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Horn & Dagger  is nearing completion. Scheduled release is March 21, 2018!

New Horn & Dagger page with short stories, images and more coming soon!

    
"For there is only a subtle difference between stagnation and stillness. But one is poison and one is peace."    
- Horn & Dagger
  

Updated 11/09/17

Authors
Brian White is the author of The Strands, In the Shadow of the Witch and the upcoming Horn and Dagger. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. His mystical dark fantasy stories are inspired by progressive heavy metal music, philosophy and mysticism.

When not writing Brian enjoys playing guitar, reading, and mountain biking.
    

To contact Brian please send an E-mail to brianwhite@darkrevmedia.com
Brian White - Inspirations & Influences
   
All these lists could go on forever so I tried to come up with a top 10 in each category but even as I wrote them I wanted to modify them so the lists may change as I do.

Music get details on the darktunes page because the list goes on forever but here is my current top 10.

  • Tool
  • Meshugghah
  • Vildhjarta
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Cult of Luna
  • Gojira
  • YOB
  • Humanity’s Last Breath
  • Soulfly
  • Threshold


Artists

  • Alex Grey
  • H.R. Giger
  • Francisco Goya
  • M.C. Escher
  • Hieronymus Bosch
  • Salvador Dali
  • Robert Venosa
  • William Blake
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Austin Osman Spare


Non-Fiction

  • Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
  • Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea
  • Stephen Hawking , A Brief History of Time
  • Frank J. Tipler, The Physics of Immortality
  • Carlos Castaneda, A Separate Reality
  • Aleister Crowley, Book 4
  • A Course in Miracles
  • Carl Jung , Psyche and Symbol
  • Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now


Fiction

  • Clive Barker, Weaveworld
  • Stephen King, The Gunslinger series
  • Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World
  • William Blake, Jerusalem
  • Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Karamazov Brothers
  • Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
  • Neil Gaiman, The Sandman (series)
  • Hubert Selby Jr., The Demon
  • Michael Cisco, The Divinity Student


Extreme Sports Athletes

  • Travis Pastrana
  • Dean Potter
  • Tom Pages
  • Darren Barrecloth
  • Aaron Chase
  • Laird Hamilton
  • Shane McConkey
  • Dave Mirra
  • Danny MacAskill
  • Cam McCaul


Philosophers/Mystics/etc.

  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Fredrich Nietzsche
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Aleister Crowly
  • Lao Tzu
  • Ken Wilber
  • Jean Baudrillard
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Mircea Eliade
    
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Brian White -  Current Reading/Listening
   
For most current reading and listening lists please visit the posts on,  The Dark Daily Blog .
    
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Brian White -  DarkRevMedia Fan Interview Sept. 2016
Dark Revelations Media LLC interviewed Brian White, author of The Strands and In the Shadow of the Witch​, asking him questions collected from email and other sources.
    
   
DRM: What do you like to write about?

BW: I enjoy exploring philosophy through my characters and stories. I like to ask metaphysical questions about why we are here, what is the meaning of life, the nature of reality, good and evil, dark and light. My characters give me possible answers or maybe different ways to look at the answers I had already formulated. The joy of writing for me is not only to create a meaningful story but also to be changed by what I write. When the story and the characters can take me to places I never imagined previously or reveal things to me through their alternate perspectives then I in turn get to change. Art influencing me, me influencing art, and when that art takes on a life of its own with the energy and life intrinsic to it, it changes me. Then the creative circle is complete and I begin another turn.


DRM: What inspires you?

BW: Could be anything. Typically it is what I’m reading or the music I’m listening to because when I’m reading or listening I’m doing so with focus and intent and it tends to become internalized and gets me thinking.

At other times when I pay close attention to what is going on around me I’ll find that snippets of conversation taken out of context or events I see only a portion of will also inspire me because my mind attempts to fill in the blanks. Dreams are like that as well, I only understand about half the story the rest is mired in cryptic dream symbolism. But upon waking and contemplating what those snippets could mean or what they could form, leads me in different directions which sometimes develops into a story.

In addition that feeling that I was dropped into a conversation mid-stream or have entered a dream world is captured for me through music. When I listen to music I’m enveloped by its atmosphere and emotion and it pulls me into a different environment but then I have to explain it because the music or the lyrics only tell part of the story.


DRM: How do you take that inspiration and create a story?

BW: I don’t know exactly. That process happens very organically. If I force it or don’t give it the time it needs then the story just dies or never fully forms. I write what I see in dreams or while listening to music. I see these surreal images that I feel the need to understand. Once I start writing these images begin to tell me a story and I become both an explorer and chronicler of these worlds and visions. The plot and characters are my way of trying to understand what I see in an attempt to find the meaning in it.

Once I start putting pen to paper it all just starts to happen. I select music that matches the energy, pace and atmosphere of the images I see and it all works itself out on the page.


DRM: Why do you write?

BW: Necessity. I don’t think I have a choice. I’m compelled to write by what I see and what I think about. I can’t force a story or idea but I can’t leave it alone either. It has to get onto the page in order to be expunged. I only have so much room in my head and I don’t want that stuff to take up permanent residence. I have no idea what would happen if those dark things I write about started building fortifications in my head. But I doubt it would be good.


DRM: If you had to pick a genre to describe your writing what would it be?

BW: I don’t like genres, maybe because I don’t feel like I clearly fit into one. I understand the need for them from a marketing standpoint and the ability to reach your audience but I feel like the genre you write in may change based on the story your trying to tell. Maybe a horror story is best for telling a story about revenge and a fantasy story is better for telling a story about a man’s search for revelation. I think the ideas, characters and story dictate the genre and when I feel forced to, for example, write a horror story, it changes my approach, which I don’t like. But if you were going to make me choose I would say that I write stories of Mystical Dark Fantasy.


DRM: Hobbies?

BW: Too many. Mountain biking is a big one. I also like to play 8 string guitar but I’m not that good. That doesn’t keep it from being fun though. There was a time when I told myself that to be good I had to play like Yngwie Malmsteen but now I just enjoy creating my own music and playing what I like. I don’t need to do what other guitarists are doing to enjoy it.


DRM: Mountain Biking, extreme sports, writing. What’s the connection? How are they different … The same?

BW: I write for the same reasons that I mountain bike, to achieve a state of flow. With biking it’s the mixture of danger, speed, environment, balance, athleticism, unpredictability and fear that forces a heightened state of awareness and your mind and body simply react and there is this feeling that everything is happening perfectly, everything is in tune with everything else, muscles, bike, trail.

With writing it is the creativity and the story that takes over and I am allowed to touch that magical place deep inside myself that connects me with something greater. That something takes over and the story emerges. At these times I feel like I’m exactly where I was meant to be, doing exactly what I was meant to do.


DRM: Do you really write long-hand?

BW: A lot of people ask me about that after reading it in Dark Tunes where I explained the process I followed for writing, In the Shadow of the Witch. It seems a concept very difficult for people to believe in this age of mobile devices and laptops, but yes, my first draft of every story or novel is done with a pen and a journal book. 

I started writing as a kid and just never migrated to the word processor. Writing feels more organic for me with pen and paper. I can’t explain it. Believe me when I say that a part of me (the lazy part) would love to cross over because my handwriting is atrocious and I find when I type up the first draft I spend as much time trying to figure out what I wrote as actual typing. That part of it is very frustrating. But when I see the story in my head it only works when I use a pen. The moment I get in front of a screen the process breaks down.


DRM: Why so dark?

BW: Because I’m drawn to write about dark things. It is part of what I am. Could I write about flowers and rainbows? Maybe? But it wouldn’t be genuine. It wouldn’t be me. I have to write what I know and about what intrigues me.


DRM: Dream projects?

BW: Would love to do a project with a heavy metal band like Cult of Luna or Vildhjarta and supply a story for a concept album or collaborate on a concept album where there is a lot of backstory, maybe even a spoken word prelude with background music supplying the atmosphere. Then the music supplies these interludes that advance the story line.

Other dream project would be a soundtrack to a story or novella. Something sixty to ninety minutes long with musical soundscapes providing backdrop to a story read by a kick ass voice with accompanying surreal artwork.


DRM: What’s next?

BW: More writing. More books. A blog. I just have to find the time. But the writing won’t stop. In the Shadow of the Witch is being released on Halloween this year and then I have to start typing out the draft for Horn and Dagger which is already in the hopper. Lot of work, a lot to do, but I’ve been enjoying it. I just wish the days were longer.
    
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