An Interview with Edward Lee

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Edward Lee has gained much attention for his writings dealing with subjects ranging from the occult to morbid erotica and back again. With over fifty books and countless short stories to his name he is one of the hardest working horror authors of our time, with his work appearing in Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Greece, as well as here in the U.S. His novella, Header was turned into a movie in 2009. His novel Bighead is being filmed as we speak. Lee is also working on a demonological novel set in Poland. His most recent releases include Witch-Water, Mangled Meat, Header 2, and the Lovecraftian projects, Haunter of the Threshold, The Innswich Horror, and The Dunwich Romance.

Can you tell us a little about your earliest days? What were you like growing up?

I was fortunate enough to have wonderful parents and a great upbringing…so…

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“Lost Horizon” by Kenneth Nolan

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Lost Horizon

I lodged at Shangri La for a short while

My stay was most pleasant and dreamy

The cityscape and architecture was most like Dublin

Noisy, unforgiving and occasionally weary

I always loved her hair after she had just washed it

It flowed like the rivers imagined in any far off paradise

All so soon I had outstayed my welcome

Over coffee her words tasted like poison

She returned the book I lent her by James Hilton

And I was left with my own lost horizon

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Kenneth Nolan is from Dublin Ireland. He writes comedy, poetry and short stories, however, his main goal is to complete his first novel. He also does stand-up occasionally. Nolan has achieved a higher diploma in creative writing and has won first place for poetry in the ‘Sports & Cultural Council’ competition here in Ireland in 2012.

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“The Son Was No Longer Dangerous” by Donald Illich

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The Son Was No Longer Dangerous

His parents watched him pick up leaves,
paint their house, lift it up by
its foundation to clean under it.
The neighbors were jealous.
Their children shot heroin with the dogs,
hunted for birds with their cats,
planted bombs in petunias and daisies.
They’d give anything for the kids
who didn’t beat them up daily,
stealing their lunch money,
hocking their computer drives.
The son used to do those things.
But he caught a glimpse of the future
when he fell on his head, dreaming
about his folks diving into graves,
waving goodbye forever as they sank.
He realized he never had a chance
for thank yous outside his anger,
which had consumed everything.
So, now he kissed them on the cheeks,
hugged them tightly, as if that could
press them to the earth, magnetizing
them to the porch, so heaven couldn’t
raise them…

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“My Review of Ian Ayres’ Private Parts” by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

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Ian Ayres’ Private Parts is not so much an autobiography as it is a revelation. Parting its metaphorical thighs from cover to cover, it pulses throbs and glistens in both the before and afterglow of illusory fame while unlocking a more satisfying and deeper meaning.

Not even the likes of Tennessee Williams, Yoko Ono, Philip Glass, Tony Curtis, Edmund White, Quentin Crisp or even Allen Ginsberg, with whom Ayres shared an intimate relationship, takes top billing over Ayres himself — whose loving, open and artistic spirit shines arguably as brightly.

Like a voyeur peering through his own proverbial keyhole, he seduces himself as well as his audience, rendering this not-by-chance encounter all the more compelling as we witness his metamorphosis from innocent hustler to savvy poet and entrepreneur.

Exposing more with his clothes on than off, Ayres — line for mouth-watering line — reveals a life of unabashed risk-taking, with…

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“My Darling Rodin” by Clarissa Jakobsons

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My Darling Rodin

The beech trees
sprout a single leaf.
It has been so long,
I torment over
the feather
that cannot fly
locked inside
my sculpture, “Sakountala, the Kiss”.

You dangle the key.
Speak! I grow mad.

( This poem is from Jakobsons’  forthcoming chapbook, Camille Claudel; Montdevergue Asylum. Camille was Rodin’s student, model, lover, and an accomplished artist of her own right. Her brother, Paul Claudel, the famous French poet and diplomat, and mother, confined her at Montdevergue Asylum for thirty years, until death.

Artist, poet, and instructor, twice featured poet at the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore, in Paris, and first place winner at the Akron Art Museum 2005 New Words Competition. Sample publications include: Glint Literary Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, Ruminate, Qarrtsiluni, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Her paintings and one-of-a kind artistic books are nationally exhibited including at the Cleveland Museum of…

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The Art of Paul Cadden

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Born in Glasgow, Scotland Paul Cadden creates stunning drawings and paintings that showcase Hyperrealism at its best. His work has graced several exhibits and has gained attention worldwide. For more on his work please see: http://paulcadden.com. Please stay tuned to Van Gogh’s Ear for an upcoming interview with the man behind the art.

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An Interview with Isabelle Dalle

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Isabelle Dalle is a freelance artist that produces stunning imagery with feeling. Her illustrations offer lavish images with a timeless elegance. For more on her career please see: http://www.isabelledalle.com/

Can you tell us a little about yourself? What were you like as a child? Did you always have a love of art from early on?

Art has always been my domain of predilection, I think I always tended to touch everything. This way I can express feelings via various supports. The images are more direct and sometimes say even more than the words.

 Who are some of your influences?

Wow… there are so many! I especially turned to nature and the human sciences. If I had to list three, they’d undoubtedly be : Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), a german biologist, philosopher and free thinker. For him, the biology was deeply similar to art, the symmetry present in nature was very marked…

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An interview with Sondra Farrell

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Sondra Farrell was surrounded by stars from an early age. Her father was a pharmacist at the legendary Schwab’s Drugstore in L.A. She was influenced early on by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Jack Nicholson, to name just a few. She gained notice as an actress herself while still in high school for her appearance on Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life, where she recited lines from Romeo and Juliet.

That appearance led to a contract with 20th Century Fox. She went on to appear in the movie Monkey Business in which she shared a scene with Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant. She later appeared in Meet Danny Wilson with Frank Sinatra, released by Universal, and The Ring, which was Rita Moreno’s first picture. As sometimes happens in Hollywood, Monkey Business was too long and the Director Howard Hawks had to take an hour out of the…

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