Los Angeles sludge thrash metallers Watch Me Burn got their start sometime in the 2000 era in which they went on to release two LP's a series of splits, and a few demo recording's their last release before their split-up in 2009 was "At The Stake" in 2007. Since then frontwomen Sawa has done her modeling gig as a Suicide Girl the remaining members Russ, Rusy, and Kevin have gone on to other activities. R.I.P. Watch Me Burn.

1. Introduce yourself, and what is the hidden symbolism behind the name?

My name is Rusty. I play drums for Watch Me Burn. I don't think there is a hidden message in our name. I will say there are a ton of ways to use our name.

2. Do you feel you are portraying a message to the masses that we can all relate to?

I am sorry but I don't think we have a message. Besides music is love. Being happy entertaining our fans and doing everything in our power to put on a good show.

3. How are the holidays treating you guys? Any New Year's Resolutions?

The holidays are always a bitch. Spending money you don't have. Seeing people you would rather not see. Watch Me Burn is getting ready to play a ton of shows for 2009.

4. What are the future plans for Watch Me Burn?

We will be releasing our 3rd full length album. Playing as many shows as possible. Trying to get some label attention.

5. How did the process and development of "At The Stake," come about, do you think it has defined you guys as band?

That album took forever to finish. If anything it mad us stronger as a band. The recording process was spanned across about 8 months. First drums, then bass, then guitar and then vocals. The entire record was recorded at LMU by our good friend Christian. It was also mastered by Scott Hull from Pig Destroyer. The record is really polished. I don't think it defined us, I think it is what we were at the time. We are always growing and trying different things.

6. What is music for you? Does it bring you some new emotions or it helps you to get rid of some negative emotions?

For me...music is a release. It helps me get rid of negative feelings I tend to hold on to. I feel like a million bucks for about 10 minutes after a set. Then I have to start moving my drums for the next band. Playing live is the greatest!

7. Why do you think the 80s has enjoyed such a huge comeback?

Everything comes back around. The next thing you know..Death Metal and Grind will be back in the spot light like it was in the early 90's. Then Watch Me Burn might have a chance for global domination...for a few months.

8. So, how would you describe your sound to a stranger in three words?

Fast, Funky & Tight

9. What was it like playing the Los Angeles Murdefest for the passed 3 years I believe. Are you going to make it a tradition?

Playing the Murderfest is the best. Kevin (Guitar) & I have been friends with Dan from Church of the 8th Day since high school. He has been a friend and a fan of Watch Me Burn since we started. He knows we can draw a good crowd and loves us as we love him. I hope we get invited back for version 5.0.

10. And finally to wrap things up, anything else you'd like to mention we haven't covered?

I would just like to thank you for this interview. I would like to tell everyone to stay tuned and watch for our 3rd release, due out in 2009. If you or someone you know does booking, please contact us through our MySpace page. www.myspace.com/watchmeburn. Thanks for everything. See you in 2009.

1. Introduce yourself, and what is the hidden symbolism behind the name?

Hi, my name is Cult and I play in Deathchain. My stage name is referring to my other side, to put it brief. “The side that is hidden.”

2. Do you feel you are portraying a message to the masses that we can all relate to?

Yes, we have a message, definitely. But not everyone can or will relate to it, since the majority of the human race is very ignorant. The message is: Don't accept ready doctrines, think for you and only Metal and Death are real.

3. Do you have any favorite tracks off any of your albums?

My all time favorite Deathchain song is probably "Return of the Nemesis". The energy level on that one is just amazing! I enjoy playing to all Deathchain material, though and I think the best songs are yet to come. The new album has the strongest overall selection of songs.

4. What's the process behind "Death Eternal"? Are you satisfied with its final artwork, song work etc.

Actually, we are very satisfied with "Death Eternal"! Personally, it was my first album with Deathchain, so this whole year has been a process of becoming used of being a part of Deathchain. The recording itself went great, the atmosphere was very good all the time, maybe because we recorded the album out in the woods in the summer, down by the lake, away from distractions hehehe. The artwork is amazing as you might have noticed, I love it! I think "Death Eternal" shows the condition of Deathchain in the year 2008 very well.

5. I was listening to your musical style and the band that came to my mind was Katakylsm have you heard of them? I think the vocals really nail it right on. Especially with "Serpent of the Deep," this sounds similar to Katalysm’s “Slither”.
No, I haven't heard of them before, maybe the name of the band is familiar to me? I hope they sound great, haha!

6. What is music for you? Does it bring you some new emotions or it helps you to get ride of some negative emotions?

It's both of those things and more. Of course, music is a channel to get rid of frustrations and negative things. You can let off steam instead of keeping it all inside, you know? And music can be used as a tool, also. As a ritual.

7. Why do you think the 80s has enjoyed such a huge comeback? Have you had a chance to listen to the new AC/DC or Metallica albums, opinions on them?

You could already see the 80s coming back almost a decade ago. Many metal genres such as black metal, death metal and thrash metal were born in the 80s, so I guess it is a "back to the roots" thing, the aggression and the feeling was more pure, rawer back in the old days. I've heard the new Metallica album, and I really dislike it. But it don't bother me at all, I've given up on them ages ago anyway.

8. You guys recently did the video for "Serpent of the Deep," how did that work out and who did you shoot that with?

The video was made a little bit before I joined the band, so I don't know that much about the making of it. Our video crew did a great job, 'cause I think it's a very good music video! I always prefer the videos where they just show the band playing the song, instead of cheap effects or a cheap plot. Special effects and storylines can be impressive also, but they have to be done with good taste and with effort.

9. Noticed that "Death Eternal," hit number 13 on the Finnish charts what were your reactions? Especially the number, being "13".

Well, it's of course a great thing to know that people are actually listening to our music. And in Deathchain history, this was the best chart position so far, so I could say that things are going in the right direction. Hehe, lucky number "13", hopefully it's a good omen....
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10. When do we plan to see DeathChain hit the U.S.?

Ohh how I'd like to visit California! We hope to go touring Europe and the States, as soon as possible and as much as possible! Lot of things is still open concerning next year, so let's see if we could hit the road soon again. We certainly are ready!

11. How are the holidays treating you? Any New Year's Resolutions?

Unfortunately I have to say that "no rest for the wicked", since I'm very busy with a million practical things. I try to relax a bit while doing cool stuff, like right now; I'm having a cold can of Budweiser while doing this interview, hehe....

12. I noticed your list has some major hitters on it ranging from Cannibal Corpse to Slayer, have you had a chance to tour with them or anything? What do these bands you listed mean to you?

Last year Deathchain supported Nile on their Finnish tour, and in 2005 Deathchain was touring Europe with Destruction and Candlemass. It's always great to meet someone who has influenced you musically or otherwise. For example, Rotting Christ from Greece has been one of my favorite bands for me since the 90s, so it was great to perform in the same festival with them and to talk a little bit with Sakis.

13. What do you think about the economy and recession we're currently facing right now, I'm not sure if your terrain is but I know the U.S. is going through it and it’s really rough right now during the holidays?

I think the recession will hit other parts of Europe harder than the North. The structure of economic and society everywhere is meant to go to a certain direction, big corporations taking over. And there's not much we can do individually, except to resist it. Unless you wanna believe that your vote counts, maybe it does, who knows?

14. If you could describe your music to a stranger in 3 words, what would they be?
Aggressive, painful slaughter.

15. Any other final thoughts or comments?

Yeah, LIFE INFERNAL, DEATH ETERNAL! Have a great year 2009 and hope to seeya on gigs someday! Thanks for the interview!


Set List:

The Flood
Reverse This Curse
There's No Sympathy for the Dead
Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliche
On To The Next One
My Apocalypse
You Are So Beautiful
The Webs We Weave
We Won't Back Down
The Guillotine
This War Is Ours (The Guillotine 2)
Dragging Dead Bodies In Blue Bags Up Really Long Hills

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SO LOCK AND LOAD! Your heads off because Las Vegas has emerged heavy metaler rock and rollers Escape The Fate onto the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA for Ernie Ball's 12th Battle of the Bands competition. The night rolled off around 7PM with the first act battling it out From Aphony which got the crowd intensely awaken for the rest of the night! Next arrived Red Car Wire kicking it rock and roll style all the way jumping up and down across the stage as the crowd clapped along to each tune sung out loud. The two remaining acts Settings, and The Scenic were the main spotlights as Settings won the competition for the night but also gets to rock out alongside The Scenetic on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour on the Ernie Ball stage for 2 weeks this coming summer! After the battle had died down a war had broken out which only mean one thing, "THIS WAR IS OURS" as Escape The Fate appeared on stage rocking out old and new hits off their classic LP "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion," breaking out tunes such as "The Flood," Onto the Next One," "Reverse This Curse," The Guillotine Parts 1& 2," and "Situations," among others. The set lasted a good hour having the band diving and jumping all over the place fans were being thrown up onto the stage like bullets being shot out of a shot gun, one fan grabbed a hold of the microphone singing some of the lyrics then got thrown off the stage as the crowd in the pit danced the night away pushing and shoving kicking everyone in sight. When Escape The Fate broke out into "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine 2)," guitarist Bryan "Monte" Money was hooked up onto this flying equipment and got flown above the club as he broke out into a killer guitar solo that got the crowd so wrapped up in the atmosphere it was unbelievable! The intensely overall experience was rough and wild and one crazy ride that should be ridden again and again.

1. How's the tour going?

WiL: The tour is going pretty good we started a couple of days ago in Fresno, we're in Anaheim tonight so pretty fun.

2. How's the self-titled CD going?

WiL: The feedback has been pretty good on it, and it's doing really well actually.

3. Why did you want to go out and do this mini tour?

WiL: We wanted to end this record cycle, and just lost our guitar player and just wanted to show everyone that we wanted to rock out hard!

4. Have you ever thought of touring with HIM, I AM Ghost?

WiL: We have toured with HIM and I AM Ghost actually but I'll see what I can do about bringing it back.

5. Is there any news on whats going to happen in the future for Aiden?

WiL: We're going to make a record this Winter and go out come the Spring time.

6. Are there any new songs for the new record?

WiL: Yeah I've got about 25 songs so far it's coming along great!

7. How many times have you played the Chain Reaction?

WiL: This is our 3rd or 4th time, Chain Reaction is definitely one of my favorites.

8. Is there a live CD/DVD coming out? No plans as of yet.

9. How did your Halloween go?

WiL: It was loads of fun!

10. Any plans for Thanksgiving or Christmas time?

WiL: Thanksgiving will be spent while on tour, and Christmas working on the new record.

11. What do you think of "Conviction," compared to your older material?

WiL: It's an alright album, its very polished and sounds good but also very weird, I don't know really.

12. Is there any band that you'd want to tour with?

WiL: There are a bunch of bands I'd want to tour with!

13. Have you read the book called Twilight?

WiL: No but I have not but I've seen a lot of posters for it.

14. If you had a chance to switch lives with someone for 24 hours who would you pick and why?

WiL: Shit I don't know if I would switch lives with anybody, I don't feel as if I would want to live someone else lifestyle.

15. Do you believe in life after death?

WiL: No.

16. Any other thoughts or comments?

WiL: Thanks for the interview and hopefully I'll get to talk to you again real soon!


1. Introduce yourself; tell me what you do in Flesh, and how long the band has been together.

FLESH is a solo project started by me, Pete Flesh. I do everything exept the drumming, done by a session drummer. I started this project as an idea in ´98 when I still was in MAZE OF TORMENT. But it was not until 2004 it started to get something serious out of it and I recorded the debut album, “Dödsångest”. Till today I have recorded three albums with FLESH, “Dödsångest, “ Temple of Whores ” and “Worship the Soul of Disgust”. Exept MAZE OF TORMENT and FLESH I have also been involved in bands like DECEIVER and THROWN.

2. Where is the band from and what is the metal scene like there?

I´am from a town called Strängnäs in Sweden . If you mean the scene in Strängnäs so is it a bit lame, but cult acts like MERCILESS have its roots here.

3. Is there any story or concept behind your CD title " Temple Of Whores "?

Religions, or people in general, that sees women like whores because they follow their natural instincts, like fucking and bringing pleasure for their own needs. The title is meant like a dubbel sentence and not meant like my own view, like I would think women are whores, some have mistaken that. The title can also be led to other directions.

4. What do you know and think of Romania ?

I will drink you blood and gain eternal life, muha!

5. Who did the artwork on the new CD and how much input did you have on it?

If you mean “ Temple of Whores ” so was it was Anders Plassgård, and for “Worship the Soul of Disgust” it was my old buddy Erik Sahlström (GENERAL SERGERY) from MAZE OF TORMENT and DECEIVER. I always give the cover/booklet artist more or less free hands after some instructions from me. For me it´s cooler that way. They have heard the album, knows the album title, and have some small instructions to work after, to see how they reflect on the music into art.

6. Is MySpace the great Satan of the 21st Century?


7. Where did you get ideas and inspirations for some of the lyrics on CD " Temple Of Whores "?

When I write lyrics I do it in a way where you not get all the answers all the time, they are very open for own conclusions. Sometimes I don´t really know myself what I want to say with a lyric before the song is recorded and I can see the whole picture myself, it´s more giving for me that way. But some topics, 'Taste the Devil´s Blood' is about suicide, the meaning of it is like temple of whores, religions that believe it´s the work of the devil. 'Rotten through the Skin' is about wars in somekind of strange way. All lyrics have somekind of personal hate towards human beings mixed with an obscure way of my own conclusions towards life. The subjects are of course not unique in any way, it´s just my views.

8. What are your future plans for Flesh?

I have started in a small scale working on a new FLESH album, I will concentrate 100% on that as soon the Deceiver album is out. All my musical time will from then only concern FLESH. As my life looks today I have only time with one thing, and FLESH is my dungeon where I can do what I want. This mean that I will take more "clear" influences from other Metal genres as well. If I do a riff that would have fit in THROWN (that also will be put to rest) I will simply use it in FLESH.

9.What do you think of this year's presidential election? Do you like any of the candidates? – Not trying to be ignorant, but the subject have no interest for me at this moment.

10. Would you ever want to do an all acoustic show, like most bands turn to from time to time.

I have never thought about it. Would maybe be cool to play “I Masturbate to Jesus-Christ” with acoustic guitar and piano, and then Glen Danzig on vocals.

11. What would you compare your music too, out of the varitey of bands out there.

If it´s better or worse? Of course I think it´s better than a lot of the new stuff, but that´s just my taste. And FLESH will always remain underground because of that, it´s to “non tequnical” for most of the youngsters.

12. What bands have you toured with? Are there any that you would definetely want to tour with?

I have never toured with FLESH, have not even done a show. I will work on that as soon I find suitable live members. When I put down DECEIVER and THROWN to rest I will have a lot more time to just consentrate on FLESH. If DEATH and DISSECTION still was around I would say them. Would be cool to tour with bands like PENTACLE, DESASTER, SADUS, POSSESSED, NIFELHEIM etc.

13. Describe your music to an elderly church lady.

Death Metal, lady!

14. When you look back on when Flesh first started out, what do you think of you guys now?

More focus, more developed…..and with a better label.

15. Any final words of wisdom, thoughts or comments?

If anyone are interested in hearing music I´m involved in here are some links:

FLESH: www.myspace.com/peteflesh
DECEIVER: www.myspace.com/deceiverswe
THROWN: www.myspace.com/thrownbitch

Thanx for your time making this interview and supporting my work, appreciated! Good luck with your future projects // Pete Flesh

1. Introduce yourself what do you do in Dimmu Borgir and how long has the band been together?

I'm Silenoz and I play guitar and been with the band since the beginning back in 93.

2. What's it like to be on The Blackest of Black Tour? Especially being alongside legendary rocker Danzig (Glen Danzig)?

It's great and a really good tour, very noisy right, anyway we're really enjoying it a lot of people showing up and a cool headliing tour as the closer every night and we play not just for our crowd but for older people as well.

3. How's the tour so far, getting along with all the other bands/are you familiar or heard their music before?

Yeah yeah sure, getting along and every night its a party and great atmosphere.

4. What was it like when you did your headlining tour in 2007 part 1 of The Invaluable Darkness Tour? I was at the Wiltern gig on May 17th.

That was also a really good tour and this is a third time coming over here and the real tour for this album was the Spring 2007 and everytime we come here more and more people show up. Growing more, gaining more fans and audiences. Our sound is so complex and some songs are so so depends on the venue such as the Wiltern and this venue.

5. How do you compare "In Sorte Diaboli," to your previous works such as your earlier works "For All Tid," and "Stormblast" years....?

Those albums came out when we were pretty young and had a lot of potential and didn't really know how to go about recording material and developing the song writing for each album that came out and the latest album went back to the basics and wrote it very fastly didn't really go the demo route but a strong record at that and next record will be better!

6. Have you guys ever thought about doing a tour with 'Cradle of Filth, and Children of Bodom"?

We toured with Cradle of Filth in 97 and we have pretty much the same crowds, we have the metal crowd and Cradle has the gothic crowd.

7. What are your future plans for Dimmu Borgir?

When we finish this tour take a short break and write new material by the end of this year have new material to begin a new album.

8. You guys recently released your new DVD, and did a screening here in Los Angeles, how did that go?

That was also a very successful event and we had a blast and the people who were there really enjoyed what they saw on the DVD that night, and to see what people's reactions are to the new material is just like listening to a new album.

9. Have you guys ever thought about doing a tour in celebration of how long you been together?

Like we're been together for 10 years let's go celebrate and do a tour!
We're thinking about it, when we had 10 years behind us, and maybe 20 years who knows.

10. How was your Halloween?

Good really enjoyed that night and everyone else in the crew and band, and since we usually wear make-up we decided to not wear make up and we were being humans that night.

11. What I noticed about black-metal, is that there are some similar sides of black-metal and gothic music attributes like turned crosses, graves and so on: what do you think about it. What do you think about religion in gothic and black-metal music?

It has to do with darkness, and what attaches black metal and the dark gothic genre and an amazing and positive thing that builds upon itself and use darkness to be destructive.

12. Tell me, do you believe in life after death?

I would like to believe in something else, I have experienced a lot of paranormal things and consider myself as an atheist whatever happens, happens.

13. So, how would you describe your sound to a stranger in three words?


14. If you were interviewing yourself, what question would you ask yourself? And what would the answer be?

I don't think I would understand myself. When it comes to interviews, it does get annoying hearing the same questions and did 300 interviews alone so 80% were the same questions so its just the way it goes.

15. Any other thoughts or comments you'd like to make?

Finally cool to play Los Angeles, and really looking forward to tonight and should be really cool and support the DVD release and anything else we plan to throw out there.


1. Hey how are you doing how is everything? You guys threw together a killer set tonight, how's that been going being the openers and all.....


2. How's it going overall on the Blackest of Black Tour?


3. Do you feel you are portraying a message to the masses that we can all relate to?

Scott: Yes/no, no because we're not bringing this political message or anything just drink beer and bang your head and have a good time. Forget about whatever's bumming you out, and a lot of hot chicks to look at just drink and have a good time. Just having fun whatever is bringing you down just bang your head and enjoy metal music. That's what's its all about.

4. Do you have any favorite tracks off any of your albums?

Band: "Limb From Limb," "Baptize and Flames," the ones that we don't play are the ones we love, and the ones we play in the set of course. You got to cram a lot into a 20 minute set.

5. If you could switch lives with anyone for 24 hours who would it be and why?

Drummer: Some real hot celebrity lady. *Band Laughs*

6. What is music for you? Does it bring you some new emotions or it helps you to get ride of some negative emotions?

Band: We just play because we love it and it helps get rid of all types of emotions in general whether we're angry or sad whatever ya know it's just the way music works.

7. So, at what point on a tour do you get fed up and say "Fuck this. I want to sleep in my own bed and I want to shower in my own bath." At what point do you get to where you just can't handle it anymore, where you're done with it and it's time to go home? Do you ever get like that when you're on the road, or is the whole thing always exciting?

Band: Maybe for like 5 minutes or so but there are times where you do think that you don't want to go through with it but you get over it and go want to rock out and just play music and play a killer show.

8. How was your Halloween, do anything crazy or exciting?

Band: We did we played with Glen Danzig, in Kansas City, seeing a lot of Misfits Brides and crazy people walking around.

9. If you were interviewing yourself, what question would you ask yourself? And what would the answer be?

Derrick: I'm always asked this but never know what to say....

10. What idea came to made when creating "Beyond The Permafrost" what's the main theme of this album, is it any different than your 2004 release?

Band: Not really much of a theme, but something beyond, going beyond the frost going colder as could possibly get... Not really much different. More focused and worked on as a whole better processed.

11. What are the future plans for Skeletonwitch?

Scott: Finishing this tour, and then go do a headlining tour in Spring and focusing on writing new material for the next record.

12. What's it like playing alongside Danzig, and the other bands on this tour, getting along?

Band: KILLER, get to see it everynight, and most people only get to see it like once, so its awesome. At times I do get nervous being around the guy but its a great honor and pretty awesome to witness his performance every single night. And he said he loved the record which is really awesome!

13. How did the name Skeletonwitch come about?

Derrick: Friend of ours Ted, that he played in previous Skeletonwtich, and then he came up with it and thought it was weird and then we fell in love with it. That's about it really.

14. Is there any band that you would want to tour with?

Band: Immortal, Goatwhore,Kreator,Judas Priest, Iron Maiden,Slayer,
Evan : I'd shit if I got to go out on tour with Immortal!

15. Thanks for doing this interview, any other thoughts or comments?

Scott: We'd like to thank everyone/anyone who came out on this tour and supported us.
Chance: Everyone who has our record, bought, stole, downloaded it whatever, thanks!
Derrick/Evan : Thank you very much, and thanks to our record company for making it happen!


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1. Upon Wings of Black
2. East Into The Open Sea
3. Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod
4. Beyond the Permafrost
5. Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery
6. Within My Blood

Winds Of Plague:

1. A Cold Day In Hell
2. Anthems of the Apocalypse
3. Angels of Debauchery
4. Origins and Endings
5. Decimate the Weak
6. The Impaler


1. In Memoriam
2. Finisterra
3. Night Eternal
4. Moon in Mercury
5. Opium
6. Full Moon Madness

Dimmu Borgir:

1. Intro
2. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
3. The Serpentine Offering
4. The Sinister Awakening
5. Reptile
6. Kings Of Carnival Creation
7. Spellbound (By The Devil)
8. Puritania
9. The Sacreligious Scorn
10. Mourning Palace


1. Wotans Procession
2. Skin Carver
3. Twist of Cain
4. Am I Demon
5. Tired of Being Alive
6. Her Black Wings
7. Devil's Plaything
8. Left Hand Black
9. How the Gods Kill
10. Brand New God
11. Satan's Crucifiction
12. Unspeakable
13. Lilin
14. Black Mass
15. Black Angel, White Angel
16. Mother
17. Killer Wolf
18. Dirty Black Summer

Frostbite hasn't bitten the lives of hundreds, one in particular being a known musician legend, his name is Glen Danzig. He is celebrating his twenty years of fame and glory by headling this years Blackest of the Black Tour, alongside fellow metalers Skeletonwitch, Winds Of Plague, Moonspell, and Dimmu Borgir. This bill alone brought the chills running up the spines of the fans lined outside the Gibson Amphitheater on November 5th at Universal City. Fans came out bright and early to get first dibs on the front row action, and filling in the seats along the venue seating chart. Skelentonwitch erupted around 7:15PM performing a 20-minute set list getting the crowd entertained from beginning to end. Windmills twirling left and right, as the tone of the music beating against your eardrums sounding vibrations to get yourself into the action. Once there set had run out Winds Of Plague went up at 7:50PM-8:15PM and through together a rather quick set trying their best to get the crowd moving to their similar styling's of Bleeding Through but the crowd just wasn't digging them. They're overall set was enlighting though having the eerie sounds of the keyboards echoing throughout the venue as the guitars and drums played their riffs drawing in the heat and sweat that was dripping from the foreheads and skin, leaving the crowd soaked with exhaustion. But the tiredness didn't stop there, Moonspell came aboard around 8:30PM and brought the eerie creepy tones even more intensely having the crowd getting more wet than the last act, doing a set that got the crowd really moving to their feet was entertaining for everyone to see. The fun and excitement hadn't stopped there, Dimmu Borgir smoked in a red fog walked onto the stage in all their glory fans cheered with rage as the set list unfolded "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse," broke the sound barrier making the eruption of screams and chants more alive. Throwing together an hour set got the crowd wide awake and dancing and spinning their heads to the tone of the music as the music continued to break out such hits as "The Serpentine Offering," "Spellbound," and "Mourning Palace." Once the blackest musicians had left the stage the only performer left to take charge was Danzig! Overcoming the loud speaker was an announcement that stated that not photography or video taking were permitted at all or whoever would cause it would be sentenced to ejection. Danzig's guitarist and bassist ran onto the stage as the sound glowed with a red effect and fog rolled right on in and then Danzig jumped onto the stage as the crowd jumped right along singing-along to every single word spoken. The set list ran from 11PM-12:15PM putting together a list celebrating the twenty years in a one night stand. The Blackest Of the Black Tour was a successful hit overall and all the darkness buried within our souls was unleashed in a playful manner.

1. Do you believe Vampires exist?

Well yes, there are some sickly individuals who try to live out that role. As to the superpowered Dracula type, he's a metaphor for syphilis, the disease which killed Bram Stoker. OTOH, isn't high school full of vampires of a kind so common we don't even recognize them for what they are? The kids whose fear drives them together into cliques, and whose arrogance and need to feel "in" makes them a torment to others? That's really what Cody is up against.

2. What other Vampire books have you read? Have you read a series entitled "Vampire Kisses" by Ellen Schreiber?

The only vampire novels I recall reading are manuscripts that a couple of people have sent me over the years. I've never even read Dracula. I'm not familiar with Vampire Kisses. I don't think it matters much, though. The archetype so permeates our culture right now that the challenge would be NOT to know about vampires.

3. If you're not busy writing your next novel what are you doing in your spare time, hobbywise.

I keep trying to come up with a hobby, but there's nothing much I like to do that I'm not already doing. I thought I had one last year: to see all the plays of Christopher Marlowe. I figured that would take me years, since he hardly ever gets produced. Then, they did a magnificent production of both parts of Tamburlaine in D.C. and I couldn't afford to go. SO I figured I'd better find another hobby.

4. Would you ever consider writing a sequel to Vampire High or having it made into a film?

Both those things are on the cards. I'm working on the sequel now. And Chris Columbus swears up and own that he's going to do VH as a musical. But the contract for the option has been going unsigned for six months, so who knows?

5. Do you have any plans of doing any book signings anytime soon, I'd sure like to meet you and sign a copy of your book.

Book signings are almost impossible to get. Stores have to go to a lot of effort to set them up, and they often don't sell that many books when they do them. I've been getting published for ten years, and I think I've had one signing in a book store. Four people came, and all of them knew me. So I'd say the prospects of a signing in Glendale, or anywhere else, are pretty remote.

6. Have any plans for Halloween and are you a fan of the film?

I expect to pass out candy to kids, which I love to do. If they’re little, I praise their costumes. If they're old enough to joke with, I act confused: "Oh. You brought me candy and you don't even know. How wonderful." And they explain how it's supposed to work and I give them some. As to the movie, I don't think I've seen it.

7. What authors inspired you to become the writer that you are if any.

My first literary inspiration in any genre was a comic strip called Pogo, drawn by Walt Kelly. Kelly's wild whimsy, his word play, and his liberalism all helped to form me, even though I was a very little kid, too young to read for myself. Later, as a young teen, I rediscovered him through comic strip collections published as paperback books. In my late teens some of America's greatest humorists became favorites: Perelman, Thurber, Benchley. If any of the three had a direct influence on my it was Perelman, but I don't think you can find much evidence of it in my work. Apart from Kelly, my prose style has been influenced by the best work of second-raters.

In particular, I think, by John Masters, the Anglo-Indian novelist of the 1940-s - 70's whose novels were rather crude, but whose three volumes of autobiography were very witty and interesting. The works of some psychologists has been important to me, especially the writings of Jung. Sometimes knowing the bits and pieces I've culled from various schools of psychological thought has helped me to define characters. There's a good deal of family structures and basic Freudian theory underlying The Janus Gate, for instance. It's important to mention the poets who've had an impact on me: Kipling when I was young, Bly, Crane (Hart, not Stephen) Whitman and Everson when I was older.

8. Are you into the Sci/Fi genre by any chance, if so have you ever watched a TV program entitled Unsolved Mysteries?

I've read a fair amount of SF over the years, though not lately. Like most boys, SF was my first attempt at adult fiction. I especially like Sheckly, Heinlien and Simak. I greatly admired Neuromancer by Gibson, and my all-time faves are Starship Troopers and Paul Anderson's The High Crusade. Since we don't have a TV that's hooked up to the outside world, I've never seen Unsolved Mysteries, though it sounds like my kind of thing. Aren’t' all mysteries unsolved?

9. I noticed you've written several other books, "Smoking Mirror," "The Janus Gate," Uncle Pirate," and "Lighting Time," do you think you're writing style has changed since then?

I think my writing style changes depending on the kind of story I'm telling. I don't see any arc of change you can trace from LT to now.

10. What types of music do you like listening too? Are you into the heavy metal or rock and roll genres, if so have you heard of a thrash metal act known as Slayer?

Straight White Male loves musical theatre. Film at 11.

11. Do you have any future plans as of right now?

I'll have to check with my wife. She plans everything.

12. Would you be interested in reading a book that I've written about Vampires?

Sure. But don't send it until January. I've got to finish up the VH sequel, and I have a puddle of other literary projects to do by the end of the year. If I get VH2 finished early, I'll contact you and you can send your book in December. In any case, 2009 for sure.

13. Have any tips or advice to give to all the new upcoming authors out there?

Don't worry about the odds. They are meaningless. Write from yourself, not what you think editors will like. Write a lot. You need to find out what kind of writer you are and that’s the only way to do it. Read. Read a lot. Reading is the other art that makes you a writer.


Vampire Kisses has bitten into the necks of readers all over the world. Raven Madison, a 16-year old goth chick living in a town known as Dullsville, is constantly complaining that there is nothing to do in her town. At least until Alexander Sterling arrives to town little does she know his deep dark secret of being a real living everyday life Vampire of the night life. Raven falls head over heels for him and their chemistry explodes into an overflowing blood waterfall, with obstacles and chaos mixed in between. The entire series is told in Raven's point of view, as we witness her overcome some dangerous tasks running throughout the series, leading off into 4 other titles in this gothtastic series. The sequel Vampire Kisses 2 Kissing Coffins continues the tale where it was left off taking Raven into finding out about Alexander's relatives and what scams they have in store. Next we enter the world of Vampire Kisses: Vampireville where Raven rides into her aunt's domain and comes across a nightclub to her liking 100% known as The Coffin Club which she stumbles across that leads her down a path of destruction and worries for her beloved. The last two installments thus far, Vampire Kisses: Dance With a Vampire and The Coffin Club go hand in hand going into detail on what really happens when you mix Vampires with everyday Humans is not the best combination you can mix up. Ellen Schreiber has display a series of heart pulsing blood flowing energy of fun and excitement, and it continues in the mini series done by Tokypop expresses a more in depth detail showing the illustration's and creativity of what Raven and Alexander are really like in this new series of untold events. Hunting Beach's Barnes & Noble book store has had Ellen Schreiber in their presents and she did a Q&A and happily signed copies of her books, and took pictures with her beloved fans, including myself. Goths and fans alike lined up as they each waited and watched the amazement of their beloved series, come to life, being told by their idolized author. Vampire Kisses should leave some bite marks engraved on your neck, after you've read through this fangtastic series!