Gazelle Amber Valentine interviewed about Spirits of Place

Gazelle Amber Valentine of Jucifer Live by Hillarie Jason

Gazelle Amber Valentine is one half of sludge / doom / death metal two piece Jucifer, formed in Georgia, USA in 1993. For more than seventeen years Gazelle and her bandmate (and husband), drummer Edgar Livengood, have adopted a nomadic lifestyle. The pair live, tour, rehearse, and sometimes even record in their Winnebago, towing the literal wall of amplification Valentine utilises on stage in a trailer behind them. The duo describe this life as an endless tour, and they can easily find themselves playing live shows in twenty or more countries in a single year.

Jucifer’s music can be (and usually is) harsh, aggressive, and loud, but its subject matter and lyrical content are not necessarily what people might expect. 2008’s L’Autrichienne was a concept album based around the French Revolution accompanied by extensive historical notes, while 2013’s За Волгой для нас земли нет (“There is no land beyond The Volga”) dealt with the Soviet Union and WWII. Equally though, there is a strong sense of Americana embedded in much of Jucifer’s music and lyrics; dark folk sounds and sensibilities; finger-picked banjo and violin strings, and dissonant, melancholic melodies. Nowhere is this side of their work more apparent than in Gazelle’s solo album Devil’s Tower I, released in 2013.

All of this – the nomadic life, the artistry, the power and intelligence of her writing – made Gazelle Amber Valentine someone I was very keen to approach as a contributor to Spirits of Place. Her essay, entitled “I Have Trod Such Haunted Land”, ended up being the first in the book and remains one of my favourites. Even though her internet connection can be intermittent as she and Edgar continue their never ending tour, Gazelle was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about the book and her contribution to it.

Read the interview at dailygrail.com

Haunted Futures available for pre-order

Ghostwoods Books’ Haunted Futures, featuring Warren Ellis, Tricia Sullivan, Jeff Noon, Liesel Schwarz, Felicity Shoulders, SL Huang, and me, is coming in May.

The book is now available for pre-order via:

  • Amazon.com
  • Amazon.co.uk
  • Barnes & Noble
  • foyle’s
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    Femme Magnifique Kickstarter

    You’ve probably already heard about Femme Magnifique – a graphic novel anthology delivering inspirational comic-book stories about powerful women in science, politics, and the arts. You probably already know it will contain the following:

    • 30 short stories staring female trailblazers of today and yesterday
    • Over 50 diverse writers and artists
    • Printed in full-color
    • Perfect-bound cardstock cover
    • Free US Shipping
    • Digital Edition delivered via comiXology
    Well actually, the Kickstarter has already hit the first stretch goal and is (as I type) less than $10,000 away from adding 20 more short stories!

    You probably know the names of lots of the amazing people who are contributing to the book too, but did you know that Leah and Alison Sampson are doing a story about Beth Ditto? Oh right, you did.

    Well then, if you haven’t already, you’d better get over to the Kickstarter page and become a backer. Copies of the anthology start at $35/$45.

    Excerpt from 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool: Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool and slavery

    The following is an excerpt from the South Liverpool section of  800 Years of Haunted Liverpool (History Press, 2008)

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    Moore & Reppion 2000AD signing at Manchester Travelling Man, Sat 25th February

    2000 AD is to celebrate its birthday weekend in style with signings across the country!

    With the massive success of the sold-out 40 Years of Thrill-power Festival in London last weekend and with its actual birthday of 26 February fast approaching, 2000 AD is delighted to announce new signing events in Manchester, Birmingham, and Scotland.

    Earthlets who missed out on the historic event in Hammersmith will be able to meet just some of the incredible creators who’ve made 2000 AD the galaxy’s greatest comic.

    The perfect tome to launch these celebrations is Thrill-power Overload, a whopping 300+ page hardcover containing the updated official history of 2000 AD, from its earliest days to its current success, from creator clashes to near-cancellation.

    On Saturday 18 February, Biggar Library and Scottish independent Bookshop of the Year Atkinson-Pryce will host a Thrill-power Overload signing with artist Colin MacNeil (Judge Dredd: America) and former 2000 AD editor David Bishop from 1pm.

    Then on Friday 24 February, Waterstones West End in Edinburgh will host Thrill-power Overload authors David Bishop and Karl Stock for a signing at 12.30pm.

    At 1pm on Saturday 25 February, signings will take place at the Travelling Man comic book store in Manchester and the Nostalgia and Comics store Birmingham with topflight creators Steve Yeowell (Zenith), Leah Moore (Storm Warning), John Reppion (Storm Warning), Nick Percival (Judge Dredd), Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces), D’Israeli (Scarlet Traces).

    This year the legendary weekly British anthology comic 2000 AD celebrates forty years of innovative, provocative, and original sci-fi, fantasy, and horror action from the cream of comics creators. It has brought the industry some of its biggest talents, from Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Mark Millar, to Jock, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, and many more. Published in print and digital every Wednesday, 2000 AD is the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and remains at the industry’s cutting edge.

    Full signing details:

    18 February

    Colin MacNeil, David Bishop – Biggar Library, Biggar, Scotland , 1pm

    24 February

    David Bishop, Karl Stock – Waterstones West End, Edinburgh, 12.30pm

    25 February

    Steve Yeowell, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Nick Percival – Travelling Man, Manchester, 1pm

    Ian Edginton, D’Israeli – Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham, 1pm