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Sunday, September 25, 2011

An interview with the Mad Creator... Gris Grimly.

 Hello SppokyCreepyCool friends. What an incredibly cool day it is today.  We are a couple of days into Fall and it is rainy, and cool out. The leaves are changing to their red, orange, and yellow hues as the wind rustles through. One can feel Halloween creeping up behind ready to pounce.  What a perfect day.

 What an excellent day to bury your head into a wonderful world of skeletons, vampires, jack-o-lanterns, spooky psychobilly creepies, ravishing skeletal beauties, the macabre world of Edgar Allen, The  enchanted town of Sleepy Hollow. What a delightful day to tromp through the cemetery with those two grisly ghouls Stash and Hub. What a great day for rocking out to Ghoultown's ode to Elvira.

Today is the perfect  day to spend with the amazing artist...

What is you favorite memory of Halloween as a child?

My godmother went all out on Halloween. Her teeth are all rotten from eating candy all the time and she cackles when she laughs. I'm convinced to this day that she's a witch. I always looked forward to stopping at their farmhouse for a good scare. It was the second to the last stop before ending at my grandma's farmhouse where we'd get our big popcorn balls. My godmother would set up a small little haunt on her porch where her husband was usually costumed and hidden amongst a bunch of dummies. I remember one time he had a real hallowed out pumpkin on his head with the candy bowl in his lap. I was convinced that he was the dummy. But I was wrong and practically shit my pants when he grabbed my hand.

What is your favorite memory of Halloween as an adult?

Probably seeing the Cramps in 2000. I was dressed as a devil in a pinstripe suit and developed the persona of Satan himself.

What is your idea of the perfect Halloween?

Ideally, it would be staying home, watching horror movies and handing out candy to the kids. But these days I tend to go all out for an exhausting yard haunt that the neighbor kids tour through and get the shit scared out of them before they can get their candy. I love it, but it's a lot of work.

What was your favorite Halloween costume?

One year I bought a wedding dress at a thrift store. I cut off the sleeves showing my manly tattooed arms, threw on a matted black wig and smeared make-up on my face (early Marilyn Manson style). I have never seen people more terrified or concerned. I think they really thought I was a psychopathic crack head. But my favorite costume would have to be a traditional skeleton.

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

It's disgusting, but my favorite candy has to do with tradition and it's those peanut butter blobs that come in black and orange wrappers. Although I think I can only eat one a year.

What are some of your favorite Halloween attractions?

I'm a simple man and find the most pleasure touring the yard haunts of Burbank, North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. To me, the true spirit of halloween is found among the neighbor hoods and not at overpriced amusement parks. Sneak into a local cemetery at midnight with friends if you want to get the creeps.

What are some songs and bands that really get you into the Halloween spirit?

Screaming Lord Sutch and Frankie Stein are my favorites. But there is a whole list of singles I love that are mostly 50s and 60s rock n roll.

What are some movies that get you into the Halloween spirit?

The obvious John Carpenter's Halloween, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, old black and white Universal Horror, Mad Monster Party, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Trick R Treat.

What are some of your favorite Halloween TV specials?

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" which has a very eerie soundtrack. And it's not Halloween without Elvira.

Who are some of your favorite artists out there doing Spooky, Creepy, Cool, type artwork?

Eric Pigors, David Hartman, DW Frydendall, Eric Powell and Bill Basso.

What are some of your inspirations for creating your Spooky, Creepy, Cool artwork?

Vintage Halloween, old black and white horror movies, Gray's anatomy, Victorian comic art.

Do you have anything you are working on currently that we can all look forward to?

I'm working on a 200 page version of Frankenstein that is fully illustrated from cover to cover. I'm also wrapping up my latest short film Wounded Embark of the Lovesick Mind which is a psychological thriller for horror fans.

Where can we go to see and purchase your artwork work?

Any Spooky, Creepy, Cool parting words?

Spread the Grim.

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