Anitra DeLorenzo, better known in the literary world as Ladyaslan, made her writing debut in 2007 with Victorian Days and Punk Rock Nights. This quote from a passage in the book should be enough to grab one’s attention: “Red may be bold on lips….but I prefer mine naked, without enhancement, so you know exactly what you are getting.” And there’s plenty more where that came from. Her follow-up, Lipstick and Absinthe, is a collection of Gothic poetry, short stories, and horror erotica, which Anitra dubs as “R-rated.” Due to the abundant favorable reviews those books received, Anitra was invited to be a contributor to the Jamie Collins horror anthologies In the Midnight Hour and Into The Night – A Poetry Anthology.
Being the avid music fan that she is, Anitra has also written about and reviewed some of the most press-worthy indie metal bands currently on the scene. You can check out her article on the band Conquer As They Come in the most recent issue of Gorgeous Freaks Magazine.
Besides her writings, Anitra’s is co-host of the The Asylum Radio Show, whose guests have been from as many branches of the entertainment industry as you’ll see here at Idol Features. In fact, readers of this site can look forward to seeing Anitra’s contributions here in the very near future.
Also a lady with a charitable heart, Anitra donates fifty percent of the proceeds from her Ladyaslan T-shirt sales to Stand for the Silent, an anti-bullying campaign, and the animal sanctuary Wolf Haven International. All accompanying photos to this interview courtesy of Anitra, herself.
CLARA: What other creative endeavors do you enjoy?
LADYASLAN: I basically live in my head sooo I can be a gorgeous painter or a sensual sculptress or a huntress on the prowl for an artistic mate. I enjoy belly dancing and doing TRX workouts and cooking. I LOVE COOKING!
CLARA: Are you a publicity-lover, or publicity shy?
LADYASLAN: Ooooh, very much both. I am more confident behind the keyboard when talking about what I do, but in person, I tend to feel uneasy and blush (laughs), unless I have the full “Ladyaslan” look on as in hair, makeup, and sexy dress. Then, I am just as fine as wine. Usually, I am on the sofa with my yoga pants and tank top. I love music, and I’m always interested in the musical tastes of my friends.
CLARA: Tell me your three favorite songs.
LADYASLAN: Music is my life and my first love there is no way I can just pick three songs, so we shall let my iPod go to shuffle and pick for me: “Boys Of Summer” by Don Henley, “Spine Knife” by Conquer As They Come, “Don’t Change” by INXS, and runner up; “The Man Whole Stole a Leopard” by Duran Duran.
CLARA: What song best describes your life?
LADYASLAN: Perhaps it’s the Eagles’ “Life In The Fast Lane,” The Doors’ “L.A. Women,” “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran, Prince & The Revolution’s “The Beautiful Ones,” White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human,” and some of AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock.” Let’s mash those up and taa daaa! That would describe my life because my life isn’t one dimensional, so there can’t be just one song. I am sure I could pick many more.
The Glamorous, Dangerous Romance Section
CLARA: What do we buy there?
CLARA: Which celebrity would you most like to star with in a romantic movie?
LADYASLAN: Norman Reedus and we will need to warm up A LOT and I am a perfectionist soooo we may need many, many, many takes …but don’t worry, I am up for it. I won’t let you down!
LADYASLAN: Well, we are off to the UK to shoot at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Not so much a private island, as the UK is HUGE, but more of an area of historic houses, gardens, mills, coastlines, forests, farmlands, moorlands, islands, castles, nature reserves, villages …and pubs. Fountains Abbey is mentioned in my unpublished poem “Paradise on Earth,” written in 2003.
CLARA: What do we find there?
CLARA: Now comes the danger. This lovers paradise has an unforeseen danger. What is it?
LADYASLAN: A poltergeist and a cursed fog rolls in over the moors. Good thing one of the lovers is a witch and the other is a vampire. I hope they survive (evil smirk).
CLARA: Naturally, this danger imperils the love of your life. How do you save him?
LADYASLAN: Luckily my great gran was part of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and I have her book of shadows. Well, more like pieces of paper in a shoe box. I cast a spell and trust me, it’s a humdinger.
LADYASLAN: Half of my royalties from my book and t-shirt sales go to Stand For The Silent (anti-bully campaign) and Wolf Haven International (wolf preserve). Those are the two. I would half-and-half the million dollars.
CLARA: If you could have your portrait painted by anyone, living or dead, which artist would you choose?
LADYASLAN: Monica Warhol. For obvious reasons, I just absolutely love her!
CLARA: What was the last concert you attended and did you enjoy it?
LADYASLAN: Skinny Puppy and Oh My God, YES I did enjoy it!! Waited a good 30 years to see them! Prior to seeing Skinny Puppy, I met Ogre at a horror convention in Orlando in 2013. What a great guy with amazing musical tastes!
The Personal Touch
LADYASLAN: Well my Gran on my mum’s side practiced and after going to Sunday School and Catholic Church and having the nuns hit me ALL the time, I said I had enough. I knew in my heart there are many paths to spirituality and Pagan ways just made more sense. Wiccan is a good adjective in contrast to saying “I’m a witch,” but all my friends figured that out since day one (laughs). I never had any issues and I don’t speak ill of any church or religion as long as you and the group you are with are good people and want to help humanity become human. In Italy in 2001, Pope John Paul II blessed me it was cool!
CLARA: What do you find most appealing about the horror genre?
LADYASLAN: Well now …specifically the genre from the 50s to mid-90s. I’ve watched some early-2000 horror films, which were pretty good, but the United States is remaking toooo many movies, whilst in a locked vault in some phat producer’s storage unit, sit thousands of scripts hidden away. Ooh the things we could do with those, huh?! But most appealing is really anything with zombies and vampires. That has been my “comfort food,” since I really have no idea what comfort food is. I have “comfort movies.” I love really good handmade special effects and make up and I can appreciate the CG of say, the Harry Potter franchise. Plus, I need tight directing and actors capable to act off one another, not actors trying outdo the other. Lastly the SCORE. Oh my, nothing like some creepy Goblin music in the background.
CLARA: I see that you’re originally from Pittsburgh. Did you spend any time exploring the caves in southwestern Pennsylvania as you were growing up?
CLARA: As a child, what was your favorite ghost story?
CLARA: What is your favorite way to dress up for Halloween?
LADYASLAN: Let’s see, as a lil lass I was always a witch then went to vampire teens. Of course, I was Star from The Lost Boys, and thanks to JK Rowling and Bellatrix LeStrange, I can pull her off in my adult years (laughs) like I know how to adult (laughs). Anyway, the LeStrange character gave me new RESPECT for corsets. Sweet geebus, what level of hell and minion came up with that torture device??
LADYASLAN: Well, I have a thing for fangs and biting (laughs), so vampire, hands down. However, I am not racist. I would entertain a werewolf. They are fluffy!
CLARA: What do you think would happen?
LADYASLAN: Well in my first book, Victorian Days and Punk Rock Nights, I have a short story called “Gothix.” Much inspiration went into that short, so I’d say “read the book” to find out what happens to me and my sexy blonde vampire (laughs). A little bit of trivia: Julian Sands inspired that piece in my first book, as well.
CLARA: The heroine of my upcoming book, “Whispers,” is a ghost hunter. Would you spend a night ghost hunting with her?
LADYASLAN: Oh, hell yes. I would have to bring my handsome & talented friend Patrick Scheel. I mean a girl needs a guy to hold on to …right?!
CLARA: Have you ever had any paranormal experiences? If so, what were they?
LADYASLAN: I wrote “Pennsylvania Haunting” in Lipstick & Absinthe and that prose is a take on what I thought I saw in the field behind my childhood home one dusky evening and I am convinced I saw the Moth Man in my window looking at me in 1979. Then, some days later, Three Mile Island exploded. Something to think about!
Reach Out & Touch Someone
CLARA: Where can readers get more information on you?
LADYASLAN: At my official webpage, the Victorian Days and Punk Rock Nights Facebook page, Instagram, Soundcloud and I’m on Twitter.
CLARA: Where can readers purchase your work?
LADYASLAN: I have an author page on Amazon just look up Ladyaslan and my Official Webpage has a purchase link. Barnes & Noble online, just take my ISBN # and order from any book store.
CLARA: Any other links readers might find useful?
LADYASLAN: Yes, I have some amazing and talented friends. PLEASE check out what they have to offer, too! Conquer As They Come (Rock/Metal band), Scheel (Guitarist), Kim Acrylic (poet), and Gorgeous Freaks Magazine.
CLARA: Thank you so much for joining me, Anitra! Best Wishes on all your future endeavors!
Ladyaslan’s writings and poetry at Amazon: