Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Bringing together the best poems from Ayres’s early verse (much of it written in houses of ill fame) to his erotic and darkly imaginative later pieces, this stunning collection also features his previously unpublished experiences with luminary legends such as Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, Edmund White and Quentin Crisp. More than a book, PRIVATE PARTS is an experience of teen angst, hangovers for breakfast and raw enlightenment tripping over that cliff’s edge in the rye. It would not exist if Ayres were not a survivor. Ayres’s crusty accounts of a boy’s life on the wild side explores the extreme boundaries of human behavior and amorality, offering a journey through his life from his early years in houses of ill repute to his life in Paris today.
David Palumbo is a freelance artist and art director for Night Shade books. His works have appeared on/in countless trading cards, magazines, album covers, advertisements, etc. David has gained two Spectrum medals for his impressive work. Since 2003 his work has appeared in galleries from New York to Paris. I was honored to set down with him to find more about what drives the artist to create.
Can you tell us a little about what you were like as a child? Did you always have a love of all things creative? What is your fondest memory from that time?
A Memory of Marilyn by John Gilmore
Born, breast-fed and bred by Hollywood is like being a small tentacle growing out of an omnipotent octopus. We’re sharing Alice in Wonderland’s looking glass—gazing at who we are while what is reflected has a way of commandeering the reality of our lives. Marilyn Monroe and myself, both born in L.A.’s General Hospital (Marilyn in the older unit, town down to build the Dec monolith, both of us at different times nursed on the Hollywood turf, and could’ve testified to lives lived different from any other. Here we exist in a glass dome like hothouse bulbs, the outside surface showing only what the industry wants the public to know—that which can spur sales. Inside the dome, we often find that if the mirror is tipped askew there is no reflection at all. Some say God help us. We’re an isolated breed feeding on fame and recognition, and sometimes one another. Practicality and love struggle somewhere down the ladder—second or third rung business; to be addressed tomorrow, or maybe soon as the picture’s in the can.
Kealan Patrick Burke is an award winning author who has been labeled “one of the most clever and original talents in contemporary horror” by Booklist. His works cover a wide array of genres from crime, horror, and mystery fiction to dark fantasy. He is best known for his novels Kin, The Hides, and Currency of Souls, the collections Ravenous Ghosts and The Number 121 to Pennsylvania, novellas like Vessels and The Turtle Boy, and his short works that have appeared in publications such as Cemetery Dance, Subterranean, Masques V, Grave Tales, and Horror World just to name a few. All his titles can now be found at Amazon in e-book format.
Writer/Director/Producer Ian Ayres produces documentaries with an edgy honesty that is hard to beat. From The Jill & Tony Curtis Story, The Universe of Keith Haring, Five Roads to Freedom: From Apartheid to the World Cup and several others he has covered a wide array of subjects with clarity and taste. Most recently Ian directed Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom. Featuring interviews with people who knew Curtis well (Mamie Van Doren, John Gilmore, Hugh Hefner, Harry Belafonte and others) along with film extracts, archive footage and rare photos that highlight his life and career it gives fans a respectful glimpse into what made Tony Curtis a legend of the silver screen. This film premiered at the 7th Annual Jewish Film Festival in Los Angeles. It was an honor to sit down with Ian Ayres and talk about his body of work to date. Ian’s work can be found at French Connection Films.
EGG HARBOR, WI (May 17, 2012) – Marybeth Mattson, daughter of local singer/songwriter Jeanne Kuhns, releases her first album of all original songs at Woodwalk Gallery, south of Egg Harbor, on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
Marybeth’s music blends a certain folk sensibility with the energy of pop, and a little country-rock flavor. Her lyrics reflect a poetic upbringing; her songs, deliberately tangential at times, contain both truth and imagination. Marybeth will be joined on stage by her hijacked band: Seth Raddatz on lead and slide guitar, Patrick Palmer on bass, and Dan Smrz on percussion. Guest musicians include Jeanne Kuhns, Mark Raddatz, Jacob Mattson, Roger Kuhns, and Robin & Jenny Bienemann.
Indie music veteran Sean Spillane best know from his time in Arlo most recently took to the screen providing the soundtrack to the horror film The Woman (Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee). His music has a feeling of gritty honesty that is rare in the industry today. I was honored to have the chance to sit down with him to catch up with him on the latest in his career.
Can you tell us a little about your background? Where are you from? What where you like as a child?
Dave Simms has sold short stories in several anthologies since he sold his first story in 2003. A special education chair/teacher he is currently working on his first Young Adult Horror Novel about misfit musicians based on his own students. When not writing and teaching Simms can be found playing lead guitar in The Slushpile Band(formerly The Killer Thriller Band)alongside fellow peers Heather Graham, F. Paul Wilson, and Alexandra Sokoloff.
You have said as a child you wrote disturbing tales complete with illustrations and annoying the nuns. Can you remember what the first of those where like?
Since sometimes there are things you just have to update people on as often as you can and it is well past time, I now you bring the latest from bassist John JD DeServio on all things Black Label Society and Cycle of Pain. Much thanks to him for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this interview.
How does it feel to be home and off the road? If you don’t mind my asking what is the first thing you like to do when you get home?
It isn’t everyday you come across lesser-known writers that are both humble and fascinating, Trent Zelazny is certain one of those. His darkly appealing work from The Day the Leash Gave Way and Other Stories, Destination Unknown, Shadowboxer, and other titles to the Nightmare Award winning To Sleep Gently, Zelazny offers up delightful twisted tales as only he could do. The novella Butterfly Potion (Nightscape Press) is slated for release in June, followed by the novel Too Late To Call Texas (Black Curtain Press) in September 2012. It was an honor to have the chance to sit down and see what makes the man behind the words.