about Norvell's Great-Niece, your Host
Roots Country and Blues artist Lonesome Liz was dubbed 'The Female Robert Johnson' by 'Southern Fried Magazine'; honoring both her sultry contralto and the Hellhound on her trail. Her performances are heavy with Southern Gothic undertones. A natural storyteller, her words shift to expose the seamy underbelly of the South, which she translates through a mystic veil of mojo; often drawing on history along with Hoodoo and other Folk traditions.
Her performances have included Drive-by Truckers artist Wes Freed, art revolutionary Molly Crabapple, Jesco the Dancing Outlaw and she's shared a stage with Timbuk III's Pat MacDonald, The Goddamn Gallows and the .357 String Band.
Featured in the upcoming Hasil Adkins documentary, 'My Blue Star' by Ron Thomas Smith, she has she has also appeared in and directed dozens of plays as well as in an award-winning independent film, 'Leon's Aspirations'. Also a playwright, she has written and produced adaptations of both 'Faust' and Sartre's 'No Exit'.
A multi-disciplinary artist, she is also a music and fine art journalist, published primarily in 'Outlaw Magazine', 'Fine Art Magazine' and GratefulWeb.net. She was the last writer to interview Mike Seeger before his death and her Levon Helm retrospective received praise from Bob Dylan himself.
She has also been tarot, astrology and mythology editor for BellaOnline.com and Suite101.com. Her writing and photography are featured in the best-selling 'Everything Ghost Hunting Guide'. She began writing in Chicago, when Slam was first emerging and her poetry as well as her lyrics have received praise from Beat Poets Charles Plymell and Robert Brannan.
Her strong, sultry voice and powerful lyrics are captivating. Though unquestionably feminine and alluring, she describes hangings, hauntings, reckonings and shoot-outs in a way that makes you think she was not only there but participated. One of Country's true Outlaw Women, Liz blasted the boundaries of Alt Country. However it's delivered, her sultry Southern vision takes you far from the expected. It's hard to resist the spell Lonesome Liz casts when her mojo's rising...
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Thursday, September 2, 2010
About Dance of the Skeletons, From Weird Menace
"In an article written for "Writer's Yearbook" in 1935, Norvell Page described how he came to get the assignment for "Dance of the Skeletons".
" 'The history of this particular story began one evening when I climbed three flights to a Greenwich Village attic and invited a writer friend to visit a new speakeasy with me.
"My friend was depressed. He sat before a table on which sheets of manuscript were scattered.
" 'The editor wnats me to cut my 60,000 word novel to 36,000' he said bitterly, 'and get it in by next Monday. I've only written 10,000 and I like the plot as it is.'
"My friend decided he wouldn't cut his story and he couldn't plot and write it in another 7 days.
"Mind if I have a shot at it?" I asked, "I've never written for that editor, but I can give him this (?) 5,000 words in a week, if that's what he wants."
"My friend said morosely, 'Go ahead,' and he said the drinks were on me.
"The story that emerged from this discussion was our lead for this issue of "Weird Menace". "Dance of the Skeletons" was the first of the weird-mystery stories, (quite a distinction). It was published in the first issue of "Dime Mystery" to feature there new slant towards horror and mystery combined in one story. It was the longest of all the weird menace stories and definitely one of the best and a trend setter. We are very pleased to be able to bring it to you in this latest issue of "Weird Menace".