger Miret and The Disasters

RVL: …and what drew you into the circles that gave rise to Autoeroticasphyxium?

DW: The punk, hardcore and metal scenes in New York City, Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island have been a part of my life since I started going to shows in mid-1986. I gradually gravitated toward the music because it was cutting edge and took chances at a time when most other artists were playing it safe. The first shows I attended were Celtic Frost at L’Amour Brooklyn and Crumbsuckers at CBGB.

The underground was a new world for me and I felt at home there more than I did anywhere else. I made many friends as I was constantly going to shows, and made many fond memories that remain with me to this day. One of the things that attracted me to the New York thrash scene (as well as the punk and hardcore scenes) was its down to earth nature.

The bands were on equal footing and respectful with the fans; they would come out from backstage to meet the kids who went to see them and there were no “rock star” attitudes. Becoming part of this shattered my notions of being a musician and the realization of a new way of looking at the relationship between performer and audience is what made me dedicate my life to the underground. If you look down on the people who support you and think you’re better than them, you don’t belong. This attitude has lasted in one form or another to this day and I look back with fond memories. Of late I have interviewed Goth and alt-models to call it to reader attention that a model doesn’t have to look like Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus to be appealing. While pursuing this I’m careful to see if they’re reflecting underground culture, not the mainstream’s distortion of it.

RVL: I’d like to delve, then, a little into your current perceptions and collaborations… what are you currently involved in with regard to the modern Vampire culture, if anything, or what do you perceive to be the next major thrust for the zine?

DW: I currently have no involvement with local vampire culture outside of corresponding with the authors and performers I have interviewed for the zine, and I admittedly still have much to learn about it. I have been invited to several events but finances are tight at present and I haven’t been able to go out as much as I used to.

However, I invented a fictional vampire character, Faustina Karpathia, who appears in an issue of Winston Blakely’sLittle Miss Strangegraphic novel series. Blakely designed cover art featuring Faustina for several print issues of the zine; before that one cover piece featuring Faustina was designed by Mercy Van Vlack .

AEA issue 22 cover art by Winston Blakeley

RVL: Have you widely collaborated, or been involved with, the Vampyre culture outside of NYC at all? And, if so, what differences have you noticed between locations?

DW: I can basically say the same for events outside of NYC as for local events. The last time I travelled out of state was to see a Corpsewax Dollies performance in Chattanooga, Tennessee a few years ago. This was not a vampire based event but rather a gothic cabaret show. Corpsewax Dollies is a unique act and you can find out about them at their Facebook community page. Back to the subject, any collaborations with members of vampire communities are yet to happen, but I would welcome the chance.

RVL: This is, perhaps, going to be a little controversial but I want to ask, what are your impressions of our “information age” Vampire culture?

DW: Like it does for any lifestyle, the information age has its benefits and detriments. The internet and social media has enabled people from different countries to correspond with one another and promote their work much more readily. People involved in the culture can correspond on the internet and support one another through interviews. On the other hand, I am one of those people who see how the internet can replace physical interaction. A part of me still prefers reading physical zines to online zines.

Morbid Angel
img.source: MetalMusicArchives.com

RVL: …and as a closely followed ‘mover and shaker’, have you got any words of wisdom for us readers?

DW: My advice to people is basically to think for themselves. Don’t listen to something only because everyone else is listening to it. When pressured to conform to mainstream standards consider the vested interests that may exist behind the scenes. Because mainstream artists are more financially successful does not mean they’re right. I’ve occasionally been accused of “not maturing” due to my dedication to underground culture, but falling in line with the majority and swallowing anything the mainstream tells you is not my idea of growing up.

If you’re true to yourself, you don’t have to change what you are to prove you’re maturing. A wise man said it takes more guts to be a rebel, and it pays in the long haul. I listen to several different genres of music (even if they’re not “popular”) but I don’t preach or whitewash my opinions. I listen to what I like. Many death, black and symphonic metal bands (Nile, Morbid Angel, Cradle Of Filth and Rhapsody) push the envelope of originality and creativity, which to me is far more open minded than incessantly rehashing the same formulaic pop rock. It takes more talent to play extreme music than people realize.

There is an increasing number of review sites on the net and review channels on social media where fans have opportunities to state their opinions about music and movies. Finally, because I’m not running a zine for money and only for money doesn’t mean I prefer being broke. I’m not against making a living but at the end of the day the work and its impact is just as important.

RVL: Now, here’s one for you… we, both, have been guiding our respective e-zines through the often choppy waters of modern alternative culture for a while now… what, in your opinion, are the biggest challenges facing alternative lifestyle, and alternative culture, members today?

DW: As there always has been, a major obstacle is aboveground preconceptions about alternative/underground lifestyles, and how those preconceptions are presented to the general public through the media. Media influence is more prominent than ever today and people are more likely to believe what they’re told. It’s unfortunate that people who are basically different and don’t swallow everything they are told are still referred to as freaks and weirdos, especially by those who claim to be open minded and tolerant. I won’t get into the irony that I am an “idiot” for disagreeing with them while metal fans are all airheaded losers without the ability to communicate in an intelligent manner. There is a lot of this, but on the other hand, you could argue that the lack of mainstream recognition may benefit alternative lifestyles in the long haul so who knows? I have been told once or twice that my interviews break the stereotype that metal fans are all airheaded losers without the ability to communicate in an intelligent manner. So if I am making any kind of a difference in that regard I’d consider it a good thing.

Dave Wolff plays the part

RVL: Who are some of the people, along the way, that have helped shape and influence Autoeroticasphyxium to become what it is today?

DW: Many writers of fiction and poetry, interviewers and reviewers have had input into the zine’s development. Some I am still in contact with, others not. I previously mentioned G.L. Giles, through whom I had a short story published in the Infernal Dreams fiction anthology Blood From The Underground in 2010 or 2011. I don’t know if print copies of this anthology are still available today, but you can order a Kindle edition at Amazon if you do a search there.

Goddess Rosemary of Temple House Sahjaza has introduced me to quite a few interviewees who have given me a broader perception of vampires. I interviewed New Orleans native Kurt Amacker twice about his written work and experience in the local Goth scene. A great deal of ground is covered in those two interviews which can be read at http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/publisher-interview-kurt-amacker.html and http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/author-interview-kurt-amacker-second.html.

Other interviews related to vampire culture include Illyriah Sahjaza , author Andreas Axikerzus Sahjaza , author Tony Sokol and David Uhrlaub of Kalderasha Vampire Courts, your interview is also posted at the zine’s blog and can be read at this link: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/ezine-publisher-interview-tim-bey-real.html.

Yet another band I wanted to mention in this interview is BLKVampires a gothic soul band from NYC who I interviewed for the zine when it was in print. The Long Losts is another unique Goth project I recently interviewed for the blog.

Tony Sokol of
The Darkworkers Live

RVL: So, what’s happening right now with you and Autoeroticasphyxium, and where are you headed from here?

DW: I’ve been promoting the zine on social media more actively and plan to further expand the range of alternative lifestyles of all kinds. I get the idea there are many more prominent writers and artists out there that people need to read about.

RVL: Okay, in closing, where can people find Autoeroticasphyxium Zine? What sites do you maintain?

DW: Autoeroticasphyxium’s official web address is http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com. The zine is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aea.zine, https://www.facebook.com/groups/230377537030238/ and https://www.facebook.com/Autoeroticasphyxium-zine-1722719474606675/.

RVL: It has been an inestimable pleasure chewin’ the fat with you, and a great honour for us to be crossing paths with you, thank you again… we’d like to stay in contact and maybe we can touch base and chat again some time to see what’s what?

DW: Again I greatly appreciate being able to reach your readers through this interview. I definitely want to remain in touch and hope people take the time to check out the extensive work both by me and those who have contributed to the zine. Can’t leave without crediting both writers and interviewers who have contributed to the blog since January 2015.

Articles: Haniel Adhar, Liam Anthony, Roberta Downing, Elena Karis, Alan Lisanti, Devin Joseph Meaney, Rosemary Sahjaza, Tony Sokol, Alison Stone, Karin Webb, Joseph Zuchowski

Music, Live, Band & Video Reviews: Loki Astaroth, Simon Brown, Teresa Clayton, Heather Dawson, Roberta Jean Downing, Eric Evers, Alecia Fincher, Chase Fincher, Skitz J. Fitch, Abyss Forgottentomb, Frank Garcia, Tony “Reborn” Juarez, Alan Lisanti, Erik Martin, Sarah McKellar, Devin Joseph Meaney, Angel Michaels-Abaddon, Gene Olivarri, Jaime Regadas, Reggae, Deanna Revis, Drew Rizzo, Rrockhopper, Danny Ryan, Rosemary Sahjaza, Robert Uller, Victor Varas, Dave Wolff, Amethyst Wynter, Xan

Film Reviews: Haniel Adhar, Christina Bergling, Sophia Cynthia Cabral, Baron Craze, Roberta Jean Downing, Gene Olivarri, Lady Liath Sahjaza, Walter Sahjaza, Kristin Theckston

Book Reviews: Ivy Dahl Sahjaza, Chrissy McManis, David Smith, Kristin Theckston, Dave Wolff

Convention Reviews: Gene Olivarri

Poems & Fiction: Jillanna Babb, James Kenneth Blaylock, Andy Bove, Big Jim, Chris Chaos, Kaya Chaos, M Teresa Clayton, Omesh Darkchild Crasher, Heather Dawson, Lioness De Winter, Debbie Dixon, Roberta Jean Downing, Skitz J. Fitch, Abyss Forgottentomb, Eric Forsberg, Linzie Grotesque, Jonathan Hawk, Johnny Hellion, Kay Irvin, Elena Karis, Alexander Kautz, James Ward Kirk, Joshua Laing, Jerry Langdon, Daina Lewis, Alan Lisanti, Devin J. Meaney, Sarah McKellar, Craig Michael, Natasa Nikolic, Rich Orth, Steven Michael Pape, Laura Petellat-Entwisle, Corvo Obsidian Sahjaza, David Smith, Tony Sokol, Sky Claudette Soto, Susan Stiltner, Alison Stone, Jeremy Void, John White, Teilla Whittington.


Hey, if I asked you to define “alternative” you wouldn’t have any problem right? I mean, you would pick up a dictionary and say to me, something like, “Alternative, adjective… employing or following nontraditional or unconventional ideas, methods, etc.; existing outside the establishment.” – Easy enough right?

If I asked you to define the AEA Fanzine I doubt that you could easily come up with a definition that would adequately cover the amazing work by these talented people under the stewardship of a dedicated and hardworking man by the name of Dave Wolff.

If you are into ‘alternative‘ you NEED to check out this link –

and put it in your bookmarks.

 

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In psychic realms

img. source: The Howell Opera House Psychic Fair

Presented by

Tim

Good morning,

Today we’re not going to talk about modern Vampires… well maybe just a smidgin, later on. No, tonight we are going to talk about the psychic arts and, in particular, one practitioner.

In speaking of this lady she has been described as “The Hollywood Witch” and it is often suspected, in a joking fashion naturally, that she knows where more skeletons are located than any other person alive today.
This Los Angeles Celebrity Psychic and Publicist lives and works among the stars and celebrities.  She is a clairvoyant, medium and energy healer who incorporates tarot, pendulum divination, chakra cleansing and balancing, sound healing, house cleansing, yoga and meditation into her work and her life as a mystic, yogini and spell crafter. Best known as a successful “bride maker,” she specializes in love, romance and finding true love. She began her career as an expert on “Entertainment Tonight,”  made appearances on the Fine Living Network, was featured on the Love and Sex Report with Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger and, most recently, appeared on NBC’s “EXTRA.”

She is currently the Managing Editor of the e-zine ENTERTAINMENT 2MORROW,  the co-producer of MAGICK LAB ACADEMY alongside pop culture guru, Tony Sokol and psychic Ana Divina and the co-host and talent of the upcoming “THE DARKWORKERS LIVE” through The Vampire Chihuahua Productions.  As if all this wasn’t enough, she is also a senior partner in Style Coven PR, a charming boutique start up, where she combines her expertise in niche marketing the Occult and New Age markets to promote colleagues, products and services.

RVL is greatly honoured to be granted an in-depth interview with this lady and we are very proud to welcome, to our pages, Lady Marie Bargas.


RVL: Good morning Marie, thank you very much for agreeing to spend some time with us. I suppose that the first, and most common, question that you would get is when and where did you first become aware of your gifts, and become involved in, psychic work?

MB: When I was 19 I was the passenger in a collision of a Honda CRX. The brakes failed as we were coming off the freeway and we crashed into cars in front of us and got hit behind again and again. In a CRX the glove compartment is on the passenger side so on first impact my face and upper body went through the windshield and on subsequent impacts the glove compartment managed to break all of my ribs. Had I not been wearing a seat belt I don’t doubt that I would have been thrown on the hood and died on impact.  Instead, I died for a short time in the emergency room for a few seconds and lapsed into a coma for 3 days.

It was a chaotic time in my life. Just prior to the accident my step mother and only parent had died the Thanksgiving before and I married my high school sweetheart as a shield against the greed of my relatives. Some people thought it was my payback for abandoning my family, but today I know that it was my first meeting with the Goddess that has influenced my entire life – KALI.  In hindsight I realize that Kali was my first and most intimate introduction to Shakti  – or the Divine Feminine which better understood on her multiple aspects (Parvati, Durga, Lakshmi) but KALI is especially close to me because she was the first and I came away from that accident with her mark on my left hand in the form of a scar – the crescent moon and star.  This ancient Vampire Goddess initiated me by taking my blood, breaking my bones and leaving her mark. For me that’s sacred.

After that my gifts were enhanced, so enhanced that they scared me. But, ever since I have studied  witchcraft, the occult, physics, history and philosophy and have had some pretty interesting experiences along the way.

RVL: It is well known that you work among a large number of artistic people in modern media and film, in many diverse fields from literature, to fine arts, to music and to film making – what’s your favourite area to work in?

MB: I don’t have a favourite, I go through phases, like the moon. In this current phase I am dark as the night, but my feeling is that I will be “Full” and back in front of the camera before long. My career has had the trajectory of a lunar cycle. I’m going with that because there are times when I prefer to be behind the camera until the exact time when I need to “shine.” My mother’s maiden name was — LUNA after all.  In my next “phase” I hope to be an “Oprah” of sorts because I’m ready.

RVL: …and, for those who may not have chanced upon our SOC Radio collaboration, how long have you been involved in the art culture and its comings and goings?

MB: Tony Sokol and I left SOC months ago to create our own radio brand. We felt that we were being stifled and forced to fit into a “white litey/sugar coatey” box. We are returning in 2018 with our own show, “The Darkworkers Live” wherein I can be my true Kali self.  Long before that my television career began on Entertainment Tonight as a “Vampire Expert” during the excitement over Coppolla’s “Dracula”, since just prior to that I had been on the cover of “Weekly World News” in a real vampire story. I worked at the studios in various support capacities and then later as a fashion publicist for couture Beverly Hills accessory designer until 2008 when the market crashed and people were no longer investing in $2,000 hand bags. I’ve been a professional psychic ever since, but my background in entertainment has supported that next career. The fact that my ex-husband is an Oscar Winning, Grammy Winning record producer gives me legitimate status in the “First Wives Club.”  I blend a street wise Filipino flippancy and express it with the words of an Ivy Leaguer who smokes too many cigarettes and reads French Literature when she wants to delve into the practicalities of modern love affairs (anything by Collette).

RVL: …and how do you define, personally, your own work and style today?

MB: My style varies with each client. Some people need to hear the truth – plain and simple. Others need me to tell them the future framed as a mythic journey. And still others need me to serve as the Dark Mirror of their secret inner monsters … and yet reflected in me these monsters are heroic, titanic … *Laughs*  I think of myself as the Sacred Fool. I am always searching, playing and learning. I am the trickster, the clown and the wise teacher. I am the witch in the woods with the secret to true love. And let’s not forget Fifi, my loving little Vampire Chihuahua. I wear my masks, they don’t wear me. And all these masks are designed to teach about the past, the present, the future and the different dark paths we traverse across each segment of time.

RVL: Without revealing any trade secrets, can you give us a little insight into what you are up to these days?

MB: I am developing several concepts for television and radio. Entertainment 2morrow and soon The Darkworkers Live will function as two “idea incubators.” I consult for feature films. Just talked to a director today. And I am waiting until after Mercury Retrograde to see what I can do with a tv presentation that has changed hands, but looks AMAZING. I do readings in Burbank currently at the Crooked Path Apothecary, online via Skype, on the phone and I’m soon to be on Patreon.

RVL: …and, quite apart from any sort of ‘nightkind’ or ‘spiritual’ influence, where else do you draw your inspirations from?

MB: My inspiration comes from anything that strikes my fancy. I am a voracious reader and have covered the classics, the must read best sellers and some pretty obscure occult literature, poetry, murder porn, pop culture, gothic architecture, science fiction and haute couture fashion. Such a mixed bag. Once again … the Sacred Fool.  In my mind all these subjects overlap and intersect. I see connections where others don’t see them or even suspect. My psychic mind functions within a very intellectual brain. People ask me if I’ve ever visited the Akashic Library. I’m sure I still owe money on books I’ve checked out but never brought back, if you get my drift.

RVL: I’d like to touch, briefly, on one of your latest pursuits, “Darkworkers”… what brought that about and what’s the main purpose behind ‘Darkworkers’?

MB: Last year Tony Sokol and I did a radio series entitled “Magick Lab Academy.” Originally created to touch on more esoteric topics like modernized ceremonial magick,  it evolved into more of a magickal lifestyle show because our producers were … very … white litey. We were both annoyed, artistically stunted and we left because we were otherwise bored to tears and they couldn’t get their shit together. So, we played around a bit with paranormal online radio which we were shocked to find was vastly populated with “Christian Conservatives” using limited occult knowledge with modern gadgets and Bible Belt sensibilities.  We came away shocked and dismayed  to discover that not only did some people not charge, they didn’t feel that they deserved payment, nor did anyone else. We’re artists, but we are not the sort of artists that were expecting to be noticed and rewarded … only after we died. I mean, being undead has to count for something. Right? I’m still trying to wrap my head around that. I don’t work hard NOT to make money. It was really, really weird. But it was an eye opening experience in a subculture that intersects, but mainly contradicts what we thrive on in the occult world. That “intersection” is where Magick Lab Academy, Entertainment 2morrow and the Darkworkers Live exist in their own dimension. Are Tony and I creating a new genre?  Get back to me in 10 years and I may know the answer.

RVL: Where can our readers view your work and do you have an outlet for retail?

I can be found at facebook @ahollywoodwitch , @stylecoven , @thedarkworkerslive and at the websites: www.mariebargas.com , www.stylecoven.com and over 30 items in GOOGLE NEWS

RVL: We understand that, at present, you are heavily involved with Wildlife Waystation of Northern Los Angeles in the wake of the devastating wildfires there recently, can you tell us a little about that?

MB: The tigers of the Wildlife Waystation are especially dear to me because the tiger is a vehicle of Shakti/Durga representing strength. Durga as you know is Kali/the vampire goddess. For me the connection between vampires, predators and nature has a deep spiritual significance. Kali, in Her earliest forms is Nature this is, “Indifferent to Human Gaze” outside of society and social norms. The tigers mean a lot to me right now. They are beautiful, powerful predators … and so are the best vampires. *chuckles*

[ Ed. Note: from the Wildlife Waystation website – “Now that our animals have returned to the site, a huge effort is underway to clean and removed debris caused by the fire.

We are incurring a great deal of cost with this emergency. Staff was onsite 24×7 during the height of the emergency, and we did have some roofs blown off and corrals burned. If you can help with a donation, it will be greatly appreciated.”

– If you would care to make a donation please go to the website and help out, even if a little]

‘Tyson’ returns to the Wildlife Waystation
img. source: AP News/Nick Ut

RVL: Do you have a favourite method, or medium to, work in?

MB:  I don’t need anything really except permission to “enter” into someone’s aura, but I prefer to use tarot cards or a pendulum as “buffers” because there are some things that I don’t want to know.

RVL: What advice would you give to any budding psychics who may just be on the point of starting out on their own professional journey and spiritual growth?

MB: I mentor a few very talented psychics and I always encourage them to read and study as much of the old occult books as possible. Some of these New Age tomes are utter garbage.  Occultism and the Alchemical Arts can’t be learned through apps. That’s ridiculous. I also encourage them to examine the connections between the occult, physics and literature and to really explore what makes them hot, hungry, excited …  and more than anything else I tell these kids to turn off their phones and their computers and go outside into forests, dark caves, crashing oceans … to live … and to feel the interconnectedness of it all in time … which is an illusion. THAT is how a good psychic evolves, surely not from online correspondence courses alone.  Personally, I always learned directly from flesh and blood teachers … and there are those moments when the Gods, Devas and Spirits drop in to show me a few things or ask a favor.  *Laughs*

 

RVL: Do you consciously confine yourself to ’tried and true’ practices and methods or is the development of your sphere of influence something that is subject to constant growth and experimentation?

MB: I began with the basics and expanded my repertoire like a musician playing various instruments. Being a psychic for me is an art, not a science. But it is an art that serves several purposes. I not only predict the future, I help people create reality. Time is relative. Reality is an illusion. Play it or be played by it. But it’s not a game, Tim. It’s a SONG. Tony understand that about me intimately. I am HIS soprano and he is MY Impresario.  My name is Marie, maybe after Maria Callas. My step-mother loved la Callas. It was as if she was predicting my future.  I know it sounds obtuse, but I can’t reveal my secrets. All I can do is assure you that they work.

RVL: Do you find, or think, there is a large niche within the modern nightkind culture for the expression and appreciation of skills such as yours?

MB: As a psychic, sorceress of sorts and other things which I can only imply … the modern nightkind culture is part of a culture that I helped shape in a very small way at its Genesis. It is nothing new, I feel more like I am coming home and seeing all these new toys and ivory towers that others have built to play with. We had no such politics or communities back in the very beginning and everything was secret and that made it sacred. We had palpable Gods and Monsters back then. We were really dead and undead and risen and we couldn’t tell anybody but each other, but it was exciting and real. And then I “slept” for decades through the AIDS scare, political correctness … it’s good to be awake again.  All that experience contributes to an informed opinion alongside my psychic perceptions. Translation? I’ve seen the monsters inside real vampires that need to be fed and adored. To me they are puppy dogs that need attention. Surely, THAT is a uniquely dark world nightkind interpretation without judgement. Some people can read vampires. I can give vampires more than a reading but a genuine song of the night, without judgement or prejudice. For a vampire to open themselves enough to get an accurate reading there has to be that simpatico otherwise half of their energy is spent hiding their secret lives. I encourage monsters to come out and play so they can tell me their stories. Don’t you know that monsters know everything? *Laughs*

RVL: So, tell us, when you aren’t communing with the aethyrs what does Lady Marie Bargas do to ‘kick back’ and ‘chill’?

MB: My favourite thing to do in my spare time is spend an entire day at the spa. Massages, whirlpools, mud bathing … and then … Steak, Bloody Marys and fries … and then … drinking at the gambling tables and shocking the dealers with my bizarre choice of cards. I ALWAYS win. I shop for entertainment. I read real books and sip tea while I’m reading. The Vampire Chihuahua occasionally licks the secrets of the universe into my skin in exchange for belly rubs.

RVL: Naturally, I would suppose, we would like to touch, at least once, upon your knowledge and history within the nightkind culture; modern Vampyres in particular, when did you first become aware that there was a modern living Vampyre culture?

MB: As I’ve said earlier I was present at the Genesis of the modern vampire in the crowd scenes at the Rise and Fall of Western Civilization, in the audience at a Nina Hagen concert, a vampire expert for Entertainment Tonight, created by a historical Los Angeles Goth King with ties to Thelema and OTO. Good Goddess Tim. Don’t you know me?

RVL: *Laughs* Thank you very much indeed for sharing your thoughts, advice and insights with us today. We greatly appreciate your time indeed, it has been an absolute pleasure speaking with you.

MB: Thank YOU! It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking with you. This has been a perfect Mercury Retrograde Confession. Bless me Father for I have sinned…


Preparing this presentation was an exhilarating experience, more so because it came in the wake of a guest invitation I received to appear on SOC Radio with Lady Marie, Tony Sokol and Lady Gia Ahlia Bathory. It was the first time that I have done a “live” interview, and show…quite an experience.

It was also exhilarating because when you are in touch with Lady Marie you feel the profound energy, the vibe, and the spirit-passion that she exudes.

Of her accomplishments there can be no doubt, her television work speaks for itself. Of her in person, one can only sit and marvel at the friends that have graced her artistic circle through her life thus far and wonder what more is to come from such an amazing lady but despite the glamour of the situation one can instantly recognise the true soul-passion for her arts, the adventurous spirit of her creation and the fearlessness of her approach.

 

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