KRYPTERIA interview

KRYPTERIA interview with drummer S.C. Kuschnerus (April 2007)

How did the band get together and how did you pick the name Krypteria?

Kuschi: KRYPTERIA is a German-Korean four piece featuring Ji-In at vocals and on piano, Chris at the guitar, Frank on bass and myself on drums. But how did this thing get started ? Well, Chris, Frank and myself first had a band together more than a decade ago and despite not working together all the time we never lost contact. So when the idea came up between Chris and myself of forming a new band in 2004 it didn’t take us long to call up Frank and invite him to join as our bass player. Now all we needed was an creative singer with a multi-faceted voice, a knack for energetic performances and a great character. Luckily Ji-In, who we had met a year prior to that, fit that bill just perfectly so we asked her if she was be interested in jumping aboard – to cut a long story short, fortunately she did and we have been a happy headbanging family ever since (laughs). So far we’ve had quite some success in Germany as well a couple of Asian countries and now we’re hoping to touch the rest of the world with our music. We’ll try to achieve that with the worldwide release of our new album “BLOODANGEL’S CRY” and by touring as much as possible so people can get a first hand impression as to what this group and our music stand for. The name KRYPTERIA originally is derived from Greek and means something like “mystery”. Our primary idea was to pick a name that would reflect our musical style which has been described as a unique mixture of heavy rock and gothic metal with classical elements spiced up with a touch of musical drama. However we also liked the phonetic ring to the name and last but not least it makes for a pretty cool logo (laughs).

Many of your lyrics seem at once epic and personal like “The night all Angels cry”. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Kuschi: You’re absolutely right, there actually is a very personal side to the “BLOODANGEL’S CRY” story. It’s a story of a young woman who faces an important decision in her life, chooses the wrong path and has to suffer through and deal with the consequences. This story indeed has an autobiographical touch to it – Ji-In one day was approached behind our backs by a slick Korean manager who wanted to pry her loose from KRYPTERIA in order to have her pursue an entertainment career on the Asian market. Ji-In, the girl with the golden heart as I like to refer to her, could have made a ton of money agreeing to that offer but probably would also have had to betray some of her ideals and principles. Anyway, she vehemently declined, stuck with us and informed us about the manager’s plan who we later found out was indeed a shady creature with a criminal track record. Anyway, one evening we sat together and started toying with the idea of what might have happened to her if she had indeed taken that offer ? So on “BLOODANGEL’S CRY” we tell the story of her making the wrong choice and follow her on her way down. Because we were so deeply affected by the whole situation ona personal level the lyrics on the album are truly coming straight from our hearts. The lyrics ended up pretty graphic although we put a lot of emphasis on the fact that we’d love the listener to take those lyrics to another level in his imagination and maybe even discover parallels to his own life.

Where did  you get the idea to combine what at first seem such disparate music parts as Gregorian Chants and hard rock ?

Kuschi: We just wanted to combine all the different musical influences we grew up on, that being heavy rock, metal, pop, musical theatre and classical music. And since two members of the band, Ji-In and Chris, are classically trained, infusing this particular side to KRYPTERIA’s sound comes very naturally especially with Ji-In who went to the conservatory studying classical singing and piano. As it turned out recording those choir parts isn’t too much of a stretch for us cause Ji-In, Frank and myself all have a ton of experience in doing vocal arrangements and recordings on many different projects, plus Chris being a very accomplished and clever producer really came in quite handy as well, as you can imagine. While it is a very time consuming process adding all those vocal layers to the songs it is also great fun creating these walls of sound. And as it turned out people seem to view this merging of modern and classical elements as sort of the trademark for the KRYPTERIA sound.

Your album was just released internationally is there any plans for your to tour outside your native county?

Kuschi: Oh absolutely ! See, we hope to make music that touches people, and just putting an album on the shelves without showing up we think won’t cut it. Our objectve is to introduce ourselves to as many people as possible in a live setting so that whoever is interested in KRYPTERIA’s music will get a chance to see what this band is all about on stage. We’re excited about our ever-increasing number of upcoming international dates in Asia and Europe, but we also are intent on coming to the USA and perform for the American fans later this year. But aside from the group’s ambitions, every single member of KRYPTERIA loves to visit foreign countries and check out different cultures. So needless to say the four of us hope to cross the Big Pond sooner rather than later cause to us the United States are an amazingly fascinating country.

When you were growing up who did you listen to and what do you feel are the band’s primary influences?

Kuschi: We all love Queen, Deep Purple, ABBA and Metallica and of course appreciate classical music. Actually, that information might also help to somewhat define the musical road KRYPTERIA is travelling. Me personally I also get a kick out of Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, good old fashioned Motown stuff as well as recordings from the Big Band era. But in addition to the aformentioned bands we all appreciate a heavy dose of Kiss, Meat Loaf, Iron Maiden, Queensryche and those type of acts who always brought something extra to the table in terms of the entertainment aspect.

Which do you like better making albums or playing live?

Kuschi: Hmmm, that’s a tough one. While we all enjoyed working on “BLOODANGEL’S CRY”, especially because our record company allowed us complete creative freedom, we always felt the urge to present the new songs to a live audience and couldn’t wait to get back on the road. The feedback you get and the fun you have on stage is just priceless. But having said that it’s actually writing AND performing your own music what we love doing, so as long as nobody forces us to pick just one we’ll just continue to go for the whole enchilada.

If people want to learn more about the band where’s a good place to go?

Kuschi: Reading this piece you’re obviously already at a very good place (laughs). If you like more first-hand information on KRYPTERIA I recommend you go to both and But in order to get an idea what this band truly is about I guess you best come to a show. See, on stage we are a pretty energetic bunch so even when we assume for a minute that musically KRYPTERIA is not quite up your alley there’s something to this band’s live persona that might win you over nevertheless, especially with our microphone-wielding firecracker going wild (laughs).


Review of the reluctant mage by Karen Miller

Review of the reluctant mage by Karen Miller


I think it is the curse of the reviewer to be dropped into stories a short time before their completion.  I got a chance to read the Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller, which is the second book of her fisherman and children series and builds on the events that happened in the innocent mage and the awakened mage.  Now this is a lot of material to be caught on but I always think that every author of a multi part series has a duty to make the book readable without ever having picked up the previous editions.   I don’t expect to know everyone and everything but I should be able to the gist of what came before and be able to move on into the current novel.  Karen Miller does a good job of that I had no idea what had happened before but I got the basic concept Morg, an evil mage, had possessed Rafe, a good wizard, and was using his body as a tool to recreate his evil empire. His sister Deenie, a mage with little experience and less confidence, and her best friend Charis are forced to go on a quest to save him.  They are joined on this journey by Ewen, a prince searching for his father who may have been taken by the same mage.

The book hits all the usual spots of the fantasy motif a some a little too closely as Deenie and Charis journey is  very reminiscent of Frodo and Sam’s pilgrimage  to Mount Doom.   The characters are well developed and it is satisfying to see Deenie grow from a self described mouse to a strong willed person cable of carrying her own weight and even saving the warrior from trouble.  The book does jump a bit close to the end when bringing the characters together but it is a minor point. The story overall is well done and fans of fantasy would be will rewarded to check this out.


author interview Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff



Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is a science fiction renaissance woman who performs music, writes everything from short stories to full length novels and still finds time to help promote science fiction authorship through sites like Book View Café.

  1. What got you started in liking the genre of science fiction?
  2. A) When I was about six, my mom worked nights and Dad would let me watch stuff on TV that Mom never would have approved. He let me stay up and watch “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (the original with Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal) and “Outer Limits” which was an SF series like Twilight Zone. I was terrified and fascinated. Later, I got addicted to shows like “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek” and started creating little SF comic books with animal characters because they were easier to draw than people. That led to writing little SF stories based on my comics and that led to me reading Andre Norton, Ray Bradbury and other SF writers.
  1. I saw that you had been involved in the founding of Book view Café, can you explain what the site is and how it came about?
  • Book View Café started on the SF-FFW list serve which is a group of female SF writers who are members of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). A group of us were puzzling over the trends in publishing—why we were more and more being asked to come up with our own marketing ideas, promotions, and do all sorts of things outside our areas of expertise (Dammit, Jim, I’m a writer, not a marketing maven!). A number of us were toying with the idea of putting samples of our fiction on our own websites, but wondered how effective that would be. I wistfully commented that individually our efforts were probably futile, but if we joined together, we probably had all the skills we needed to package and promote our work. So Sarah Zettel said, “I have an MBA. I can do business.” Sue Lange said. “I can do promotions.” Vonda McIntyre and I volunteered to do tech work and Sarah knew a web programmer who was willing to work with us. We started with a core of women writers including Ursula LeGuin, Pati Nagle, Jennifer Stevenson, Brenda Clough and Phyllis Irene Radford, and rolled out a website in November of 2008 that we wanted to be a way of establishing a relationship with our readers. We posted our fiction, short and long—mostly backlist and out of print work, but then it occurred to us that we could sell fiction too. That led to the creation of Book View Press and the release of a series of short fiction anthologies, and then out of print and original novel-length fiction that the reader can purchase in any number of formats. We also have a strong sense of community and have done fund drives for needy writers and other causes, done Twitter fiction contests to publicize the release of new eBooks.
  • The first month of our existence we were picked as website of the week by the Guardian newspaper (UK) and we were asked to discuss our model with the Library of Congress. We’ve got several thousand subscribers and have grown to about 35 professional members. We have a presence on and Smashwords as well as a partnership with Powell’s in Portland.
  • Our goal is to be constantly innovating and we listen to our readers with great attentiveness. One of our innovations is that if you buy a novel for Nook, say, and then buy a Kindle, you also have purchased the right to go out and download the mobipocket version of the book.


  1. Your star wars novel SHADOW GAMES with Michael Reaves was just released in paperback,   what was it like writing something that had such a place in pop culture, were you two given strict guidelines in writing the characters?Writing a character like Han Solo is exhilarating and a little scary at the same time—sort of like riding a rollercoaster or tightrope walking. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the book was framing the relationship between Han and Dash. And one of the scariest was waiting for reader reaction to how well they thought we’d gotten Han’s “voice.” I worked with Michael on PATTERNS OF FORCE (Book Three of the Coruscant Nights series) and we took some heat from a few fans for our portrayal of Darth Vader as being a bit careless and capable of being swept up in hubris. Some fans wanted Vader to be the seemingly rock-like character from A NEW HOPE, but in the time period that the CORUSCANT NIGHTS books unfold, Anakin/Vader is about 26 or 27 years old and still relatively new to his Vader persona. He’s still young, wounded and scarred. I wanted some of that to come through in the portrayal.
  2. A) The strictest guidelines in the GFFA (the Galaxy Far, Far Away) have to do with technology and the Jedi and Sith codes. The characters, especially characters with very little established back story, are a bit more negotiable as long as we don’t do things that violate or compromise canon. The timeline is probably the tightest area. SHADOW GAMES takes place in the months leading up to A New Hope (Episode 4) and so we did have to be careful not to put people places where they couldn’t be. Especially since we were working with Han Solo and Dash Rendar. The main female protagonist was Michael’s invention and I gave her a backstory, so we had free rein with her.
  1. A lot of your fiction have religious overtones or subtext; was it a strong element when you were growing up?That’s one of the things I love about writing SF and fantasy—I can take long, sideways looks at real life situations and explore them in ways that bring new perspectives.
  2. A) It’s still a strong element. I was raised in a devoutly Christian home by parents who lived their faith, and became a Bahá’i when I was eighteen, which gave me a new perspective on my Christian faith and on religion as a force in human history. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of religion and the recurring themes—the sacrifices the Prophet makes, the abuse he accepts, the power of his words and life, the way a tiny core of believers becomes a cross-cultural force that unites people across racial or cultural boundaries. I mean, when you look at the Founders of the world’s revealed religions (Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Bahá’u’lláh, for example), it’s amazing that anywhere from thousands to hundreds of years later, there are communities of people devoted to their teachings. Yet most people would be hard-pressed to remember the names of the men who wielded political or economic power at the time. The life-cycle of religion is both fascinating and sad and it was something that I dealt with in my first three novels (THE MERI, TAMINY, THE CRYSTAL ROSE) in which I wanted to take a fictional look at what happens when the prior expression of religion has run its course and become dogmatic and hidebound and a new Avatar appears that is, in some way, unexpected.
  1. I saw that you also write and perform your own songs, which material do you find easier to produce?By the way, Star Wars fans might want to check out our music videos on YouTube. Look for the MysticFig channel. We have several Star Wars related parodies out there including “Wastin’ Away on Tatooine” (a parody of Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville”) and “Midichlorian Rhapsody” (a parody of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”).
  2. A) We actually do two different styles of music: original and parody (filk) music. My husband, Jeff, is the mastermind behind that endeavor. I come up with melodies and harmonies, perform and record, but he does most of the writing. I find it easier to write a good story than a good song and parody is easier for me to write than original music because I have someone else’s song as a starting point. Writing fiction has become my main avenue of expression as well as my “day job” but I do occasionally write lyrics.
  1. What projects are you currently working on?
  2. A) I’m currently working on the fourth novel in the Star Wars: Coruscant Nights series. Also a supernatural detective series, a mainstream detective series and some short fiction ideas that I’m toying with. Well, that and editing a couple of novels for other folks.
  1. If people want more info about you or your writing where should they go?    In Middle Earth. I’m pretty sure there will be no zombies there,Jedi, Ninja, vampire, were-wolf, pirate, fairy or Spartan?  Ouch. That’s tough since those are such different art forms. I think everyone should read Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. They will never look at life or the English language the same way again.  I am intensely shy and monkish. I can perform or even speak in front of an auditorium full of people, but get the shakes if I have to make a phone call or make small talk at a party.
  2. Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?
  3. What one piece of art, be it music, book, film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?
  4. Definitely a Jedi. Or maybe a Jedi vampire fairy.
  5. When the zombies take over the world where will you be?
  6. Final four (questions we ask all interviewees)
  7. A) There are two websites that I can direct people to: and I especially recommend Book View Café because I’ve got lots of short fiction (previously published in such magazines as Analog and Amazing Stories) that people can sample. I also have three eBooks released through Book View Café.

Artist for Hire John Royle

Name:  John Royle



Style / Genre

Comic Book Illustrator

Contact info



Page rate for commissions


Depends on the commission, email me from my website and let me know what you would like.


Rate for Prints of original work


look at my website Shop


Current affiliations 


IDW publishing USA Danger Girl


Previous work I Have worked on many titles, a few of my favourites are – Spiderman, Wolverine, Excaliber, Danger Girl and Robin


Current projects Danger Girl GIJOE 2


What was your first project that made you feel like a real artist and how did you get it?


My first break into comics was pencilling Knights of Pendragon for Marvel Uk


What is your primary inspiration when creating art?


To try and give a little of the magic to the reader that i enjoyed when reading comics as a child.


What other artists do you use to learn technique?


John Bryne, J S Campbell, Alan Davis, Art Adams, Neil Adams, J Romita JR and many others.


Where would you like to see yourself in five years with your art? 


Still enjoying bit 


What would your dream project be?


Im lucky enough to be pencilling it….DANGER GIRL ! :)



Final four questions –we ask everybody


Q) When the zombies take over the world where will you be?


The Maldives


Q) Jedi, Ninja, vampire, were-wolf, pirate, fairy or Spartan?




Q) What piece of art, be it in the form of music, a book, a film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?


A good Book and music


Q) Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?


I Eat A lot ! :)


Battle scars

I climb from the shower
and look into the mirror

seeing the marks on my body
that injuries have left behind

the ones you gave me
are invisible to the eye

but I feel them everyday
as if they were newly given

the slashes to the heart that
make it hard to trust others

the cuts inflicted to the soul
that stop me when I try to smile

the wounds to my confidence
that make me second guess myself

all reminders of the time
you spent in my life

these scars serve to remind me
but they do not define me

I refuse to allow your hold
to restrain me from my future

and there will come a moment
not today, or even perhaps tomorrow

when all they will be is
a mark of what I survived

on the road to be being

who I am meant to be

Belle Chere interview

Paper Dragon Ink Loves to feature all sorts of creative people.   As we rebuild the site we decided start with one of our favorite cos-players Belle Chere

How you get your start in cos-play, what was your first costume?

It started when I wanted to make the X-Men Rogue’s costume for Halloween a few years back. I had no idea how to deal with lycra and no clue how to make a bodysuit, so I searched around…and happened to stumble across an X-Men Cosplay forum. There were other people doing this? Score! They helped me out quite a bit and I made some great friends there, as well as developed a really fun new hobby. How do you decide what Characters you’re going to dress as?

First of all? I gotta love the character. If reading her in a comic annoys me, if the video game is frustrating, there’s little way that I’m going to want to spend the time to make her outfit. The next huge factor is body type. I’m a pretty curvy gal, and I want to be bringing these characters to life, so it’s best I go for the ones I look similar to. Ethnicity is my biggest blockade. I’d love to cosplay women with olive or tan complexions, or even as Storm from the X-Men, but I’m an Irish chick with the pale and freckley skin to match. Maybe someday when I grow more confident with makeup I’ll be able to. I saw that you were in the Geek Girls charity calendar, How did that come about?

The calendar’s leading lady, Margie, approached me with the idea of doing a pin-up calendar for charity. The charity was for B.A.S.E. Camp, an activities camp for children with cancer, and the calendar featured some of the most lovely gals who costume, however in pin-up shots rather than in costume (due to copyright). I was excited to help out such a great cause; my particular pin-up pose mimicked Rita Hayworth, a silver screen actress of the 30s. I hope it’s a charity that will only grow with each new year. What are your favorite cons to attend and are there any you haven’t been to that you would like to?

DragonCon! That would be my favourite. It’s held in Atlanta over Labour Day weekend, and it’s a wild time, a constant party. The convetion I like to go to for the comics industry is, of course, Comic-Con International, held in San Diego. As for conventions I’d like to attend, that would be WonderCon (mostly because I’d love to see San Franscico), or MegaCon (to be with friends). When you’re not cos-playing what do you like to do stay creative or blow off steam?

Creatively, I love to write. I’m usually living in my own world half the time anyway, so I love to get it out on paper. I work in theatre, so much of my time is creatively spent anyway. To blow off steam? I enjoy working out, riding my bike, going on a hike…or playing with swords. I’m not a shabby fencer! What is the next project you’re going to be working on?

I’m finally going to be tackling something I’ve always wanted to try my hand at: working with scale mail and leather! I’m going to be making Red Sonja for the summer months. Also this summer I’ll be making an outfit I’ve had plenty of requests for: Power Girl. I’m looking forward to it! If people would like to find out more about you where could they go? If people want to see all of my convention pictures, they can visit my Flickr site: http://www. flickr. com/photos/bellechere/sets/ Otherwise I’m available on MySpace: http://www. myspace. com/delpharia I welcome messages, and though I don’t do commissions, I love to help people out with costuming questions. Hope to see you at the next con!




Where have we been?



So I felt I needed to post something before I started putting up new articles and classic material on the site. Paper Dragon Ink has been around for a while we started just as idea about starting my own comic book company, then an online magazine going to a handful of people and finally a full-fledged website covering all sorts of pop culture. All in all we have around for over 8 years (not sure if it’s a good sign or bad sign when you can’t remember exactly how long you have been doing something.)

After all that time thing are bound to get a little stale and the updates started to get a little more distant from each other. Then my father went into the hospital and I had time for nothing else. Then he was gone and I did not care about anything. But I still remembered how right before my Dad had gotten injured that he had still been alive and vivacious at almost 80 telling stories and being a great example to people I thought about the time sitting next to his bed, thinking he still had stories to tell after all that time and here I was half his age not having accomplished anything.

It took a while, probably longer then I should have given myself, but I came back to the site to start anew with a simple goal I would see something of mine that I could count as being published in the next three years and I would do everything I could to help others along the road with news, reviews inspiration and way to improve people’s creations. Then the latest bad news hit while I was away the site got hacked /corrupted and is now a blank slate. Well I figure that might be a great way to start anyway so here we go. I want to put out a word of apology to begin with, there are still days when working up the motivation to do anything creative is a lot of effort but I hope you stick around to see where we end up, I promise to do my best to create something memorable and to provide as much support to the creative community as I can.