Faust’s diverse talents have allowed her to pursue an eclectic career as an illustrator, technohorror author and leading industry entertainment critic. 2005 marked the release of her first published collection of poetry, Before Icarus, After Achilles, which was received by the public with a great enthusiasm. Faust partnered with Immanion Press in August of 2007 for the publishing of her cross-genre technohorror trilogy Eternal Vigilance, a post-apocalyptic vampire saga of epic proportions, the first of which, From Deep Within the Earth, was released in April of 2008. The second installment, The Death of Illusions was released in March of 2009. The third novel in the Eternal Vigilance series, Bound in Blood, was released in September of 2010. 2009 also saw the release of Faust’s second collection of poetry entitled Crossroads with Seraphemera Books. In addition to the release of the third Eternal Vigilance novel, Faust has also released a new novella with Dark Regions Press Regret. For more information on this new title click here.
In October of 2008 she was made the Guest of Honor of the “Queen of the Damned” Vampire Ball in New Orleans, an annual event produced by the worldwide vampire organization the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club. In 2009 she was given the honor of returning as a Special Guest, alongside author Charlaine Harris, for the Endless Night Festival and was dubbed “New Orleans Vampire Royalty” at the Tru Blood & Gold vampire ball. She returned in 2010 to the Memnoch: The Resurrection vampire ball, as well as the New Orleans UnDeadCon, as one of the selected Special Author Guests. Among the dozens of other special appearances and signings she will be conducting throughout 2011, Faust will be returning to New Orleans in October as a Special Guest & performer at this year’s Endless Night steampunk vampire masquerade ball. A full list of her 2011 Tour dates can be found by clicking here.
Gabrielle Faust’s work, as both an author and illustrator, has appeared in Girls & Corpses Magazine, GUD Magazine, Doorways Magazine, The Open Vein, Darkened Horizons, Ladies of Horror and The Bloodied Quill, as well as the websites Fear Zone, SCI FI Wire and Fatally Yours.
Faust has been consistently active in a wide array of organizations including the Horror Writers Association, SCARE for a CURE, SXSW Music & Film Festivals and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Faust was the preliminary graphic designer for the 2011 World Horror Convention in Austin, Texas, developing the iconic logo and promotional materials for the convention. Faust was a recipient of the 2011 Texas Social Media Awards.
Schneider is a philosopher with Ph.D. level training who left academia during the dissertation process because he felt that his area of research had to be explored artistically rather than theoretically. In the winter of 2009, with a catalogue of intricate songs in hand, he relocated to Austin, TX. There, he set up a small independent recording studio where he produced a variety of projects, including the 2010 Austin poetry slam team album and Neo-folk artist Lauren Begent‘s debut album Shadows over Bones. He also completed his own first fully length album Visceraline.
In spite of its primarily experimental folk nature, Visceraline it was immediately hailed by Darkfaery Subculture Magazine as a must have for fans of the gothic genera seeking thoughtful, introspective music. Entitled Visceraline, it contains a wealth of intricate instrumentals that take listeners on a grim, labyrinthine adventure, and the general darkenss of the soundscapes is illuminated by Schneider’s obstinate lyrical commitment to holding onto childlike joy in the face of struggle.
After the release of Visceraline in January of 2011, Solomon designed a mobile version of his studio, traded his permanent address for a Buick Roadmaster station wagon, and took to full time life on the road. With notorious road-warrior performance poet Seth Walker and the aforementioned Lauren Begent, Schneider helped form the “Sage on Fire Tour”, an indie artist collective united by a shared philosophical and spiritual vision. Always pushing to expand the notion of what a concert can accomplish, these three artists these three artists, in their own words, were always striving to be like human sage, setting fire to itself in order to create a space where audiences can undergo a meaningful, reflective experience. On account of the extreme diversity of their styles, this group was able to command audiences at venues ranging from poetry slams to bars to colleges to theaters. Notable Sage on Fire performances included The Salt Lake City Freedom Fest, a feature at Da Poetry Lounge in LA and key poetry spots all across the Western 2/3rds of the United States. The final Sage on Fire performance was at the 2011 Austin, TX slam season finals.
Throughout his travels, Schneider has worked tirelessly to use his recording resources to aid the development of musical community wherever he goes by joining forces with local artists to create new art. Notable collaborations to date include work with up and coming Salt Lake City rock band Grey Fiction, and orchestration, production and co-writing for Gabrielle Faust’s The Killing Tree. The consistent and dominant thread in Schneider’s collaboration story is his work with Seth Walker. Walker’s forthcoming album will feature some of the most adventurous and subtle production ever attempted on a spoken word album.
Additionally–though perhaps most intriguingly–the coming together of Seth & Solomon’s visions has given rise to an altogether new musical entity: The Pillars. The Pillars are currently making their wandering way toward the East Coast, where they will be featured at New York City’s legendary Nuyorican and Yale University. They are creating newness as they go!