Jason V Brock is a writer, artist, composer, filmmaker and polyhistor. Originally hailing from Charlotte, NC, Brock has traveled expansively, living in Seattle, Los Angeles and the Portland, OR area, but he feels most at home in Europe (Firenze, Praha, Paris or Wien). He is a liberal and an atheist with Hindu and Buddhist leanings.
Though trained as a photographic Product Specialist, his interests are varied: astrology, reading, vegetarianism/animal rights/health, herptiles, computers, science, psychology, virology, movies and music — especially 1970’s era Prog Rock: Yes, King Crimson, [early] Genesis and so on. He has eclectic tastes, however, and, in addition to most Classical, Swing, Noise/Industrial, Bluegrass, Film Soundtracks and Jazz, he also adores David Bowie, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Naked City/John Zorn, Mahavishnu, Chrome, Last Exit, The Clash and NoMeansNo, to name but a few.
As guitarist/singer/writer for his bands, ChiaroscurO and Graft, he played live extensively, compiling a large selection of original musical material: more than 80 songs/improvisations. His compositions are often complex, dark and heavy, using exotic instrumentation, a schizoid mixture of melodious hooks and avant-garde structure. He now performs his own film soundtracks.
Pertaining to his cinematic resume, he is the Producer/Director of multiple documentaries: The AckerMonster Chronicles, about Forrest J Ackerman, includes interviews with Ray Harryhausen, Dan O’Bannon, Joe Dante, John Landis, et cetera. Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man showcases (among others) Ray Bradbury, William F. Nolan, Harlan Ellison and Richard Matheson. Finally, Image, Reflection, Shadow: Artists of the Fantastic features H.R. Giger, Ernst Fuchs, Roger Dean, Robert Williams and J.K. Potter and more of the greatest artists now living. A few of Brock’s film influences: O’Bannon, Cronenberg, Romero, Hitchcock, Buñuel, Kurosawa, Brakhage, Corman, Scorsese, Stone, Welles, Argento.
Brock’s principal literary motivators include: Borges, Lovecraft, Kafka, Serling, Chayefsky, Bataille, Faulkner, Vonnegut, Barth, Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Orwell, Arthur Miller, Shakespeare, Dante, Shelley, Homer, Poe, Robbe-Grillet, Richard Selzer, and the Southern California Sorcerers (Nolan, Beaumont, Johnson, Matheson, Tomerlin, Bradbury, et al). His art/poetry book, Totems and Taboos, was published in 2005 to excellent reviews. His writing has appeared in Carnival Macabre, A Darker Vision, Calliope, Ethereal Tales, New Dawn Fades, Dark Discoveries and in the charity anthology Animal Magnetism.
He has had several gallery showings of his art/photography, and counts Bosch, Brueghel, Michelangelo, Wrightson, Fuchs, Botticelli, Wolfgang Grasse, Dali, Beksinski, Böcklin, Vesalius, the EC Comics artists, Francis Bacon, Minor White and Helmut Newton within his myriad inspirations. His graphic design background was well utilized when he worked for Morris Costumes, assisting with their enormous product catalog. His photos/artwork have also appeared in Dark Discoveries, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Spectrum Magazine, and Brock was featured artist for A Darker Vision five months in a row.
His wife and soul mate, Sunni (a talented writer and cook), live with their reptile brood in Southern California and Vancouver, WA. He is currently deep in the production of a short story collection, CDs of his bands, screenplays and several novels.
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