Sunday, 31 March 2013

In praise of Ingrid Pitt


The Queen of British Horror


The term 'cult status' is an often over used term these days, particularly within the current and seemingly never ending 'sparkling' vampire genre. It seems that wherever I look on pages and forums there are a plethora of  said 'sparkling' vamps being bestowed with the term iconic etc etc. Not that I have anything against Twilighty-esq vampires…… well actually I do, but that's another story for possible a different blog entry in the future.



Few female stars of the genre have achieved such a level of affection and obsession in the hearts of we horror fans as Ingrid Pitt. It is a fact made more interesting given that her movie output wasn't that large, in fact she only appeared in a very small handful of Hammer movies. So it's testament to her enduring appeal that her name is still synonymous with vampires, plunging necklines and a screen presence of genuine sensual menace. 

So here is my own little personal tribute to the true queen of British horror. 

Ingrid was born Ingoushka Petrov on the 21 November 1937 in Warsaw. Her mother was Jewish and her father was a leading scientist who was 'requested' by the Nazi's at the outbreak of war to help develop the rockets to attack London - he refused. As a consequence the five year old Pitt and her mother were sent to a concentration camp where they were haled captive for three years until they managed to escape one day after being led away to be shot. For the remaining years of the war they lived rough with the local partisans until finally settling in Berlin after the fighting in Europe finally ceased.

After catching the acting bug in her teens she became a member of Bertolt Brecht's prestigious Berliner Ensemble theatre company.



She eventually gained a number of minor roles in the movies until her first major appearance opposite Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare in 1968. She played the part of a German double agent posing as the cafe waitress with the plunging neckline in the classic second world war piece of nonsense. Interestingly, to get the part she had to tell the producers that she was German, which naturally wasn't something she enjoyed having to do.



 Ingrid's 1st major role - 'Where Eagles dare'……. "Broadsword calling Danny boy"


    



A couple of years after providing a 'glimpse' of the future scream queen she landed the role of a character that would come to define her in Hammer Horror's 'The Vampire lovers', based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's story Carmilla.




Ingrid & Maddie Smith - perfect



The movie features Ingrid as Mircalla Karnstein, a two century old lesbian vampire who persuades her young female victims to offer up their pretty necks and bosoms before consuming their blood. For you see, Mircalla from time to time comes back from her death sleep, to spread terror throughout the village . General Von Spielsdorf loses his nubile daughter to Mircalla, and promises revenge, with the help of the skilled vampire-killer Baron Hartog and their Doctor. Cue all manner of blood curdling episodes!



It all sounds like your standard cheesy Hammer flick with an assortment of ranges of acting, and to be honest, much of it is cheesy. However, Ingrid's presence adds a depth to the proceedings that otherwise may be lacking. Yes, she does spend much of the movie walking about in the flimsiest of gowns and nightwear ( not such a bad thing I tell you). However, her charisma and genuine erotic menace certainly transcends parts of the movie that would otherwise be rather high on the cheese element. This makes this movie far better than it's much maligned image would suggest. It's by no means a great film, but it's still a good film which benefits both from Pitt's fabulous performance, but also features the eminently dependable Peter Cushing.

Also, the fact that the film also features the delicious Madeline Smith has absolutely no bearing on my love for this film :-).





The Vampire Lovers trailer - just suck it and see….




This performance was quickly followed by her second and final appearance in a Hammer movie in the title role of Countess Dracula. The portrayal was inspired in part on the life of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, a  serial killing Hungarian aristocrat no less, who was accused of murdering approximately 600 female victims! Though she did meet her own sticky end when she was eventually found out and punished by being sealed in her room to starve to death. So that's alright then.

Ingrid is the now- ageing Countess Elisabeth Nodosheen, who discovers (as you do) that virgins’ blood can restore her beautiful youthful looks — but only for a short period of time before her body returns to an ever increasing state of age and decay. 



Would you like bubbles or virgin blood in your bath ma'am?


It doesn't take long in the movie before she’s bathing naked in blood, kidnapping her own daughter and ransacking the surrounding countryside for fresh nubile victims. I ask you, just what's not to like about a story like that?!


The film does suffer from the leisurely pace that it is filmed, at times it is distinctly pedestrian. The scenery and sets though are sumptuous and once again Pitt is truly excellent (as is Nigel Green, who plays her helper). Ingrid, part from the raw sexuality she brings to the role also portrays perfectly how the Countess struggles to reconcile the limitations imposed by her rapidly deteriorating face and her frustrations at the weakness shown by the various men around her.

The one exasperating element of the movie was the infamous dubbing of Ingrid's trademark ( no, not THOSE trademarks!) eastern European accent. An issue that didn't please her one little bit when she found out.




The trailer for Countess Dracula





Ingrid went onto make two more noticeable appearances shortly after, in the Amicus horror anthology film The House That Dripped Blood in 1971 - once again featuring her plunging neckline and flowing hair (I repeat, no bad thing). Ingrid co-stars with the then Doctor Who Jon Pertwee in an a not to be taken too serious story about a vain horror actor who discovers that his leading lady has particular intentions for his blood. The role was originally meant for another stalwart of horror, Vincent Price for which I can't help feel that this would have made a finer movie if it had happened.



 This multi-part horror from Amicus (Hammer's main production rival at the time) also features two of the genre’s best loved actors, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

However,  it is the image of Pitt from the movie’s final segment that resonates in most peoples memories. Her screen presence was that effective.





Ingrid's title as the Queen of British horror was finally sealed by her appearance in the classic 'The Wicker Man. Though she had a limited role in the movie as the seemingly unremarkable librarian on the Scottish island of Summerisle, it is still memorable. I've previously written about this stunning movie in an earlier blog so if you're interested to know more about it ( which you should be!) then have a look for that.
Just a few fun and games in 'The Wicker man'
 



As I've said, Ingrid's part in the movie was small, although he director did find time to film a short scene of her lying naked in a bath….Again, no bad thing.












After The Wicker Man Ingrid continued to work on screen in the 1970s and 80s as she appeared in Who Dares Wins in1982, the classic espionage television series Smiley's People 1982, and three episodes of Doctor Who in 1984.

Ingrid wrote a number of books, including her autobiography, Life's a Scream in which she talked about her memories of imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp. She also wrote The Ingrid Pitt Book of Murder, Torture and Depravity in 2000, and often attended horror conventions and fan gatherings. In fact, it was while she was on her way to one of these fan gatherings on the 23rd November 2010 when she collapsed and died a few days later at the age of 73

For many of us though, Ingrid Pitt will forever be the Queen of British horror.







Saturday, 23 March 2013

My Science fiction influence - 2000AD comic.



I openly admit it - my obsession with Science fiction has few, if any boundaries. I don't regard myself as an sci-fi aficionado or snob……. and certainly not an expert. I love H.G Wells, Jules Verne, Star Trek, Star Wars, Solaris and Spaceballs all with equal abandon. I'm often asked what began my obsession with this genre (well actually, I'm never asked that question…… but lets just say for arguments sake that I am), my reply is rather easy. So once more we take a walk down one of the lanes of my memory, so take my hand and all will be made clear.

The very first copy - It used up every penny I had!
It began when I was 10 years old. 

One afternoon I was walking home from school with Ian Ogilvy, who happened to be my best mate at the time. The trip normally would take about 30 minutes to get home, it should have only been only 10, but you know how young boys are. About three quarters of the way home he started talking about a new comic that had come out only that week. "It's not like the usual ones we get, it's not like ANYTHING else" …. I distinctly remember the emphasis he put on the word 'anything'. 

Now, my dearest Fifth dimension blog reader, you need to be aware of the comic landscape back in the later 1970's. It was incredibly competitive - weekly sales were through the roof of many well established titles and the average shelf life of new comics was usually, at best, just a few short years. Many kids had their specific favourites and we were no different - I had yet to fully embrace the wonders of Marvel comics and so at the particular time we were obsessed with the war comic 'Battle'. Also being a bit of a football and cricket freak, i was also a huge fan of the sports comic Shoot!.  So, as for many comic buyers, it was going need something special to take me away those particular affections - I was very set in my ways you know.

Now this is where the makers of 2000AD were either very fortunate, or very clever. By 1977 the genre of Science fiction was moving away from the niche market that it had always inhabited to becoming mainstream - and we're talking big time mainstream of monstrous proportions! The success of a certain Star Wars movie, together with Close Encounters of the 3rd kind et al meant that a huge Science Fiction Tsunami seemed to be taking over popular culture at the time…..and I mean it was everywhere! You couldn't turn on a television without seeing a light sabre, droid or an alien of any type. The timing was perfect. 2000AD was a comic that tapped into this cultural explosion and not only that, it was edgy, it took chances, it was intense, in parts it was shocking at times. 

The artwork and story lines had an immediate sophistication that put it's competitors immediately in the shade. Indeed few, if any, of the competing titles at the time which were also trying to ride the science fiction Tsunami lasted very long and soon fell by the wayside. My friend Ian was quite right ( as he usually was in most things), 2000AD wasn't like anything else. The very next day after school finished I used up the only pennies that I had and bought that very first copy.

The first copy, and the immediate ones that followed each week, were intensely seductive in their mixture of futuristic offerings which at times pulled no punches when it came to mixing in a little horror and gore. It was to this, and many other pre-adolescent boys, the punk rock of comics - it tested the boundaries of taste and daring and simply went places where the mainstream comics dared not tread. I distinctly remember my dad one day picking up one of the early editions and exclaiming that the blood and guts in one of the story lines was far too much for a boy of my age - I sulked for a week until he finally relented. For the next few years the characters and stories were my constant weekly companions - my already existing interest in science fiction now became an obsession.

The comic has now passed into its 35th year of production and going on nearly 2000 editions, a testament to its enduring and endearing quality. A quality that has been brought to us from what reads like a who's who of literary and graphic British talent, many of whom have crossed over into Graphic novel, literary novels, television, cinema and the wider American comic market.   Peter Milligan (Tank Girl),  Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum)Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Dave Gibbons, Mark Millar, Garth Ennis, Brian Talbot, Brian Bolland and Alan Moore have all become synonymous in many other areas. Indeed, many others that initially cut their teeth on 2000AD went on to succeed in America, with huge influences in the Marvel and DC universes. 

So here is a brief recollection of some of the characters and features from MY particular era of Britain's finest contribution to Science fiction.




Judge Dredd



The very first appearance of ole' Happy Joe 





Without doubt the single most iconic creation to come out of the comic, having crossed over into the wider social consciousness in everything from pop art to feature films . By the way, one of the movie adaptations is terrible, the other, much much better…….sit down Mr Stallone, you know which one I'm referring to as a waste of celluloid. 

Dredd didn't actually appear until the 2nd edition of 2000AD, though he has appeared in every single edition since then. His character was Inspired by the cop ' Dirty Harry' played by Clint Eastwood, a tough, unrelenting policeman who was more than prepared to kill the bad guy first than waste time going through the annoying bureaucracy of the justice system. Judge Dredd is entrusted with the ability not only to enforce the law, but also to instantly select the appropriate level of extreme justice on the spot – often this means execution. Initially set in 2099, he fights his crime in 
Mega-City One, a huge dystopian monstrosity of a city which stretches down the entirety of the U.S. eastern seaboard. 

I must admit here and now that this character was never my absolute favourite of the comic. I'm not sure why, possibly his character me me all too often fell into the realms of caricature. However, the huge sprawling epic storminess such as The Cursed earth and The Robot wars took the reader into story arcs of complex and thought provoking beauty.





Flesh



Flesh was an intriguing premise for a story, and one which I remember being hugely enjoyable for its quota of horror and gore levels of art. The plot essentially provided an entertaining explanation as to how the dinosaurs actually became extinct - there's no life destroying meteor here. Instead, in the future meat has run out. However, time-travel is now possible and so the prehistoric monsters find themselves being herded and farmed for their meat by cowboys from the future.

The first story-arc ran for the first 19 issues of the comic and also appeared in the 1977 annual, which I remember proudly receiving as a Christmas present that year. 

Of course, this being 2000AD, things didn't run smoothly for the time-travelling dinosaur meat farmers - with many of the cowboys being devoured in the most delicious of gory ways. 


Perhaps the most memorable of the characters from this story was one of the dinosaurs,  the half blind Tyrannosaurus Rex, Old One Eye. Basically, he's had enough of these pesky humans farming off his mates and starts fighting back, which essentially means eating them.  The humans main protector comes in the form of Earl Reagan, a Marshall who is charged to protect the humans and fight back the dinosaurs. Lovely Gory stuff.






Tharg's Future Shocks

“Out in the vast reaches of the universe, there are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told. From the lowliest denizens of backwater galaxies to rulers of entire star systems, anything is possible in these twisted tales. Abandon your preconceptions, expect the unexpected and take a trip beyond the edges of imagination…"

Tharg the Mighty, alien editor of 2000 AD 






The future shocks were couched firmly in the tradition of classic series such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits - weekly singular self contained short stories taking two or three pages of the comic, often accompanied by a nifty little twist in the tail ending. The series of stories didn't actually being until prog 25, starting with a story by Steve Moore and would prove to be an introduction for a plethora of new writers and artists such as artists and writers and creators such as Alan Davies and Grant Morrison.  

Similarly to Judge Dredd, the future shocks have taken a life of their own outside the confines of 2000AD, with a range of separate graphic novels and collections of the stories being published. Two collections of Alan Moore's Future Shocks (Alan Moore's Shocking Futures) and Time Twisters (Alan Moore's Twisted Times) have been recent and much welcomed additions to my own collection.

The Shocks are a fantastic assortment of darkly funny, sometimes unsettling and often demented twisted tales of sic-fi horror set in times and worlds where nothing is ever at it appears to be. Always one of the favourites parts for me of each prog.





Other notable inclusions of the early progs were ; 


Invasion, where Britain in 1999 are invaded by the nasty Volgans ( thinly veiled Russians) and a terrific tale of residence against the occupiers takes place

The Harlem Heroes - they play the futuristic sport of Aeroball which is now the most popular sport on the planet.

M.A.C.H 1 - John probe is a British secret agent who volunteered to undertake a ground breaking experiment which enhances his physical strength, speed and agility using the super duper secret procedure of 'compu-puncture'. Any similarity in looks and abilities to The six million Dollar man are purely, er, coincidental.

Dan Dare - vaunted at the time as 200AD''s flagship character, the old comic strip hero from The Eagle is once again fighting the good fight against The dastardly Mekon.


On a slightly depressing note to finish….. 

When the comics first came out I did what most boys did. I bought them, read them and then threw them away. Thoughts of keeping them for posterity, looking after them and maybe even selling them never entered my mind at 10 and 11 years of age. However, when I was 16 I found out that an acquaintance at school had the first 200 copies, most of which I was assured were in good shape. They were mine if I wanted them……. for free. Of course I bloody well wanted them. 

This time I treated them with the respect that I now believed they deserved - they were read again and again of course ( I'm not that disciplined), but they were also kept in individual plastic covers for protection and had pride of place on my bedroom shelf. I don't ever recall planning to keep the collection in order to eventually sell them as it simply never occurred to me that comics could ever become collectors items. They became a guilty pleasure. The bottom line was that even as I was at an age when I should be outgrowing comics ( hence the derision i heard from my friends and parents at the time). Every few months I took them down from my shelf and gently unwrapped them from their protective covering to read each one from cover to cover. I was still transfixed by the incredible mix of science fiction and horror. Stupidly I was a little ashamed of my nerd-dom…….not any more!

I managed to keep them until I was nearly 20. I may have read them a little less as the years had progressed as newer forms of science fiction & horror ( and the female gender) began to captivate me, but they were still there on my shelf and were indeed looked at on occasion. They were always, if nothing else, a welcome connection to my childhood obsessions. That was until one day when I decided to change their protective covers for new ones - all the comics has been placed (naked) on the floor beside my bed, ready for the 're-covering' the next day. That night, I went out on the town for a friend's birthday bash, got drunk, came home the worst for wear. I awoke the next morning to discover that I had thrown up during the night and destroyed virtually every copy……

When i checked back in 2010 about how much the first 3 editions alone were selling for to collectors, reasonable condition ones like mine were going for approximately £150 each. Well, Bugger.
















Saturday, 16 March 2013

An interview with Horror Author, Armand Rosamilia



The Fifth Dimension is proud to be able to produce the transcript  of an interview recently undertaken with Horror author, Armand Rosamilia. 




Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey native currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not watching zombie movies, the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music... 

Besides the "Miami Spy Games" zombie spy thriller series, he has the "Keyport Cthulhu" horror series, several horror novellas and shorts to date, as well as the "Dying Days" series:

Highway To Hell... Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer... Dying Days... Dying Days 2... Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days... The Siege of European Village... and many more coming in 2013.

He is also an editor for Rymfire Books, helping with several horror anthologies, including "Vermin" and the "State of Horror" series, as well as the creator and energy behind Carnifex Metal Books, putting out the "Metal Queens Monthly" series of non-fiction books about females into Metal...

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: armandrosamilia@gmail.comInterview questions.




(FD) Due to the fact those who read this interview will be scattered throughout the world, tell us more about where you are from and where you live.

(AR) I'm a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida. But I will always be a Jersey guy at heart. I am currently sequestered in Flagler Beach, where I get to sit around all day in a great little coffee place called Kokomo's, and watch the tourists on the beaches and the whales and the dolphins. Sometimes I don't get distracted and actually write.



(FD) Tell me about your average writing day, if there is such a thing!

(AR) I drop off my son at high school at 7:30 am and head to Kokomo's, where my table and coffee are waiting. I go through my e-mails until around 9 am until I'm almost awake, and then write for the next three hours and hope to hit my 2,000 word goal. Lunch is usually something unique they whip up and I like to try the specials. Then I waste the afternoon, getting more writing in but mostly playing on Facebook, doing e-mail interviews, answering e-mails and reading way too many blogs.



(FD) When did you first start writing fiction and why?

(AR) I was twelve when I started, and it was all Dean Koontz's fault. I loved his paperbacks as a kid and wanted to write like him. And I did! I wrote exactly like him, stealing ideas and sentences I liked from his books and making my own horrible stories that made no sense. But my parents encouraged me and I kept it up.



(FD) Aaah, Dean Koontz - a particular favourite of mine. I remember being completely knocked out by the the first book of his that I read, 'Ticktock'… amazing stuff. Could you nail down your favourite?

(AR) It was definitely "Phantoms" for me. I can remember reading that book, especially the first act, as a kid and being scared lying in bed reading it. I've never seen the movie and I have no intention of seeing it, because it ran in my mind already as a teen and it creeped me out for whatever reason.



(FD) Why do you write predominantly in horror genre?



(AR) I love it. I always have. I've been reading it since I can remember, thanks to my mother's huge horror paperback collection. She would read 3-5 books a week and I tried to keep up through my teen years. It was just natural for me to write it, and I've dabbled in fantasy (thanks to RE Howard), but horror has always been my main passion. 



(FD) Why do you think it is that the sci-fi & horror genre’s are looked down upon by many in the literary world, and does that bother you?

(AR) It doesn't bother me, because the real fans are all that matter. I've been writing mostly zombie fiction in the last couple of years, and there is a small but rabid fan base for it. You'll get some fans of The Walking Dead who will try it, which is awesome. But they aren't the fan I'm trying to hook in. I want the zombie reader who loves Mark Tufo and Ian Woodhead and John O'Brien to read my stuff.



(FD)  What are your thoughts that Zombies seem to be the new vampires? The Walking Dead seem to be everywhere!

(AR) If it helps bring in new fans, I'm all for it. I know many people who started reading zombie fiction thanks to the TV show, but I also worry about too much out there, and zombies going the way of the vampire. I went and saw Warm Bodies with my twelve-year old daughter, and she loved it. She also loves Twilight. Me? Not so much. It's getting into those Jump The Shark moments and I'm getting uncomfortable with it.



(FD) Oh god, tell me about it - Bram Stoker will be turning in his grave! Since when did Vampires start to 'spangle' when they died?

(AR) I loved what Anne Rice did with vampires, because at the time it was different. I was also a big Poppy Z. Brite fan with her vampires, but it's been taken way too far now. I want disturbing killers who would rip you apart instead of trying to date you and play baseball in the daylight… ugh…



(FD) When I was growing up, I was that nerdy kid ridiculed for my comic collection and obsession with all things Sci-fi and horror. So when was it that Geeks became cool & began to take over the world?!

(AR) I know! I was the mullet-wearing Heavy Metal dude who played Dungeons & Dragons and had a huge comic book collection. I was total geek in junior high and high school. Really bad. I wasn't ever thought of as one of the cool kids. Now, if you act like you're onBig Bang Theory you're cool. I don't get it. I never got laid telling chicks I played D&D, that's for sure. 



 (FD) Who in the horror genre (writers, film makers etc) inspire you?

(AR) I think there are so many out there that inspire me, and I owe a nod to. Obviously, Dean Koontz from when I was a kid, and all the schlocky B-movies I saw as a teen, with names like Bloodsucking Freaks. Writers like Brian Keene got me into zombie fiction, and authors like John Everson, Scott Nicholson, Douglas Clegg and Bryan Hall kept my love for horror fiction alive.



(FD) How familiar are you with British horror?

(AR) Not as much as I should be. I read quite a few British authors but I never go out of my way to find them, they just happen to be from across the pond. I'm always looking for recommendations, so…



(FD) Well you have some of the classics such as Horace Walpole, Gregory Lewis, Mary Shelley Wheatley then  some of the contemporary writers such as James Herbert, Peter James, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterson and Clive Barker. I'd love to hear your opinion of them if you get the chance. Plus, perhaps the greatest British horror movie ever ( in my opinion)  - 'The Wicker Man'.


(AR) As a teen I read sci fi and "Dune" was one of my favorite series, but as I got older I got more and more of of sci fi and firmly into horror. Campbell and especially Masterson are big parts of my bookshelf collections, and I always try to find new reads from them. I also grew up on a steady diet of those great Hammer Films and saw "The Wicker Man" years ago, which I liked. I also like the Iron Maiden song based on it, haha. I saw the remake with Nic Cage… that's all I will say.




(FD) What is more important to you, writing character or plot driven story lines?

(AR) They are both important, but the main reason people keep reading a story is because they care about the character. Whether you love or hate them, you need to feel invested in what happens to them. A mindless plot of action sequences and more action sequences won't get people involved, but a great character will.



(FD) Oh I completely agree, you have to emotionally connect to even the most unsettling of characters and sometimes even try and see things from their point of view. If there was one classic horror character that you wish you had written, who would it be and why?

(AR) Harry Keogh from the Necroscope series. I absolutely love the evolution of the character in the books, and Lumley is such an immense talent. And a British guy… hmm.



(FD) Leading on from that, who is the favourite character you have created and why?


(AR) Darlene Bobich, hands down. She stars in the "Dying Days" series and I created her wanting to stay away from the clichĂ© main characters like cops, military or super humans in a zombie apocalypse. She's less Milla Jojovich and more the normal woman. 
She is not a stunning beauty but she is very pretty, she is a bit overweight, she works behind a makeup counter in the mall, she has panic attacks and cries… she is just normal.



(FD) You have a single choice; Make money from writing or being critically praised for your work?

(AR) I like feeding my kids. That is the bottom line because I do this full-time and in order to keep doing it full-time I have to keep writing, and sometimes write a little out of my comfort zone. I chalk it up to learning experiences and being able to adjust my writing to strict deadlines and ideas that aren't originally my own, but making them mine. Critical praise is more of an ego thing, and I have more than enough ego for several people.




(FD) So do you think the advent of the Internet, social networking, self-publishing etc have become a help or hindrance to fiction writers to make money these days compared to the past?

(AR) Both. It depends on how much time you are spending online. My thought is writing is 25% writing and 75% promoting it. But really promoting it, like doing interviews (thanks, by the way!) and talking about your books and selling you as a Brand. But then chit-chat on Facebook and Twitter, while helping to sell you as a person as well as a writer, can easily get lost after hours of talking about stupid things (which I do all the time), and not advancing your career. I love self-publishing but I'm also realistic to know each author has a ceiling for sales unless he can generate new readers. How do you get them? By engaging them online, at book signings, and word of mouth.



(FD) Can you tell us what you are working on at the moment? 

(AR) About fifty projects, it seems. Dying Days 3 and Dying Days: Origins zombie novellas, final edits on my Chelsea Avenue horror novel, and a non-fiction book called Metal Queens: Models 2. I keep adding more and more projects as they come up.



(FD) So its safe to say that either by nature or necessity, you're something of a multi-tasker?!

(AR) I am a multi-tasker out of fear. I need to keep working and keep the ideas flowing or I feel like I'll lose my momentum and/or mojo. I need to get out as many projects and stories from my head as is humanly possible before I die. Or before this weekend… 



(FD) Finally, possibly the most important question of this interview; Marvel or DC?

(AR) Make mine Marvel. 'Nuff said.


(FD) Aaaah, a man after my own heart! :-)


This interview took place between the 11th and 16th of March. I would sincerely like to thank Armand for his time.