The Autoeroticasphyxium Fanzine Page


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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”

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

“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

“Muy bien por este trabajo en perfectas condiciones para que te enteres de lo esta pasando en u.s.a.” -Sabbath zine

“The indy zine does one thing at an excellent level that to my opinion puts it above the average zines out there… content.” -RavenWolf

“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

“…Entertaining, so go check it out!” -Jenn Matthews, Jen’s Metal Page

Interviews List
 
Tjolgtjar is a one man project from Illinois, USA, the brainchild of one Reverend J.R Preston. Preston is a multi-instrumentalist involved in several bands and projects including Lord Of Depression, Blood Cult, Xexyz, Bloodwoods, The Phibbes Experiment and Angelust. Tjolgtjar has been active since 1998 and released fourteen CDs to date (each of them are available for streaming at Bandcamp). According to Preston’s official Facebook page for Tjolgtjar, it’s not a performing band but a vehicle for his interpretation of black metal, in some ways similar to the one-man black metal projects that appeared across the western hemisphere in the 90s. If this is of interest to you here is his interview posted for your perusal:
 
James K. Blaylock from Texas has been writing poems on Facebook for some time, and some of his verses are available for viewing at Autoeroticasphyxium’s blog. He has two collections published and is currently working on a third. The art for the front cover is being designed by his sister Hannah. Blaylock’s writing is designed to penetrate the human psyche, a benefit for those of us who prefer to think rather than take the world at face value. The most memorable writers in history have had a way of doing this so should he strike a nerve in you, he’s in good company. Read about his work and collaborative projects at the link below:
 
It Came From The Radio is a science fiction and fantasy themed call-in internet radio show. It started as The Comic Book Novice in 2003 and slowly gained notoriety before it officially adopted its new title on September 1, 2011. The name change came about because the show had expanded its format beyond covering comic books. Today it includes movies, local and state conventions and noted actors like Mark Hamill and Amber Benson among many other talents. Mark Torres who has been with the show since the start and his staff do a great deal of promoting and the show continues to grow in popularity. You can read his interview and find links to the show’s official Blogspot at:
 
The black metal band Appalachian Winter started in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania in 2008. In the last ten years since they formed they released four full lengths (Ghosts of the Mountains, The Epochs that Built the Mountains, The Lake and the Mountain, and From the Cosmos to the Mountains) and a split album with a band called Draumar (Bergleider), all available on Nine Gates Records from Columbus, Ohio. Appalachian Winter’s black metal is described by founding member-writer-composer Daniel Klyne as being “physically taxing” but he and the band have enough energy to create into their thirties. Klyne talks about the band and their environment , his plans to record more CDs with them and other projects he has an interest in pursuing. This interview was conducted by Daniel M. Ryan (Transylvanian Forest e-zine, Strings of Distorted Doom, Mors Omnibus).
 
Craig Michael is the author of The Deathercizer: Headbanger’s Poetry, an anthology that was released on a limited basis many years ago and is one of independently published verse’s best kept secrets. Describing himself as a skilled artist with experience in self-publishing, Michael managed to submit his collection and earlier works of his into the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989. First receiving inspiration to write from his father, he drew inspiration from everything from religion to art to fiction to politics to major social events in the 1960s, then punk rock and heavy metal from the 1980s to the present day. Michael’s world view is laid as bare in his interview as it is in his written work; for an incredible story you won’t soon forget read it at this link: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/poet-interview-craig-michael.html
 
Crucible Steel is a solo project founded by Jonathan Nesbitt in January 2016. Nesbitt has two full lengths out and one to be released by the independent label Apollyon Entertainment this summer. Preferring to work independently rather than seek other musicians, Nesbitt handles all the instruments, songwriting and lyrics, as well as recording and producing. His interview covers the bands he discovered since he first picked up an instrument, the equipment he uses to record and produce with, the subject matter he writes about and the research behind his lyrics. The Crusades and Viking history are two of the historical sources he bases lyrics on; he suggests an author or two while we discuss it. More details about Crucible Steel’s new album Dead Within will be presented closer to its release. Read his interview at the link below:
 
13 O’Clock Podcast is a new online blog and Youtube community featuring paranormal and UFO related topics, occult based topics, discussions of serial killers and unsolved murders, discussions of mysterious historical events and reviews of rare science fiction and horror movies. If these topics interest you you’ll want to read this interview. 13 O’Clock Podcast is one of many fan run sites critiquing media without the usual hype. Podcaster Jenny Ashford says the internet is a vehicle for fans to talk about movies and TV for an audience, and this has had an enormous impact on the mainstream. Ashford has hosted 13 O’Clock Podcast with Thomas Ross since August 2016, runs a horror blog called Goddess Of Hellfire and hosts an official site with graphic art and reviews of horror, paranormal and true crime fiction.
 
Steven Michael Pape’s third interview for Autoerroticasphyxium zine is posted to promote the impending release of his new poem anthology, A Weapon Called The Word. The book is expected to be released in June or July, with cover art by longtime collaborator Tim Bennett [the cover artist for Pape’s previous anthologies 21st Century Wasteland, Observations With Half Closed Eyes and A Closed Mind Is An Open Trap] and editing by new collaborator Rose Terranova Cirigliano. A Weapon Called The Word features fifty poems touching on subjects like homelessness, gang culture, poverty and other issues in society. There are nature-themed poems featured in the anthology to create a balance of a sort. If you want to read more about the new book visit:
These are the links to Pape’s first two interviews for the zine:
 
Michael Aronovitz is an independent music reviewer and horror writer who combines his two passions, writing fictional pieces with bands as the lead characters. His series “Music Hell” is one that takes a fair amount of planning and matters of legality. Bands give their permission to have their names used in his pieces, providing press kits featuring their latest work. Then a story is based on their song lyrics and promotional videos. He recently wrote a novelette with Anthrax as the main characters (The Shadows of the Asylum) which has gotten a notable fan response. Aronovitz has an extensive history as an author dating back to 1993, including the publication of several novels as well as his zine and short story writing. Read about it here:
 
Jaap Boekestein is a prolific and versatile author who has written almost everything from science fiction to fantasy to horror to crime to erotica, and much more in between. Starting with sci fi and fantasy he went on to experiment in other genres that interested him as he experienced life in greater doses. Since moving from the Dutch market to the American market he has been presented with many more opportunities for recognition. But he makes it clear he’s not writing for fame and fortune, as recognition as a published writer is of greater importance than being well known. You can read about Boekestein’s extensive range of influences and research, and his past and present writing projects including a new manga piece and anthology to be released in 2019.
 
Ritual Servant from South Carolina, USA was formed in 2016 and have two singles and an EP being streamed on their official Bandcamp. The band is strongly influenced by classic thrash (Metallica, Slayer) and yes, they are Christian. Christian metal has grown in popularity since Stryper; a Youtube search will turn up bands of all subgenres (death, black, prog, symphonic, classic) and channels dedicated to said bands (a handful of these are Christian Metal Central, Christian Metal Detecting, Christian Metal Kingdom and Metal Cross). If you like 80s thrash and bands like Living Sacrifice, Mortification and Horde, even if you just appreciate them for their music, you may be interested in reading about the band and their history, according to guitarist/vocalist Patrick Best. Ritual Servant is the first ever Christian band to be featured in this zine; the interview includes links to their Facebook, Bandcamp and Youtube pages.
 
Expurgo was formed back in 1997 as Putrifocinctor, and was one of the first grindcore bands to emerge from Belo Horizonte/Minas Gerais, considered to be the cradle of Brazilian thrash and death metal according to the band. There was no grindcore scene when they started and they had to build from scratch while subverting minds from their local scene. Today Brazil is thriving when it comes to extreme music, with bands of different genres like Preceptor, Mata Borrão, Stomachal Corrosion, Chronic Ashes, Pathologic Noise, Scalped, Pesta, Necrobiotic, Colt 45, Dunkell Reiter, Hellcome, Agaurez and Mortifer Rage. All the members of this band describe their place in the scheme of things, providing info about their extensive collection of releases from 1999 to the present day, especially their latest releases. Expurgo is signed to the Brazilian independent label Black Hole Productions, recently shared the stage with grindcore legends Brujeria and plan to tour outside the country in 2018.
 
Hells Envoy Magazine is not a typical fanzine with interviews, music and film reviews, band contacts and so forth. Founded in 2o17, it publishes real life stories anonymously written by fans of extreme music. Inspiration for the magazine came from two independently produced documentaries about the underground metal communities in Australia and Tasmania, Metal Down Under and Tasmanian Metal. Information about those documentaries and trailer links are in an interview with editor/publisher creep that has just been posted. With a handful of staff members creep released the debut issue in a limited run of 1000 copies in January 2018. creep has launched an aggressive promotional campaign for the first issue and submissions for the second issue are now open. You can email him or contact him through the magazine’s official Youtube community page. Anyone is welcome to submit stories, whether they’re fans, club owners, sound technicians, roadies, label owners, promoters or shop owners etc.
 
Machine Man Records is an independent label founded in New Jersey, USA in 2017, and it dedicated to promoting metal, electro, synthwave, deathstep, aggrotech, industrial, industrial metal and cyber metal. Machine Man Records is registered as an official Bandcamp label and its bands are promoted on DistroKid, MondoTunes and Tunecore as well as iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, Google Play and Spotify. The label is adding new bands to its roster this year and is consistently releasing new material. Chris Bollinger who runs the label has recently formed a partnership with Will Zimmernan of TAG Publicity which you can read about in his interview for AEA zine. Bollinger is also a member of the bands Kill Point Protocol and Varicella. His interview has links to Facebook, Youtube and Bandcamp and can be read here: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/label-interview-machine-man-records.html
 
The Sydney, Nova Scotia punk band Keith Doom & The Wrecking Crew formed in 2014 with Nathan Hines, their vocalist and frontman. To date the band has released two EPs (Potholes, Malt Water Party) and one full length (Total Expendable). All these releases can be streamed at Bandcamp and a new full length is planned for release in 2018. The EPs have a punk/rock and roll/Misfits meets Stooges vibe while the full length leans toward early 80s hardcore. The next album will continue in this vein according to the interview. Hines discusses punk rock’s roots from the early 70s, its relevance in today’s political climate and the band’s place in their scene. Here is where you can read the interview and find links on Bandcamp and Facebook: http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/band-interview-keith-doom-wrecking-crew.html
 
The Facebook community page Abstract Maelstrom is a forum to display Jeremy Kirchner’s watercolor, spray paint and acrylic art. The page has been up since June 2017 and primarily showcases Kirchner’s work, though he hopes to eventually start displaying the work of other artists. If you’re curious about viewing his extensive collection of paintings, you can visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/abstractmaelstrom/ and visit his Facebook profile at https://www.facebook.com/jk0101989. Abstract Maelstrom has about 94 likes at present so if you like what you see and want to help support him spread word and invite your friends on Facebook. His background and inspiration as a painter is explored as comprehensively in his interview as his paintings are exclusively personal. Read it at:
 
Metalegion Magazine from Portugal supports all dark and extreme music since its first issue from 2014. Published by Ricardo Azevedo who has been a fan for thirty years, it could be one of the next major underground publications. Metalegion Magazine is both visually appealing and rich in content for extreme music fans who prefer reading interviews paying attention to detail. Though it’s available on digital/PDF, you can acquire copies of each issue in print. The magazine is constantly seeking new staff writers who are interested in sharing their opinions with fans around the world. I interview Azevedo who saw many changes with the availability of underground music since 1987 and ‘88 and received inspiration for content and publishing from zines and magazines that were active in the 90s. Azevedo is also dedicated to giving his magazine its own identity. A new issue should be out around April/May, In the meantime you can read the interview at:
 
Independent paranormal investigator Christopher Chaos has researched many paranormal phenomena including the legend of the Jersey Devil, This legend is said to date back to 1735 and countless “sightings” have been reported through the centuries. Cbaos’ research spans a documentary released by his independent film company Axis Video and a three book series ending with The Jersey Devil: Legend, Lore And Science. Other projects Chaoss has worked on are the book series Cursed: An Explanation of the Unknown, film shorts based on local legends in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, music videos by local bands and new film trailers The shorts, videos and trailers are at Youtube. Chaos’ interview has background of the research that went into his book series and information about some of his new projects.
 
DemonScar from New York is a new band founded by Nick Graystone who previously played in local bands Tangent, Always The Crash and Hollow. DemonScar was formed in 2017 and just released their debut EP on Bandcamp last September. A review of the EP is up and comparisons were made to Black Sabbath. Motorhead, Metallica and Cycle Sluts From Hell. The streets of New York City merge with the streets of Los Angeles as DemonScar mix punk and hard rock. You get a glimpse of the Seattle streets from time for the band’s similarities to early grunge. As the EP indicates, DemonScar is no typical rock band. Their songs are about the darker impulses of the human psyche. In his interview Graystone says his lyrics are based on personal experiences, and singing them is a form of catharsis. The band is working on new material and planning showcase performances for the near future.
 
Kuteesa Frank is an African fantasy author who has been working on breaking into the U.S. The first of the three volumes of his epic series The Asc3ndants is available of Wattpad and Luly; the next two volumes are in development at the time of this writing. Frank’s evolution as a fiction writer is given a wide-ranging account, going back to grade school and including his affinity for J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowlings, C.S. Lewis, Stephen King, Percy Jackson, Walt Disney and Stephanie Meyers. Frank explains how historical accounts he researched are the backdrop of his characters and situations. I met Frank through Rich Orth who was his first U.S. contact after six years of constructing the story. He has several plots for future projects including a couple of short stories. If interested you can contact him on Facebook; his link is posted at the end of the interview:
 
Author Jonathan McCoy has just published Paranormal Exposed, which he says is “about understanding the paranormal from a… human perspective.” Highlighted in this book (published by Dark Moon Press in October 2017) is McCoy’s education in paranormal topics all the way back to his childhood. Compiling it while he was attending college, he published it with the intention of breaking the usual preconceptions of paranormal activity, approaching it from a scientific and anthropological viewpoint. According to McCoy, the physical world is as important as religion and spirituality when it comes to fully understanding the paranormal. Books he read in his youth, the left hand path, vampire legend, horror and vampire cinema and his involvement with the House of Sahjaza and the House of Lore have also played a part in McCoy’s outlook. You can order Paranormal Exposed through Dark Moon Press; a link is provided in McCoy’s interview at:
 
I was introduced to medium and radio host Marie Bargas by Tony Sokol whose interview has been on AEA’s blog since February. Bargas and Sokol met in April 2016 and collaborated on several projects, including a program for Spiritualists Online Radio, Magickal Lab Academy. Bargas does a live chat show on Paranormal News Network. These shows are covered along with Bargas’ experience as a medium, her education in witchcraft and vampirism, the evolution of her spiritual path, and the many people she has collaborated with in her career.
 
Real Vampire Life Ezine’s editor and publisher Tim Bey introduced me to the webzine’s correspondent and translator Ronin Costa for an interview. She and Bey are long time collaborators who have worked on several projects together. I contacted her, we completed the article in the space of a week or two and it is now posted at AEA zine. Previous interviews provided information about vampire communities is the U.S. and South America; Costa’s interview provides information about vampire communities in Italy. The lifestyle there is quite different from the States, with most of the folklore coming from Serbia and Romania (some is held over from the Roman Empire). Costa has researched vampire folklore from a young age; this led her to other areas you wouldn’t expect to be associated with vampires. I don’t want to give too much away , but a few things you can read about include the Italian Real Vampires League and Clan Resurrectus a group she was long involved in, and the stark differences between myths and reality about modern vampires. This interview is suggested reading if you wish to learn more about vampire culture and lifestyle in today’s world.
 
David Smith’s science fiction/horror detective novel Whistleblower is posted at http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/search/label/SERIALIZATIONS. Set in the near future, the novel is about a race of humanoid aliens plotting to eradicate earth’s population by exploiting its resources. When cop Jake Redwood discovers their plans it becomes a race against time. This is the first of a two part series; the second novel is still in development at the time of this writing. Cover artwork designed by Jerry Langdon and Allison Smith; distribution assisted by James Ward Kirk Fiction. If you like The Day The Earth Stood Still, They Live, Independence Day and War Of The Worlds you’ll want to check this novel out. For more information on Whistleblower and Smith’s other writing projects you can read his interview at:
The interview includes a link to his official website and an email address.
 
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