Gothic Homemaking Season 6 goes into Production TODAY!!
Today, Aurelio Voltaire goes into production on Season 6 of Gothic Homemaking, a haunted home decor show full of dark DIY projects, Halloween hauls, macabre monsters and dreadful dad jokes. If you haven't seen the show yet, watch the promo above to see what the show's all about. And please share with a spooky fiend! ( We meant FRIEND).
October 13th, 2020
Introducing the Globlin Hand-Sanitizer Dispenser by The Lair of Voltaire!
Direct from The Lair of Voltaire comes our first hand-sanitizer dispenser, The Globlin!
This adorable creature is made of sturdy black silicone and is designed to hold and dispense globs of germ-killing hand-sanitizer. This mischievous imp has an impressive wingspan of 4 inches and a height of 4.5 inches! It comes with a high quality black chain with clip so that it can hang from your backpack, purse, spaceship or hearse and go everywhere you go keeping your talons germ-free! A gentle tap on the forehead, causes its eyes to light up so brightly that it's nearly impossible to photograph! Perfect for lighting your way while trick-or-treating, on midnight hikes through cemeteries or finding your way through haunted houses.
(Hand-Sanitizer not included! While we perfect our line of germ-killing elixirs feel free to use the amazing scents from Bath And Body Works which fit perfectly into this little devil!)
The pandemic may have caused a pause in Season 5 of Gothic Homemaking, but it's now back just in time for the Halloween season! Watch as Aurelio Voltaire shows you all of the best Halloween home decor of 2020 and carries on with macabre DIY projects sure to transform your lair from the mundane to the macabre!!!
May 1st, 2020
New Aurelio Voltaire T-shirt Designs at Offworld Designs .com!
At long last there are new Aurelio Voltaire T-shirt designs at the OffworldDesigns .com store! Expect the usual tongue in cheek snark as Voltaire focuses his sardonic wit on the pandemic that has effected all of our lives. Also on the page are Aurelio Voltaire's witty gamer and geeky designs that have delighted fans of World of Warcraft, Doctor Who, Rocky Horror Picture Show and other beloved fandoms that Voltaire lovingly skewers for a much needed smile!
Today marks the season premiere of Gothic Homemaking season 5! For five years now, Aurelio Voltaire has provided spooky home decor enthusiasts with entertaining and informative videos on how to transform your mundane abode into a Gothic Lair worthy of vampire royalty, and now the tradition continues into its fifth season. Starting April 1st, 2020, Gothic Homemaking returns with a focus on spooky bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects, spooky DIYs and an added feature of monster themed travel episodes sure to delight the Monster Kid in your. The season kicks off with " Five Monster-Themed Restaurants to Die For" where Voltaire takes you on a tour of macabre eating establishments across the world from New York City to Asia and back!
Tune into Gothic Homemaking for a new episode every Wednesday at 13 O'clock (New York City Time) here:
For many years fans have wondered, "When can we get some Aurelio Voltaire music on vinyl?" and the answer has finally come! Aurelio Voltaire admits to having been skeptical about vinyl releases saying, "To be honest, I just thought it was a fad and that it would die out quickly. But then, the first time I heard rap music in 1980 or so, I thought, 'This will NEVER LAST!' (laughs). I was wrong before and I'll be wrong again. Vinyl has stuck around and has withstood the test of time and so I thought it was finally time to give the fans what they've been asking for." Projekt records is presently offering pre-orders of Aurelio Voltaire's first vinyl release HERE with options to add a Devil's Bris T-shirt.
You can also buy a limited number of test pressings of The Devil's Bris vinyl album HERE as well as listen to and download the remastered digital album.
January 25th, 2019
What are the Oddz? Aurelio Voltaire's 12th studio album has been released!
Aurelio Voltaire’s 12th studio album, What are the Oddz? is now released and can be heard everywhere music is streamed and downloaded.
Listen to one of the most popular tracks from the album, When the Lambs Because the Wolves on Aurelio Voltaire's official Youtube Channel, The Lair of Voltaire
November 15th, 2018
What are the Oddz? 12th studio album nearly done!
Aurelio Voltaire's 12th studio album, What are the Oddz? is now available for pre-orders! The official release date is January 25th, 2019 but it may likely ship before then! Pre-order yours now at the link below:
For a preview of all of the songs on the album, watch this video on Voltaire's Youtube page:
August 8th, 2018
Amazon.com shop, The Lair of Voltaire!
Cementing his status as a social media influencer, Aurelio Voltaire was recently invited to open his own Amazon.com shop and join the Amazon influencer program. The shop has a section where one can find most of his CDs in physical as well as digital form as well as many of his graphic novels and books! Another section called "Gothic Homemaking Supplies" is a huge collection of items Voltaire suggests for turning your home into a Gothic lair like he's done with his. A great many of the items are available on Amazon Prime!
Aurelio Voltaire's Youtube page, The Lair of Voltaire has hit and surpassed one hundred thousand subscribers! In celebration, viewers were recently treated to a wave of new Gothic Homemaking content including DIY projects like how to make a Black Metal Church Nightlight and featurettes like Decorating with Insects and an interview with world famous shoe designer, John Fluevog. The channel also features nearly all of Aurelio Voltaire's musical releases. The Lair of Voltaire can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/thelairofvoltaire
March 30th, 2018
Photos from Aurelio Voltaire's 4th Russian Tour
Aurelio Voltaire has completed another successful tour of Russia and once again, brilliant photographer, Svetlana Kovalenko has captured all of the magic and energy of the show in Moscow! You can see those photos on the Russian RockCult website here:
The latest album by Aurelio Voltaire, Heart~Shaped Wound, with a release date of September 1st has released EARLY!!!! Voltaire is presently on this Sweet 16 US tour with friends Bella Morte and it looks like there will be physical copies of the album to sell to fans starting with the Portland, OR show on August 19th! The album is already available digitally from the Projekt label’s Bandcamp page and soon will be available in iTunes as well.
Physical copies of the album are presently available for pre-order from that same Bandcamp page and those come with a free digital download code that is sent to the buyer immediately!
Catch Aurelio Voltaire on tour as one of the dates listed below.
July 8th, 2017
The Sweet 16 Tour (with Bella Morte)
After successful tours of Australia and Germany, Aurelio Voltaire brings the show home for a full USA tour. The Sweet 16 Tour celebrates the 16 years of friendship, touring and dark music shared with this tour’s main support act, Bella Morte. Voltaire and Bella Morte front man, Andy Deane met in Pittsburgh in 2001 at their first show together and have been close friends ever since, playing shows together, waving at each other at festivals and even contributing to each others’ projects. What both artists share is a love for dark music, horror and the macabre, while still being very positive, prolific and happy people. Come meet them at any of these 26 cites and spend a night with some of the friendliest Gothic guys you could ever hope to meet!
8/1- Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
8/2- New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
8/3- Boston, MA @ ONCE Lounge
8/4- Albany, NY @ Fuze Box
8/5- Wash DC @ Spellbound
8/6- Richmond, VA @ Fallout
8/7- Raleigh, NC @ Legends Nightclub
8/9- Nashville, TN @ The East Room
8/10- Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
8/11- Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy
8/12- Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head
8/13- St. Louis, MO @ Crack Fox
8/14- Kansas City, MO @ Prohibition Hall
8/16- Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
8/17- Salt Lake City, UT @ AREA 51
8/19- Portland, OR @ Analog
8/20- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/21- Boise, ID @ Liquid Boise
8/23- San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
8/24- Los Angeles, CA @ Union
8/25- Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
8/26- Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
8/27- Albq, NM @ Launchpad
8/29- Austin, TX @ Elysium
8/30- New Orleans, LA @ The Goat
8/31-9/4- Voltaire at Dragoncon, Atlanta, GA
9/8 NEW YORK CITY@ STIMULATE
May 1st, 2017
April 3rd, 2017
Gothic Homemaking RETURNS!!!!
Gothic homemaking is back with the premiere of Season Two- Episode 6 "Wardrobe of the Damned- part 2"
See it now right here:
September 1st, 2016
Gothic Homemaking web series premiere and air dates announced!
The world premiere for the Gothic Homemaking show is now set for Sunday, September 4th at Dragoncon in Atlanta. Episode one (and possibly two, time permitting) will be screened in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hilton. Aurelio Voltaire will be on hand to introduce the series and take questions.
A new episode will air every Thursday at noon EST for the remainder of season one.
July 25th, 2016
Voltaire on Tour with Stoneburner!
May 27th, 2016
Voltaire Joins the cast of American Murder Song!
Aurelio Voltaire plays the part of Unwed Henry in the latest production from the creators of Repo the Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival. Read all about it here: Click the link for the Fangoria Entertainment exclusive announcement!
After a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised nearly twice its funding goal, Aurelio Voltaire has begun production of a new web series called Gothic Homemaking. This series, which takes its cues from the book penned by Voltaire several years ago, Paint it Black: a Guide to Gothic Homemaking, is in Voltaire's words intended to be "informative but hilarious." Like the book, the show will demonstrate how to turn ordinary objects into macabre object du art, with a heavy emphasis on sourcing all of the best Gothic furniture, taxidermy and other macabre furnishings. Through it all, expect Voltaire's tongue in cheek approach and the acerbic and dry retorts of his desiccated co-host, Orville Deadenbacher. The show will stream on Voltaire's youtube page: www.youtube.com/voltairemusicpage . With over 52,000 subscribers and over ten million channel views to date, it's sure to have a healthy audience of macabre enthusiasts.
No release date is set as of yet, but word on the street is that the production team is eyeing an April 1st launch for the first episode. And that's no joke!
Hear Voltaire talk about the show's Indiegogo campaign in the video below:
In this age where fewer and fewer people see the reason of actually PAYING for the music they love, it's becoming harder for musicians to make a living without patrons. Patreon.com makes it possible for the true, die hard fans to insure their favorite musicians can continue to make music ( and keep the lights on!) by supporting them directly with a monthly donation. Voltaire's page is set to accept patrons at as low as one dollar a month and ALL patrons receive the same exclusive content Sign up and support and you too will be the recipient of exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming books and music.. and of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to keep one of your favorite artists making art!!!
October, 24nd, 2015
Voltaire is presently on tour in Russia!
He returns to the US in time to MC and perform at The Anne Rice Ball in New Orleans (10/30/15) and at Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando (10/31/15). For a full list of show dates please visit: http://voltaire.net/calendar
September, 2nd, 2015
DRAGONCON is HERE!!!
For the 17th year in a row, Voltaire will be performing at Dragoncon in Atlanta, GA! He will have a Q and A on friday at 4pm and then at 11:59pm on Friday he will perform in the Marriott Atrium ballroom with a full backing band (This Way to the Egress with Nathaniel Johnstone on violin!).
Voltaire's booth, as usual, will be in the Marriott lobby where all of the bands have their merch booths.
New at the booth this year will be the Fifty Shades of Greys book he finished just in time for Dragoncon! Only a small test batch were printed, so get yours EARLY before they run out! They are $15 each.
Also new at the booth is the Dark Unicorn shirt by Offworld Designs!
And.. Voltaire will also be selling this Rocky Horror Picture Show, Doctor Who and Dark Crystal parody shirts by Offworld
For the first time ever, Voltaire will be accepting credit cards at the booth so if you don't have a sack of doubloons, bring your plastic instead!
Sunday, September 20th in Manhattan, NYC! A festival for lovers of all things gothic, horror and macabre! With gothic, industrial and deathrock DJs and bands, a celebration of dark art, amazing vendors, costume contest and SO MUCH MORE!!! http://www.necrocomicon.net
April, 3rd, 2015
April 4th in Bakersfield, CA
April 9th in Seattle, WA at El Corazon
April 11th in Detroit, MI at Midwest Media Expo
April 25th in Buffalo, NY!
and then the Forgotten Cities tour with Ego Likeness begins on April 29th! Here are the dates:
And then it's back to fly-in, one-off shows and they presently are:
6/6-7 GeekOut in Asheville, NC
6/11-14 CoreCon 2015: A Touch of Evil. Fargo, ND
7/4 7/3-5 GearCon- Steampunk convention, Portland OR
7/9-12- Playon Con- Birmingham, AL
9/18-20 Voltaire's Wicked NecroComicon, New Jersey
A hilariously kinky coffee table book that will make you shoot Klingon raktajino out of your nose!
Extraterrestrials came to our world! They read a book called FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and became inspired ( or is that confused? You decide)! They came to the conclusion that the best way to understand the human race was to try all fifty shady shenanigans themselves! The result is a book filled with hilariously sexy, sci-fi kink! No fetish, perversion or paraphilia is spared as these Greys try out flogging, pegging, scatology, necrophilia, threesomes, orgies, water sports and just about every other subversive sexual act you can think of! And just to sweeten the pot, each hysterical image features a caption that parodies a slogan or catchphrase from one of your favorite sci-fi shows!
Voltaire Appears in AdventureQuest Worlds on-line game. Free exclusive in-game pets with EVERY purchase from the webstore here!
It's the weekend of Friday the 13th and you know what that means? It means that Voltaire will be appearing in the Adventure Quest Worlds on-line game as he has every Friday the 13th for YEARS! However, instead of leading a live event as he has in the past, this time AQ worlds is releasing EVERY SINGLE VOLTAIRE EVENT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING! That's ten quests in one day! And to commemorate this historic event, we are giving away two download cards with EVERY SINGLE ORDER from the webstore from now until Monday at noon Eastern Standard Time. These cards contain codes that allow you to download a whole bunch of exclusive in-game pets that were only ever available to people who played Voltaire's events live and purchased one of his Deady vinyl toys. But now you can get them when you purchase anything at all from the store! Supplies are limited so order now!
This offer is available only at Voltaire.net and not in the European webstore.
You can play AdventureQuest Worlds here: www.aq.com
December 25th, 2014
Voltaire's children's book, The Legend of Candy Claws has been released and is now available!
A giant black bat snatches candy from bullies on Halloween and delivers it to good little boys and girls on Christmas in this anti-bullying tale for children of all ages.
Written by Aurelio Voltaire and illustrated by the immensely talented, Shamine King.
"Spooky, witty, bursting with heart!" - Caroline Thompson- screenwriter- The Nightmare Before Christmas
"If Dr. Seuss and Dickens met Poe in a playground, the resulting collaboration might read like The Legend of Candy Claws, a sweet, creepy morality tale for kids, beautifully illustrated, endlessly charming and armed with an important, socially relevant message." - Fangoria Magazine
Voltaire teams with Townsend Music in the UK to open a Voltaire European Merch store!
Are you based in the UK or in Europe? If so you will be delighted to know that you can save on shipping costs by ordering from Voltaire's Townsend Music shop located in the UK. They will ship to anywhere in Europe for far less than getting your item from the US. Click the link below to see which of Voltaire's items are available near you!
It's Halloween, quite possibly Voltaire's busiest day of the year! And this year is certainly no exception! Today saw the release of The Lair of Voltaire's "October Video Nooseletter" ( on the last day of the month no less!). In it, Voltaire talks passionately about the European tour he's presently on as well as about the pre-orders for his upcoming children's book, The Legend of Candy Claws. You can watch the video below. Please share with all of your friends!!!
Also, today, Voltaire makes an appearance in the popular massive multi-player, online role playing game, Adventure Quest Worlds! And this time, it's an Edgar Allan Poe inspired quest!!!!
Voltaire returns to Europe for another tour this October/November in support of his new album, Raised by Bats! So expect a night of rum-fueled dark cabaret in a city (hopefully) near you! Here are the tour dates:
10/31/2014 Fri UK - London at the Purple Turtle 11/1/2014 Sat UK - Whitby Gothic Weekend (musical performance) 11/2/2014 Sun UK - Whitby Gothic Weekend (reading) 11/3/2014 Mon UK - Glasgow (Classic Grand) 11/6/2014 Thu CZ - Budejovice - MC Fabrika 11/7/2014 Fri CZ - Prague - Café Vlese 11/8/2014 Sat CZ - Prostejov - Apollo13 11/10/2014 Briedel, Germany 11/12/2014 Wed DE - Berlin - K17 Support: SINDUSTRY Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/voltaire-berlin2014 11/13/2014 Thu DE- Hamburg - Logo Support: SINDUSTRY Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/voltaire-hh2014 11/14/2014 Fri FI - Helsinki - On The Rocks 11/15/2014 Sat FI - Tampere - O'Hara's
Boston and Provincetown-MA this week and a US tour with friends, Ego Likeness starting on May 9th!
May 9th Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
May 10th Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head
May 11th St Louis, MO @ Crack Fox
May 12th Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
May 13th St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall
May 16th Jacksonville, FL @ Factory
May 17th Knoxville, TN @ Relix Variety Theatre
May 18th New Orleans @ Siberia
May 20th Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 21st Richmond, VA @ Fallout
May 22nd Chesapeake, VA @ Roger’s
May 23rd Philadelphia, PA @ District N9ne
May 24th Washington DC @ Spellbound
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February 3rd, 2014
Voltaire's Wicked NecroComiCon is COMING!
An independent ComicCon for the dark, unusual, bizarre and the strange!
February 21st -23rd in Somerset, New Jersey
Voltaire’s Wicked NecroComicCon (a 3-day horror/comics and macabre art convention taking place February 21st-23rd in Somerset, New Jersey) is an event for those of us who sometimes prefer the world with a few extra shadows in it. It’s for people who enjoy the dark, the macabre, the strange, disturbing, and different. It’s a place for gallows humor, horror, and perhaps a few drops of madness, villainy, and some of the blacker shades of gray.
It’s also a bit of a response to an unfortunate turn of events – the way, more and more, shows seem to focus on nothing but the biggest stars and major studios, and forget about the rising talents, the worthy but lesser-known whose work is amazing, but who aren’t backed by a big budget ad campaign.
Voltaire’s Wicked NecroComicCon is the brainchild of Renaissance man Aurelio Voltaire – musician, author, artist, teacher, speaker, and filmmaker - who will be at the show all weekend, performing, giving workshops, and just plain hanging around the bar, sipping a little rum – maybe a lot of rum, actually…
It’s co-created and co-produced by Jeff Mach events, creators of the sister event, The Wicked Winter Renaissance Fair - as well as The Goblin Market Live: Occultus, The Steampunk World’s Fair, and many other events.
Weekend events include a Fright Gallery of macabre artists, spooky vendors, The Vampire Club- a Gothic dance party, The Dark Elf Lord's Masquerade Ball and costume contest, Late Night Scare-oke!, Prolific horror actress-Debbie Rochon, the vocal stylings of Baron Misuraca's Vampire Lounge and more panels on macabre art than one can shake a tentacle at!
Raised by Bats IndieGoGo campaign ends in success!
Thanks to the support of 1,474 die hard fans and the efforts of MANY more, the IndieGoGo campaign for Raised by Bats was a tremendous success! By the end, the amount of funds raised to finish the album was more than 5 times the initial goal. Many thanks to all who contributed and spread the word!
October 15th, 2013
Preorders for Raised by Bats now open!
You can place a pre-order for the upcoming Raised by Bats album TODAY at IndieGoGo.com and in doing so, help fund the home stretch of this amazing star-studded CD! Go to the IndieGoGo campaign by clicking HERE.
October 9th, 2013
Voltaire's European Tour!
That mad, drunken pirate has set sail and set his sights on European shores! Come and see him in any of these fine cities!
Bristol-UK, Leeds-UK, London-UK, Vienna-Austria, Cologne-Germany, Hamburg-Germany and Berlin-Germany!
The trailer for Monsterpants' James Felix McKenney's low-fi/sci-fi webisode "Chapter Four" is now live! This proposed series stars Voltaire as Professor Creel who appears to be the villain. This first installment will be available as a digital download at www.monsterpants.com starting Tuesday, October, 8th, 2013. The download will cost $1.99 and every cent earned will go to making more episodes in the series.
Voltaire says on his Facebook page, " I assure you that despite the look on my face, this is a not a porno!"
Ahoy, matey! Friday the 13th is upon us and once again Voltaire will lead a 4-hour quest on-line in the popular RPG, AdventureQuest Worlds!
Voltaire and the Curse of the Vampirates can be played LIVE on Friday the 13th, 2013 here: www.aq.com
August 29th, 2013
Voltaire Invades Dragoncon!
For the 15th year in a row, Voltaire performs at Dragoncon in Atlanta! Every year tens of thousands of Romulans, Stormtroopers, Elves and Superheroes converge on downtown Atlanta for what many call "Nerdy Gras" and for the 15th consecutive year, Voltaire will be there to speak on panels, meet people at his booth at the Marriott and of course, perform to thousands in the Centennial Ballroom of the Hyatt on Sunday night at 11:59 pm (or Midnight monday morning if you prefer). A full schedule of Voltaire's appearances can be found in the calendar sections:
Pre-orders Are Now Open for the Candy Claws Plush Toy!
Voltaire's latest designer plush toy is now in production and pre-orders are now open! This adorable bat with the candy corn grin is sure to sell out like the Pony of Doom before him so reserve yours now while you still can!
Voltaire Stars in Monsterpant's "CHAPTER FOUR" Web Series!
Shooting has just wrapped on CHAPTER FOUR of James Felix McKenney's Ten-Part Serial to Premiere in Fall 2013.
Brooklyn, New York (June 25th, 2013) - MonsterPants is proud to announce its latest film project, CHAPTER FOUR, the first episode in a ten-part online serial written and directed by DIY auteur James Felix McKenney (Automatons, Hypothermia).
For now, the name of the entire serial is to remain a mystery. Each episode of this dark science fiction thriller will carry its own title, simply that of the number of the chapter.
McKenney explains, "I want to capture that pre-internet, broadcast television feeling of discovery, where you would be flipping through television channels and stumble across a movie or a TV series in mid-story and get sucked in. During those times, you couldn't go back and see what you missed and it might take a little effort to even figure out the name of what you were watching. I loved that feeling of mystery and how it compelled you to seek out more information on your discovery, which wasn't always that readily available."
"To approximate that experience, we will be releasing our episodes out of order, without any title card displayed for the serial until the premiere of CHAPTER ONE, late in the series. I want there to be some mystery to this thing -- not just 'What will happen next?" but also 'How did we get here?'"
The first episode, CHAPTER FOUR, stars musician, filmmaker, artist and author Aurelio Voltaire, actress Mizuo Peck (Night at the Museum 1 & 2), actor Matt Huffman (Satan Hates You) and artist and television personality The Sucklord (Bravo TV's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist").
McKenney is co-producing the series with Lisa Wisely of The Work Room. Eric Branco (Hypothermia, V/H/S) is Director of Photography.
Each episode will have a running time of approximately ten minutes and be distributed online beginning this fall. More information will be made available in the coming months on the MonsterPants website.
CHAPTER FOUR filmed this month at the 94 Jewel Street Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Project updates and more information to come at monsterpants.net and on Twitter @MonsterPantz .
Voltaire shares these two behind the scenes shots from the shoot:
Voltaire adds another credit to his acting resume lending his voice to the highly popular webseries and Youtube sensation, "Zombies VS Ninjas." In the penultimate episode of the series, Voltaire plays the Angel of Death.
See it right here:
June 11th, 2013
Voltaire's OH MY GOTH! Comic Books Being Developed for the Big Screen!
After performing worldwide onstage, directing commercially, and following the film festival circuit with his stop-motion animated films, Voltaire will now direct a film based on his own comic work. The feature version of OH MY GOTH! will have that strange brand of dark comedy and music that he has been performing at Goth clubs and sci-fi and horror conventions across the land for years now.
“It was time to finally unite my storytelling, my music, my twisted humor, and filmmaking sensibilities all into one project,” says Voltaire. “It has all the things I love: monsters, rock and roll, comedy, and sex mashed into a giant ball of awesome.”
Producer Keryn Thompson is very excited about the content: “There's loud music. There's scantily clad girls. There's Satan,” she says.
Producer, James Morgart says that he joined the project because “Voltaire’s material stretches across so many genres that he sort of encompasses every bastardized sub-genre to be associated with the Gothic tradition since Walpole's Castle of Otranto. His plans for this film are to give his fans all of their favorite aspects of his work: music, animation, and subversively witty humor.”
Bring it on! Oh My Goth! the film is currently in pre-production and will shoot in the New York City metro area.
When the reanimated skeletons of Necronus, a cemetery planet across the dark expanse of space, decide they need Earth paved into a landing strip, they send possibly the worst of their agents to undertake the task. Arrogant, pompous, and not the brightest laser in the arsenal, Heironymous Poshe takes on human form and travels to Earth aboard his Black Spire, a spaceship that could easily pass for a giant black cathedral. However, Poshe has plans of his own--namely, to avoid a desk job on the Necrid home world and live a life of leisure in a fixed orbit above Earth. For centuries Poshe (along with his robot slave and an imprisoned midget) has avoided his prime directive. Instead he has spent his time abducting Earth women, celebrities, and bands for a non-stop nightly party above the Black Spire.
But Poshe’s days of carefree hot babe abduction are coming to an end. Tired of Poshe’s lack of results, Lord Krom Wrath, supreme ruler of the Necrus, launches a full-scale invasion of Earth. Poshe bands with the only people on Earth who understand his cause (a group of Goth kids, a cadre of Ninja priests, and a small army of Hasidic rabbis--ironically, all of them people who wear all black!) to repel the oncoming armada of Necrid ships. The final space battle is the “Jews in Space” Mel Brooks promised us and never delivered!
May 16th, 2013
PONIES OF DOOM HAVE ARRIVED!
The ponies of doom have arrived and they are being packed and shipped right now! So, if you pre-ordered one, rest assured it's on its way to you soon. Several hundred have already shipped and more than likely, all orders will be shipped within 3-4 business days. Thanks for your support, thanks for your pre-orders and thanks for making the Pony of Doom such a raging success!
May 11th, 2013
Voltaire is back in the States after a victorious UK tour that saw him playing in Whitby, Windsor, Leeds, Manchester, Portsmouth, London as well as outside of the UK in Dublin, Ireland! Now it's on to more shows Stateside!
May 18th- Steampunk World's Faire- Piscataway, New Jersey
May 25th- Up in the Aether- Detroit, MI
June 2nd- NYC Zombie Crawl- Brooklyn, NY
June 8th- Fangtasia lll- New Orleans
June 9th- The Church- Dallas, TX
June 10th- The Crack Fox- St. Louis, MO
June 28th- Con Temporal- Raleigh, NC
July 4th- 20013: A Space Oddity- Springfield, VA
...and more to be announced.
All of the details for each show can be found in the CALENDAR section.
For news on his appearance (or lack there of) at Dragoncon this year, read THIS.
Early Praise for Voltaire's novel "Call of the Jersey Devil!"
It doesn't come out until May 28th, but the experts are already chiming in on the new book. One quote came in this week from one of Voltaire's biggest writing heroes!
Caroline Thompson says...
"Aurelio Voltaire continues his reign among the pantheon of Goth gods. CALL OF THE JERSEY DEVIL is sly and sweet, nasty and naive, sulphurous and charming, witty, wooly, crackling with evil and stunning in its sincerity. What a read! Long live Voltaire!" - Caroline Thompson (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, The Addams Family)
To celebrate, here is a two-page spread from the old DEADY The Evil Teddy graphic novel! Sleezter goes out looking for love and winds up with egg on his face. Click to enlarge and enjoy!
And while we're at it, here's a little Easter treat from last year, Voltaire's song, Bunnypocalypse! On the Lair of Voltaire.
March 20th, 2013
Raised by Bats!
Recording has begun on Voltaire's 11th full length studio CD! It's called Raised by Bats and the self professed Goth says it is his first album of Goth and Deathrock music (with a healthy dose of New Romantic and New Wave influences). One of the songs, "Captains All" is an homage to Voltaire's hero, Adam Ant. A small clip of the demo track can be heard right here!
"Five suburban mall rats and a washed up Goth singer, find themselves stranded in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey where they discover two horrifying truths: The Jersey Devil, hell-spawn of folklore and legend, is real; and New Jersey (as many already suspected) is the gateway to Hell!
With the help of one lone witch, this small group must face off against their deepest fears and the most unholy monsters in a battle where their very souls, the world they live in, and any chance of returning to Hot Topic in one piece is at stake!
The first novel by musician and horror media personality, Aurelio Voltaire, Call of the Jersey Devil is a hilarious and terrifying homage to 80s horror and genre films. Like a mad doctor, Voltaire has Frankensteined together elements of Evil Dead, The Breakfast Club, Poltergeist, and This is Spinal Tap to create a creature feature that will have you laughing out loud when you're not glancing nervously over your shoulder."
Today, Voltaire reads from his upcoming novel "Call of the Jersey Devil" at Athocon in Portsmouth, NH where the book cover is being revealed. If you can't make it, don't fret because this gorgeous cover by Michael Komarck is being released simultaneously on-line. In fact, you can see it right here right now!
Aurelio Voltaire's "Call of the Jersey Devil" comes out on May 28th on Spence City books.
October 9th, 2012
October Nooseletter now LIVE!
*BiTrektual Pre-orders Have Shipped!
*Call of the Jersey Devil picked up for publication!
*New items in the webstore!
*Odokuro short film sweeps the festivals!
*Odokuro Indie Go Go update!
*Upcoming Voltaire shows!
After a grueling summer, desperately trying to get "BiTrektual" finished in time for Dragoncon, finishing up his Jersey Devil novel and surviving a mini-flood in the Lair, Voltaire is back! And what better way to be caught up on Voltaire news than by the man himself. The latest spooky state of the union address can be seen at The Lair of Voltaire on Youtube, conveniently embedded for you right here!
BiTrektual Pre-Orders are Now OPEN!
Get yourself a digital copy of the album, a physical, signed and personalized CD or even a private Voltaire show in your own home! There is something for everyone and every price point! Pre-order BiTrektual right here:
"Just had an incredible EUREKA! moment writing the guitar intro for BiTrektual in the studio! Everyone is cracking up!" Apparently, he was trying to come up with a melody for the guitarist, Frank Morin, to play at the intro of BiTrektual and suddenly, inspiration struck. See if you can recognize what inspired this little ditty:
Well, it's that time again, Friday the 13th! And you know what that means! It's time for another 4 hour, monster bashing, song filled quest on AdventureQuest Worlds lead by Voltaire and his evil teddy bear, Deady. In this installment (the last of 2012!) Voltaire and Artix wrap up the three-story arch by taking you for the first time into The Neverworld, a dark world that lurks in the shadows of Deady's universe (those of you who read the Deady graphic novels already know to avoid this place!). It's going to be a creature killing blood bath, so tune in tonight at 7pm EST at www.aq.com . It's free to create an account and join the mayhem!
July 11th, 2012
Recording is in full swing on BiTrektual, Voltaire's album of Star Wars and Star Trek parody songs! Drums have been recorded by Dresden Doll, Brian Vigione and Maxim Moston (who played on Riding a Black Unicorn) has just laid down some amazing violin tracks. Today, Voltaire gives you a glimpse into the process by posting this preview from the album comprised of clips of most of the songs from the album. They are all rough, unmixed demos with temporary guide vocals, but it will give you an idea of how things are shaping up on BiTrektual! Enjoy!
July 7th, 2012
Voltaire Offers a First Listen to the Title Track of BiTrektual!
It's just a short excerpt and it's only Voltaire singing (this song is a duet), but it's the first time anyone's heard anything at all of the mysterious title track outside of drummer Brian Viglione, co-producer, George Grant and Voltaire's wife!
Hey! Remember the Bunnypocolypse from last April??? Well, it's NOT over yet! A new wave of vinyl bunnies are invading Voltaire.net and this time they are DEATH Bunnies! AND they GLOW IN THE DARK! They have arrived just in time for the July, Friday the 13th event at Adventure Quest Worlds(www.aq.com ) and YES, these figures come with a code to unlock a special Death Bunny pet in the game!
More art continues to roll in for Voltaire's upcoming album of Star Trek and Star Wars parody songs! You can't be "BiTrektual" without a little variety so in this next image Voltaire (apparently from Vulcan) gets busy with a Sith Twi'lek! Once again, the praise goes to the amazing Shamine King for her incredible illustrations!
July 3rd, 2012
BiTrektual Album Cover Unveiled!
At long last Voltaire has revealed the cover of his upcoming album, "BiTrektual" (a collection of his Star Trek and Star Wars parody songs) and it's a stunner! The glorious image was illustrated by a very talented, young lady based in Singapore, named Shamine King. King, who goes by Canadian Rainwater on Deviantart.com, created a piece of Voltaire fan art based on his song "This Ship's Going Down" a few years ago. The image caught Voltaire's eye and with King's permission, he used it as the art for a poster announcing a show of his in Seattle a couple of years ago. Voltaire has been an admirer of King's work ever since. He says, "Her deviant art page is full of wonderfully sexy Star Wars drawings so I knew right off she was the perfect choice to draw the BiTrektual album cover." King is presently creating more artwork for the CD digipak. "Just wait until you see the next painting... it's astoundingly sexy!"
Voltaire is presently recording BiTrektual in New York city at Planet Grey studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with long time co-producer, George Grant. Dresden Dolls drummer, Brian Viglione also returned to join Voltaire on this album. He contributed amazing tracks rhythm tracks last week and now Voltaire will focus on fleshing out the album with violin, tuba, bass and other instruments.
The current track list reads as follows:
2) The Trouble with Tribbles
3) The Sexy Data Tango
4) The USS Make Sh*t Up
5) “Poopin’ on the Enterprise” (monologue)
6) Worf's Revenge
7) “Yoda” (monologue)
9) “Damn you, George Lucas” (monologue)
10) Docking Bay 94
12) It's Bigger on the Inside (a Doctor Who song)
13) Screw the Okampa
(subject to change)
Preorders for the album will begin next week.
More info and a behind-the-scenes look at Viglione and Voltaire in the studio can be seen at the Lair of Voltaire here:
Voltaire is now in the studio working on his new album "BiTrektual", a collection of his Star Trek and Star Wars parody songs. An artist has been hired to illustrate the extremely racy cover art (let's just say most of the songs are about having sex with Star Wars or Star Trek characters and the title track is... well... about BOTH!). The artist (whose name will be kept secret for the time being) is a fan who has contributed Voltaire fan art in the past. Voltaire felt that in keeping with that spirit, he'd have a logo contest to find just the right logo for this album. So... graphic designers start your engines!!!
1) Create a logo that reads "BiTrektual". It should bring to mind Star Trek and Star Wars right away.
2) Email your entry to email@example.com. Do NOT send attachments!!! You must only include a link to where your entry can be seen online.
5) The winner will receive $100, credit on the album, a free copy of the album and some goodies from the Voltaire store!
(The winning entry will become property of Mars Needs Music (BMI) and winner will need to sign a release to that effect)
Voltaire Releases First Instrumental/Karaoke Album!
Aurelio Voltaire (formerly just "Voltaire") has been releasing albums since 1998. One of the key features of his music has always been the epic and expertly crafted instrumentals. A cadre of acoustic instruments ( including violins, cellos, drums, horns, banjo, etc... ) played by incredibly talented musicians populate every one of his songs. Now for the first time, Aurelio Voltaire offers this amazing instrumental version of his latest album "Riding a Black Unicorn...". He has remixed and released a collection of these songs, removing the vocals and rebalancing the instruments to create versions that allow the instrumentals to take center stage. Though Voltaire is often labeled "Goth" primarily due to the dark humor in his songs, most will find the instrumentals span the gamut from gypsy to cabaret to New Orleans hot jazz to acoustic rock, Americana, classical, baroque and even acoustic heavy metal!
Professional filmmakers and students alike will find these songs to be a great source of background music. As a filmmaker himself, Aurelio Voltaire has an extremely liberal policy regarding the usage of his music in student films and indie projects. In short, he generally approves most requests to use his music for no more than the 99 cents it costs to download the track! Aurelio Voltaire is also a writer and he says, "I like to have music playing when I write, but if there are lyrics it distracts me. I'm hoping that writers will find this instrumental music stimulating and inspiring to write to."
Also included on this album are Karaoke versions of the songs. "Basically, the Karaoke versions are the instrumental tracks with the backing vocals left in," says Voltaire. "I get daily requests for Karaoke versions of my songs from people who want to perform them at the school talent show or at an audition or at a party, so I'm really delighted to finally be able to provide that!"
Whether you are a filmmaker, writer, throwing a Voltaire Karaoke party at your house or just someone looking for well crafted, original music to enjoy, you will love this first release in a series of Voltaire's albums released as instrumentals!
There are 17 tracks on this album for .99 cents each but if you buy the whole album ($9.99) you save nearly seven dollars! It's like buying the instrumental tracks and getting the karaoke tracks for FREE!
The vlogs just keep on rolling in at The Lair of Voltaire! After much trouble and delays fixing some audio problems, at long last, Part 2 of Voltaire's interview with Gopal Metro (Brighter Fires/ Bella Morte founding member) is finally LIVE! And that's not all because the Lair has really become a treasure trove of Voltaire gems! There are 3 world premiere songs, 2 Ask Voltaire videos, 3 full albums free for the streaming (Riding a Black Unicorn, Hate Lives in a Small Town and To the Bottom of the Sea) and so much more! So, if you're lonely and have nothing to do, go spend a day at the Lair of Voltaire!
Last week, Voltaire was interviewed on director, James Felix McKenney's "The Monster Pants are On" internet radio show and by all accounts, they maxed out all of Cult Radio's servers! Today they try to recreate the magic in part two as McKenney probes Voltaire (hm...) about his animation career, music, Star Trek and all things geeky!
STAY TUNED! Two more surprises coming before the end of the day!
THE BUNNYPOCALYPSE IS UPON US!
It's Friday the 13th again and that can only mean one thing... Voltaire and his evil teddy bear friend, Deady will be invading the popular on-line role-playing game, AdventureQuest Worlds (http://www.aq.com/ )! And this time, it's going to be a BUNNYPOCALYPSE! Deady's comic book nemesis, Sleezter Bunny is trying to take over the world of Lore and only you (disguised as a bunny) can stop him! Of course Voltaire and Deady will be there to help you. Voltaire will sing an AQ version of his world premiere song "Bunnypocalypse" (you can hear the original version here:(https://www.youtube.com/voltaireMusicPage ) and songs from his upcoming "Riding a Black Unicorn Instrumental and Karaoke album" will be featured. So go to http://www.aq.com/ , create a character and join the melee!
It wouldn't be a Friday the 13th event without an exciting, new, vinyl toy release, now would it?
Voltaire continues his "Deady and Fiends" mini-Qee series with Toy2R by unleashing a wave of evil bunnies. Of course his evil teddy bear, Deady is in the mix, this time disguised as a rabbit. Along for the ride is Deady's comic book nemesis Sleezter Bunny as well as Black/White and Silver variants of both. Rounding out the series is a Voltaire exclusive figure called "Sleezter Deady" available ONLY at Voltaire's webstore: http://voltaire.net/store/
As usual, all of the vinyl figures come with a code to unlock exclusive, digital pets in the game!
VOLTAIRE INTERVIEW ON MONSTER PANTS ARE ON Internet Radio Show! SAt. 3pm EST
That's right! If you have a connection to the internet (and if you are reading this, we are guessing you do!) Voltaire will be interviewed on the fabulous "The Monster Pants Are On" radio show on Saturday, 14th of April at 3pm EST. Voltaire talks with host James Felix McKenney about animation, vinyl toys, music, Star Trek and all of the wonderful geeky things we love!
Voltaire has returned from his Australian/New Zealand tour and he's back on the old workaholic treadmill (you know, the one with the built-in coffee IV and the rotating knives for motivation). As usual, there are a dozen or so irons on the fire but on the forefront is the "Call of the Jersey Devil" novel Voltaire is writing. This is a novelization of his screenplay of the same name.
That screenplay took home top honors at the New York City Horror Film Festival as well as at the Rocky Mountain Horror Film Festival. Says Voltaire, "a screenplay is a blueprint for another product, in this case a film. It's not the product itself. If a film is never made, it's as if the screenplay never existed. I think this is a really rich and funny and entertaining story that deserves to be heard so while I'm shopping the screenplay, I thought it'd be a great idea to write it as a novel. That way, people can enjoy the story whether a film is made or not."
In the story, a washed-up Goth singer and a group of mall rats find themselves stranded in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey where they discover two things: that the Jersey Devil is real! and secondly that the gateway to Hell is situated directly below New Jersey (which most of us already suspected). Voltaire expects to have the novelization finished this year and then it's off to find a publisher. No release date is set as of yet.
OTHER CURRENT PROJECTS:
Riding a Black Unicorn- Instrumental/Karaoke album (digital release only) Spring 2012
Hate Lives in a Small Town- Instrumental/Karaoke album (digital release only) Spring/Summer 2012
Cave Canem- original Voltaire demo circa 1995 (digital release only) Spring/Summer 2012
Deady Bunny, Sleezter Bunny, Death Bunny and Sleezter Deady vinyl toys by Toy2R- April 2012
AdventureQuest Worlds on-line event "Bunnypocolypse" - Friday the 13th, April 2012
BiTrekual- album of Star Trek and Star Wars parody songs- (CD release) Late Summer 2012
Odokuro (short film) begins its official film festival run- Fall 2012
Voltaire goes to the land down under this February 3rd for a short tour of Australia and New Zealand. He will be performing in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne- Australia as well as Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland- New Zealand.
...and that can only mean one thing.... well, two things if you count the whole "unlucky" thing, and that is that Voltaire will appear on the mega-popular, massive multi-user on-line role-playing game, AdventureQuest Worlds! (wow, that sentence had more words than the title of Voltaire's most recent album!).
Just like on every Friday the 13th in the past few years, Voltaire and his evil teddy bear character DEADY, will appear in animated form in the game to lead players on a multi-hour quest. As usual, Voltaire will also play some of his fabulous songs. In keeping with the theme of his latest album, this quest will involve black unicorns and mechanical girls and all sorts of other strange monsters that one might find down by the river. And as usual, there will be all sorts of exclusive in-game items that the players will have a chance to add to their inventory. The game begins LIVE at 7pm EST, so strap on your armor, mount your black unicorn and prepare to ride!
FROM THE ADVENTUREQUEST SITE:
Friday the 13th Part 1
Voltaire returns to help you save the day!
This weekend, fan-favorite and musical guest Voltaire will return when a GIANT MECHANICAL ROBOT terrorizes the countryside with rocket-lazers and deathray cannons! Sounds like the perfect way to spend part 1 of AQW's 2012 Friday the 13th triple-extravaganza! And you can bet Voltaire will be drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children while he does!
Well, as threatened, the Vlogging has begun. That's "vlogging" as in "video blogging" not 'FLOGGING' as we're sure some of you read in a pinch of wishful thinking. In short, Voltaire has started an official channel for his music on Youtube. It's called The Lair of Voltaire and already, you can hear two full albums there, "To the Bottom of the Sea" and the latest one, "Riding a Black Unicorn..." (etc, etc). But to REALLY spice things up, Voltaire has created a Playlist for To The Bottom of the Sea that includes an intro by him and his co-host Orville Deadendbacher. There is also some commentary in the middle and a lengthy "Song Meanings and Origins" at the end where Voltaire goes through the creation of each song on the album! It's sort of like Mystery Science Theater 3000 but, uh... less annoying. Tune in at The Lair of Voltaire! Click on the link in the upper right hand corner for To the Bottom of the Sea PLAYLIST to begin.
Oh, and while there... PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! There will be many more videos and you won't want to miss them!
Back from his US tour and UK dates, Voltaire has no other shows in 2011. So that means he can rest right? HELL NO! He's setting his sights on using this downtime to VLOG at The Lair of Voltaire, a new Youtube channel Voltaire has set up at https://www.youtube.com/VoltaireMusicPage.
"So many people were putting my songs up on Youtube, illegally, that I felt it was time I do something about it. I felt it was time to establish an official home for my music there and while I was at it, I figured, why not create other content?" Word on the street is that once the Lair of Voltaire is up and running, Voltaire will not only upload more of his albums, he'll also create an "Ask Voltaire" video vlog to take over for the written one here on this site. "I'm very verbose, so when someone asks me a question, it takes a very long time to type it out. By creating a video vlog I can answer the questions more quickly". He also plans to feature tutorials on how to play his songs.
The Lair is not up and running just yet. "Before I can really begin, I really need to make the space I'm shooting in operational. Right now it looks like a hurricane hit a flea market." But rumor has it the vlogs will begin before the end of the year. In the meantime, Voltaire has posted two vlogs from Whitby, England where he was performing at The Whitby Gothic Weekend.
November 1st, 2011
Voltaire Invades the UK..... again.
Last summer saw Voltaire perform in several English cities including Bristol, London, York and Dublin (that last one is not in England you stupid Americans! It's in Ireland!!! Yeah, yeah, we know you already knew that!)
Voltaire returns to England on November 5th for a show at Whitby Gothic Weekend, a huge Goth festival in the seaside town where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. A few days later on the 8th, Voltaire performs his first ever show in Scotland in Glasgow. Upon his return Voltaire headlines Projektfest in Cambridge, Mass on November 12th. Details for all of these shows can be found here:
Upcoming shows include: 10/28 Anne Rice's Vampire Ball in New Orleans, 11/5 Whitby Gothic Weekend in Whitby England, 11/8 in Glasgow and 11/12 PRojektfest in Boston!~ See the Calendar page for details.
The new ablum, RIDING A BLACK UNICORN (etc etc) is now available at CDbaby.com and iTunes!
Voltaire is presently on a US tour with dark cabaret bands Hellblinki and This Way to the Egress in tow:
Voltaire's Black Unicorn Cabaret: A Villainous Vaudeville of Bawdy Burlesque, Music, Mischief and Mayhem- With Voltaire, This Way to the Egress, The Hellblinki Sextet and girls! girls! girls! Three of the finest Dark Cabaret bands are joined by local burlesque performers for a night not to be missed nor n'er to be forgotten!
Reviewers have called the tour "Tom Waits in Hell" and that's a pretty accurate description.
September 21st New Haven, CT @ Rudy’s
September 22nd Manchester, NH @ Milly’s Tavern
September 23rd Portland, ME @ Asylum
September 24th Providence RI @ Club Remi's
September 25th Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
September 26th Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex Theater
September 27th Richmond, VA @ Fallout
September 28th Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
September 29th Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
September 30th Savannah, GA @ Yong’s
October 1st Jacksonville, FL @ FACTORY (At the Pit)
October 3rd Austin, TX @ Elysium
October 6th Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
October 7th San Diego, CA @ Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center
October 8th Los Angeles, CA @ Bar Sinister
October 9th San Francisco, CA @ Stud Bar
October 11th Portland, OR @ Fez Ballroom
October 12th Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 14th Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
October 16th St. Louis, MO @ Crack Fox
October 17th Nashville, TN @ The Rutledge
October 18th Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club (CANCELLED)
October 20th Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head
October 21st Milwaukee, WI @ Club Anything
October 22nd Flint, MI @ The Masonic Temple of Flint
October 23rd Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
Gary Numan narrates Voltaire's latest Chimerascope film
In keeping with the tradition of having narrations by singers in his Chimerascope Series films, Voltaire's latest film, "Odokuro" features the inimitable voice of legendary rocker, Gary Numan. Numan's brand of dark futuristic, dystopian coolness is the perfect match for the film which is a little Gothic piece about hauntings with a Twilight Zone kind of sci-fi twist. Says Voltaire. "It's really something of a dream come true! Like so many millions of artists, I was heavily influenced by Gary's work. The cassette for his album "Repicas" was always with me when I was a teenager, running away from home and entering the imposing brave new world that was New York City. This is music that saved my life. There is a scene in the film where that same "Replicas" cassette from my childhood is prominently featured! It's in the film because it meant so much to me, I never dreamed at the time the man himself would be voicing the film!".
It will do the festival circuit for a year after that before it hits the web.
About the film series:
Before turning his attention to music, Voltaire's first love was stop-motion animation. He animated and directed some of the early MTV and Sci Fi Channel station IDs back in the 80s and 90s. These days he makes short films that pick up where those old station IDs left off. The "Chimerascope" series, a term coined by Voltaire to describe his short films "because they are like brief views into other worlds full of strange monsters" has swept the film festival circuit in the last few years garnering critical acclaim and roughly 20 awards between them. Four films have been released so far. Says, Voltaire, "They are short, weird as hell, animated in stop-motion animation and narrated by singers". So far the narrators have included Deborah Harry of Blondie, Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Danny Elfman. The film featuring Mr. Elfman's voice played at 60 festivals in 2010 and won 12 awards in so many months.
Voltaire is poised to release the 5th film in the Chimerascope series. It's called "Odokuro" and it premieres at the Fantasia Film Festival on August 5th, 2011.
Hannah Thiem records violin on Voltaire's New Album
Hannah Thiem of the bands Copal and Nyxss joins the already staggering roster of talent on Voltaire's new album! Thiem has provided the violins for the title track "Riding A Black Unicorn...(etc etc)". Word from the studio is that her part has "gorgeous celtic leanings" and "makes you feel like you're riding a black unicorn down a the side of an erupting volcano and straight into Mordor!". There are only a couple of more days of recording in the studio and then the album gets mixed, mastered and released! Pre-orders for the album begin in the next 24 hours.
You can hear a sneak peek of the title track by clicking right HERE!
Franz Nicolay records accordions on Voltaire's New Album
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Will the madness just not stop???? First Dresden Doll, Brian Viglione lays down a mighty foundation by performing all of the drums on Voltaire's next album, then Melora Creager of Rasputina lends her talents, playing cellos on the record, Bauhaus Bassist David J. played bass and the Red Hook Ramblers came and blew everyone away with their horn parts for "The Dirtiest Song that Ain't". Well, now, accordion virtuoso, Franz Nicolay has just left the studio in stunned awe with the parts he's recorded for the songs "Cathouse Tragedy", "The Straight Razor Cabaret", "Don't Go By the River" and "When The Circus Came to Town." Franz is a multi-instrumentalist, mustachioed man-about-town who's been a member of The Hold Steady, World/Inferno Friendship Society and the gypsy-klezmer outfit, Guignol. He's also the founder of the Anti-Social Music collective. Fans of Voltaire's will remember Franz from his exquisite accordion work on the 2008 album, "To the Bottom of the Sea".
The Red Hook Ramblers Record Horns For Voltaire's New Album
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The amazing line-up for Voltaire's next album (see previous news stories) continues to grow. Burlesque darlings, The Red Hook Ramblers, a New Orleans-style, hot jazz band from Redhook-Brooklyn, New York have just laid down horns for one of the stand-out songs (and a live show favorite) "The Dirtiest Song That Ain't". You can hear a little excerpt from that song right here on Voltaire.net!
Legendary Bauhaus Bassist Joins Voltaire on new album
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: An already amazing line-up of talent for Voltaire's next album (Riding a Black Unicorn...) just got even more spectacular with the addition of bass player David J. A founding member of the seminal Goth group, Bauhaus and a fantastic solo artist in his own right, David J. has lent his talents to the album now in production. David is joined by drummer, Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls and cellist, Melora Creager of Rasputina. Can anyone say "super group"?
Looking for album cover art that was no less epic than the name of the record ("Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children") Voltaire turned to one of the most talented artists in the fantasy genre. If you've ever played World of Warcraft, Warhammer or Magic the Gathering, it's a good possibility that you've run into the work of Daarken, a master of his craft and fan favorite in the fantasy world. Well, his artwork for the album has just come in and it is nothing less than stunning! It immediately brings to mind Meatloaf's classic "Bat out of Hell" album cover and in no subtle way deftly illustrates the name of Voltaire's record. You can see more of Daarken's work here:
You can see details of the paining right here in the Photo Gallery.
June 22nd, 2011
Melora Creager of Rasputina to Play Cellos on Voltaire's Next Album
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The line-up for the highly anticipated "Riding a Black Unicorn..." CD continues to astound and delight. Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls fame has just finished recording a fantastic piece of drumming on all songs. And now that his work is done, the cellos on the album will be recorded by none other than Melora Creager of Rasputina!
Voltaire appears in an episode of Oddities, a show on Discovery's Science Channel about a strange little shop in New York City's East Village. In the episode, the Oddities crew search for an item Voltaire needs for a photo shoot. The episode, which is called "Piece of Mind" aires for the first time on May 28th and then will continue to air in reruns. A schedule of showtimes can be found here:
A clip from the episode can be seen right here in the "On Camera" section!
May 25th, 2011
Riding A Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children!
If you haven't already heard, that is the name of Voltaire's next album and he's recording it RIGHT NOW! The album got its name when a young man named Alex posted on Voltaire's Facebook page that "Voltaire's music is the audio equivalent of Riding A Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children!" Voltaire saw that and said, "That's it! That's the name of the new album!"
The track list as of now looks like this:
1) Riding a Black Unicorn...
2) The Mechanical Girl
3) Straight Razor Cabaret
4) The Dirtiest Song that Ain't
5) Cathouse Tragedy
6) Don't Go By The River
8) Oh Lord, Wake the Dead!
9) When The Circus Came To Town
You can download a little excerpt of Don't Go By the River right here:
TONIGHT on AdventureQuest Worlds ( www.aq.com ) at 7pm EST, Voltaire and Deady make their usual Friday the 13th appearance in what is sure to be the greatest live adventure yet! It's Steampunk cowboys vs. Aliens from Deady's homeworld of Necronus fighting to the death over the Vorutanian Key Blade (you might have seen a much smaller version of this key-shaped weapon hanging from Voltaire's neck in the form of a pendant). Well, now you'll finally come to know what this mighty weapon is actually for! And before the end, Deady might even reveal his true form for the first time in the game!
And... if that weren't enough, for the first time ever, DEADY SPEAKS! That's right, after years of silence and word bubbles, Deady will speak in-game. Voltaire and Artix are just bloody thrilled to announce that voicing Deady will be Michael Sinterniklaas (best known to many as the voice of Dean Venture of Cartoon Network's Venture Brothers and the voice of Leonardo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
History will be made tonight as YOU the player fights Steampunk cowboys and Necrid skeletons while Voltaire sings songs from his country album and Deady.... well, tries to take over the world, probably. That's how he rolls. It all begins tonight at 7pm EST at www.aq.com
...and there will likely be a live Q and A beforehand with Voltaire so tune in early. See you there!
Deady, that evil teddy bear creation of Voltaire's, first appeared in his first graphic novel in 2004. Since then he has appeared in various books and games and has been made into a dozen or so toys, but only now will we get to hear what he sounds like!
Voltaire and Artix Entertainment are extremely happy to announce
that Deady has found a voice! Playing Deady in the upcoming
AdventureQuest Worlds Friday the 13th event is voice actor,
Michael Sinterniklaas, best known to some as the voice of
Dean Venture from Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers as well
as the voice of Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
TV series. Deady first appeared in his first graphic novel in 2004.
Since then he has appeared in various books and games but only
now will we get to hear what he sounds like! The hallowed event
takes place on Friday, May the 13th at www.aq.com.
Voltaire and Artix Entertainment are extremely happy to announce that Deady has found a voice! Playing Deady in the upcoming AdventureQuest Worlds Friday the 13th event is voice actor, Michael Sinterniklaas, best known to some as the voice of Dean Venture from Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers as well as the voice of Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series. Michael's lengthy resume of roles can be seen on his IMDB page HERE. The hallowed event takes place on Friday, May the 13th at www.aq.com.
This will be the fourth time, Voltaire and Deady (in animated form of course) lead players on a live quest in the popular on-line role playing game. As usual, during the adventure, Voltaire will play some of his songs while Deady causes trouble and maybe saves the day.
You can learn more about DEADY here under BOOKS or on his own website: