My first contact with Spookhaus was a questionable looking dude standing at the top of Vancouver's giant Granville Station Skytrain elevator, handing me a card like the one seen above. It looked cool, a classic Horror theme combined with Rock music...I'm there! "Free Downloads of Music, Soundscapes, Comix, Graphics." Way cool in fact because d/ld's were harder to find then ('twas 2003 perhaps?). The dude at the elevator was not, I believe, Spookhaus the Artist Of Darkness himself! I checked out Spookhaus.com and his music and concept was Spooktackular! Later on in 2005 we connected on Myspace and I was introduced cybernetically to the fiendish mind behind the works of Spookhaus. It eventually struck me how he was only online on Myspace at night, and how, as a rule, he tended to avoid public gatherings. Was he really in fact, a vampire? Getting to know him was always a Hallowe'en treat and I continued to collect his music - ranging from Goth to Industrial, Metal to Glitter Rock, Soundtrack Music to Folk, all with the theme of classic Horror culture running through them. At one point I realized - and stated for the record - that Spookhaus is the music artist I would say most embodies Hallowe'en!
The deterioration of Myspace led to a temporary end of the conversation between Vile Ent (then playing in his band Violent Christ) and Spookhaus. Eventually reconnecting on Facebook, it was fiendish business as usual. But 11 years later from our first contact on Myspace - and 16 years since I was first exposed to Spookhaus, we finally decided to meet and do this interview for Vile Views. It is not an interview, however, but a conversation. We hope it meets all our fiends finely this Hallowe'en!
The pre-origins (?) of Spookhaus were in fact related to me after I went back to Spook's lair after the interview, to reclaim my forgotten copy of the Satan Claws comic book. Spookhaus told me the story of before he had even dreamed of calling himself Spookhaus, a strange man called to him on the street, saying "Hey Spookhaus. Hey Spookhaus!"
"Who me? Are ya talkin' to me?" asked Spook. "Yeah. Spookhaus," said the strange-o. The weirdo went on to tell little Spook that he would one day play in a band called Spookhaus, and write a comic book called Satan Claws with a guy named Rob Macabre. Which is, in fact, exactly what's happened. So you never know, the next crazed guy on the street who tells your future might just be right.
Over the years I had collected a substantial amount of Spookhaus' music. It was the year 2012 when Spookhaus became the actual soundtrack to one of my Sasquatch sightings. It was a soundscape of Vampiric piano music, I'm not sure of the title. It harkened back to the days of Dracula and his brides. In a small home in the Ozark Mountains, I sat in the living room chair listening to Spookhaus, after dark. A spotlight shone in through the kitchen window from one of the storage units on the next property. This is why when a massive figure stepped in front of this beam of light, I looked up to the window just as a reflex.
What I saw was only for a second; the figure of a massive man, leaning over as he walked, with his right arm forward, his hand outstretched, his wrist slightly bent and his forefinger cocked slightly upward. The silhouette created by the spotlight revealed the presence of hair on most parts of the body, and robust features, including a strikingly large nose. He seemed to be navigating his way though the stuff of reality itself, maintaining a perfect balance, as steady as she goes. The giant man disappeared along his way past the house.
The amazing thing, even beyond the incredulity of the sighting itself, is that only two days before I had watched F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), which includes a scene of the Count himself creeping up a flight of stairs (just his shadow, in fact) in a similar "bent wrist" pose. (The Sasquatch's gesture was much more benign in nature lol). Could the Sasquatch have somehow known this, and injected a little humour into his presentation? Did he also know I was listening to Vampiric piano music by Spookhaus? What a time to stop by!
What happened next will have to wait for another time. But I don't think any other musician can claim to have been the actual soundtrack to a Sasquatch sighting.
Back to the present (or at least March 2016)...Spookhaus invites me to his lair for the interview and I wonder if I'll finally just die at the hands of a vampire. Through the horrifying Downtown Eastside of Vancouver I crept to an isolated complex, the presumed home of Spookhaus. I was greeted by the moderately hirsute Spookhaus himself. As I entered his abode, life-size figures of Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and The Wolf Man, among other greats, bid me come in. These were creations in fact painted by the man himself! The evil den of the Artist Of Darkness was draped in green light, obscuring the senses and speaking of the other side. A powerhouse of ADAT machines and computerized audio technology inhabited the outlying room in a scene somehow just as macabre.
This is how Vile Ent and Spookhaus finally got in to a face-to-face conversation, recorded old school on cassette tape. What could possibly happen but a meeting of fiendish minds...
-Vile Ent, October 26th, 2016
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