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Interview: Kyle Cassidy, Photographer

I know what you're thinking, minions: This isn't a "typical" Lili's Lair post. Ah, but that is where you will be mistaken. You see, the following interview victim inadvertently fell into me lap, so to speak. It's just like six degrees of separation . Let me explain.

You should all know by now that E.E. Knight is one of my all-time favourite authors. Well, Kyle Cassidy was given credit for a couple of photos I posted for my E.E. Knight interview. I then noticed traffic coming from Kyle Cassidy's Live Journal, so I went to see what was up. I read through the page and noticed some comment about Gothic Beauty Magazine, and Kyle's comment about how Wednesday Mourning was his favourite goth model.

(Keep following my whirling dervishes.)

That is how I found out about Wednesday Mourning.

After my interview with Wednesday, I asked Kyle if he ever photographed goths. Of course, duh me, I had already been to his site and looked at all his stuff so I already knew he …

Book Feature - Monolith Graphics: Joseph Vargo

Today at Lili's Lair we have decided to finish off our Monolith Graphics/Joseph Vargo gothique extaorinaire with their books.

Yes, Joseph Vargo also writes. Are you surprised? You shouldn't be.

His writing is not only found in his books. Joseph Vargo also writes the snippets of spook in Nox Arcana's Songs, as well as the "puzzles" one gets to poke about with on each CD. Ahh, the sweet torture of figuring out a mystery.

Sorry, back to the books. If you read my interview with Joseph Vargo, you would know he has been writing for quite a while. If you have notread the interview, shame on you my morbid masses. Go do so now, or I will punish you most severely.

All of Monolith Graphic's books are a work of art and a must-buy for the collector. Let's take a further look at what Monolith Graphics has to offer.

The Legend of Darklore Manor and Other Tales of Terror
(comes with a free Darlore Manor CD)

This anthology of terrifying tales is actually a collaboration be…

Interview: Wednesday Mourning, Gothic Model

When we think of mainstream fashion models, most of us tend to envision these sometimes-beautiful (looks-wise, not body-wise) clothes hangers, married to rock stars, who are also dumb as bricks. (Alright, I do, anyway, because I've personally known enough of them to have experienced the stereotype up close and personal.)

However, what about goth models? Well, having been around the scene since my days hanging out at the Bat Cave in London, I can tell you: Yes, there are some stupid goths out there. Of course there are stupid people in just about any walk of life.

On the other hand, having been a punk/dark wave model (we didn't have the term "goth" way back then) myself during the 80's, I have to say most of us in this particular scene were not dense.

In my experience, I have found most goth models to be a bit introverted, quiet, and book-wormy. These are the kind of girls who not only look stunning, but with whom you can carry on an adult, literate conversation, as…

Interview: Paul Newbery, Actor - Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders

I cannot tell you exactly when I first met Paul, because he is the type of person that after you first speak with him you feel as though you have known him your whole life. He is a genuine, charismatic, talented individual, who becomes the multi-dimensional characters he portrays.

Paul is the kind of actor that deserves to be in big budget box office draws. He is a truly nice bloke who you want to see winning awards, making it big, and getting a go round on Top Gear track. I know Jeremy would like him as much as I do.

Make no mistake my mischievous minions, I do not hand out compliments like Father Christmas does gifts in December. I am from Ireland after all, and although we are known for our blarney we do not give out compliments unless they are deserved and earned. Which is precisely what Paul Newbery has done.

So... read his interview, visit his Web site, sign his guest book, and then pick up a copy of Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders to see what I mean.
Lili's Lair: I'…

Interview: Scott Benzie, Musical Score - Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders

I do not know very much about Scott, but I will tell you what I do know:

It takes a lot more than talent to create musical scores for movies. It also requires creativity, discipline, and the ability to take someone else's vision and breathe life into it. I never realized how incredibly complicated it is to create these movie musical masterpieces until my interview with Scott.

Here... read it for yourselves, my horrific horde, and tell me if I am not correct about its complexity:
Lili's Lair: I don't know about everyone else, but I have NO idea what the process is for writing a score. Could you enlighten us on that please, Scott?
Scott Benzie: When writing music to film, it is vitally important that the music is perfectly in sync with the visuals. This serves two purposes 1. Any musical idea, a theme, for example that follows a character or situation needs to be heard at a specific moment, if the music has been written and the edit changes, then the theme, will not be in the co…

Interview: Ryan McDermott, Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders

Ryan McDermott is the kind of bloke you go to when you want to "get stuff done." He has certainly proved that with his movie short, Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders.

Working with a couple of friends, he helped to co-create not only the character of Mark Macready, but also the really cool and dangerous supernatural world the short takes place in.

Talk about your man for all seasons. Ryan co-wrote, produced, starred in, edited , and did a whole lot of marketing for Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders. You think that's something? Get this: he did it all whilst still holding a day job.

Impressed? I know I certainly was.

Ryan did me the favour of answering some interview questions in between taking breaths and his 39-hour days.
Lili's Lair: What was your "official" role in the co-creation of Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders?

Ryan McDermott: In “official” terms I was the Producer, I oversaw the film come together but like Sean and Paul I had multiple …

Movie Review: Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders

Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders


Manchester, the supernatural crime hub of the 21st century. Home of Detective Mark 'Mac' Macready. When Macready wakes from a coma he was brutally put into by an unseen enemy, he is met with the unsettling news that his wife Christina is missing and a mass murdering monster has been on the rampage, which the press has affectionately dubbed 'The Archangel'.

Realising there is a connection between his wife's disappearance and the arrival of 'The Archangel' the intrepid detective descends into a paranoid, frenzied search through Manchester's dark supernatural underbelly. It is up to Mac, and Mac alone, to find his missing wife, solve the case and bring the merciless Archangel to cold blooded justice. Directed by Sean Candon and starring Ryan McDermott, 'Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders' is an independent low budget horror comedy from award winning Manchester based studio CM Films. Filled with numerous me…