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If you have ever wondered whether Teller actually talks, tickled yourself over Divine consuming inconsumables for film director John Waters, or perhaps considered girls and corpses, DARK STARS RISING is the one book that demonstrates there is more to the creative act than not being profiled on MTV. DARK STARS RISING is a collection of twenty six interviews spanning twenty- If you have ever wondered whether Teller actually talks, tickled yourself over Divine consuming inconsumables for film director John Waters, or perhaps considered girls and corpses, DARK STARS RISING is the one book that demonstrates there is more to the creative act than not being profiled on MTV. DARK STARS RISING is a collection of twenty six interviews spanning twenty-three years with creators of darker art worldwide, whether it be film, performance, literature, or something else entirely. In many cases never meeting or being aware of each other, the vortex here is interviewer and New York film writer Shade Rupe, known for his avant interests and the cultural sector he created with his Funeral Party series of books. Everyone in this collection (with the exception of the late Divine and Brother Theodore) is working today, continuing to produce artifacts that catch the heart and mind. Many rare photographs are used throughout, plus a resource section lists useful links for further information. A selection of choice reviews rounds out the book.


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If you have ever wondered whether Teller actually talks, tickled yourself over Divine consuming inconsumables for film director John Waters, or perhaps considered girls and corpses, DARK STARS RISING is the one book that demonstrates there is more to the creative act than not being profiled on MTV. DARK STARS RISING is a collection of twenty six interviews spanning twenty- If you have ever wondered whether Teller actually talks, tickled yourself over Divine consuming inconsumables for film director John Waters, or perhaps considered girls and corpses, DARK STARS RISING is the one book that demonstrates there is more to the creative act than not being profiled on MTV. DARK STARS RISING is a collection of twenty six interviews spanning twenty-three years with creators of darker art worldwide, whether it be film, performance, literature, or something else entirely. In many cases never meeting or being aware of each other, the vortex here is interviewer and New York film writer Shade Rupe, known for his avant interests and the cultural sector he created with his Funeral Party series of books. Everyone in this collection (with the exception of the late Divine and Brother Theodore) is working today, continuing to produce artifacts that catch the heart and mind. Many rare photographs are used throughout, plus a resource section lists useful links for further information. A selection of choice reviews rounds out the book.

30 review for Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nick Cato

    When you can get through a 560-paged book in two sittings (as I did with this semi-door stop-sized volume), that's saying something. International film festival producer Shade Rupe delivers this collection of interviews with 27 film makers, artists, writers, actors and performance artists. Each interview is as unique as the person being questioned, from cult movie icon Udo Kier to artist Andre Lassen, from everyone's favorite drag queen Divine to legendary director Alejandro Jodorowsky, there's s When you can get through a 560-paged book in two sittings (as I did with this semi-door stop-sized volume), that's saying something. International film festival producer Shade Rupe delivers this collection of interviews with 27 film makers, artists, writers, actors and performance artists. Each interview is as unique as the person being questioned, from cult movie icon Udo Kier to artist Andre Lassen, from everyone's favorite drag queen Divine to legendary director Alejandro Jodorowsky, there's something here for anyone who loves unusual entertainment (especially cinema). A couple of chapters even hit me on a personal level. The late Chas. Balun (who not only gave my old fanzine, STINK, a nod in an issue of his DEEP RED magazine, but was an inspiration to me as a DIY guy) has a very informative interview here, conducted in 1994. Chas. was a fan's fan, a true horror fan who did more to get seldom-seen films into the hands of horror geeks around the globe than anyone else I can think of. In the wake of his passing, some of his statements here actually made me all misty... Rupe's interview with COMBAT SHOCK director Buddy Giovinazzo (conducted in 1995) is chock-full of info I was unaware of, and I was thrilled to see him get such long-overdue coverage in a book of this nature (Buddy was also a film teacher at my local college, the College of Staten Island). Great stuff. Rupe has introduced me to a few people here, and I found myself equally interested in every chapter, regardless of how familiar I was with the person's work. As a bonus, this Headpress Book is simply GORE-geous: there's countless photos, ad mats, and rare stills, something you'll never be able to fully appreciate on an e-reader (and MAN does this ink smell GOOD!). Horror and cult film fans take note as there's interviews with William 'MANIAC' Lustig, Gaspar 'ENTER THE VOID' Noe, Jim 'DEADBEAT AT DAWN' Van Bebber, and Tura 'FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL! KILL!' Satana. There's also a rare "talking" interview with the usually silent Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) that turned out to be one of the more enjoyable sections of the book. Comic geeks will also be thrilled over the Arnold Drake interview, as well as Rupe's yak-session with MEAT CAKE creator Dame Darcy. If you're a die hard cinephile or art nut, there's no reason not to have this on your shelf ASAP. I'm quite impressed...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    Dark Stars Rising opens solidly, with an interview with the great Divine, possibly best known for his work in the John Waters films like Pink Flamingos and Hairspray. But instead of delving deep into Divine's career with Waters, Rupe simply has a conversation with the man, discussing not just his film work, but his music career, drugs and high school. This first interview sets the pace of what's to come, as the majority of the discussions in the book are conversational in tone, jumping from topi Dark Stars Rising opens solidly, with an interview with the great Divine, possibly best known for his work in the John Waters films like Pink Flamingos and Hairspray. But instead of delving deep into Divine's career with Waters, Rupe simply has a conversation with the man, discussing not just his film work, but his music career, drugs and high school. This first interview sets the pace of what's to come, as the majority of the discussions in the book are conversational in tone, jumping from topic to topic. This is a great format, as you end up learning more about the subject instead of the typical fluff where it's a barrage of questions like "What was it like working with so-and-so?" or "Who was your favorite actor [or director] to work with?" Nobody really cares about those questions, people want dirt. And, boy, Shade Rupe's style of interviewing allows that dirt to come up. You can read Steve's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    flannery

    "For me, therefore, the obvious way to succeed as an artist, whether it be a musician or a painter or a writer, is to find a unique voice or style or trademark of some kind, and then keep doing it relentlessly, and refining it relentlessly. But never, ever abandon it. Keep on and on and on and on. And eventually one day you will be known as 'the guy who paints stripes,' 'the guy who kills pigs.' The guy with the vibrato voice, Roy Orbison, etc. And people will say, 'I know who that is singing tha "For me, therefore, the obvious way to succeed as an artist, whether it be a musician or a painter or a writer, is to find a unique voice or style or trademark of some kind, and then keep doing it relentlessly, and refining it relentlessly. But never, ever abandon it. Keep on and on and on and on. And eventually one day you will be known as 'the guy who paints stripes,' 'the guy who kills pigs.' The guy with the vibrato voice, Roy Orbison, etc. And people will say, 'I know who that is singing that song, it's Led Zeppelin. Or, 'I know who painted that picture. Francis Bacon.' Or, 'I know who did that soup can. Andy Warhol.' Or, 'I know who wrote this book with young boys ejaculating over lizards. William Burroughs.' It's that simple. You knew as I was saying it that it was William Burroughs."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Review at HorrorTalk.com. Review at HorrorTalk.com.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Smith

    An encyclopedia of the bizarre and strange in Hollywood. Very thorough and interesting. Plus, the fact that one of the featured individuals is my hero doesn't hurt. An encyclopedia of the bizarre and strange in Hollywood. Very thorough and interesting. Plus, the fact that one of the featured individuals is my hero doesn't hurt.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leftjab

    Lots of fun, with the interviews ranging from the surprisingly insightful to the completely bonkers.

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason Brock

    Awesome collection of interviews!!

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