Sunday, October 14, 2018

Alan Howarth at Movie Madness

Our record launch screening and concert at Hollywood Theatre sold out very quickly, so we added a "meet and greet" this Wednesday at Movie Madness for our friends who were unable to get tickets. 6pm-7pm. One hour only. Stop by at 6pm to meet this legend of cinematic sound design and pick up the new record while supplies last. Support for Alan Howarth Live at Hollywood Theatre has been amazing and they'll be gone very soon. It's almost time, kids...   

Sunday, October 07, 2018

DJ Dennis Dread at Mad Hanna October 13th

Please consider this - the actual greatest flyer ever made - your personal invitation to join me THIS SATURDAY October 13, 2018 at Portland's "best dive bar" Mad Hanna for a special black magic conjuration of crackly vintage vinyl befitting this cold Season of the Witch. This is the official listening party for Wyrd War's soon-to-be-released Alan Howarth Live at Hollywood Theatre LP and I'll be interspersing tracks from this amazing record throughout my set! 8pm-midnight. No cover. Come get the fear.


Photo by Shaun Astor.

Here's a sneak peak at the very limited orange & black variant of Alan Howarth Live at Hollywood Theatre. This version is exclusively available at the record release party on October 18 (everyone who pre-ordered before October 1 has already received this special version). There will be plenty of black vinyl editions available after October 18 at the Wyrd War website and everywhere quality horror records are sold! All versions come with a lush 6-panel insert containing a career-spanning interview I conducted with Alan shortly before the concert in 2014. It's almost time, kids... 

Monday, September 24, 2018


Just in time for "Banned Book Week" (September 23-29) comes this thoughtful review of Patrick Rosenkranz's latest mini-tome JIM OSBORNE: THE BLACK PRINCE OF THE UNDERGROUND. I don't know this dude Ryan C. but he's funny, astute, and totally "gets" it. You should GET IT too...before it joins the list of banned books! In the eternal words of Hawkwind, "Let's not talk of love and flowers and things that don't explode..."

Saturday, September 15, 2018


I had planned to write a longwinded post explaining how I flew the brilliant sound designer and soundtrack composer Alan Howarth to Portland for a concert in 2014 to celebrate the launch of my record label Wyrd War, and how we professionally recorded that concert with Alan's studio gear, and how we're about to release that recording as a limited edition vinyl album titled ALAN HOWARTH LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD THEATRE, and how I'm flying Alan back to Portland on October 18th for the release party with a rare 35mm screening of John Carpenter's satanic mindbender PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987) followed by an encore concert performance, and how you should get tickets right away...but I woke up this morning to the news that it is already SOLD OUT! Damn. Nearly 400 tickets sold in one week. Thanks, Portland! We are humbled and more excited than ever for October. See you at the movies! 

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Jim's Demon.

Rosenkranz hustling books before his amazing master level slideshow lecture on horror themes in underground comix, and me probably attempting to describe Hazel Court's cleavage (just kidding...I'm signing books...and wishing my pal Tim Goodyear a very Happy Birthday!).

Dread and Rosenkranz ride again!

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to our Jim Osborne book release celebration and secret satanic matinee at the Hollywood Theatre yesterday! It was moving to see Jim's name up in lights on the beautiful marquee, something he would've never dreamed possible before his untimely death in 2001, and it was amazing to see so many knowledgable underground art freaks in attendance for Patrick Rosenkranz's hour long slideshow retrospective on the Black Prince's life and work. Books are now sold out through Rozenkranz and myself, but are still available through Fantagraphics here. Thanks to the entire team at the Hollywood Theatre for being awesome as usual! Until the next time we trod "through the cruel light into the velvet darkness" of weird wyrd art...LONG LIVE JIM OSBORNE!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018


"The Bronx is burning." - Howard Cosell
WYRD WAR roars back to the big screen at the Hollywood Theatre with a rare 35mm presentation of Enzo Castellari's post-apocalyptic masterpiece 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS, aka 1990: I Guerrieri Del Bronx (1982). Starring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, George Eastman, Vic Morrow, members of the Lower East Side chapter of the Hells Angels and the mysterious Marco Di Gregorio, who boasts one of the most uncomfortably erect postures ever immortalized on film, the true star of this distinctly Italian future dystopia might be the real life urban wasteland of pre-Giuliani New York City. Shot on location in Rome (interior scenes) and the Bronx (exteriors) at the height of "white flight," landlord abandonment, widespread arson, crime and crippling poverty, Castellari's highly stylized mash-up of The Warriors, Escape From New York and The Road Warrior offers a sleazy glimpse into a burnt out America we may never see again. Come for Trash's skin tight jeans and the random five minute jazz drum solo on the banks of the East River...stay for the cabaret inspired tap dancing gang and The Hammer's tiger skin rug! ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!! Tickets on sale HERE!

Friday September 7, 2018
Hollywood Theatre

Saturday, August 04, 2018


Welcome back to GROSS ANATOMY, Wyrdos! By now you've no doubt seen the pics from our latest celebration at Enchanted Forest a few weeks ago, which we slyly codenamed Wyrd War Meets the Phantom of Enchanted Forest, in homage to both KISS and Travel Channel's recent episode of Ghost Adventures which took place at Enchanted Forest. Today we take a look at the very limited edition shirt I created to commemorate our second record release concert event at the Pacific Northwest's most amazing handbuilt roadside attraction. Hope you grabbed this shirt, because we only printed 65 and will never produce another run of this design. Most of this drawing was done in one sitting from idea to ink, while Meadow went out to see some 80s band called Book of Love that I had never even heard of, but the solid black background came the next day once I realized I didn't want this produced as a negative image on black shirts. Check it out...

Once the drawing was done, I delivered a raw scan to my friends at STENCILITIS who immediately set to work getting them ready for the record release party just a few days away! We used soft Gildan black shirts with a beautiful metallic silver ink. They turned out even better than I expected and, as usual, the real joy was seeing people's faces light up when they arrived at the park on Friday July 20th and saw them for the first time! Thank you to everyone who purchased a shirt. Wear it with pride. You are one of 65! Until next time, remember...

Magic wins!

Thursday, August 02, 2018


A few years ago, I embarked on a mission to document the strange life, perplexing art, premature death and lingering legacy of underground comix misfit Jim Osborne. My brief introductory biography has just been published by Fantagraphics Books as part of my friend Patrick Rosenkranz​'s latest installment in his ongoing chronicles of the wild, wild bygone era of the underground comix movement from roughly 1963-1975. 

On Saturday August 25 at 2pm, Wyrd War and Fantagraphics join forces with Portland's historic non-profit Hollywood Theatre to celebrate the release of JIM OSBORNE: THE BLACK PRINCE OF THE UNDERGROUND with a slideshow retrospective of Osborne's work, followed by a suitably sinister cinematic classic that perfectly reflects the dark Osbornian aesthetic. What kind of movie would inspire a deceased former High Priest in the Church of Satan? Hmmm. Come find out!

Books will be available in the lobby during the screening. Tickets are only $6 ($5 for Hollywood Theatre members) and are available HERE. Tell your wimp friends to support real underground art!

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Infamously "directing" the director. 

The coolest VHS collector in town? Yes.

The coolest Squirm shirt you will ever see? Definitely.

The signing has begun...

Lieberman on Lieberman.

Just Before Dawn fan art sticker!

"Squirm on!"

The blood moon eclipse edition of our Wyrd War "Summer Bummer Double Feature" with Jeff Lieberman was exactly as epic as it sounds! Thank you ALL so much for coming out and sharing this experience with us, Portland! Seeing a room packed with so many happy faces makes all the hard work and planning it takes to pull off an event like this totally worth it when the smoke clears. Thanks to everyone at the Hollywood Theatre, as always, especially Doug, Dan, Connor, Matt, Melinda, Jamie, Joe and everyone else whose name I am currently forgetting (it was a busy night!). Very special thanks to Jeff Lieberman for flying all the way across the country to share his work, stories, and laughs with us. Until next time...SQUIRM ON!