13 Questions with Alex S. Johnson

Alex S. Johnson is a writer of fiction and a music journalist. He also recently edited the heavy metal themed horror anthology Axes of Evil. For the following 13, he was given these instructions: You did the normal interview over on the main Dark Futures site. You answered some fairly typical, relevant questions. Now it’s time for something different. There are 13. Don’t over think them, just respond with whatever comes to mind. Here we go:

  1. In no particular order, name three of your favorite books (and their authors). Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
  2. Nu Metal: Yes or no? That would be a big “No.”
  3. Ninja or pirate? Pirate.
  4. Do you attend conventions? I haven’t been able to attend cons for a long time due to a complete lack of income stream. I used to love going to Fangoria.
  5. In no particular order, name three of your favorite movies. Sideways, Animal House and Citizen Kane.
  6. What’s your favorite drink? I don’t drink alcohol.
  7. Who is your favorite Iron Maiden vocalist:  Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickinson, or Blaze Bayley? Interesting question. I have seen Maiden with Bruce and Blaze and listened to the Paul Di’Anno era albums countless times. Di’Anno has a certain timber in his voice that Bruce doesn’t have, but Bruce has more power and range. Blaze was a mistake.
  8. Steve Harris is a god. Of course.
  9. In no particular order, name three of your favorite albums (and who they’re from). Iron Fist by Motorhead. Master of Reality by Black Sabbath. Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath.
  10. Name your favorite metal band with a female lead. Any band with Karyn Crisis on vocals.
  11. What is the best live band you’ve seen? It’s a toss-up between Slayer and Motorhead. Motorhead.
  12. Hair metal: Yes or no? Poison and Cinderella, definitely not. Latter day Pantera, unqualified yes. Early Motley Crue, very much so.
  13. Have you accepted the Batman as your savior? I do enjoy Christian Bale’s interpretation of the role, maybe because I always have American Psycho in the back of my mind when I’m watching the Bat-movies with Bale. The Batman is a dark archetype, of course. Savior? Well, he is troubled. I think we need to be our own personal saviors.

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