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“A long time ago, in the underground realm, where there are no lies or pain, there lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world.” ~ The Faun, “Pan’s Labyrinth”

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Interview with Tony Sokol

Author, playwright, journalist, musician and performer Tony Sokol was introduced to me by Goddess Rosemary of Temple House Sahjaza. She and Sokol have collaborated together for the Vampyre Theater, an event independently arranged and promoted by the NY Goth scene. Sokol has also written an extensive number of plays including one on the JFK assassination. You can read about Sokol’s collaborations with Jerico DeAngelo, Zeena Schreck, Jinx Dawson, Troy Acree and Marie Bargas, the vampire rituals he was helped compose, and new projects like his upcoming radio program with Bargas, Magick Lab Academy.

Read the article at http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/author-interview-tony-sokol_23.html

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Interview with The Long Losts

The Long Losts from New York City mix gothic rock with 70s punk, Victorian themes, literature and dark romance, as you can hear on the two independently produced full lengths Scary Songs To Play In The Dark and To night… These releases are discussed between guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Patrick and I in his interview. The Long Losts have made appearances at several events since October 2017 (including the Salem Horror Fest in Massachusetts and the Red Party in NYC), and are planning a West Coast tour and possible dates in Europe. You can read the interview and a review of To Night… at the links below.

http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/band-interview-long-losts.html

http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/full-length-review-long-losts-to-night.html

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Interview with Ugly Shyla by Dave Wolff for Brutalism E-Zine

This interview was conducted for Brutalism E-Zine in 2011. It also appears in the second issue of Metal, Magick and Mythos MagaZine.

http://www.brutalism.com/content/interview-with-ugly-shyla

How did you come to be known as Ugly Shyla, and what was the inspiration for the name?

Down here when you are a kid and you miss behave they tell you “don’t act ugly!” So I got it as a nickname because I was such a smart ass.

You describe yourself on your Facebook profile as an artistic outlaw, someone who has established herself as an alternative model. How exactly do you define an artistic outlaw and an alternative model?

Outlaw artists are those of us who have the balls to push the boundaries of things you’d think in the society we live in everybody has a lot of freedom but don’t. We all have freedom provided what we are doing is agreed with by everybody. Even the subculture has become snobbish. I recently had a bit of controversy because I did a piece against female circumcision/female genital mutilation; some of the guys were bickering it’s the same thing as male circumcision and I was basically a heartless asshole because I didn’t make statements about that. I tried to be nice and explain that it was not the same. As usual everybody got upset with me. Outlaw artists are outsiders to even the subculture because we make real statements and it’s not a fashion show. To answer the second part of the question, an alternative model is just a model that looks like someone outside the mainstream.

Something about alternative models is each of them have their own style and aesthetic sense, as opposed to the average mainstream model. Is the diversity of the alternative model lifestyle something needed in today’s society?

Actually from what I can see most of the modern “alt” models look like cookie cutter factory made images of the fuckable alt girl next door. Which makes me throw up in my mouth a little. Fuck, we need diversity so bad it’s overwhelming. Even in the so called subculture scenes it’s become a big gang of follow the leader.

Does controversy often arise from the statements you make about society and its customs? Do you feel there is ultimately no bad publicity and the controversy will benefit you in the long haul?

At times, yes. And sometimes people are offended by things I think would be really innocuous things or things that I would assume people would agree with. But things have gotten so politically correct it’s a sin to have your own opinion. I can’t say I enjoy getting angry e-mails or having people shit their pants over everything I say. But the things I say NEED to be said so I roll with the punches because somebody has to have the guts to stand up.

You create what you call art dolls, as opposed to dolls resembling characters from films like The Puppet Master or The Nightmare Before Christmas. What is the distinction between your dolls and popular goth/horror dolls?

My dolls are fine art dolls. Art dolls or artist dolls are normally handmade, all original sculptures that are or not mounted on a base. These dolls are not meant to be played with and are not for children. They are also normally in the higher in price range. The higher price range reflects that a lot of work and money went into making the dolls. If the doll is a true one of a kind, that means the artist will never ever make something like it again, and did not make a mold from the doll or make the doll from a mold. Generally every aspect of the doll is handmade; wigs, shoes, body, clothing etc. This is just the same as with an original one of a kind painting or sculpture. An art doll can run into the thousands just like an original painting by a well-known painter. The normal price range for an art doll is from about $300 to into the thousands. A lot of times they can be fragile and can convey some intense emotions or grown up themes. That doesn’t just go for art dolls like those I make, but for art dolls in general. Some good examples of art dolls or art doll artists are some of the dolls and artists on the National Institute Of American Doll Artists website, http://www.niada.org/index2.html.

Do you have any of your creations featured in the National Institute Of American Doll Artists’ site? How much has this exposure helped spread word about you?

No I don’t have any work on there. But one of these days when things calm down I plan on putting in for a membership. But it is an amazing site that promotes some of the finest art dolls so I just really enjoy their site.

Name a handful of the most original and creative art dolls you have made and how favorably they have been received.

I hope all of my work is original and creative and that the collectors or even just the people that view them and make a connection with them enjoy them. I can’t really toot my own horn about my work because I’m just a messenger. One of my faves that I even did though was the one doll I have made for myself. Which was of Mary, The Mother of Sorrows when my three legged cat Scooter passed away a few years back.

Name some of the photographers you have worked with in your career as an alternative model, any particular themes of your shoots and where your shoots are available for viewing or purchase on the internet?

Steve Diet Goedde, Lithium Picnic and John Santerineross are some of the more recognizable photographers I have worked with. I do all sorts of themes from art to cheesecake to really bizarre imagery. Some of my prints can be found on my website, www.uglyart.net.

You have done modeling work in photo shoots for Evil Lily’s Originals. How many shoots did you do for this company and what were you modeling for them?

I did two shoots for her modeling some of her amazing skirts. I love her work so much and she’s such an awesome person. If I could live in her skirts every day I would. I don’t know how she does it but they always look amazing on everybody no matter what your body type.

You list some favorite movies as The Man Who Fell To Earth, Hellraiser, The Devil Doll, Labyrinth, Carrie and The Elephant Man. What appeals to you about these movies, and did they help inspire you as an artist in any way?

I like anything with a sort of surreal twist to it. None of my work is really inspired by anything that pop culture like films, etc. I’m a surrealist and most of my doll ideas come from dream imagery or images I see during occult workings.

How seriously do you take the imagery you see in your dreams, and how much are these images reflected in your work?

I take them very seriously because I believe them to be messages from the Loa and Orisha and from other spirits on the other side. As a true surrealist allot of my work is dream imagery. I see these things in dreams and it’s like a burden for me to manifest them in this realm.

Can you describe some of your occult beliefs, and cite any occult authors who have been of particular inspiration to you?

My religion is Voodoo but I also follow LaVeyan Satanism as a sort of philosophy. I really enjoy Crowley’s work. I think because he was like myself and dabbled in everything from Magick to art et cetera. I also enjoy LaVey’s writings and Migene González-Wippler is a wonderful writer on Santeria.

Which art forms in addition to modeling and creating dolls are you practicing?

God, everything!!!!! Jewelry, sewing, painting, drawing, carving and printing. I’m also learning to tattoo at http://www.facebook.com/bizarreink.

How long have you been painting and drawing, and creating jewelry and whatnot? Are you developing and designing your own tattoo artwork? How far do you expect to develop creatively with all this?

I have been creative as long as I can remember. I made my first doll at sixteen and started doing it professionally at nineteen. I’m 31 so I have been an artist for most of my life. If I get the hang of tattooing, which I’m sure I will because I don’t think the folks at Bizarre Ink (http://www.facebook.com/bizarreink) will let me NOT get the hang of it, I plan on tattooing in the same style as I paint which is dreamy surreal black and white watercolor style work. So my painting and tattooing designs will go hand and hand. Hell I have no idea how far I will go with this. I never in a hundred years thought I’d get this far or even be a doll artist as an adult.

Direct the readers to your official site and include information about how they can order your creations.

My official site is www.uglyart.net and I also sell my work though easy http://www.etsy.com/shop/uglyartdotnet. A lot of my new stuff gets listed there first and then it’s put up on my website.

http://www.facebook.com/uglyshyla

-Dave Wolff

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JUDITH, a horror novel by M Teresa Clayton

In M Teresa Clayton’s supernatural horror novel JUDITH, a mysterious heirloom owned by the Burton family has been passed down for generations… and with it, a horrifying legacy. A full serialization can be read at Autoeroticasphyxium zine’s blog: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/search/label/SERIALIZATIONS along with dark tales written by Alexander Kautz and David Smith. Clayton has two interviews at the blog and they can be read at these links:

http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/poet-interview-m-teresa-clayton.html

http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/author-interview-m-teresa-clayton.html

“M. Teresa Clayton has the kind of imagination that leaves the reader with tiny shards of her insanity embedded in their own minds, you can feel the stabbing reminder just beneath the facade – trying to work its way to the surface.” -James Beck, The Moorings

“Once more M. Teresa Clayton captures your attention inside a nightmare that appears to be our own.” -The Charon Chronicles

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall… M Teresa Clayton puts a new spin on that old rhyme with her novella JUDITH. You may find yourself covering all the mirrors in your house!” -William S. Avery

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Mecha Birth Art Book I (Frank “Arte Mortifica” Garcia)

The inner cover of Mecha Birth contains this quote by Mario Savio: “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious.” Savio was a renowned activist who was involved in the Berkeley free speech movement. This statement is almost prophetic considering how modern technology, for all its potential to better mankind, is used instead to placate the masses with gadgets and gizmos that become obsolete too soon. I heard Ray Bradbury predicted technology heading in this direction at one point. Perhaps Frank Garcia found value in what Savio had to say while compiling this book of his artwork. Samples of his work have appeared in Autoeroticasphyxium zine and in collaborations with other contributing writers such as Rich Orth. This is his first independently released anthology. A recurring theme in Frank’s art is the contrast between machinery and man, shown in a nightmarish way that sometimes suggests the likes of H.R. Giger (as on the front cover which depicts an Alienlike creature fused into an extraterrestrial object). The blend of flat surfaces, sharp edges and warped humanoids in a streamlined format is simultaneously otherworldly, horrific and breathtaking, blurring all the lines between organic and man-made until both seem to become one in the end. Frank Garcia is also the guitarist of Nekropsy, Waking Chaos and Blood Of The Wolf and does the solo project Artemortifica. He can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/100010107755124. -Dave Wolff

https://www.facebook.com/Nekropsy-51557640073/

https://www.facebook.com/Waking-Chaos-124073177615546/

https://www.facebook.com/bloodofthewolfmusic/

https://www.facebook.com/ArtemortificaMusic/

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CD Reviews by Dave Wolff in Psychic Times International

Psychic Times International from Felton, Delaware was a new age, metaphysical, paranormal and spiritual e-magazine published by Donna Master Psychic Counselor. The e-magazine was active from 2003 to 2011 with a world-spanning readership. It covered a range of topics including the metaphysical, UFOs, herbs and Lightworking, featuring poetry, short fiction and music reviews. Smith was a guest speaker on psychic and paranormal radio shows, and the founder and president of G.H.O.S.T. (Ghost Hunters Offering Supernatural Tactics), a team of paranormal investigators based in Delaware. Reviews of Whiplash and King Diamond penned by Dave Wolff were published Psychic Times International and each edition is available for viewing on issuu.com.

http://www.facebook.com/Donna-Master-Psychic-Counselor-Medium-271719304476/

http://www.facebook.com/GHOST-Ghost-Hunters-Offering-Supernatural-Tatics-336182759135

http://issuu.com/psychictimesinternational

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The Infernal Dreams anthology Blood From The Underground consists of all stories from parts I, II, and III. Authors whose work is in this anthology are G.L Giles, James Patrick Riser, Elizadeth Hetherington, David Dunwoody, BellaDonna Drakul, Edwin Ong, Josh Felty, Eric Enck, Reaper M. Jones, Daniel Emery Taylor, Vance Hetherington, Josh Loomis, Nenad Stakic, Jerry Williams, Robert Freese, Jessica Lee, Dave Wolff, Kristin Theckston, and Lucas McPherson. There are twenty-four stories with varying subjects and graphic content. The Kindle Edition is available for purchase at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FZ0X7A/

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Review of Winston Blakely’s Immortal Fantasy by Dave Wolff

You should be familiar with Winston Blakely, from his cover artwork for AEA’s print zine featuring the demon vampiress Faustina Karpathia and his interviews in print and online. You should also be familiar with his extensive graphic novel work, including Little Miss Strange featuring the alien sorceress Scorpia (Faustina makes an appearance in the latest Little Miss Strange graphic novel), in addition his projects for Valiant Comics and his official website Blakelyworks. One ambitious project from 2010, Immortal Fantasy is a collection of tales of adventure, science fiction, horror and comedy. Each of them is devised with unique characters taking you to strange worlds Blakely creates with the help of Robert E. Fennell and Luis Sierra. The Vision and Specter Of The Damned (featuring Kotas The Dragon), Star-Ravage (featuring Pozitron), A Junkie’s Delight, Secret Wonderland, Blood And Scapegoats and White Raven present warriors, dragons, demons and Satan himself. Immortal Fantasy includes a foreword by award-winning author and fantasy writer Charles R. Saunders. For information on how to order this anthology write Blakely through http://blakelyworks.blogspot.com. -Dave Wolff

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Interview with Liath Sahajza (The Academy of Gray Mystics)
Posted at Facebook January 27, 2018
The Academy of Gray Mystics (http://obsidiansylph.yuku.com) is an online school for self spirituality and self growth, according to the rider on their official site. The Academy offers activities, study groups, articles, interviews and such electives as astral projection, divination, hoodoo and tarot. Founder Liath Sahjaza is an instructor and writer in the Academy as well as High Elder and Priestess of the Temple Sahjaza. Her interview explores all of this and her background in Wicca, grey magic and hoodoo. Her education came from internet research, her experiences in the Deep South and reading authors like Deanna Anderson, Ellen Dugan, Michael Ford, John Romer and EA Wallis Budge. H.E.P. Liath Sahajza’s interview is posted at;
http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/instructor-interview-liath-sahajza.html

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Interview Update: David Uhrlaub of the Kalderasha Vampire Courts
Posted at Facebook January 10, 2018
David Uhrlaub is yet another contact introduced to me by Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza, a friend and mentor to him since they were in the Black Rose coven. The history of his community service group Kalderasha Vampire Courts, their activities and his involvement with them is brought to light from its origins. More detail is unearthed about Uhrlaub’s extensive study of the hidden books of the Bible, spirituality, rituals, demonology and exorcisms, where he researched and those who joined him on his path to attaining knowledge. You can read about the Blood Nations Community Project community, the consignment store Midnight Dreams, the Monster Mash Charity Ball, and the Caravan Cabaret event planned for May at Kalderasha Courts’ Facebook community, http://www.facebook.com/kalderashacourts/ and his Autoeroticasphyxium interview, http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/communityfest-organizer-interview-david.html.

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Interview with Illyriah Sahjaza, Article by Joseph A. Zuchowski
Posted at Facebook February 24, 2016
Illyriah Sahjaza of the Temple-House Sahjaza is a real life vampire who has studied and practiced from an early age. In her studies she has found there is more to being a vampire than dressing the part as many people think, reading Anne Rice or watching the Twilight movies. Illyriah says some published works are more reality based than others. In her life her discovery or the art and practice of vampirism came as what she calls her “awakening” when she was tutored by a close friend and mentor. According to her this “awakening” happens with many people; for a deeper explanation of her own experiences you’ll have to read this interview for yourself. You can be assured it is an enlightenment. This interview is available at the following link: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/vampire-intervew-illyriah-sahjaza.html
Joseph A. Zuchowski contributed an article explaining fundamentalism after World War I and its influence on today’s religious climate, with more people than ever taking scripture literally and calling for persecution (or worse) against anyone who doesn’t believe what they believe (whether Christian or Muslim). You can read the article What is Fundamentalism? at this link: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/article-what-is-fundamentalism-by.html

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Interview with Kurt Amacker
Posted at Facebook October 29, 2015
This is the second interview conducted with author/comic writer Kurt Amacker. As in his first interview, a great deal of ground is covered here, including his independent publishing company Dark Notes Press, his present and future projects with Cradle Of Filth vocalist Dani (Cradle Of Filth: The Curse Of Venus Aversa is now available from Amazon.com), his collaborations with The 69 Eyes and with artist Monty Borror (who designed artwork for Kurt and Dani’s projects), his previously published books and plans to reboot some of them, classic and contemporary vampire cinema (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Hunger, Blade, From Dusk Til Dawn, The Lost Boys, Interview With The Vampire, The Addiction, the Hammer films), classic vampire cinema, penny dreadfuls, vampire literature (Christopher Moore’s Bloodsucking Fiends), the History and Discovery Channel’s research on vampire legends and sexuality in the vampire mythos. The lead character of his project Bloody October (also available from Amazon.com is described at length and Amacker presents a twist or two for this character.
Kurt Amacker’s first interview can be read at http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/publisher-interview-kurt-amacker.html. His second interview can be read at http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2015/10/author-interview-kurt-amacker-second.html.

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Review of G.L. Giles’ The Vampire Vignettes V4: Water Vamps,
by Dave Wolff for Punk Globe Magazine
Posted at Facebook August 13, 2011.
As a longtime reviewer and correspondent of G.L. Giles’ I have grown familiar with her writings, especially her Vampire Vignettes series. Since my first review of her vampire/vampire saga I always appreciated that she brought something original and inventive to the mythos as opposed to remaining within the expected boundaries of good and evil. As I observed, one aspect particularly setting it apart is her portrayal of vampires not as evil creatures bent on the destruction of humankind, but creatures aware of their situation and their place in the mortal world. And dare I pay credence to the notion that Giles’ vampires see themselves as no different than a human species with a far lesser understanding of the night prowlers they fear and revile? This idea is likewise hinted at in a video by Baron Misuraca and Julia Filchenkova for Baron’s song Shadows Of The Dead in which the lead character shows a moment of deep regret for the mortals he turned. Is this blasphemy, or intended to foster an understanding of vampiric passions that don’t differ from ours as most humans would prefer to believe. I could continue in this vein, but I’ll leave it to the scoffers to search their own souls for the answers. As did the series’ previous installments, V4: Water Vamps takes place in the Bible Belt of South Carolina. And the story that unfolds blends into the saga naturally, offering a broader back story through a brief prologue and expanding on the creative license of V2B4: The Vampire Vignettes Prequel and V3: The Vampire Vignettes Revamped. Artwork by Rosemary Ward (Retro Screamers Online) also offers more vivid a picture of the universe Giles has created around her characters., For a preview of this book and ordering information visit http://www.xlibris.com/GLGiles.html. -Dave Wolff
http://www.punkglobe.com/watervampsbookreview0811.html

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Autoeroticasphyxium Zine has been active since the first print issue was released in January 1997. In those days it was a typical underground fanzine supporting underground metal, punk and hardcore. Today the zine is online and the format has expanded to encompass entertainment you don’t read about in mainstream press. The zine covers goth, metal/belly dancing, metal/ballet dancing, burlesque, morbid cabaret, fire dance, vampires, the occult and paranormal, science fiction, independent art, fetishism and sexuality, and internet radio in addition to many genres of underground music. Its goal is to spread word about those who dare break the mold of aboveground mediocrity. AEA zine also showcases the work of many contributing poets, authors and artists.

“The effort that goes into this zine is phenomenal and I really think that you should check it out!” -Devin Joseph Meaney, the Dev-Man Express

“Great Zine support this working history of our underground community so very much artists actors performance artist and celebs vamps pagans and more. Great work here is to another 20 years.” -Goddess Rosemary of Temple Sahjaza and Academy of Grey Mystics

“Highly recommended, excellent coverage of the various underground scenes. Check it out!” -Christopher Chaos of Axis Video

“One of the most informative, entertaining and promotional zines ever done!” -Alexander Kautz, author of Nightrealm: Pathways To Oblivion

“You can pick up a copy today. [AEA is] in all the social networks. It features some great underground metal music, some reviews, some poetry, as well as some great artwork.” -Frank “Artemortifica” Garcia

“When I was interviewed for AEA #16, I was asked some of the smartest and most indepth questions ever. AEA knows how to get great content, and the diverse mix of artists will keep you hooked.” -The StarShip vocalist Nyq Bonaventura

“Having read copies of AEA from issue #13 on, I have to say that of the five I have read, [Issue #17] is my new favorite!” -Poetry, Songs and Stygian Stories author Lucas McPherson

“An awesome zine featuring an onslaught of my so-called poetry… plenty more to fixate upon…” -Jillanna Babb of Corpsewax Dollies

“I love this issue [Issue #16]! In fact, it’s one of my favorites… There are lots of music reviews, some movie reviews and even a book review.” -Vampire Vignettes author GL Giles

“If you are a very open-minded metal head and looking for more than the average metal band interview, then this is for you.” -Reborn From Ashes zine

“This fanzine sounds interesting not only for fans, but also as D.I.Y. independent production symbol, 1 still alive in the U.S.A.” -Gusto Rana! zine

“If you are looking for a virtually flawless old school style print Zine, that covers Metal bands as well as a variety of other subjects AEA should be on your list to check out.” -Taste Of Khaos zine

“Plenty of diverse material in the zine that makes it an interesting read from beginning to end.” -The Fallout magazine

“The content is eclectic and the independent productions (musically, literately and artistic in general) are the main priority.” -Victor Varas of Zombie Ritual zine for Brutalism

“[The] interviews and reviews are informative and interesting as reading content.” -Antichrist zine

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“In the pages of [AEA] you’ll find a wealth of info about the bands that make up the metal scene as well as those of us who work behind the scenes to help make local metal scenes possible…” -Metal Beer Horror zine

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