July 16, 2020 Author’s Addendum: Liane Langford passed away July 14, 2020. She will always be remembered by family, friends, and I’m sure by fans who had the pleasure of getting to know her, as a warm, bright spirit, who was always a pleasure to be around. After my first interviewer with her, I knew we had only scratched the surface of the wonderful lady’s life and there would be more to come. This is the follow-up to our first interview.
– Chris Charles
After my first interview with Liane Langford, I knew that I’d just scratched the surface and she had a lot more tales to tell. I also knew the best time to for a follow-up interview with her would be during the Halloween season. Her blog post “It Only Comes Once a Year,” and video of her shopping for caskets at Costco (yes, Costco) should save me from having to explain why.
The first thing Liane told me during our most recent conversation, was that she has an upcoming project in the works with our mutual friend and her fellow psychic, Scream Queen Debra Lamb (whom I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing for this site). Going from what preliminary info Liane was willing to give me on that, it should be hilariously awesome that fans of dark humor should love.
Focusing on Halloween-related topics, we talked about such things as the old ladies who gave walnuts and pennies instead of candy when you’d come trick-or-treating, those cheap-o costumes they sold at department stores that tied in the back and had those PVC masks that made you sweat profusely, and her favorite graveyards. Speaking of which, Liane gives this site a shout-out in the above photo taken at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, California ….one of her favorite resting grounds. After the jump are excerpts from my conversation with Liane.
On Her Upcoming Project with Debra Lamb
LIANE LANGFORD: Yes it is Chris and I have a surprise for you. Debra (Lamb) and I are going to be doing this project and it’s going to be called “The Worst.”
CHRIS: The Worst??
CHRIS: Okay, great! I’ll probably be speaking with Debra later about the inclusion of all that here.
LIANE: (Jumping in) No, that was Pig Pen, because he always had dirt rising up all around him …
CHRIS: Mmm yes, but it was Charlie Brown who had the sheet with holes all over it.
LIANE: Was Pig Pen also a ghost?
CHRIS: Oh, yes. (Recalling the “walnut lady” in my neighborhood when I was a kid.)
LIANE: Yes. I think my mother was somewhat of a child herself (laughs). We had this garage where we would put on plays and we would put on horror shows in the garage. So you know, we’d have the dead body on the table and charge five cents for people to come see it. She was very supportive of anything theatrical in nature.
On Halloween Costumes
CHRIS: Ahh, so sort of Goth dead.
LIANE: Oh wow ….I was a teenager and it was Marilyn Monroe’s grave in Westwood Cemetery because I’m such a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe. We had rolling Hills Veteran’s Graveyard in Los Angeles and I had never walked through it and there was a cinema in front that I remember waiting in line to see Star Wars at. Anyway, I remember seeing (her) Marilyn Monroe and seeing the red rose and the walking around and thinking, “oh, my god, I love this place.” So, when I went back East in my early 20s, I went mad for the graveyards there because they go way back. Puritanical graveyards. I went to Salem to visit the grave of the first witch buried. There are a lot of myths about Salem and witches. Like witch hunts, which were done in Europe, not here. That’s more of a touristy thing when you hear about witch hunts in Massachusetts.
On the Paranormal
LIANE: Yes, I’ve actually explored that. I was asked by my agent to do this gig one on Halloween and I dressed in a sari. It was an AIDS benefit being held at Stokes Adobe restaurant. I was one of the tarot readers there. So I walked upstairs and as soon as I sat in my chair, I bolted out of it. I went and got the owner and asked him to come with me. I took him to the room where I was and sat him down
CHRIS: I interviewed another lady who likes to visit places or recorded paranormal activity and infamous happenings. For example the Lizzie Borden house, which is now a bed and breakfast
LIANE: I’ve been in situations with clients where I’ve had to stop the reading. There is a place in Half Moon Bay called the distillery and there was a room and I remember thinking that I had to get out of there. I remember telling somebody there that I saw a body on the floor. The worst and scariest spot I’ve been in has been the Wexler building. There’s a lot of history in that place and a lot of creepy residual shit there too.
LIANE: I actually have a terrible horror story about Thanksgiving, too. I’m not a Thanksgiving person and I hate going to people’s houses on Thanksgiving but we were forced to go. This is whole other discussion, but they (the hosts) wanted us to play Twister …after we ate.
CHRIS: Oh okay, I see where this is going.
LIANE: (Laughs) So it involves Twister and vomiting. I’m getting a lot more involved in the legacy of my family and the more I get into it the more it makes sense why I like what I like and why Halloween is so much more important to me than Thanksgiving or even Christmas. My mother loved holidays. The way she celebrated sort of threw us. You’re talking about the woman with the pink (Christmas) tree, and the woman what has us run in the house to watch Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. She’s set up a whole evening around these events.
LIANE: Steampunk is like Jules Vern, futuristic ….it’s an anachronistic style of dressing and there are really extremists of this, it’s pretty wild. There are many different styles of dress and mine is turn-of-the century, which has a corset all the way up the ribs with metal all around it, and a skirt with ruffles ….and there are like old watch parts on it. It’s a Nicoli Tesla-era kind of feel.
On Vampirism and Witchcraft
LIANE: Yes I have! For over 20 years now. I had a website called Practical Majick and I had photographs of some of my products like a candle called “Why aren’t you dead yet?” Products I made were very simple for people to use. I studied it very in-depth. I would help people I would work with. Maybe they would want love spells or money spells. It’s really fascinating and goes back a long way but when people think of witchcraft, they think of the devil and it really has nothing to do with the devil at all.
“Costco Sells Caskets”
See and read more from Liane at her blog, A Walk in the Dark