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“V” for Vanessa

Hello there Darlings…I hope everyone is getting ready for a wild Memorial Day Weekend. Whether you’ll be cruising the theme parks, enjoying the beaches, taking in a Convention, or just Bar-B-Qing and doing the party thing at home…Make sure you have fun! I especially have a message for all of you going to Spooky Empire’s May-Hem this weekend…If you see this woman I’m presenting to you, give her a big hug from your dear ol’ host! The lady I’m about to present to you is a good friend who can truly see…and drag out…The Spooky Beauty in just about anything. It’s not everyday someone can do what they like and make a buck too, and she has achieved it. Ladies and Gentleman…Ghouls and Ghosts…The V I bring you is not for Victory…it’s not for Valor…Hell it’s not for Visitors or Vendetta…

V for Vanessa

Malice: Today I have the joy of interviewing a good friend of mine, Vanessa Bond! What the hell is up chika!? How have you been?

Vanessa “V” Bond: Well hello there. Honestly I’ve been keepin’ myself busy creating crafty goodness. It’s like therapy only cheaper. Counting down the days till my next show or convention.

Malice: Why don’t you tell My Freaky Darlings why you are here today? (Other than your awesome…)

V: I am here to share some of my Spookyness with the world.

Malice: What sort of things inspire you in your work? What gets the gears a turnnin’?

V: Geez! Lots of things inspire me. I love horror, Halloween, tattoos, Vintage hot rods And anything else that’s spooky. I have the habit of looking at things And wonder how they are made. I take them apart in my brain n try to maybe re-create in my own special way.

Malice: What sort of shows have you got to do so far? I think there was a Ren-Fest in there somewhere right?

V: Mostly the local craft circuit. But also did Camelot days. That’s a mini renaissance festival.

Malice: Are you ever going to open up a permanent shop or is the internet/convention arena just right?

V: I have an Etsy shop “justv13” but nothing is listed on there as of yet. My inventory is constantly changing so it’s hard to keep up with that. I also have a website on Blogger. I post my happenings, Tour dates , Contest and so on On those sites.

Malice: Do you take requests? If so any strange ones?

V: Actually yes I had a request to put my own blood in the blood vials. Someone said they have special powers. LOL. J/K

Malice: Now the part of the interview I’m sure you have been DYING for…”Out-of-Hat” questions! Does it puzzle you…movie wise…how humans can organize a resistance against a seemingly immortal legion of killer machines…but if one tiny zombie super virus turns everything to pot and we have our heads permanently lodged in our asses?

V: People now a day are plugged in and don’t remember what it’s like to do things Like mail a letter Change the tv channel manually. Hell even order a pizza. I guess they expect to push a button and everything gets fixed. When it comes to actual human interaction we are all screwed.

Malice: Your stuck in the movie Death Race…What kind of car do you drive and what is it armed with?

V: Um Jason Statham would be my driver in his car so I guess I am in pretty good hands. LOL

Malice: If you could have one of these bands soundtrack your life which would it be: A) Slipknot B) My Chemical Romance C) Cradle of Filth D) Flogging Molly

V: Out of the bunch I would pick Slipknot. But prefer System of a Down.

Malice: Your dream comes true: Your gonna get turned vamp! Who get’s to do it: Christopher Lee Dracula, Edward Cullen, Eric from True Blood, or beat the shit out of those bitches because you ARE a REAL vampire!!?

V: Ha ha ha. Not Edward that’s for sure. He sparkles! I am on team Eric

Malice: Well that about wraps it up. If there is anything left you want to whore to the masses nows the time to do it…let her rip!

V: If you wanna see what I’m getting into just check out my blog. Or look for me on Facebook. Till next time……… unpleasant dreams.

That will be all for now my Darlings…make sure to stay tuned for some more madness…and Don’t forget to check out this dear womans site…

Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,

Malice Psychotik


Who you gonna’ call?… An Interview with The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters

A few years back I came across a group of the most awesome cosplayers in the world. That group was The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters! Never before had I seen such accurate work outside the film! The attention to detail was amazing, and I just couldn’t get enough. The next year I saw them, they had an expanded their containment grid to this massive display. Adding on an even more elaborate show to go along with it. Easily, any Ghostbuster fans delight. Knowing what a treat it was for me to experience them, I couldn’t go on without sharing them with My Freaky Darlings! So if you are in the Tampa Bay area, and there is something strange in your neighborhood….

Who you gonna’ call?… An Interview with The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters

Malice Psychotik: So guys (and girl), how did you get into this?

Patrick Creel: I Had done some costuming before and there were others around me wanting to try prop making and one of my all time favorite films was Ghostbusters and there is no more iconic of a prop than that of a proton pack, and then it was all down hill from there because you meet people in through conventions/Fan Boards that have the same passion as you do.  Thus The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters were born.

Jason Rawley: I had been building and selling customs and props through Fire Blade Comics for over a year when I started creating props for The Tampa Bay Ghostbusters at the group’s inception.  It was only a small matter of time before I knew I had to don the flight suit myself…

Lisa Abney: Being a fan of the film, got me into being a Ghostbuster, but more directly it was Patrick that got me into it. I was officially given my flight suit this year and it was like being a kid again!

Malice: The amazing accuracy of your costumes and props is what I think makes you stand apart from other groups. What kind of research went into it all?

Creel: A lot I do have to credit as much as it pains me so, goes to the internet and fan sites dedicate to Ghostbuster related material.

Rawley: Research is done the old-fashioned way: pausing the movie and going frame-to-frame.  In addition, there are many good resources online from other prop builders and Ghostbuster fans who are generous enough to share their findings and inspired props with the rest of us.

Abney: If you really want to stand apart and have your talents as a prop builder seen, you have to research and pour your heart into what you do. Both Patrick and Jason have an incredible talent for making sure EVERY detail is authentic. They are both very inventive, it’s very cool to watch them turn a pile of parts into a movie accurate prop.

Malice: Do you all design your own equipment, or is there one of you that acts as the “Egon” of the group?

Rawley: The Ghostbuster universe is a great place for someone looking to start replicating props and then expand into making their own custom designed gear.  The way I see it, there is a lot of room for creative interpretation when it comes to the Ecto Goggles, PKE Meters, etc, because of the ways they’ve been translated from the movies to the cartoon to the comics and then to the video game.  Patrick and I both built our own proton packs making them as close to accurate as reasonable.  However, I tend to take a lot of liberties when it comes to the goggles and scanning devices.  We’re both prop builders who share a healthy respect for accuracy when it comes to the original designs but like to put something of ourselves into everything we create as well.

Creel: As Jason stated there is a lot your own identity that can go into a prop I focus on the whole idea shiny and new or used and battle damage?  it kinda says a lot about you as a person… therefore I’m very used and broken most of the time.

Malice: You all put on quite the demonstration. I’m sure there has been a wide range of reactions. Do you have any stories?

Creel: We get it all from all walks of life… You would be AMAZED at the amount of people who think its real… I mean it’s almost scary, when a guy driving past in his new Porsche 911 see the car see us and stops on the side of the road gets out and comes up to us and says “are you for real? cause I need help”… that’s a true a story.  My fav is when a kids don’t know who we are and it’s almost an act of self discovery because at first looks to a kid we can look very intimidating but under the right parenting, the parents will normally be very excited to see us and explain who we are and then the kids become very comfortable if not down right glad to see us.

Rawley: Lots of stories, no time to tell them all.  We get the full range of reactions from “are you guys pest control?” to “are you guys REALLY Ghostbusters, like, for real?” to “are you guys Nazis?”  I usually get kids who are only superficially aware of “Ghostbusters” so they are intrigued, but most of my jokes go over their heads.  Their parents however, are usually rolling on the floor.  I sometimes tell the little ones “I’m the guy who hunts the monsters who live under your bed” and most people are horrified when they think about the kid’s reaction, but the kid is usually like “oh cool!”  And I’ve even had parents say “Yeah, little Timmy, they hunt the Boogey Man in your closet.”  Only as a Ghostbuster can we get away with saying the things we do.

Abney: Just hearing people seriously ask us if “it’s real”, is always the best reaction, because you can have a bit of fun and lead them on. Even when you reveal that you are doing a charity or other event they are so glad just to see the suits that there isn’t a negative reaction even when they were just the butt of the joke.

Malice: As a group you do a lot of charity work. What got you into that?

Rawley: My wife Dawn was diagnosed with APL (rare type of Leukemia) 5 years ago.  We started supporting cancer research groups and attending local fundraisers and events because research was what made the difference in being able to treat her type of cancer.

Abney: More than anything I think it is utilized as a charity promoter. I mean how do you say no to a Ghostbuster? The least we can do is give back to the community, and if that means walking around with a proton pack on your back while you help a good cause all the better.

Malice: What charities have you done work for?

Rawley: During the first part of the year we raise money for the American Cancer Society and participate in their big event called the Relay For Life which is usually in April.  During the summer months we help raise money at Regal Cinemas for their Stars of Hope program.  And then for the Autumn months we raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and attend their big event called the Light The Night walk.  Then we start all over again next year 😀 and if anyone would like to donate to our team here is our team page.

Malice:What kind of turn out do you usually see at the events you have done?

Creel: Like Jason Said we get all kinds of turns out, we don’t typically do Birthday parties however when we see that a kid is actually a fan and not the parent we will show up.  Because god knows we don’t a GB2 situation.  A lot of the time events or charities contact us for help, so it’s almost a built-in audience.  Sometimes people who see the car have to stop and find out just what the heck is going on.

Rawley: Well we’ve done everything from huge fundraisers and conventions with thousands of people to birthday parties for a small group of bewildered 6-year-olds.

Malice: What kind of attention has your “Ghost Busting” Gotten you?

Creel: The biggest attention it has gotten me, well I managed to become the cover model for Egon for the Ghostbusters comic book published by IDW and am now setting up photo shots with the cover artist Nick Runge.  Which is very humbling to me.  I also got to have dinner with Michael Gross the associate producer of Ghostbusters, got to go VIP to the Machete just because I was dressed as a Ghostbuster and Michelle Rodriguez is a Huge Ghostbuster Fan.  Have gotten to meet Dan Aykroyd 3 times in a row.  Please see photos attached to this email, also when I do events or even when I first started do this I always had more of an infinity with Egons character so I wanted to emulate that the best I could with my own personality which is right on Que with my own.  He’s silent, strange, smart, but he has what I’d like to call Egon Rage where he just looses it and could go nuts and start beating up bureaucrat like Peck.

Rawley: The ladies love a man in uniform, too bad I’m married.  Oh wait, what kind of attention did you mean? 😀  My Ecto gets a lot of attention from the police but so far they’ve all been like “That’s so awesome! Run the lights for us please!”

Abney: I’d say it’s been very positive, when co-workers or family find out the general result is “Oh, I love that movie!”. Then they see what you have on and they are blown away.

Malice: So I know “Busting” isn’t an all day job, what does the team do for a Day Job?

Creel: I work for a large home improvement store company… yes its great for getting materials and have learned a lot about products that work and don’t work on prop applications but I really wish I could be a Ghostbuster.

Rawley: My wife works for the State of Florida as a Tax Auditor and I work two nights a week at a hospital as a Security Officer.  The rest of my time I spend making and selling custom figures and props online through Ebay and my Website

Abney: Jill of all trades

Malice: Have any of you ever had someone recognize you out of costume?

Creel: Yes, which is a lot of fun because people have to point blank ask you… “Are you a Ghostbuster?”  which I do have to say is pretty damn cool.

Rawley: Actually yes! Several times.  It helps that there are a lot of photos of us in action on our website and we leave people with a strong impression with our personalities and ability to entertain.

Malice: So I know this may or may not be a dumb question, but here goes! Whats your favorite movie?

Creel: I have a top 3 and the order always gets rearranged depending whats going on in my life but here it is..
Rebecca 1941 Alfred Hitchcock’s only movie to win best picture. Ghostbusters for obvious reasons Star Wars trilogy and yes I consider all 6 of them one movie and yes… I will even include the prequels in them as well if i have to…

Rawley: Seriously?  Star Wars, duh.

Abney: Sure everyone wants you to answer Ghostbusters

Malice: In the tradition of Encyclopedia Psychotika, how about some “Out-of-Hat” questions?

Rawley: Just as long as it doesn’t become “out-of-pants” questions, sure.

Abney: Let’s do it!

Malice: Walter Peck? Hero for the Environment? Or man with no dick?

Creel: Great question…I look at him in a couple of ways and also Venkmans relationship with him, would have peck been nicer if Venkman would have just showed him the storage facility, because Venkman kinda was an ass to him. but it is also very naive to just go some where you don’t know and tell them to shut everything down without fully understanding what is going on.  so on one hand yes he is a dick, but on the other could have Venkman been a little more understanding and seen his point of view of just wanting to know what they do there…

Rawley: Walter Peck is a misunderstood man.  I think a lot of it stems from the way society projects the stereotype of the angry redhead onto redheads that propelled him into his left-wing liberal environmentalist agenda.  A lot like Yosemite Sam.

Abney: Walter Peck? Ideal image of the far left political agenda with a dash of self-righteous indignation thrown in for good measure. Just kidding, seriously though…. man with no dick.

Malice: What would be your dream cast of actors for a new Ghostbuster team? Like using today’s younger comedians?

Creel: I love dream-casting on this level. They have to be unknowns for the most part and mid 20’s to early 30’s, 3 boys and 1 girl. Here are some of my loves of guys Jason Bateman (see Arrested Development.) Simon Peg (See Shaun of the Dead.) Jay Chandrasekhar or Steve Lemme from the Broken Lizard comedy Team (See Super Troopers or Slammin Salmon) as Far as girls go you need almost tough and serious but can also be a goof in a drop of a hat. Michelle Rodriguize come to mind for obvious reasons…

Rawley: I have a hard time imaging any of today’s “young comedians” fitting the Ghostbuster mold.  I would prefer they find someone relatively unknown but better for the role, rather than trying to force someone like Ben Stiller into the flight suit.  Actually I wouldn’t even mind Stiller in it.  I do know who I don’t want involved and that would be Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, etc.

Abney: The most loaded question of them all! If you could cast it…That is really hard, because of how much “scandal” has already been thrown all over a GB3. If I had to add someone to the GB ranks, I think Zach Galifianakis would be my first choice. He is really funny and can be so Venkman dead pan when he wants to be. As far as this “female Ghostbuster” rumor that has been circulating, It should be a relatively unknown female in my opinion. To switch things up that much you need someone with a clean slate that can steal the show.

Malice: Have any of you been on a straight forward paranormal investigation?

Creel: Yes I have, I do believe there is something else out there.  I don’t know what the hell it is, but it’s out there.  I’ve done investigations with Haunted South Paranormal Research. Very amazing stuff, and am very great full for the experiences I have had in dealing with the unknown.

Rawley: No, as a christian I do not believe in ghosts, as in the disembodied spirits of dead people returning from grave.  However I do believe there is genuine “paranormal” activity out there but it either has a purely scientific cause or is in fact evil spirits (demons).  I would warn people that Ghostbusters is simply fiction and entertainment, but trying to consult the dead is just going to get you in contact with things you do not want to be in contact with.  A good link on this is here.

Abney: The movie Ghostbusters for me as a kid fueled my interest in the paranormal. I was 6 when the movie came out and I loved anything about Ghost’s to begin with, but after I saw it there was nothing stopping me from finding out more about the paranormal. Eventually in 2007 I started (after I learned as much as I could about paranormal research) Haunted South Paranormal Research. No proton packs just yet, but one day maybe.

Malice: One of Universals Ecto-1’s (from the attraction) was auctioned off a couple years back. Be honest, how close did you come to bankrupting yourself? And if you weren’t then, would you now?

Creel: It’s still a part of history, so if I had the money then or now the answer is HELL YES!  its amazing 59 caddy.  Its a symbol, no disrespect to Jasons Ecto mobile HHR, but there is just something to the 59 Ambulance Caddy.  It just looks so damn cool!  I was lucky enough to see the restored screen used Ecto-1 recently when I was in San Diego and the kid inside of me nearly went into overload!

Rawley: To be honest, no.  I can imagine myself driving a ’59 Cadillac if I had millions of dollars and had already cured cancer, hunger, etc.  Instead I opted to go a more reasonable route and bought a car that fits our needs, the Chevy HHR, and also makes a nice modern Ectomobile with decals and equipment applied.  The ECTO-1X can be found on our website http://www.tampabayghostbusters.com or on http://www.Firebladecomics.com

Malice: Well, I would like to thank you for sitting down with me. This has been fun! Is there anything you would like to add before you go?

Creel: There are a lot of people who do a lot for this group with their talents in prop making that have given us guidance with their years of professional work in effects/prop building in motion pictures.  I have to plug them so I hope you do as well for without these people we would in my opinion not be as successful as group as we are.
Randy Cooper
Greg Baker

Rawley: Sometimes things happen, someone has to deal with it, and who ya gonna call?  Well, hopefully us…

You can find more about The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters on their Website, Myspace, or Facebook. This group really just does fantastic work. If you ever have a chance, look them up! I promise you they will not disappoint. I may end u having to employ their services if I catch anymore E.V.P’s!

Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,

Malice Psychotik


Transmission Established…Come in Green Goblyn Project

Hello, Freaky Darlings… I have for you tonight another bit of madness. If you’re going to Spooky empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, this will be right up your ally! The Green Goblyn Project was so kind to take time out of their schedule to do an interview. The GGP has become a rather integral part of the Spooky experience, so if you haven’t seen them, you should give them a try! To top things off, in true style of the GGP, they elected to do the interview via deep space transmission (don’t ask me how they got there…sometimes it’s best not to know…) Well, the link is almost…and we have it:

Transmission Established…Come in Green Goblyn Project


Malice Psychotik: I’m here today with The Green Goblyn Project. You know, the first time I ever heard of you guys was back in 07′ at Screamfest. But you guys have been around for way longer. A lot of bands in the underground scene can’t manage that. What’s your secret?
Green Goblyn Project: No secrets, is a big one. We only work on ideas that all members agree on, and within the band, there is ultimate respect. Each member is an established musician in their own right, so with a combined 80+ years of  experience in music, we’ve learned how to get along. Having formed in 1995, Green Goblyn turned 15 this year!

Malice: Your sound is really something special. How did you find your niche’? What helped you get to your current sound?

GGP: We never really tried to sound like any other band. If a new song sounds too familiar, we usually trash it. That’s not saying we dodge our influences, but we have always tried to be a band that is a new sound to the ears of current music listeners.

Malice: How did The Green Goblyn Project get started? What inspired you all to form as a band?

GGP: To ask why Green Goblyn was formed, is like asking any of us why we ever started playing music in the first place. First and foremost is because we all despised commercial mainstream rock and what it was portraying all musicians to be. You have to keep in mind that the nineties was a miserable period for underground music in general, and punk music specifically was in a sort of limbo. Secondly, the love and NEED to play Xtian tends to go a little stir-crazy if he doesn’t get up and scream his brains out regularly!  Once we started realizing that people were enjoying what we do, we felt an obligation to continue giving our fans exactly what they wanted. A real band, with real songs, that were performed by real mutineers.

Malice: When you were starting out did you have any inspirations? What inspired your look?

GGP: Straight up The Road Warrior. Having grown up in the 70’s-80’s with the constant threat of nuclear war, we are all cold-war kids, and I think we still carry the apocalyptic wasteland image. When the sh&% hits the fan, we are exactly who you’d expect to see stealing your gas, and burning your village.

Malice: Your fan base is a pretty faithful one. Do you have any stories of your fans? Any interesting experiences?

GGP: Hell Yeah!! There’s a million stories, about a million experiences, but to target any one as more noteworthy is hard it’s a violent world, and unfortunately the stories that stick out the most are the most violent ones. Rock n Roll was never meant to be safe,  and when it becomes safe, we’ll be there to split the skull of it again. I simply can’t say enough good things about the kind people who I’ve met, and that have helped us out through our travels over the years, but that’s kinda boring reading material. I would like to quickly take this spot to give appreciation to the crew in Brevard County (home) MikeD and The Cynix, Wolfy Lonesome, The Jizzhawks, Devin and Becca, Patty Blue Crass, Marky Splatterguts, The Compound Fractures, The Bony Orbit Records family as a whole, and Rocket City Recording StudioÉ321É where the rockets explode!!

Malice: Looking at your Myspace page you have quite the resume of performances. Do you have any favorite venues?

GGP: Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend has been one of my favorite events for years now. CBGB’s was a blast. The Engine Room in Tallahassee is great! House of Blues is always fun, The Masquerade in Atlanta, The VU in Los Angeles, Kelly’s Irish Pub in Melbourne, and The Hippodrome in Cocoa Village Fl. I probably could go on here forever

Malice: Of all the bands you have performed with, which are some of your favorites?

GGP: Another big list coming right up Leftover Crack, The Casualties, Hot Water Music, and my brother Chuck Ragan, The Groovie Ghoulies, Blitzkid, playing last years Screamfest with Joey Image (original Misfits Drummer) on drums was quite an experience, The Queers, The Subhumans, Agent Orange, The Monistats, Gruppe36, Warped Tour was Fun, again, I could go on here forever, but I must say the BEST shows are always with the Brevard County Bands at the local hole in the walls.

Malice: What are the goals for the band? Where are you all wanting to end up?

GGP: Being from the future and the past at the same time, we know exactly where we are going to end up, but to divulge that information, as you know, would interrupt the space-time continuum and likely cause all manner of ill effects.

Malice: So, your going to Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend again this year. What are your expectations? What can we expect to see?

GGP: We were going through rough times the last couple years with member shifts and having to re-record every time someone new joined or left the project, but  having our original drummer and lead guitar players back in the band has really brought us back to our roots, and you can expect to see what everyone has grown to love all these years. Feral-space-age-swamp-punk-butcher-freak-rock!

Malice: I’m sure you have heard of Spooky’s second show, May-Hem. Looking at your Tour dates, I can’t help but notice you have shows in Orlando, May of next year that coincide with the dates of May-Hem. Does this mean you are playing this show too?

GGP: We will be appearing at the show but that’s all we can say for now.

Malice: Now I would love to take the time to ask some senseless, rather random questions. Are you interested?

GGP: Go ahead.

Malice: Would you ever consider covering the song “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong?

GGP: Although I can dig the song, and ol” LouisÕ workÉ I have to say probably notÉheh!

Malice: Just for the sake of coolness, if you were ever approached with this idea, would you do it: Have Willem Dafoe sing a few songs with you?

GGP: MOTHER-SHIP AUTOMATED RESPONSE ENGAGED: HELL YES!!

Malice: Well it was a pleasure getting to do this interview. Thank’s for taking the time to sit down and answer these questions. Before you go, is there anything you would like to add?

GGP: You’re welcome  Signal Fading Transmission Lost
There you have it, The Green Goblyn Project! If you’re going to be in the general area or vacinity of Spooky Empire this weekend, make sure you catch them. They will be playing Saturday at 10pm. If you can’t catch them there, they will be in October for Spooky Empire’s May-Hem show. That’s all for tonight My Freaky Darlings. Make sure to stay tuned for the madness to come! In just 46 hours, your host will encounter…..FEAR!…Stay Tuned….
Until Next Time, My Freaky Darlings,
Malice Psychotik