Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Full Length Review: NOVAREIGN Legends (M-Theory)

Legends
M-Theory
Country of origin: USA
Genre: Progressive power metal
Release date: February 16, 2018
Novareign! Stellar power metal. I can hardly describe this. Into the thunderous battlefields my brain charges. With mind burning cover art of warriors worthy of battle, this band roars into my ears with flashing guitar solos and shredding riffs worthy of Valhalla’s acceptance!. Although at some points the vocals can fall a little short, but the vocalist has the voice of a demigod, shrill and loud! I still find myself clawing for the next song. As I reach for my beer, tossing my head up and down this band brings a fresh kill into the room and I can’t help but dig in. So many try to slam a power metal album down, like a Nordic rune stone to be worshiped by the locals, all I can say is. This was worth my time. It should be worth yours .This new generation power metal deserves its chance at glory! It comes with an atmosphere. Acoustic guitar at some points can in my opinion call out a sadness, but then pull out courage. Something I could listen to in a dark time, but have it pull me out... help me find courage to face what comes ahead. Strength comes out of this. It empowers. I love this. Take a listen! -Patrick McGuigan

Track list:
1. Call On The Storm
2. Mace Of A Fist
3. Beyond The Cold
4. Heavy Heart
5. Skyline
6. To Wander The Stars
7. The Builder
8. Black As The Dead Of Night
9. Legends

Full Length Review: SUFFERING 11 (Independent)

11
Independent
Country of origin: UK
Genre: Black/doom metal
Suffering’s interview has been available for reading here since January. As I sought information about their debut album, Sturmgeist Forniator Insultus mostly preferred it to be a mystery until its official release. The date is still unannounced but I was sent an advance stream with a complete track list and cover art (designed by Enchanted Woodland). One thing Insultus did reveal about 11 is, it was produced, mixed and mastered by contacts from other bands (Luke Bowers of Opium Lord and Greg Chandler of Esoteric). As such it comes across as a truly independent by-musicians-for-fans effort listeners should be able to relate to. The production is simultaneously raw and clean, balancing chaos with order, old school with new school. It’s not so raw that everything sounds like a blur, and the musicianship is easy to assimilate. Regarding the band’s doom metal elements, the dirges written into the material have a grandiose quality, reminding me of old Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. I heard hints of Slayer and Dark Angel with 90s black metal in several other songs. Listening overall is like experiencing a forbidden ritual devised and filmed for a horror film of the Hammer variety for the sudden mood changes between tracks. A more apt comparison may be John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness which I watched for recreation recently. That movie didn’t do well financially, but it did present ideas about Lovecraftian fantasy merging with the real world in a modern context. In some ways I received the same impression from 11 and the manner in which it was presented. Only while the movie beclouded the lines between fiction and reality, Suffering create their own reality and make the line clear. The element of fantasy here is apparent from the beginning. The first track Shanshu is preceded by an introduction like a Laveyan satanic ritual, building tension and leading you to anticipate the moment when it finally kicks in. Upon doing so it reveals scalding, mind-shredding blackness with a few well-placed dissonant chords and percussion that is extremely primal. The turn it takes from that track to Diary Of A Street Walker has a profound effect, going from searing rage to the deepest despondency. You get more variance in moods with The Eternal Dance, Deviant Women Of The Barren Plains, and especially the epic Rebirth Through Cursed Dirt. 11 is theatrical and ceremonious without laying it on too thick; Suffering make use of their resources and experience as musicians to spawn something with familiar influences and enough innovation to be recognizable on its own. -Dave Wolff

Track list:
1. Shanshu
2. Releasing The Eleven
3. Diary Of A Street Walker
4. The Eternal Dance
5. Conjuration Through Black Horns
6. Deviant Women Of The Barren Plains
7. The Cult Of Lilim
8. Rebirth Through Cursed Dirt

Monday, February 19, 2018

Promotional Video Review: STEEL PANTHER Death To All But Metal

Death To All But Metal
From the full length Balls Out released on Universal Republic Records January 1, 2011
Country of origin: USA
Genre: Glam metal
Video release date: June 16, 2009
When I randomly found this video posted at a friend’s Facebook profile, what made me interested was the song title. The first time I heard of the band was seeing their appearance at Comedy Central’s roast of Gene Simmons a few years ago. Now I don’t normally listen to this style of music but I got more of a kick out of watching it than I expected. If you like parody-based heavy metal bands like Bad News, Tenacious D and the immortal Spinal Tap this is right up your alley so to speak. What’s more, the parody angle is presented with the crude locker room humor of the Mentors, which people still find entertaining in that non-PC way. Steel Panther started as Metal Shop in 2000 and to date have released five full albums (Hole Patrol in 2003, Feel the Steel in 2009, Balls Out in 2011, All You Can Eat in 2014, Lower the Bar in 2017) and a handful of videos. Again this is not my usual cup of tea but I couldn’t help but laugh while listening to the lyrics and watching the antics in the classroom setting chosen for the video. It hearkens to the likes of Twisted Sister’s I Wanna Rock with a dash of Troma Entertainment added for good measure. I’ve made a lot of comparisons here (though I forgot to mention Kevin Smith) but they should give you an idea of what you’ll see. There is also an appearance by actress/comedienne Sarah Silverman as the school principal who falls under the band’s spell and get freaky. I find her a hottie so seeing her was a pleasant surprise. What I liked most of all was the Metallica reference written into the song and the band hilariously trashing corporate pop icons Goo Goo Dolls, Enimem, Dr. Dre, Papa Roach, Blink 182, Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, 50 Cent and Kanye West, and the labels that pushed them to mass popularity. I would recommend this and a live video I found of the band’s Hellfest 2017 appearance. -Dave Wolff

Full Length Review: THE CRUCIFIER Voices In My Head (Punishment 18 Records)

Voices In My Head
Country of origin: Greece
Genre: Thrash metal
Release date: September 5, 2017
Nostalgia hit me instantly when I listened to The Crucifier. 36 minutes of new wave old school thrash! It brought back the feeling I got when I was a kid. Sitting in my room kicking out legends of thrash on my tape player. Voices In My Head packs a punch with their heavy rhythm riffs and fast paced shredding guitar. Hearing something like this in 2017 was a fresh wake-up call telling me there is hope! Personally I’ll be looking forward to hearing more from these maniacs of new wave thrash. Voices In My Head speaks for itself! -Patrick McGuigan.

Track list
1. Within Insanity
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Problems
4. Happy Face Man
5. Forgive And Don't Forget
6. Born To Be A Slave
7. Imaginary God
8. Fake Truth
9. Voices In My Head

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Trailer Review: THE ALLINS (Toolbox Film/Beat Film)

Official trailer 2017
Movie directed by Sami Saif
Produced by Toolbox Film in association with Beat Film
I wonder if the same people who refer to GG Allin as a legend today hated him, feared him and trashed him in the press while he was alive. Favorable reviews of him were few and far between when I started buying his albums in 1988 and ’89. When I interviewed Merle Allin (GG’s brother and Murder Junkies bassist) he said people feel less threatened by him after his fatal overdose in 1993 and know they can make money off him. This is an issue that goes back to the 70s with Malcolm McLaren’s Cash from Chaos scheme. Is punk about the money or making a statement about society, or spreading information you don’t read about in national newspapers (like The Shadow and Maximum Rock N Roll)? With GG Allin you got the feeling that nothing is sacred. As he stated on Jerry Springer: “Rock and roll is not about what you look like, who you hang out with, how much money you make, what kind of car you drive. Rock and roll is the fury from within you. Rock and roll is revenge, rock and roll is your enemy, and I am your enemy.” GG represented rebellion for rebellion’s sake, as clichéd as that sounds. So to present an unbiased view of his life and career without exploiting his memory you’d have to find the right director. From watching the trailer of The Allins I gather the documentary is presented from the point of view of Merle and GG”s mother Arleta Allin who opens up and makes a real effort to show a side of GG the fans and the media did not see. As Arleta had a close personal relationship with Kevin (as he was known offstage) she makes it clear early in the trailer she didn’t like fans and/or bandwagon jumpers coming to her New Hampshire hometown and desecrate his headstone. Merle didn’t care for it either; we see him approaching a guilty party and smacking him with an acoustic guitar. The trailer hints at the contrast between life as GG Alin and life as Kevin Allin which I would like to see more of when viewing the documentary. The last film I watched about GG that I liked was Todd Phillips’ Hated which touched on his youth and upbringing; this one may well be more intimate and personal when it comes to depicting his family life and the earliest years of his musical career with his first band Malpractice. I may wait until it comes out on DVD but it’s something I’m looking forward to seeing. -Dave Wolff

Seven-inch Review: ARMS RACE The Beast (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos - UK/Painkiller Records - USA)

The Beast
Country of origin: UK
Genre: Hardcore punk
Release Date: February 8, 2018
I have a day completely to my elf and the first thing I do is listen to this 7'' sent to me. This is not that bubble gum stuff you hear on the radio, this is real hardcore punk. Deep aggressive vocals assault your ears in a good way, yelled over sometimes fast and always deep and violent guitar riffs. The bass is low and chugging, the drums perfectly keeping organized chaos on time. Available on vinyl and a cheap download, I highly suggest checking these guys out, as this is some seriously talented stuff. This release was really short, so I do plan on looking into these guys more in the future. I need more of this, as today has really brought on a desire to listen to more punk rock. ''The Beast'' by ARMS RACE is a catchy little blast of hardcore and I'm glad that it was sent in my direction. It makes me want to look into the band more. Good job, guys. This was a fun time. If you can afford a vinyl, by all means order one. If not, give this a download. It all helps in the end. -Devin Joseph Meaney

Track list:
1. Zealot
2. 24 Hours
3. The Beast
4. Distort Britannia

Friday, February 16, 2018

EP Review: CRYOSTASIUM Starbound (Satanath Records/Grimm Distribution)

Starbound
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Format: Jewel case, Vinyl-style CD, 500 copies, 4-page booklet
Country of origin: USA
Genre: Psychedelic/dark ambient black metal
I throw on the ''Starbound'' EP by the band Cryostasium, and what I hear is what I consider to be really talented musicianship. This EP is almost entirely instrumental, which is odd for me. Still, I would without a doubt check out more from this one man band of Cody Maillet in the future. The drums switch from loud and on time to being a back drop for relentless atmospheric carnage. Aside from your standard black-metal riffs, the best way to describe the guitar work on this release is ''spooky'' or ''eerie''. There is something completely alien about this release, but it works perfectly with the sound Maillet is going with. Nearing the end of this release, I feel as if I am about to be abducted by satanic aliens on a quest for sustenance. My flesh and blood would nourish their voracious appetites... along with the flesh and blood of the entire human race. Usually my favorite part of a release involves the music, but for this piece what strikes me the most is the cover art. I really enjoy the style used, and if this had not been sent to me, I probably would have checked it out on my own anyway if I came across it. Atmospheric mastery from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, this release is available through SATANATH RECORDS (Russia) and GRIMM DISTRIBUTION (Belarus). Listen to this release, or else Maillet might send to you an aquatic monstrosity, its teeth and terrible jaws sent to consume your entire waking existence. This is great black-metal and I will for sure listen to this again. -Devin Joseph Meaney

Track list:
1. Starbound
2. Magnetic
3. Melancholera
4. The Eye
5. Adventurine



This review can also be read at The Dev Man Express. -DW

Sunday, February 11, 2018

EP Review: DARK ARCHIVE Cultivate Our Blood In Aeon (Inverse Records)

Cultivate Our Blood In Aeon
Release Date: January 31, 2018
Country of origin: Finland
Genre: Black metal
It is before 5 pm on a Sunday and I was sent ''Cultivate Our Blood In Aeon,'' a new release from the Finnish black-metal band DARK ARCHIVE. Released January 31st 2018 on INVERSE RECORDS, this piece quickly assaults my ears with morbid satanic revelry. Featuring five tracks, this release is what I consider to be the ''perfect'' length EP. Not too long, not too short... just perfection. My ears are telling me that the drum tracks are produced by a machine, but I could be wrong. If these beats are created by a man sitting at a drum set, then I can honestly say that he is probably a cyborg and the human race is probably going to end soon via cyborg takeover. As you can guess by now, the drum tracks are phenomenal and they are well adjusted to the songs. The guitars are bleak, yet they have extreme drive, pushing along with the drums to create a diabolical atmosphere. Vocally, you have your standard black-metal rasps and demonic vocalizations, but they are done well with an obvious tinge of finesse. On a final note, I will also mention that within the morbid darkness there is also beautiful acoustics and piano work, a nice touch amid the constant shrieks and blasphemy. As far as black-metal goes, this release is entirely on par. I suggest you pour a glass of fine red wine, adorn your most expensive suit and head to the loneliness of your bedroom where you can bathe in black-metal and your own mild narcissism. I give this release a 9.9/10, only taking the 0.1 off the top because the band did not mention whether their drummer is a person or not. (I kid, I kid. This is great. 10/10) -Devin Joseph Meaney

Track list:
1. Cultivate our blood in Aeon
2. Closure of Empyrean delirium
3. Godfear Eradication
4. Unohda ei ikinä
5. Essence of Death

Article: 'Trump Claims Lack of Due Process' by Roberta Downing

Trump Claims Lack of Due Process
Article by Roberta Downing, February 11, 2018

Trump takes to twitter to claim there is no due process for men who stand accused of sex crimes and domestic violence. He’s gone as far as to state “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by mere allegation. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused- life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
The tweet is the first response concerning the MeToo movement, where men and women who are victims of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence are standing up and naming names and despite the fact that several government officials have committed such acts and been found guilty, Trump has claimed that he has “grabbed women by the pussy” and he surrounds himself with men who have committed sexual crimes.
Women are responding to his comment saying that it makes them sick to their stomachs that POTUS would actually say such words. My very own comment to his tweet is “Due process? I cannot believe you would dare say that! It makes me literally sick to my stomach! Where is the due process for the victims?! Stop protecting your sexual deviants and make them accountable for their actions!”
Sarah Lauridsen responded by saying “I wonder if the women you abused felt like you shattered their lives through your violence and callousness.” Others are citing a full page ad that Donald Trump paid for in 1989 calling for the death penalty of teenagers for their violent crimes before they had even gone to trial.
The fact is, people’s lives are being shattered everyday by people who commit heinous sexual and domestic violence acts. The victims are left broken, beaten, frightened and most can never seem to put those brutal and hateful acts behind them. The victims have to live and relive what happened to them on a daily basis and moreover, most of them enter into the mental health system and usually diagnosed with battered wives syndrome or PTSD. They are placed on medications to help them to manage the nightmares, flash backs, panic attacks and depression and while some might seek counseling most do not.
While it is most certainly a possibility that some men are being falsely accused in the wake of the MeToo movement, some are wondering if perhaps the movement has gone too far. For those who are part of the crusade and making their voices heard and calling for accountability, perhaps the cause hasn’t gone far enough.
 
This article can also be read at The Critic Corner E-zine. -DW

Promotional Video Review: ORPHANED LAND All Is One

All Is One
Title track from the 2013 full length All Is One released by Century Media June 24
Director: Shahar Hamo
Country of origin: Israel
Genre: Mideastern folk metal
Video release date: July 16, 2013
As I still often do, I heard of Orphaned Land purely by chance. While surfing Youtube I ended up watching a video of an ABC TV clip Israeli heavy metal band rocking for peace which included an interview with vocalist Kobi Farhi. In the video he was talking about his band touring with the Palestinian band Khalas, in an effort to heal the long standing animosity between the governments of those two countries. I’m sure when this piece was aired it came as a shock to viewers who still believe metal fans are drunken boors who can’t communicate intelligently. Those of us who know better will see Farhi’s interview has none of that oversimplified conception. As most bands from underground scenes are, he is unassuming and candid as he discusses what he intends to achieve though the tour (also covered by The Independent in February 2014). This made me want to watch the promotional video for All Is One as parts of it were in the broadcast. Finding it at Century Media’s Youtube I saw the song and the video are nothing short of brilliant, with a message that fits their style. If you like precise guitars, native instrumentation, Middle Eastern vibes, melodic, sophisticated vocals, symphonic metal-like choruses, flawless production, atmospheric shots without overdone computer animation and women seductively belly dancing to the song’s rhythm, I urge you to support this band. Back to the message the song conveys, it couldn’t have come at a time when it needed to be said by someone, and since metal has been known to bridge cultural gaps for years, I see infinite potential on Orphaned Land’s part to take it farther. I have to give Farhi props for having the guts to call it to the public’s attention in spite of the media spin and “fake news” controversy surrounding world affairs. Orphaned Land just released a new full length Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on Century Media last month; it is said to be a concept album and is receiving a lot of press attention so go get it. -Dave Wolff


Friday, February 9, 2018

Single Review: BLOOD OF THE WOLF Campaign Of Extermination

Campaign Of Extermination
Talen from the full length II: Campaign Of Extermination to be released April 7, 2018
Country of origin: USA
Genre: Blackened death metal
Release Date: January 2, 2018
This, needless to say, is the title track of a new album to be released by Blood Of The Wolf. I was introduced to this band by guitarist Frank Garcia (Nekropsy, Waking Chaos, Artemortifica) and the one track I heard from their 2016 debut I: The Law Of Retaliation (With Iron Weapons And Will) didn’t take long to convince me I should write a review. I remember being instantly blown away by that piece, which for a new band sounded recorded by musicians who have been working together for many years. Eighteen months later, Campaign Of Extermination shows the band gaining momentum at a steady rate; if this is indicative of Chicago, Illinois death metal the scene there is thriving, teeming with energy seemingly from hell itself. You won’t want to miss what’s going on in that part of the country, so travel if you can or at least do frequent Youtube searches. In my last review I described the band as being relentless, crushing, intuitive and uncompelled. Keep in mind this was a rehearsal track I was talking about. In this studio recording BOTW shows a certain amount of improvement since their debut. In Campaign Of Extermination they’re faster, tighter, heavier and more brutal as their familiarity with each other’s method of songwriting and performance. Their symbiosis between guitar progressions, double bass and vocals is close to impeccable. I can make the same statement about the harmonies of Garcia and guitarist/vocalist Mike Koniglio and Rick Hernandez’s ability to handle fills as relentlessly as blast beats. I would have liked to hear more of Christopher Grimes’s bass in the mix to reinforce this song’s weight and competency. Whether the band intended it or not, Campaign Of Extermination could be attributed to black metal if you take into consideration the atmosphere and linear thrust of the guitars. Close comparisons would be to Mayhem and Vital Remains, both accomplished bands in terms of professionalism and drive to deliver quality extreme music. Koniglio enunciates the lyrics well, and most fans of brutal death metal won’t need a lyric sheet to discern his lines. I should add the cover artwork for the new album is simply brilliant and calls to mind the cover art bands like Bestial Warlust showcased in the 90s. As a taste of the new album, this track will likely generate a great deal of anticipation for its release. When you think of brutal death metal, think of Blood Of The Wolf. -Dave Wolff


Seven-inch Review: NEID Noise Treatment (Sliptrick Records)

Noise Treatment
Release Date: December 12, 2017
County of origin: Italy
Genre: Grindcore
I am just throwing on ''Noise Treatment,'' a 7'' by the grindcore band NEID before bed and it is a structured piece of grind. The first thing that jumped out at me was the vocals. Although not really a ''grind'' band, these guys remind me of the band BRUJERIA, at least vocally. Aside from the vicious lows, there are also chaotic highs in parts. The shreds and tears are brutal, heavy rhythms strewn within insane blasts. The drummer also deserves credit, as they are clearly no amateurs. This is not your run of the mill low-fi grind. This piece is actually well produced and the effort can be easily seen and heard. I like low-fi, but I notice well done production when I hear it. Although tagged as grind, I can also hear some ''grind and roll'' riffs within this release. This is also thrashy in parts, and I think it would appeal to people who are interested in various genres. The whole release is phenomenal, but the best part would have to be the ending. In the blink of an eye, the blasts stop and you are thrown amidst the chaos of a slow chugging finale, the sounds that permeate your ear-drums being ominous and slowly pounding. It is obvious to me that this is great and I think everyone into grind and any other form of extreme music should check this one out. -Devin Joseph Meaney

Track list:
1. Rhabdoviridae
2. The Burden Of Progress
3. Noise Treatment
4. Parameters Of Disorder
5. Nato Per Essere Veloce
6. Clear The Code

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Full Length Review: BLACK SPACE RIDERS Amoretum Vol. 1. (Black Space Records)

Amoretum Vol. 1.
Distributors:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: Cargo Records
USA/CAN: MVD
UK: PHD (Plastic Head Distribution)
BeNeLux: Suburban Records
Scandinavia: Border Music
Italy: Goodfellas
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Country of origin: Germany
Genre: Heavy/psychedelic space rock
This full length album was released on all digital platforms as well as the band’s shop,. The album is atmospheric, groovy, trippy, but hard as hell all at the same time. It is a perfect balance. This is the best album I have listened to in a long time. Black Space Riders is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The band draws influence from space and earth, death and birth. They are on Black Space Records and currently hail from Muenster. Germany. The video for 'Movements' from the band's latest album is well worth watching. The song starts off mellow and peaceful, but takes a quick turn to a heavier, grittier sound. The video shows much the same, with the calm and peaceful images of nature, but quickly changes to the gritty, dirty, bustling images of a busy life. 'Another Sort of Homecoming' also from the album reminds me of "old school" cartoons. It has an upbeat sound and feel that, for me, is full of positive energy. The band is made up of JE: lead vocals, guitars, melodies, riffs, words. SEB: lead vocals, melodies, words. C RIP: drums, vocals, additional songwriting. SLI: guitars, additional songwriting. SAQ: bass guitar, additional songwriting. -Deanna Revis

Track list:
1. Lovely lovelie
2. Another sort of homecoming
3. Soul shelter (inside of me)
4. Movements
5. Come and follow
6. Friends are falling
7. Fire! Fire! (Death of a giant)
8. Fellow peacemakers

Monday, February 5, 2018

EP Review: EMPRESS Reminiscence (Independent)

Reminiscence
Independent
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Country of origin: Canada
Genre: Stoner/sludge rock
Today I was sent ''Reminiscence,'' a new release from Vancouver, Canada’s EMPRESS. They are a recently formed stoner/sludge trio who are getting ready to release this officially on February 12th. I was expecting this to be your stereotypical stoner/doom kind of stuff, but really it is quite unique. One thing that I noticed at first that stayed strong throughout the entire release was the vocals. They are not your standard doom vocals and there is clearly a lot of emotion behind them. The guitars and bass are fuzzy, still packing a punch, sending a whack of heaviness to the side of the noggin. The drums are tight, this whole release coming together quite well. Another thing I will note is the atmosphere. During different parts of this release, there is extreme heaviness, riffs dark and forlorn permeating the tracks. Soon after, the atmosphere changes, and although it is depressive at times, it is also peaceful. To use a poor analogy, I could say that with this release you start off at the entrance of a very dark tunnel. The tunnel gets darker the deeper you go, but eventually there are cracks in the walls and light seeps through, a full blown sunrise at the end of the disc. This is probably narrowed down to personal taste and interpretation, but this is how I felt about all this. A really well done EP from my point of view, I think this deserves to be played by many people. Also, if you are not painfully broke, send the band a few dollars and cop this piece yourself. Production is expensive, you know. -Devin Joseph Meaney

Track list:
1. The Offering
2. Immer
3. Baptizer
4. They Speak Like Trees
5. Dawn

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Author Interview: JONATHAN McCOY

Interview with Paranormal Exposed author JONATHAN McCOY

Provide the readers of this webzine with background information about the book you recently published, Paranormal Exposed. What is covered in the book and how long did it take for you to gather and compile information?
Paranormal Exposed, published by Dark Moon Press, is about understanding the paranormal from a scientific and human perspective. I have been studying and investigating the paranormal and occult since I was a child, and this book highlights some of the things that I had learned since I started when I began this journey when I was six years old. Writing Paranormal Exposed took me roughly a year to write as I was attending college, working in the film industry and speaking at conventions on a regular basis on top of my paranormal research and investigations. I wanted to bring a title forth that looked at the paranormal at a more anthropological and physics perspective that shattered some of the misconceptions of what some, if not most, people have surrounding paranormal phenomena.

Was there some spurring moment that happened when you were six years old that made you start on your journey of studying the paranormal?
My first experience happened when my grandfather had passed away. He was like the grandfather that every little boy of six would have loved to have and he was my best friend. After his death, I saw his apparition in my room every night for about two weeks. I brought it to my mother’s attention and she told me that he was in heaven and the only reason he would have still been here is if he was a ghost and had unfinished business. This fascinated me and instead of running away from what I was experiencing, I ran to it so to speak. I was under the impression that when someone died, their souls didn't stay here. In all reality, these weren't things a six year old boy should have concerning himself with but I made the most of the circumstances. I began talking to him and the more I talked to him, the less and less he was there; I suppose he was relieved that I was okay. I wanted to know why this was happening so I began asking more and more questions and I started researching the paranormal. I learned rather early on that I should question everything and that answers just wouldn't fall into my lap. This began my life long journey into the paranormal and the occult; little did I know that it would even lead me to the Vampire Community where I would find a family element that I was missing in my life.

Describe the earliest research you were undertaking when you were six. What resources did you have to work with?
I found out about Ed and Lorraine Warren and I started discovering there was a whole other world with this. I began reading about their cases and about the happenings that took place around the world. My mom would take me to the library where I would search for all I could on the paranormal. Imagine if you will, me as a first grader reading about ghosts and demons while everyone else was coloring in their coloring books, I caught a lot of flak and even got pulled into the school counselor's office on more than one occasion as my teachers were concerned for my mental well-being. I was wearing a pentacle very early on in my life and this also drew a lot of unwanted attention from the rest of my family and those around me. I was studying Wicca and various forms of the occult, which didn't blow over very well considering I grew up in Louisiana, otherwise known as the Bible Belt. Unlike the rest of my family, my mother thankfully was rather supportive of my research as she was a practicing Wiccan at the time and had no issues letting me read in the topics. I went through my childhood with my nose buried in books about the paranormal and the occult and I started investigating on my own when I was ten years old. I had no one to really teach me, so I was teaching myself from what I had read in my youth.

Do you remember the first books you researched in the library? How much of a wider perspective did they give you of what you experienced?
I remember a few of them. I remember reading "The Demonologist" by Gerald Brittle, which talked about the careers of Ed and Lorraine Warren. That title really opened my eyes to what could really be out there, which contradicted everything I was told by my family. I learned that the paranormal was very real and I wasn't the only person to have had some form of a paranormal experience. I became very interested in who Ed and Lorraine were. I got the chance to read "Ghost Hunters" and "Satan's Harvest" by Ed and Lorraine, which in turn sent my curiosity into overload. I was reading about things that not many other six year olds had any inclination that even existed, which frankly disturbed my family. My mother urged me to be careful in what I was getting myself into because once that line was crossed, there was no going back; and naturally she was very right. I dug deeper and I discovered Aleister Crowley when I picked up his book "The Book Of Lies", which was extremely difficult for me to understand. The experiences of reading these really exposed me to a larger, more unknown world and I found myself becoming more and more confused and seeking more answers than I originally sought after to begin with.

How many books did Ed and Lorraine Warren publish in their careers? Who were they and when were they most actively writing and publishing?
Ed and Lorraine, born in 1926 and 1927 respectively, penned six books that I've been able to find and have been featured in about nearly a dozen more. The books centered on the experiences Ed and Lorraine have had over the course of their careers in the paranormal. Ed was in the Navy and was a former Police Officer before proclaiming himself as a Demonologist. Lorraine is a clairvoyant and medium and together they formed a paranormal "super group". They claimed to have around 10,000 cases to include the infamous Amityville case; several cases have been adapted into movies such as The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring and Annabelle series and The Haunted. Though the cases have been slightly overembellished for the sake of cinematic drama, the general gist of the cases were somewhat accurate. Ed and Lorraine founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and often spoke at colleges around the country and consulted on several different cases to include the Enfield Poltergeist case out of Enfield England in 1977 with SPR, the Society of Psychical Research, a ground founded in 1882 in the West Kensington are of London. Ed and Lorraine wrote together from 1989 to 2004 shortly before Ed's death in 2006.

What was it about Crowley’s The Book Of Lies was difficult to understand? Did you seek out other published works of his after reading it?
Crowley's Book of Lies, the full title is The Wanderings and Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo, which Thought is itself Untrue. Liber CCCXXXIII [Book 333], was like a collection of poems, rituals cryptograms and was like a how-to-guide of sorts. Crowley's mind is a very strange and complicated realm, especially to a star struck kid new to the whole concept of the paranormal and occult. Even now, 22 years later, I still have difficulty understanding that man and his work. Even after 22 years of studying and researching these concepts, I still am learning something new every single time I open a book about either subject, especially from Crowley or Nostradamus. The only other book by Aleister Crowley I had read was The Book of the Law, also known as Liber AL vel Legis, which as well I could barely understand. Both books were written beyond anything that I could understand at the time. Crowley is said to have written the book in an hour in Egypt as the entity of Aiwass was channeling through him. The book is three chapters long and it appeared to me to be a book on the laws of magic and power.

What did your mother mean when saying there would be no going back once a certain line was crossed?
In the realm of magic, the occult and the paranormal, people often become completely obsessed with the teachings and lose themselves along the way and ultimately drive themselves crazy. Your mind is your greatest asset, however your mind can be your greatest enemy. I think my mother addressing this when she told me there was no going back. I also believe that once you're exposed to this sort of life that it becomes a part of who you are and is ingrained in your personality. I believe I reached my point of no return when I did a spell for my lost black cat, Ozzy, who was missing for about six months to return to me. The following morning after I had worked the spell, my cat was meowing at the front door to be let in. That's when I knew what I was reading and learning about was real and I dove even more into the realm of the unknown. I won’t lie; my studies have impacted my relationships, my friendships, made me somewhat of an outcast from society, and of course I know that sounds terrible; however, I couldn't be happier and I believe that my research has made me into a better, more understanding person. Odin is said to have given his right eye for all the knowledge he could possibly obtain in the universe, this is a concept I can understand in my quest for knowledge of the unknown.

How did the Bible Belt view Wicca and its practitioners when you began reading about it? How did you and your mother deal with preconceptions that existed in that time?
The Bible Belt, frankly, was a bitch to live in. Nearly everyone, including my own family, would demonize everything that contradicted their views and I was likened to being a devil worshiper by my family, by classmates and by most of everyone I came into contact with. I was called a Satanist simply because I had knowledge of something greater than they understood and embraced a different path. I had no interest in going to church as I didn't identify myself as a Christian but as a Wiccan. I was accused of animal sacrifice and ritualistic practices. I had no issue "showing off" my practices whereas my mother was extremely secretive about hers as she didn't want to become a target herself. Eventually she changed her views and became a Baptist and later a Mormon. Eventually it all came to a head when I picked up "The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey, a book I still own to this day, and started to research what I was accused of being. I felt like if burning at the stake was still legal, I would have been first in line and I wanted to find out why I was hated so much. I discovered that modern Satanism wasn't even devil worship at all, but atheism with a twist. I stuck with being Wiccan for most of teenage years into being a young adult.

How did The Satanic Bible and other works by LaVey help you come to terms with being outcast from the Bible Belt?
When I first read "The Satanic Bible" when I was a teenager, it showed me that I wasn't the only person in the world to feel as I did. I didn't identify as a Satanist, however what Anton LaVey talked about were things that resonated within me as I was (and still am) outspoken against mainstream religion. Where I grew up, the church was the rule of the land and I was frequently in the principal's office because I was openly wearing my pentacle necklace and I refused to take it off. Freedom of religion wasn't something that was accepted in the community. It was either you went to church or you were labeled a rebel. I always knew that man created the way the devil dances and when I read "The Satanic Bible" I felt a sense of relief as I felt I was no longer the only person who is going through or went through this sort of religious monopoly. It made me realize that it was better to stand for something even if I stood alone than to fall for anything to stand with the many. It made me feel that even though I didn't agree with Christianity that I was not a bad person and that ultimately it was ok that I was an outcast. It really showed me that I could look within to find my own strength. I am not a card carrying member of the Church of Satan, however I do support the organization and support the teachings of Anton LaVey and Magus Peter H. Gilmore.

We’ve heard a lot about the satanic panic of the 80s and 90s. Did you have to cope with this personally in its heyday?
Fortunately no, I didn't have to deal with it when it was going on. I have heard many, many stories about it though from several of my friends within the Church of Satan. The same sort of panic went around when The Satanic Temple wanted to unveil a bronze statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma state capitol building and later decided to unveil the statue in a secret location in Detroit. It kind of caused a mass hysteria with people, especially on Facebook. One of my close friends and colleagues told me that the sort of panic going around about the statue unveiling didn't even come close the amount of hysteria that took place in the 80s and 90s. Outside of that, I have no personal experience with it.

What are some of the accounts related to the satanic panic you remember hearing?
Some of the accounts that I remember are hate mail, a lot of threats of violence, Christians thinking Armageddon was coming, that sort of thing. I remember one of my friends, who's a priest now with the Church of Satan, telling about how people would run rampant with accusations of how people were abusing kids in day cares with Satanic Practices. This was really pushed forward by the release of Anton LaVey's release of The Satanic Bible and openness of the Church of Satan and the overzealous nature of law enforcement of the time to peg anything on the growing nature of the occult in the 70s and 80s. It’s reminiscent, in my opinion, of a modern day witch hunt. This sort of thing is still going on today in 2018. I've been attacked for being a sorcerer and necromancer by the general public for my practices as a pagan and my involvement with the paranormal community. In fact, in certain parts of the world, executions still take place against people who still practice witchcraft or various forms of the occult. I don't think the satanic panic is ever going to be truly over given the nature of the religious feuds going on.

Some people are saying that internet published books are going to replace the print industry. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment? Do printed materials still have value in the information age?
I think the Internet is a marvelous thing but I very much think digital means are quickly replacing print. You can log into Facebook to catch the morning news, log into your Amazon Prime account to order a new book and down load it straight to your phone or kindle for later. Your phone stays within arm’s reach nearly 24-7, which gives people direct access to an endless amount of knowledge (or lack thereof in some cases). You basically hold the whole wide world and beyond in the palm of your hand and I think one day that everything is going to become digital and hard copies are going to become a thing of the past. I have many fond memories of hanging out with my friends at the Library and the local bookstore in my hometown and I'd hate to see the next generations to follow us to be robbed of the opportunity to make similar memories but I digress. I think printed material still holds tremendous value in today's information age as book sales are still high across the world for my fellow authors and people still show an interest in the industry.

Exactly how much importance does the print industry have in your view? Present some examples of what you mean?
It is something I can go either way on. I like having hard copies of my books to be able to sell at conventions or when I do a speaking engagement, but I have actually had more digital downloads of my book compared to hard copy purchases, and it doesn't affect me either way as I am still making book sales. It's a nice novelty to be able to hold a copy of my book in my hands for the first time but outside of that, it's not something I must have each and every time. It's just a nice feeling of accomplishment and the same feeling of holding a DVD in my hand of a movie, TV show or documentary I worked on. If I never have a physical copy of my book and everything gets sold digitally, I don't think I would at all be bothered.

Explain how your studies led you to the Vampire community and what you discovered. What family element do you refer to?
I was always aware of the Vampire Community but I didn't live in an area that had many others like me so I didn't really have the opportunity to get involved. I was always fascinated by the allure of the Vampire, by the seduction and the awe inspiring image of a proper Vampire. I remember watching Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992) for the first time when I was maybe eight years old and being completely stunned with Gary Oldman's performance and appearance as Count Dracula. It wasn't until I discovered the World Wide Web when I discovered there was a giant online community of Vampires and I wanted to know as much as I could about them. It wasn't until my later years of that I got in contact with people in the Vampire Community and I quickly took the opportunity to get involved. I am a member of the House of Lore sired by King Maven Lore I and the House of Sahjaza sired by Goddess Rosemary as well as an active member of the Vampire Court of New Orleans. In the Vampire and Paranormal Community, I have found acceptance for who I am and what I represent. I've never felt judged or out of place here and I probably never will and I feel like I'm a better person after each I day spend here. I served in both the military and law enforcement and I never felt this level of love and camaraderie anywhere else and I feel like I’m able to contribute a lot here and make a difference with each and every day. I've found my home and I have no intention of leaving.

What fascinated you about the allure of the vampire, and what fascinated you about Gary Oldman’s Dracula?
Let’s be honest here, the allure of the vampire is sexy and beautiful, dark and mysterious. It's the manifestation of our deepest carnal desires fused with romance and there's not much out there than can top being a Vampire. When I first watched Dracula, I saw Dracula transform from the mysterious castle dwelling old man into being the stoic and handsome Vampire for the sake of reigniting the flame within his heart with the love of a woman. The idea of living in a castle in Romania has always been one of the deepest and richest fantasies I have ever had ever since watching Dracula and I have attempted to model my personal image to replicate the gray suit wearing version of Dracula, but to no avail. I've come into my own being of style and presence, but I can thank Dracula for being that spark to get me started.

Name other vampire movies you are a fan of. Do you prefer movies from the classic era or the more recent movies beginning with Blade in 1998?
I am a huge fan of the classic flavor from Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee's versions of Dracula, but I also don't mind the newer movies as long as it's not Twilight, Blood And Chocolate and Blade. I loved the film adaptations of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles with Interview With The Vampire and Queen Of The Damned and by what I understand, there's a new Anne Rice series about to start getting filmed here in New Orleans based off her Vampire Chronicles series, which I'm pretty excited about. I'm actually going to audition for some of those roles in the series when casting calls open up. I wasn't a huge fan of Blade even though there wasn't anything wrong with the content or performances; in fact the movies were great from a technical perspective of the filmmaking capabilities the late 90s, I just couldn't get into the movies that much. The first one was decent-ish, but after that I lost interest. Dominic Purcell's performance in Blade: Trinity was about the only part of it that I enjoyed outside of watching HHH from the WWE get shot in the eye with an arrow. I do my hardest to not acknowledge the train wreck that is Twilight.

What about the Lugosi and Lee era do you appreciate? What have you heard about the new Anne Rice series so far?
I loved the old black and white movies in general and I thought the older versions really captured the gothic feel associated with vampires and the performances were strong and entertaining. I loved the clash between Van Helsing and Dracula in Dracula (1931). I think this movie in particular really set the tone for how the vampire is viewed in cinema. With Dracula (1958) it captured, in my opinion, a more gritty and romantic version portrayed by Christopher Lee. I don't know much about the new Ann Rice series outside of it currently being in development.

If those movies inspired you to begin researching the real life history of vampires, how many differences did you find between film and history?
Vampires have always been that image of seduction, horror and fear throughout the ages from the stories of the Strigoi to the tales of Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad Tepes. The real history of the Vampire are about as macabre as it gets, but I often wonder how much of it was chalked up to irrational fears. Villages would literally drive spikes into the arms and legs of reported vampires when they're buried in an attempt to keep them from arising. They mistook the body's natural decomposition process as the tale-tall signs of the person being a vampire; growing nails, facial hair, blood around the mouth, etc. At the time, they didn't understand that the skin shrinks back around the nails making it seem that the nails were still growing, that the face would shrink in giving the illusion that facial hair was still growing and that natural process of bleeding out of the mouth was common as embalming practices weren't practiced in some parts of the world. In modern times we in the Vampire Community know that we're only human and that we don't actually have super powers or special abilities. We are living vampires; we model ourselves after the archetype of what the Vampire is. It is a lifestyle choice but we really and truly do not believe we are the immortal blood suckers told in books like Dracula or seen in movies like Underworld with the undying hatred between the Vampires and Lycans; hate to break it to you folks, there's not an actual war between Vamps and Wolves.

Was your research from books or based on movies you’ve seen? What sources of information do you recommend?
I did a lot of research in both reading and watching movies. All I could really find was stories about Dracula and stories out of Romania that described the Strigoi and Moroi, another form of Vampire that is said to be a demon that can possess a body, mostly the bodies of bears. I watched Vincent Price's Dracula (1982) several times and did research to see how much of what Vincent Price talked about was true or just intended for story telling; what I found was pretty spot on to the history of Vlad Tepes and Bram Stoker's Dracula. I decided to then do my own research on Vlad Tepes and was completely blown away by how brutal this man was, but also by how much his persona changed from a historical figure to something of folklore. I definitely recommend watching every Dracula movie, including the Jonathan Rhys' Dracula series and I recommend watching Vincent Price's Dracula. For reading, though I am sure most have, reading Bram Stoker's Dracula and reading up on the Strigoi. I strongly encourage everyone do their own research on Dracula and draw their own conclusion on the man, the myth and the legend.

Cable outlets like the History Channel and A&E air quite a few documentaries about vampires. Which of these, if any, have you seen as part of your research?
I honestly don't remember all of the documentaries I've seen but there are a couple that stick out in my mind. I remember one I saw on A&E I think, that was called Vampires. It talked about actual history and some cinematic history. In fact, I did work on a Vampire documentary called "Vampire Evolution: From Monster to Seducer" as a cinematographer that talked about much of the same things and we interviewed numerous people about the topic of Vampirism in the old and modern world. I had a great time working on this documentary, but unfortunately it didn't do so well in the market I don't think and our pitch to the networks was rejected. I also was one of the directors for pilot episode for a series called "Eerie America: Travel Guide of the Macabre" that talked a lot about vampires and the occult but that as well didn't get picked up.

Do you feel your documentaries Vampire Evolution and Eerie America deserved more recognition? Are you selling copies on DVD? If so, how can people order them?
Naturally I'd love for them to get more recognition, but the experience within itself was rewarding enough. Vampire Evolution was an interesting project as Eric Vernor and I got to get coverage from various conventions and guest appearances to do the documentary. Eerie America was a pilot for a gothic and macabre travel show. Both projects were amazing and we're in the process of re-pitching Eerie America. You can go to http://www.darkmoonpress.com and search for Vampire Evolution: From Monster to Seducer or you can follow the link http://www.darkmoonpress.com/product/vampire-evolution-from-monster-to-seducer/.

Describe the topics covered in your documentaries, and how informative you consider them.
In Vampire Evolution, Eric talks about how the image of the vampire went from being that of a truly evil and macabre figure in history to the widely accepted image that is today with movies such as Underworld and dare I say Twilight. The vampire within itself has become a sort of household name, one that many view to be sexy and astonishingly beautiful, and Vampire Evolution covers that journey from Monster to Seducer. Eerie America followed the hosts Eric Vernor and Kevin Eads though some of the macabre and strange places within the United States from haunted inns to creepy museums that feature grotesque and odd displays. Eerie America is unfortunately unavailable to view at the moment and we're looking to film some more for it and push it out sometime next year. I think both of these projects are very informative and show the darker side of life in this country, which is not something that is widely seen.

How much online research of vampire communities did you do before finding the House of Lore and the House of Sahjaza?
I mostly watched Youtube videos on it and talked with other like minds in chat rooms and community pages. I learned little things like etiquette and a little bit of our history, but I really didn't get a whole lot of answers to the questions I was after. I think maybe I annoyed a few people with my constant messages. Eventually a friend of mine, who is an Elder, pointed me in the direction of Maven, the now King of the Vampire Court of New Orleans. Through King Maven, I have learned a lot and have gained some experiences and friendships that are completely out of this world. Goddess Rosemary seemed to have taken a liking to me as she invited me to pledge to the House of Sahjaza. I have been working diligently alongside King Maven to help him build the Vampire Court of New Orleans up and helping him and King Logan South with the Blood Lust Vampire Ball, an annual ball that takes place here in New Orleans Halloween weekend. It's been an interesting journey and I am sure things are only just getting started.

How much experiences have you had after meeting King Maven? Talk about the Vampire Court of New Orleans?
Meeting Maven was a turning point in my life and I got to experience what the Vampire Community was really like. I remember back during the Blood Lust Vampire Ball here in New Orleans, Maven Lore was Coronated as King of New Orleans I this is when I got to meet Goddess Rosemary for the first time as well as Logan and Daley South. I only heard stories of Logan and Daley from my good friend Michelle Belanger and it was a divine pleasure meeting them. We stayed in a Castle here during the Ball and there were fangs as far as the eye can see. So many people from so many different backgrounds all coming together as the Vampire Community and everyone was dressed in their absolute best and I didn't know how to react. It was like sensory overload. The Vampire Court of New Orleans is starting to come together as a strong community and we're growing every single month. We are truly diverse and that diversity is what makes us great. We all come from a creative background and Maven treats us all as equals and gives us all a voice. We're currently starting the process of planning for this year's Blood Lust Vampire Ball. We're always accepting new members and if the readers want to follow us, they can check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vcnola/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/realvcnola and https://twitter.com/badthingsnation. Things are about to get interesting for us, you don't want to miss out.

Describe the Blood Lust Vampire Balls, and present examples of the diversity you’ve seen at these events.
The Blood Lust Vampire Balls are the creation of Maven Lore and Logan South that take place each year during the Halloween weekend here in New Orleans. I help with the photography and videography for the Ball. The theme alternates from year to year and takes place in the finest places in New Orleans. In my opinion, the Blood Lust Vampire Ball is one of the premier Vampire Balls in North America and it draws a lot of people from across the United States. The diversity at Blood Lust is incredible; we have people of every race, multiple ethnicities and religions, various lifestyles. We all come from very different backgrounds but we come together as one unified community. I immediately felt at home at Blood Lust with so many like-minded people around me. I was able to get some of my friends from the Paranormal Community to come to the last Ball and they all had a wonderful time.

Are videos from the Vampire Balls posted where people who haven’t attended can watch them?
There are, but they are all currently being edited into a longer format for us to upload to Youtube and Patreon. I will be posting updates on our social media as updates are available.

How soon do you expect you Vampire Ball videos to be available on social media? What do you expect people making the effort will get from watching them?
They should be coming out little by little over the next few months, but I am uncertain of a specific time frame. I hope that those who watch the videos get to see the beauty and amazing time we had at Blood Lust as well as to draw some attention for our next one this year. Our ultimate goal is to get more patrons and grow in size. We will also be doing more video and photo work for this year.

How did you meet Goddess Rosemary at the BLVB? Have you been involved in any activities with her since then?
Goddess Rosemary and various other members were at the last year’s Blood Lust Vampire Ball. I had always heard her name around the VC and when I was introduced to her, my jaw kinda dropped. It was a surreal experience because I was around people that I had heard of but never had a chance to meet, but I held it together and worked on my photography for the event. I had always worked with celebrities due to my work in the film industry from NCIS: New Orleans to AMC's Preacher and that never really got to me, but being around Goddess Rosemary was rather surreal. While I had time to talk to her, I developed a rather good connection and I had the wonderful opportunity of enjoying breakfast with her and Walter. She is an absolute joy to be around and is arguably one of the best people I've ever met in my life. We've stayed in contact and I'm working on developing a couple of projects that include her and the House of Sahjaza and I’m working hard to bring these projects to television.

What did you see in Goddess Rosemary that you didn’t see in other celebrities?
The moment I met Goddess Rosemary she had open arms and was more welcoming than anyone I've ever met. She was truly interested in what I had to say and didn't treat me like I was an outsider. I immediately felt I was a part of the family. The following morning, she invited me to sit with her and Walter for breakfast and she wanted to know my full life story and didn't let me skip out on the details. I've met very few celebrities and very important people that took a genuine interest in people outside of their inner circle and who accepts virtually everyone with open arms. It took maybe a month and a half of knowing her before she made me a part of the House of Sahjaza, an honor I felt that I did not think I deserved in the slightest. She re-assured me that I was a good choice to have in the House of Sahjaza and that I had a lot of potential and room to grow in the community. I'm very proud to call Goddess Rosemary my Dark Mother, both titles are something she's earned a thousand times over from everyone in this community.

Describe the length of your involvement in the House of Sahjaza, and activities you have undertaken as a member.
I am on the temple side of the House of Sahjaza, growing and developing as a Pagan and learning more about the Occult. I think I have grown substantially not only as a Pagan but also as a person as the atmosphere is amazing and very conducive to growth. Since I've joined, I've been doing what I can to benefit the House of Sahjaza and the House of Lore in the media sense. I am still pretty new to the House of Sahjaza so over time I will be getting more and more involved. I'd say that my goal with the House of Sahjaza is to become a truly better person and learn all that I can from Goddess Rosemary and also help her in anyways she sees fit; my goals are not geared toward achieving ranks, positions and titles.

How many opportunities have you had to represent the House of Sahjaza and the House of Lore in the media?
I do a lot of acting for network television shows and I have worn my Vampire Court of New Orleans court sigil on set for various productions to include NCIS: New Orleans and Hulu's The First. Each time I appear on camera I am presenting the Vampire Court of New Orleans, The House of Lore and The House of Sahjaza. I have also worn my fangs on set of NCIS: New Orleans on several occasions and caught the attention of Scott Bakula (Star Trek Enterprise, NCIS: New Orleans, Quantum Leap) and he was rather impressed with the craftsmanship of the fangs. Each time I am on set or working in some capacity in the film industry, I am representing the court, The House of Lore and the House of Sahjaza.

Can you name any events you have helped arrange as a member of the House of Sahjaza?
Currently I am only setting up events with the House of Lore and the Vampire Court of New Orleans, however the year is still young and there's plenty of work to be done. We just set up our Crimson Night event for Valentine’s Day at Spirits on Bourbon in the French Quarter and we're currently working on setting up other events throughout the Quarter and City. I am currently working on something great for either next year or the year after but I am keeping that on the down low for a while until I get everything set in stone but what I can say is I hope everyone has their passports and has a thirst for adventure.

What can you tell the readers concerning your future activities with the House of Sahjaza and the House of Lore?
The future is going to be eventful and there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to get in on what we have going on. We are in the process of getting ready for Blood Lust 2018 as well as some local parties throughout the year. I am going to be working steadily to benefit both houses, however each day will be presenting its own unique challenges and each day is a learning experience that will allow me to grow as an individual and as a member of these two great houses. The future is a mystery and I can't wait to solve its puzzle.

-Dave Wolff