Author Alicia Cole lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where she is the editor of “Priestess & Hierophant Press,” a publisher of speculative fiction. Alicia is also a visual artist and writer who has appeared in “Asimov's” and is forthcoming in “The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom” and “The Clockwork Cat.” Moreover, Alicia has further embraced the world of entertainment via her new album 'Darkly Told' which melds poetry with melodies.

Recently, she spoke about her experiences working in the creative fields, especially in regard to releasing her first album:

Blasting News (BN): When was your company started and why was the name chosen?

Alicia Cole (AC): My company was started in May 2015. I chose the name “Priestess & Hierophant” for the concept of magical balance inside of every individual. It's a masculine/feminine concept, and the knowledge of how to create art in balance.

I'm hoping “Priestess & Hierophant” will draw a depth of work exploring how writing, fine art, and the esoteric arts can breathe new life into humanity.

BN: What can listeners expect to hear on you album?

AC: A combination of recorded poetry and a dark electronic orchestral score. The eight poems, chosen for their treatment of traditional and modern/post-modern themes of horror and human fragility, lay together into one long operatic piece.

'Darkly Told' can be listened to in three ways: the full composition, poetry only, or music only. I wanted listeners to be able to hear the component parts, something I enjoy myself. I hope to engage listeners in questioning the meaning of "dark" and what it means to tell personal horror stories.

BN: Do you plan to expand into other projects soon?

AC: I'm actively working on acquiring the next title for “Priestess & Hierophant” and putting together an online journal component.

The website has full submission guidelines for both print and online.

BN: How did you think up the idea for 'Darkly Told'? What was the production process like?

AC: In December 2014, I was itching to put together a unique and different compilation for publication. The idea of recorded poetry with an electronic score came to me. I spent months getting the team together. The process was fascinating, like leading a symphony or a team; you have to work with each individual to make certain the final piece is as perfected as possible.

BN: What has been the most rewarding part?

AC: The World Horror Con launch was amazing but the critical response has been most rewarding. Listeners are really finding something different.

BN: Where do you hope to be in ten years?

AC: I hope to have published several more “Priestess & Hierophant” titles and been published elsewhere myself. There's a poetry manuscript that I'm hoping to see in print.

I want to return to education within ten years and earn an Educational Psychology diploma and a Doctorate. Having an art show would be great too!

BN: What advice would you give to someone who is striving to enter the entertainment industry?

AC: Go with your gut. When you're ready and have an excellent idea, run with it. Don't spend too much money; do a limited run, something affordable. This is a for-the-love as well as for-the-profit business. You don't need any formal education; if you've gotten consistently positive feedback from your contemporaries don't waste your money on a degree -- unless it's your passion driving you to do so, then it's not a waste.

BN: Are there any upcoming events that you want to mention?

AC: You can find me at the Flying Monkey Arts Fair at Lowe Mills in Huntsville, Alabama, every Saturday. I sell 'Darkly Told' and do tarot card readings as well as sell jewelry and other artwork.

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