Homo-faber.net presents an interview with a Canadian writer and philosopher from Edmonton. is a big fan of the horror genre & metal. The heroes of his books, metalheads, are distinguished by specific and Axl Barnes rather radical views on the world order. Read about past and future works, about the metal stage and many other aspects below.
Do you remember your very first written story? What was the story about?
— I’m originally from Romania. And I wrote some stories in Romanian. And back in 2012 I started writing exclusively in English. But my first story in Romanian was a kind of a zombie story.
Zombies are awesome! What movies and books about zombies do you like the most?
— Most of George A. Romero. Fulci ones. And Contracted and Thanatomorphose. Books: Handling the Undead (John Ajvide Lindqvist) and Cell (Stephen King), and the ones by Brian Keene.
What motivated you to do writing?
— My fiction is character-driven. I like to create characters who are under the spell of some extreme ideology like Satanism or Nazism and record their psychology and violent behavior. For me writing is essentially cathartic, a way to release deep inner tensions and reach a higher level of self-knowledge.
What are you currently working on?
— I’m working on a novel called “This Town Must Burn” about an Anti-Cosmic Satanist who attempts to channel the forces of primordial chaos to lay waste to his hometown, as an act of defiance against God for violently taking away his best friend. It will be an extreme horror novel as it’s inspired by the notions of hatred of all creation and the eradication of the human race central to the destructive Satanic outlook, so there’s no limit to the main character’s depravity and inhumanity.
What about writing a script for the movie? Now quite a lot of writers are engaged in the film adaptation of their own works.
— No, I haven’t tried that so far.
How many works do you have at the moment?
— I have two books. A novella and a novel. «Ich Will» and «Odin Rising».
What is the role of metal in your fiction?
— Extreme metal has a very prominent role in my fiction. All of my protagonists are metalheads. Metal music is an expression of satanic rebellion, of the difference between one’s self and the herd, and that rebellion fuels my writing. In addition, I draw a lot of inspiration from the destructive actions of some musicians who decided to practice what they preach, like Varg Vikernes’ notorious church-burnings and Dissection’s Jon Nödtveidt’s criminal activities as a member of the Misanthropic Luciferian Order and his ritual suicide in the name of Satan.
What are your favorite bands? Was there an idea to write lyrics, for example, for metal bands?
— My fiction is inspired by metal. I like black metal: Inquisition, Watain, Dissection, Behemoth. I wanted to write lyrics for a DSBM band but the collaboration didn’t work out.
Many writers had their own specific rituals. Someone wrote solely standing, only sober or adhered to the rule of “at least a line a day.” Do you have any special rituals or rules for improving your performance?
— No, I just read and write as much as I can every day.
How do you spend your free time? Do you attend local concerts?
— Yeah, metal shows and horror movies.
If we talk about the local metal scene, what bands and features of the local scene can you note?
— Edmonton has a dynamic metal scene. We’re home to the iconic war black metal band Revenge, as well as Idolatry, Rites of Thy Degringolade, Antediluvian, depressive suicidal black metal act The Projectionist, and death metal band Display of Decay. Plus, many towering extreme metal bands stop in Edmonton while on their North-American tours: Watain, Mayhem, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Kreator, Dying Fetus, and many others.
In the history of the heroes a parallel with the collective of Mayhem and Burzum is felt. You are seen to be very inspired by the genre.
— Yeah. The book is inspired by Lords of Chaos a lot.
Movie has left many conflicting reviews. Someone did not like the interpretation of events. Someone is not satisfied with the selection of actors. Varg, for example, spoke out that the story is distorted. But nevertheless the movie itself turned out to be atmospheric. What do you think?
— Oh, i wrote a review about it. I just thought that the portrait of Varg was scum. Decent movie though.
Which of the characters has most excited you?
Do you think the project would be so popular if it were not for the antics of the participants? What sets this music apart from others?
— Hmm, hard to say. The music was pretty original too. But I was more interested in the idelogy and abject violence. But yeah the titled in inspired by Lords of Chaos. And one of the characters has a lot of Varg Vikernes in him. Alex Antonescu.
Thank you for talking. We look forward to your next book.