Intensely influenced by classic horror cinema and 1970s comics, In Flesh and Spirit chronicles the origin and ongoing existence of Baron Misuraca, a 14th-century musician cursed into vampiric undeath. Now reborn in contemporary New York City, he reigns in dark dominion but is slave to two masters: his insatiable lust for blood and his spiritual quest for redemption.
We spoke with writer, Baron Misuraca, about In Flesh and Spirit.
The Big Bad Wolf: First, let's learn a little about you, Baron. Can you tell us a little about yourself and the band you front?
Baron Misuraca: Sure. I've been a comic book and horror film fan from as far back as I can remember. My fanaticism with music soon followed. I am the writer and main character of In Flesh and Spirit and front the Gothic Metal band Vasaria, a project I conceptualized many moons ago as a dark metal homage, if you will, to classic horror cinema. Hence the name Vasaria from the Frankenstein sequels from Universal. I've been fortunate enough to have spread that auditory bloodbath the world over through the years bringing us to the present where we have embarked upon our heaviest most belligerent work to date.
In addition, elaborating more on the present and to satiate my Goth and electronica cravings, I've recently premiered a solo "Goth-Tronic" project adorned with belly dancers and dominatrix performers here in NYC to some awesome audiences. A full length album of this venture is in the making entitled Technogoria. So as you can see there is never a dull moment...
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you tell us a little about your influences musically?
I have a fairly wide variety of musical influences that include horror and sci fi film scores (Hammer, Universal, Planet of the Apes, etc), classical composers (Beethoven, Bach, Wagner among them), much from the various metal, goth, rock and punk genres such as Black Sabbath, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Saint Vitus, Venom, the Plasmatics, the Misfits, Samhain, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Siouxie as well as Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra.
The Big Bad Wolf: What made you want to write a comic?
Baron Misuraca: Sheer insanity! (odd laughter) As I mentioned I've always had a special connection to the comic genre since as far back as I can recall. Some years a go I co-starred as myself in a three-part series from Peregrine Entertainment and a one-off from Vamperotica. I was not, however, involved in any of the creative aspects of those books. The outcomes of those experiences inspired me to take the creative process into my own hands and establish myself and my world as comic book entities.
Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of your comic, In Flesh and Spirit?
Intensely influenced by classic horror cinema and 1970s comics, the premiere issue of In Flesh and Spirit chronicles the origin and ongoing saga of Baron Misuraca, vampire. Originally a condemned 14th century musician now reborn in contemporary New York City, Baron is slave to two masters—an insatiable lust for blood and a spiritual quest for redemption. Contending with an array of awe-inspiring femme fatale characters, he is never alone in this spine-tingling tale of the ultimate rite of passage!
The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?
Baron Misuraca: First and foremost, myse lf Baron Misuraca, Vampire (B. 1267, D. 1303, B. 2008). I was originally a musician commissioned and eventually condemned by the omnipotent church of “His Holy Majesty.” Through a bizarre turn of events I was brought to undeath by a conjured demonic entity and eventually destroyed by a rather sadistic nun. Now reborn in contemporary NYC, I front Vasaria as lead vocalist and bassist and am a Goth-Tronic solo artist as a struggle with my centuries old curse. In Flesh and Spirit is my story...
Apathess - The ultimate antagonist, Apathess is a wispy wayward spirit from the very depths of Hell itself. Originally an angel cast out of Heaven with Satan, she is responsible for turning me into the foul thing of the night that I am. Communicating only with telepathic impulses, Apathess appears and reappears throughout the series. Both in current and medieval times, she is my unholy muse, urging me to give in to dark temptation and to accept my "divinity."
Reina- A clairvoyant at the macabre Jupiter Park in NYC with a rather extreme fascination with the darker side of life (and death), the ever verbose Reina is my demented slave, responsible for my contemporary rebirth. Upon reviving me from a 700 year death sleep, she begged me to take her soul and be my keeper. She got her wish…
The Big Bad Wolf: What can we expect from this book in terms of blood and gore?
In Flesh and Spirit approaches blood and gore in an atmospheric, erotic and subtle way as the classic Hammer horror films did.
The Big Bad Wolf: Is this an ongoing, or mini series?
Baron Misuraca: Good question. In Flesh and Spirit is mini series that is ongoing. (more odd laughter).
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?
Issue one has just recently been unleashed and is available at www.InFleshAndSpirit.com. We are featured in the February edition of Previews on page 292 and should hopefully be in most of your favorite comic stores in the coming months.
Big Bad Wolf: How much is the book?
Baron Misuraca: A mere $3.50.
Big Bad Wolf: Who’s the creative team on the book?
Baron Misuraca: The creative team consists of myself - writer, conceptualist and letterer as well as main character, Alex Horley of Vampirella, Lobo, Heavy Metal fame - cover artist, David G. Williams from Australia - penciler and inker, Jarreau Wimberly - colorist, Karen Levine - lettering and various technical assistance as well as modeling for the Kira Lauren character, and photographers Candy Lust and Lina Jang. Also modeling for the book was Kenny Caprio as Moe the Malevolent and Stacy E. Walker as Apathess.
I'm very fortunate to have had such an awesome group of talent believe in and work with me on this project!
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about In Flesh and Spirit?
At the previously mentioned www.InFleshAndSpirit.com and right here at Comic Monsters! Check out our "making of" segment.
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about In Flesh and
As Lon Chaney exclaimed in the Phantom of the Opera: "Feast your eyes and glut your soul!"
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time,
Baron! Best of luck with In Flesh and Spirit.
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