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The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem, directed by Rob Zombie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up by Anchor Bay Films. We are awaiting it’s release with baited breath! If you want to see a Graphic Tale, this will be one horror movie to watch for.

To set the stage for The Lodrds of Salem…Heidi, a blonde rock chick, DJs at the local radio station, and together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster) forms part of the ‘Big H Radio Team’. A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, “a gift from the Lords”.

She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords’ record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma. Later, Whitey plays the Lords’ record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with listeners.

The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon Heidi and her cohorts find that the gig is far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting; the original Lords of Salem are returning, and they’re out for BLOOD.

Rob Zombie is well known for his metal rock music and expansion into directing horror movies. To his credits are:
House of 1000 Corpses
The Devil’s Rejects
Halloween 2
And now we add The Lords of Salem

Sheri Moon Zombie (Rob Zombie’s wife) plays Heidi, the radio DJ who receives “a gift from the Lords” of a haunted record that sets the tale spinning in all kinds of strange directions with flashbacks from the horrific days of Salem’s past.

Jason Blum and Oren Peli of Paranormal Activity fame are reported to have provided Zombie an estimated budget of around $2.5 million, the smallest budget Rob has created a movie with. Rob Zombie was given complete creative control and with it created a film that is not the bloodiest, but may be the most unsettling film so far. The LA Times reported: “Early reviews of the film from Toronto have been pretty solid — cult-film site Twitch called it a “slick Satanic head trip;” Playlist noted that even though parts of the movie were “a bit hard to swallow,” it was still Zombie’s “most ambitious film” so far. That was, after all, the goth-rocker’s objective.”

For more information, visit The Lords of Salem page on the Official Rob Zombie website!

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Belinda Hicks a very talented gothic poet and author.

Gothic Blend is especially privileged to be joined by Belinda Hicks. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and visit with us.

Tell us a little bit about who Belinda Hicks is.
Hmmm…good question! How would I sum up about myself? Well first thing would be that I am a mother of four amazing children, I’ve lived in Morgantown West Virginia basically my whole life. I like to think I am funny…never a dull moment when it comes to me….lol….But basically I am just as normal as everyone one is. I like to think there is more out there in the world than what we think there is. I am not a skeptic..I believe there is things out there that will come to play before the end of time….and if not than I guess the universe is a big let down. But that’s me and my opinion.

Your books deal with Vampires and other supernatural beings, where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from other authors, movies, music, pictures I see on Facebook. Pictures are a big thing to me. When I see a Gothic picture that strikes me the words to flow in my head…and I have to get them down.

Do you find that your ideas to write new material come at specific times of the day?
When I began to write I can get stuck in anyway like most writings. But mostly right when I go to bed and lay my head down is when the best stuff usually comes to me. Then I have to get up write it down before I forget. It can be a nuisance some times.

Can you give us some insight on your writing process?
Insight on writing…hmmm not sure how I would put insight on writing. I just write what is in my head or how I am feeling. I have music playing all the time and just let it relax me to where ideas come or thoughts on a topic.

How long does it take you to write a new book?
My poetry books didn’t take as long as I thought it would…I write all the time. It’s just picking and proof reading your work and getting it together. My first book took me a little over a couple of months and my second about a month. Now the trilogy I’m working on I have been working on it for about five years now.

Who are your main influences?
My main influences belong to the life I have lived, plus I give prop’s to three authors. If it was for William Shakespeare, I may have never loved plays and the tragedy he always writes, Edgar Allan Poe is another he is the reason I love dark poetry and I wish I can follow his steps and then there is the lovely Anne Rice. She has made me fall more in love with Vampires. The way she writes gives me chills…I remember the first book I read of her’s it was The Vampire Armand. I loved that book and had to read the rest. I wish to be like these three authors.

You currently have two books published, Dancing In The Mist Of Shadows and Peeking Through The Veil Of Shadows. Are you working on a third book?
Yes, I do have two books out now, Peeking Through The Veil Of Shadows and Dancing In The Mist Of Shadows and yes I am working on a third as we speak, it’s called Crying In The Cloak Of Shadows. I want to make a series of poetry books all with a shadow theme to them.

The cover art on both books is beautiful. Who was the artist and how did you come in contact with them?
The cover to my books start off with a picture from Google stock image and I send it to my publisher Barry Mowles and he designs them for me. He is great, I really like how they turn out.

What has been the biggest surprise along the way?
The biggest surprise was when I actually got to hold my first book in my hands. It was the greatest feeling in the world to finally see my book and my words out there in a book.

What have been some of your biggest challenges along the way?
My biggest challenge was actually getting the courage to have others read what I wrote. I never thought my writings were good. But A friend of mine added me to two poetry groups on Facebook and I was shocked at the comments I would get on my stuff. I had people telling me that they are my life long fan now, after the first month of slowly showing my work I have got the courage I never thought I had in me. I am now in about 15 poetry groups and I help people run two of them, plus I help a friend run a poetry page on Facebook along with my own page. If you would like to check them out they are Poetry and Friends and mine is Shadows.

What words of encouragement would you give to other aspiring authors?
Words of encouragement, I would say never give up. Even if you think you’re writing is not that good you would be surprised how others would like them. Yes, there will always be someone who criticism stuff but you have to take a step back and look at the positive comments you get, because writings, write because that is what we love to do. So, I say keep doing what you love and don’t let anyone tell you, you are wrong. It’s a sided coin in life some will like and some won’t but it matters what you feel.

I really enjoyed this and I hope everyone got an idea of who I am. I am honored for this chance to let you into my head and my world as a writer. Just remember never let anyone say you can’t do anything you want. Show them you can be who you want in life.

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Infinitum talks to Maya Bowen of Static White’s Stitchery

Gothic Blend is especially privileged to be joined by Maya Bowen owner of Static White’s Stitchery. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and visit with us.

When was Static White’s Stitchery born?
Static White Stitchery was born in a corner of a tiny NYC apartment, just down hill of a huge Victorian era graveyard (seriously), on a cool September day in 2006.

Do you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
A bit of both. I do have some formal training, thanks to a short stint at Fashion Institute of Tech (NYC), but I began my stitchy adventures when I was a kid –thanks, Grandma!– and am forever looking to learn new things.

Where do you find inspiration for your cute and dark creations?
Books, movies, the interwebs… everywhere!

Do you find yourself being more creative during the day or at night?
I am most definitely more creative at night into the early morning. When the sun comes up it is time for bed. Usually.

Are all of your creations handmade and one of a kind?
All my creations are made with my own two hands and my various tools. Also, everything I create is either one of a kind or limited edition. Even when items are similar no two are exactly alike! I love adding special little details whenever possible. The only exception to that at the moment would be my headbands, which are limited edition since the fabrics I use are vintage/discontinued. There’s nothing wrong with mass producing items, but for me it’s boring.

Can you tell us a little bit about the creation process for a new product?
When an idea is spawning I usually sketch it out first but sometimes I’ll just jump right into the pattern. Once that’s sorted out, if I know 100% that it will work out, I dive right into the fabric. If not, then I’ll do a mock up in muslin to test it out first.

What has been the biggest surprise along the way?
The advertising and the online fans and friends. The amount of advertising needed just for a few views was a shocker at first but I got used to it and it got a little easier as time went on. As for the latter, it still amazes me how many awesome people I have met online through various groups and social networking.

What have been some of your biggest challenges along the way?
Getting seen in the great big ocean that is the interwebs. Also trying to make enough to pay the bills can be a challenge because the demand for awesome handmade goods can be fickle, as with anything else.

What words of encouragement would you give to other aspiring artist/seamstresses?
Aspiring to be any type of artist isn’t easy. Be prepared for the possibility of not “making it big”. Do it because you love it and don’t ever stop creating!

Visit Static White’s Stitchery on FaceBook –> Click here <–

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The Infinitum Gothic Blog

We invite you to join the Gothic Blend community and participate in any of these areas of exploration and fascination.

The Infinitum Gothic Blog is a community that embraces a blend of ALL things gothic
The blog provides a supportive space for the exploration, enjoyment and sharing of all things gothic, macabre and mysterious, including: the gothic lifestyle, gothic art, gothic clothing, gothic jewelry, heavy metal music, horror movies, vampires, ghosts, aliens, Sci-Fi, Pagan, Witch Craft, Wicca, the occult and all the creative, curious individuals interested in these topics.

Our Blog readers don’t have to be overtly gothic, or a vampire, or a witch. Nor do they have to be into all the subjects we discuss. Readers only need to have an open mind and respect for others and enjoy the areas that intrigue them.

We offer several fun and free tools to support our community members, and like-minded web sites. Share pictures of you in your favorite gothic clothing and outfits in our Gothic Gallery. Tell us where you find really cool gothic jewelry in the forums. Share your “gothic tales” and “spine tingling stories” with us by posting in the forums that interest you. We would love to hear about your experiences and the things you like.

We will share news and reviews on the latest horror movies and thrillers, feature heavy metal music reviews as well as many other music genres. We are constantly updating and adding to our knowledge base of information about Pagan, Wiccan and occult practices and traditions.

We welcome you to share your knowledge and fascination with vampires, witches, ghosts, aliens, and all things mysterious and obscure.

This site is for the support and sharing of those interested in these topics. If you enjoy or are curious about this gothic blend of ideas and information then this is the community for you!

If you are not interested in any of these topics and just want to cause trouble, then peace be with you as you go somewhere else. We will not tolerate abusive behavior or trolling in the Gothic Blend community. You may do as you wish, with harm to none. If you can’t treat other beings with respect, you don’t belong here.

We have a lot of different interests and you don’t have to be gothic to enjoy the site and find a sense of community with kindred souls. Gothic Blend is true to its name by being home to a diverse blend of different interests, talents and topics. We are eager to explore all the things that interest us while we’re here on the planet and we encourage others to do the same. If we can inspire or assist anyone else on their journey it makes our visit that much more exciting!
One of the areas we are very passionate about is ART! With the advances in technology, digital art offers astounding new ways to express those creative tendencies.

Our passion for art also includes a deep admiration for the art of tattoos and body piercing. So, far Clint has a couple of tattoos. But, with the exception of my ears, I am still a “virgin”. I just haven’t found “the right one” to permanently adorn my body. I’ll just have to keep looking. We invite you to share your tattoos and piercings, experiences and recommendations. We would like to know about your favorite tattoo artists. An additional area of interest is being mindful of the impact we make on the earth. We’re big believers in recycling and reusing resources.

Then, of course there is the most obvious area of interest in all things strange and unusual, dark and mysterious, and the weird and wonderful! This includes cool decorations and gifts. We have an interesting assortment of gothic ornaments for guys and gals to share with you in the Infinitum Gothic Store.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we are big fans of Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy films, books and comics. We are musicians and love to play and listen to all kinds of music, with particular fondness for heavy metal. We will be featuring interviews, reviews and news for your enjoyment.

We are curious about unexplained phenomenon and will be publishing news and articles about ghosts, UFOs, vampires and everything else in between.

Deeper still are our internal beliefs behind the Blend. Our fundamental reason for being here is our honest belief in “do what thou will, with harm to none”. While we could most likely be classified as Unitarian/Universalists, we have a special affinity for Wiccan and Pagan traditions. This affinity for nature-centric traditions is most likely a result of having a reverent respect for Mother Earth. We are honored to share with you the Earth Teachings and insight from Billy Flying Red Horse in The Heretic Ranch every month along with the Full Moon Report.

This is admittedly an eclectic combination of things. But, we wanted a place where we could share, discuss and explore all of intriguing topics with other people. So, here we are. We hope you will feel at home here and join in the fun in the Gothic Blend forums.

May you enjoy your stay on the planet!
Remember, you can still “Get Your Goth On” even “When Goth Grows Up!”
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A Discovery of Witches – The international bestseller.

Graphic Tales takes off on another majical adventure of literary proportions. Deborah Harkness, the prize-winning historian and novelist, was recently at Parnassus in Nashville for a book signing of her latest release Shadow of Night. Deborah’s first work of fiction, A Discovery of Witches was an international bestseller. A synchronistic series of events led to us having the honor of meeting her, getting her books and in the process personally delivering a majical gift.
On Monday, July 23rd we found ourselves on a special mission to meet a author Deborah Harkness, the best-selling author just released Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches.

We weren’t really sure what to expect as we pulled into the parking lot of the strip mall that is home to Parnassus by Green Hills Mall in Nashville. This assuming store seemed an unlikely place to find such a renowned author. But, once inside the doors of Parnassus we discovered a standing room only eclectic crowd and fantastic staff of people at the store. It was welcoming and had a delightful selection of books and events.

Deborah came out and introduced herself. She is a professor at the University of Southern California and teaches European history and the history of science. Deborah is very intelligent, warm and funny. It is her inquiring mind that led to her career in fiction back in September 2008 when she wondered “if there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?”. Her first book, A Discovery of Witches was the unexpected answer to that question. Her first book debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and was also a bestseller in the UK, France, and Germany.

As she read an excerpt from Shadow of Night you could feel her enthusiasm build and it quickly became clear why her books are so popular. But, it was during the question and answer session where her personality and ironic sense of humor really began to shine through.

We discovered there really is a mysterious, missing manuscript known as Ashmole 782. What it contains…we don’t know…IT’S MISSING! But, Deborah’s real-life quest to find the missing manuscript weaved it’s self into the fabric of her stories. As did her desire for a home that would be less needy and more helpful. She had found her own home to constantly be in need of repairs and always needing something to be done. Her dream house found it’s place in her writing as well.

We wrapped up the evening with signatures and pictures. Deborah’s radiant energy and warmth was kindly shared with all that waited, including us. She reminded me of another special author, who is also a historian and a wonderfully warm woman.

We got our books signed and were honored to hand deliver a special gift to Deborah. Dee-Marie had mailed a signed copy of her Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy along with a personal note…one historical and majical author to another.

Deborah Harkness is an extraordinarily gracious lady, as is Dee-Marie. Both are gifted and talented authors and we were honored to make the connection for the two of them. The only thing that would have made it better would have been for Dee-Marie to have also been there in person so we could all have shared some wine together.

We look forward to reading Deborah’s books and hope Deborah enjoys Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy as much as we did.

Now, for a Sons of Avalon inside scoop: If you look closely at the image in my hand in the last picture, you will see a sneak peak of the book cover for the sequel to Merlin’s Prophecy. We’ll keep you posted on the publishing progress of Dee-Marie’s next book!