Saturday, September 26, 2020


I am delighted to announce that all five weeks of my film and lecture series sold out in a matter of hours. Perhaps once the pandemic is over I will attempt to bring this to a bigger venue. Thank you to everyone in Portland who stepped up to support this project. It is time to keep your appointment with...AMERICAN FOLK HORROR!

Thursday, July 23, 2020


Banner by A.K. Wilson with graphics by E. Danielsson

Wyrd War invites you to join us on Saturday July 25, 2020 as we celebrate the one year anniversary of our brick and mortar gallery in Portland, Oregon with the unveiling of THE OCCULT ROOTS OF ATAVISM: Ephemera & Iconography from the Metal & Punk Underground.  

Enter the crossroads of weird where American outlaw culture collides with folk horror animism and celluloid marauders join Wotan's wild hunt across the nightside eclipse! 26 black wizards. 58 works of art. 8 countries. Total death. Overwhelming in scope, this exhibit is something of a companion display to the ongoing series I have been publishing here on my blog since 2011 that celebrate the incredible lineage of heavy metal and punk artwork, and the pop culture undercurrents that inform its visual heritage. Part one is here. Part two is here. Part three is here. Part four is coming whenever I have time to sit and write it.

We are modifying our usually packed opening receptions during the pandemic to provide a safer physically-distanced experience. Masks are required to enter the gallery. If you do not have a mask when you arrive (what the hell is wrong with you??), we will provide one for you. We are limiting entrance to five guests at a time. We have tables outside in our private lot with adult refreshments provided for those 21+ by BLOOD SWEAT TEARS Vodka while you wait, and while you take in this amazing collection. Don't break the oath.     

3505 NE Broadway Street
Portland, Oregon    

Tuesday, July 07, 2020


I have been immersing myself in the music of Ennio Morricone all day, but want to slip in at the witching hour to pay my final respects here. It is impossible to fathom the history and progression of cinematic music without considering the almost incomprehensible genius of Ennio Morricone. Music and movies have always been inseparable sources of inspiration for me. As a child in the 70s, his was the first “movie music” that caused me to stand to attention in front of the TV, and remain during the credits to learn his name. In fact, he was the first composer I ever knew by name...and such a strange name it was at the time! As a heavy metal kid in the 80s, his deceptively simple non-linear cadences with acrobatic scales, blaring horns, orgasmic breathy female intonations and wild drum solos erupting all over the place unlocked the gates to jazz and the strange music of Sun Ra, Moondog, Milford Graves and even Current 93. I happened to be revisiting Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising last night when the news of Morricone’s death came to my attention, and, if you know me personally, you know that this was the best possible way to learn that such a prodigious flame had gone out. This is not a tragic moment for me. Morricone lived a long and fulfilling life. The kind of life we should all hope to aspire towards. A life of intention and dignity, guided by discipline and devotion to craft. A life that inspired countless kindred souls to find our own muse, our own source and our own distinctive melody in the cosmic vibration of life. Your flame ignited the world, maestro, and burns on...eternally! Farewell.

Ennio Morricone
November 10, 1928 - July 6, 2020

Friday, June 05, 2020

"OK! I'LL DO IT..."

Limited edition "red blood" variant of my 2020 shirt for AUTOPSY is available HERE through June 15, 2020...and then it disappears forever! This shirt was created for their worldwide 2020 concert dates, before the global pandemic put an abrupt end to live music for the foreseeable future. The original single color print was unveiled at AUTOPSY's Chicago show in March, just days before the nationwide state of emergency was declared, and sold out immediately. This 100% authorized two-color discharge ink version is printed on super soft sweatshop-free shirts and proceeds directly support my WYRD WAR gallery in Portland, Oregon, which has had to remain shuttered since March. Only death is real...but the rent is still due. All sizes and international shipping are available. ORDER NOW!     

Thursday, May 21, 2020



Tuesday, May 05, 2020


Photo by A.K. Wilson

Production pic by Tim Sepulveda

Photo by A.K. Wilson

COVID-19 can take me now! My work on this planet is complete. The amazingly talented sculptor Tim Sepulveda of Veda Toys partnered with me to create an extremely limited edition 3.7" funeral figure based on my first drawing for DARKTHRONE way back in 2007. Note how the devilock hangs over the brim of the helmet. Behold the tiny spikes on his tiny gloved fist. Revel in the microscopic silver bondage ring on his clunky black boots. A.K. Wilson designed beautiful retro-inspired action figure packaging, and the plastic blister is hinged at the bottom so the figure can be removed without damaging the signed/numbered cardback! 13 of these painstakingly sculpted and hand-painted masterpieces marched into the world on April 20, 2020 and disappeared in less than one hour. F.O.A.D. // R.I.P.   


Saturday, May 02, 2020


Plague Log May 2, 2020: I'm gonna hide this GROSS ANATOMY post when I finish. If none of us make it, at least they'll be some kind of record. If you are reading this, it means the pandemic has come to the world as prophesied. Humanity has been forced underground into total social isolation. Nobody trusts anybody now. Before the plague, my brothers in AUTOPSY called and asked me to design their 2020 world tour shirt. This is my fifth shirt for Autopsy. It was to accompany them for all of their 2020 appearances, including our highly anticipated Halloween show here in Portland, Oregon that it appears may need to be pushed way back now. Only time will tell. My artistic direction was Chris Reifert's perfect nomenclature for this string of dates: Blood on the Scythe. I immediately had a vision of Death gleefully fucking the world and having the last laugh, as Death always does. I had no idea when I drew this over one hectic weekend in February just how eerily appropriate this image would become a few weeks later when the world was plunged into total global panic. Or maybe somehow I felt this coming? Long live death. FTW.

As always, it begins with a very primitive scribble that contains the essence of the symmetry I am intuitively moving towards. 

I wanted four bells on the scythe to represent Chris, Eric, Danny and Joe.

Once the pencils are tight enough to see where the hell I'm going, it's time for ink.

Drop the logo on and it is time to print!

These shirts were printed by my good friend Adam Rooster at Nightgaunt Graphics, who does all of Autopsy's shirts (along with the only official Discharge and Amebix shirts in the world!), and he did a damn fine job as always. Proud to have this one emblazoned across my chest, and, well, now it is destined to become something of a collectors item since it sold out at their wild Chicago show on Saturday March 7, just days before a national state of emergency was declared and most of the country (world!) was ordered to shelter-in-place to one degree or another. You can get yours directly from the band's online store HERE while supplies last! Let's hope we "flatten the curve," so live music can return someday, hopefully sooner than later. Until that day, remember...


Friday, May 01, 2020


Thank you to the hordes who joined us remotely last night for our first streaming WYRD WAR event! LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL was absolutely amazing! It was so exciting to receive pics from all around the country from people sharing where they were watching with us (and what they were imbibing!). Here are just a few favorites. Thank you to the Hollywood Theatre for allowing us to be your very willing guinea pigs for the theater's inaugural streaming event! There were a few minor glitches to be fixed, but together we set a precedent for many more streaming events very soon. Hail Walpurga! Happy May Day to All!

Thursday, April 30, 2020


WYRD WAR returns TONIGHT for our fifth annual Walpurgisnacht film screening! Every year on Witches’ Night, April 30, we unveil a favorite occult-inspired cinematic gem to inflame the senses and inspire the most devilish of dreams! This year is no exception, and we are making history by programming the first film to ever be streamed online by the Hollywood Theatre since this hallowed landmark opened to the public in 1926! Strange times call for strange magic, and we are honored to bring us together by any means necessary for this very special one-night-only presentation of Richard Blackburn’s mysterious 1973 period film LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL. Lila Lee is a cherubic adolescent, played with understated grace by the great B-movie legend Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith, who is summoned to her hometown to say farewell to her father on his deathbed. Lila is soon drawn into an allegorical dark night of the soul through an enchanted forest, populated with malevolent forces and the sinister temptations of the wicked Lemora! Mythological in its stark simplicity, utterly compelling in its earnest portrayal of the grotesque, this adult fairytale is exactly the intoxicating escape we all need from the world right now! Gather around your screens with me for this private streaming event on Thursday April 30, 2020. All you need is a Vimeo account (free!) and a $10 "ticket" which can be purchased HERE

Thursday April 30, 2020
6:00pm - midnight

Thursday, March 05, 2020


WYRD WAR proudly presents pioneering independent filmmaker Stephanie Rothman’s bizarre reimagining of the vampire mythos on the big screen at Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre for one night only! Boasting one of the most misleading ad campaigns of the freewheeling 1970s, THE VELVET VAMPIRE cleverly subverts the familiar horror tropes popularized by Universal and Hammer studios with a liberated bloodsucking matriarchal antihero, played with smoldering eroticism by Celeste Yarnell, who hunts her prey across the American desert in a dune buggy in full light of day! Michael Blodgett and Sherry Miles play a bumbling young couple seduced to the remote lair of the titular fiend, where they slowly begin to realize that they are the main more ways than one! Rothman’s beautiful and surreal directorial style paved the way for later experimental vampire films such as Bill Gunn’s GANJA & HESS and George Romero’s MARTIN, and has re-emerged in recent years to be canonized as a boldly comedic and beloved low budget cult classic. Tickets on sale HERE

Friday March 13, 2020
Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


WYRD WAR proudly presents Norifume Suzuki’s epic “pinky violence” period piece SEX & FURY (1973)! A young woman, played with icy precision by Reiko Ike of the infamous "girl boss" franchise, witnesses her father’s assassination and sets out to exact methodical and very bloody revenge. Along the way, she gambles with a frequently undressed Christina Lindberg (THEY CALL HER ONE EYE), takes a very peculiar bath and plumbs the sleazy depths of Japan's Meiji era yakuza underground, hunting her father’s killers by their distinctive tattoos. For genre fans with a stomach for ultra-violence and hilariously absurd sexual situations, SEX & FURY is to LADY SNOWBLOOD what Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE is to DAWN OF THE DEAD. If you want blood…you got it! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Sunday February 16, 2020

Tuesday, February 04, 2020


Wyrd War Cult Is Alive!

Thank you to EVERYONE who joined us at WYRD WAR headquarters this weekend for the grand opening of BEYOND SHAOLIN: KUNG FU MOVIE PAINTINGS FROM GHANA! The turnout and enthusiasm far exceeded our expectations. Very special thanks to our sponsor BLOOD SWEAT TEARS vodka, Ben Green, Ghost and DJ Bestial Walrus who was chained to the Wheel of Pain for four hours straight, but ultimately escaped to wreak his bloody vengeance! If it was too overwhelming to take in the amazing paintings (it was!), we are open every Saturday and Sunday from noon-7pm through March 1, and I invite you to visit for a more relaxed engagement. No war but the WYRD WAR! See you soon, Portland.

Thursday, January 23, 2020


WYRD WAR 3505 NE Broadway Street Portland, Oregon

FIRST POST OF THE DECADE! I started this blog in March 2006, so this year marks 14 years as a keyboard warrior.  All the scars are on the inside. You still with me? The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as I celebrated the single most amazing year of my life. Too much to get into now, but I would love to share some of the highlights at some later date. For now, it is my pleasure to cordially invite YOU to join me at WYRD WAR headquarters on Saturday February 1st from 7pm - 9pm for our grand opening of 2020! BEYOND SHAOLIN: KUNG FU MOVIE PAINTINGS FROM GHANA is an amazing collection of rugged hand-painted treasures from West Africa, showcasing seven different artists and nine original works from the prolific and mysterious master of Ghana mobile cinema, Mr. Brew! Four decades of celluloid martial arts mayhem celebrated across 15 massive flour sack canvases, spanning the golden age of the 1970s Shaw Brothers revival through the new jack wire-work warriors of the early 2000s! Two lethal styles of kung fu! 75 flying fists of fury! Everything available for purchase. Music by DJ Bestial Walrus. Booze by Wolf Spirit Distillery. This exhibition will be on display every weekend (and by appointment) through Sunday March 1st at 3505 NE Broadway Street in beautiful Portland, Oregon. See you at the gallery. “!”

"So you think your kung fu is good, huh?!?!"

Monday, December 02, 2019


WYRD WAR concludes our 2019 autumn soundtrack concert series with a very special screening of Lucio Fulci’s gory supernatural masterpiece THE BEYOND (1981), featuring live score and post-film concert by celebrated Italian composer FABIO FRIZZI! Tickets on sale HERE! Catriona MacColl is Liza Merril, a young New Yorker who suddenly inherits a mysterious hotel in a remote Louisiana bayou. A series of inexplicable accidents begin to occur after her arrival as Liza is drawn into a malefic labyrinth of terror, assisted by a blind entity who admonishes that her inheritance has been built over one of the Seven Gates of Hell! Hailed as the quintessential Fulci film, THE BEYOND boasts a fragmented narrative that is propelled toward its haunting conclusion by unhinged nightmare logic, macabre atmospheres, stylish New Orleans locations, unflinching depictions of graphic violence and, of course, the iconic music of Fabio Frizzi! Longtime Fulci cinematographer Sergio Salvati is at his gleeful best, zooming and lurking over every bizarre atrocity in this phantasmagorical epic of Italian horror cinema. Find out why Lucio Fulci once infamously remarked, “Violence is Italian art!” 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


FIRE AT WILL!!!! We hereby summon all you sons of fire and daughters of the black moon to Wyrd War headquarters this Sunday December 1, 2019 to congregate with WATAIN in the sacred chambers of my gallery in Portland, Oregon before the Uppsala Iron Gang lays waste to the Hawthorne Theater later that evening with Incantation and Morbid Angel. Doors open to supporters at 5pm. The band will be present from 6pm until 7pm. Capacity is very limited, so plan on arriving early. No entry fee, but donations in the tip jars to support our cause are encouraged. Free parking is available on the surrounding streets. Be respectful to our neighbors or be removed from the premises immediately. Wyrd War Gallery is an 8 minute drive from Hawthorne Theater. In twisting, white-eyed trance...let us praise the flowering Darkness!!!!

3505 NE Broadway
Portland, Oregon