Interview with Wendy Pini, Creator of “Masque of the Red Death”
This interview is being included in the 2013 Women in Horror Interview Series. Every February, Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. You can find out more about WiHM here:
Wendy Pini is the writer and illustrator behind the futuristic adaptation of “Masque of the Red Death”. She’s also half of the husband-and-wife team behind the epic graphic novel/comic book series “ElfQuest” along with her husband, Richard Pini. The “ElfQuest” series takes place on alternate worlds and is in the science-fiction/fantasy genres. While “Masque” is also an entry into science-fiction, it represents the first work written entirely by Wendy, and embraces both the dark fantasy genre and the horror genre. The story is inspired by, but differs from the Edgar Allen Poe story of the same name. Wendy’s full biography (along with that of her husband) can be found here:
The Online Comic
Masque of the Red Death
(based on the famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe)
On a futuristic earth-type world, in the vast, technologically overrun megalopolis of SIVARSI 9, citizens live what seems to be a utopian existence.
But Anton “Prince” Prosper, last scion of a fabulously wealthy, morally bankrupt dynasty, lusts for more. A scientific genius secluded from the world on his own, private island, Prosper dedicates his gifted young mind to perfecting the science of nanotechnology. His goal: eternal youth and immortality.
Aiding Prosper in his quest is his stunning assistant Steffan Kabala. Their intensely erotic, volatile relationship, seething with obsessive passion, finally explodes in an act of bitter revenge. Thus a hideous bio-technical plague, the Red Death, is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.
The drama of jealousy, seduction, betrayal and conflicting ideals builds to a horrific climax amid the decadent delights of the most glamorous, most sinister masked ball ever held.
This is a first for this blog, “Things That Go Bump In My Head”…. the interview was done over the phone. The 30 minute audio interview will be transferred into a podcast and made available for iTunes in a couple of days, but for now you can listen to the whole thing on Youtube.
Find Wendy Online
- Official Masque FaceBook Page
- Official Elfquest Web Site
- Official Elfquest FaceBook Page
- Official Elfquest MySpace Page
~ by Sumiko Saulson on February 18, 2013.
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