Testimonials and Press
"Beautiful!" David Mack, renowned sequential artist of Kabuki, Daredevil, Dexter, and much more.
“Brutal, darkly funny, and, above all, honest.” Powell’s Books 'Short List', on the short stories that were later edited and re-written into the full novel form of Party At The World's End.
"A progressive fictional universe created by a wickedly talented scribe... Philip K Dick might have company someday..." Brooke Burgess, the Creator of award-winning flash animated graphic novel Broken Saints.
"A stick of dynamite strapped to reality." Scenery Zine.
"Philadelphia-based writer James Curcio's novels resemble strange and intricate life stories, bubbles of fiction floating in the depths of the collective subconscious. Occasionally they rise to the surface and burst into the conscious mind, releasing dreamscapes where fantasy merges with the mundane. Demigods cavort with goth-punk teenagers. Ambivalent authority figures lord over underground networks. Pseudo-shamanic rituals and sex magick abound." Reality Sandwich.com interview.
Since its release, Clark: A Gonzomentary has received acclaim from critics, won the Outstanding Lead Actor Award in a comedy or mockumentary and Outstanding Writing by The 2013 LA Web Series Festival for its original web series, while received an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at the sixth annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival for its full-length feature version.
In 2012, Clark: A Gonzomentary was given a four-star review and deemed "a gonzomentary truly realized" by Film Threat.
"...talk about sprawling into myriad realms and building three albums simultaneously!" Jared Louche, front-man and mastermind, Chemlab, Covergirl.
"As the title might imply, Murder The World is an incredibly dark trip, one might even say a completely nihilistic one." Carpe Noctum Magazine, on Murder The World.
"The sheer power of some of the 9 tracks on this under 38 minute album is apt to blow you away, at least instrumentally. If you like bands like Die Krupps, Orgy, KMFDM, Electric Hellfire Club, etc., you might enjoy this." Chain DLK, on EgoWhore.
"Hoodoo Engine doesn't fall in with the rest of the "We're so industrial we shit hot rivets" crowd. For a six man collaborative from west Philly they've done a fine job of providing the listener with a nice dose of their angst producing what, in my opinion, is a unique bundle of aural stimulation that either makes you move or makes you scratch your head - then makes you give it another go-round or 10. " Details Tick Media.
"A very thought provoking and unusual book, Join My Cult! twists emotions and provides an uncanny, yet quirky insight into cult sociology and cultural immersion, as well as a study in progressive insanity. 5 out of 5." Jewels Marcel, JIVE magazine.
"This is a book to be savored, to puzzle over, to re-read, and on which to meditate. This has the potential to expand current concepts of 'books' as individual art forms." Brian Shields, Broadcast Journalist (presently with Channel 4, KRON-TV in San Francisco).
"James Curcio has created a lunatic narrative that haunts and teases with the promise of revelations to come." Philip H. Farber, author of FutureRitual: Magick for the 21st Century.
"Tie yourself securely in the chair -- the power is about to be turned on." Dr. Christopher Hyatt, author of The Psychopath's Notebook, the Black Books, Undoing Yourself, and many more.
"Join My Cult! reads like a stroboscopic MTV docu-drama of Ulysses and Illuminatus!" Peter Carroll, author of PsyberMagick, Liber Null and Liber Kaos: The Psychonomicon.
"This book kicks major ass!" Phil Hine, author Condensed Chaos.
"Generation Hex reasserts the essential place of magic in our interaction with the universe." Genesis P-Orridge, cultural engineer.
"Your invitation to the party that might just bring the house down." Grant Morrison, author The Invisibles and The Filth.
"The presentation is artistically exciting and deeply cool. I cannot wait to see how the world of Fas Ferox will feel when it arrives on our computer screens, for people to interact with, to explore, to inhabit." Neil Gaiman, New York Times Bestselling author of Sandman, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and many others.
"Anna Young and her team are pulling off a modern miracle: a 21st Century mythology worthy of the term." Warren Ellis, controversial cult favorite, politically charged author of Crooked Little Vein & Transmetropolitan.
- Compulsive Reader (2014): Short interview about Party At The World's End.
- Dragon Con Panel (2013): The Transmedia of Tomorrow. With Damian Williams and David Metcalfe.
- Conversation with Elizabeth Spann Craig (2011) about "why we write" on her award-winning blog.
- English-language version of Dark Entries Magazine (2011) interview about HoodooEngine's recent release "EgoWhore" and upcoming release "Murder The World."
- Living in Stories (2010) Planetshifter interview, focusing on the Immanence of Myth project.
- Interview with John Wisniewski (2009) covering Join My Cult!, Fallen Nation (now the Fallen Cycle), subQtaneous, and hints of upcoming projects.
James talking about the Modern Mythology project.
- Audio: Solipsistic NATION (2011) interview with James and Johan of Hoodoo Engine, also featuring interviews and new music with Ogre (Skinny Puppy, Ohgr), and Tim Skold (Manson, KMFDM).
- Audio: Occult Sentinel 32 (2011) interviewed by Joseph Moore about the Immanence of Myth, Clark, HoodooEngine, and more.
- Audio: Generation Hex Launch (2005) party at Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. 72 minutes of the panel discussion about culture, magick, art, and the apocalypse, featuring background music from a variety of related independent acts, including Babalon and Elektroworx and audience interaction. (Post-production by James Curcio.)
- Audio: CLARK (2010) interview with local Philly theatrical podcast with the "cast and crew" of the Gonzomentary "Clark".
- The Gspot Episode 32 the 32nd episode of the Gspot podcast was particularly bizarre. I'll leave it at that. Enjoy.
- Audio: Smallworld podcast (2007) Peter Emerson Williams (Choronzon, Veil of Thorns) and James Curcio talk about the production process behind subQtaneous: Some Still Despair In A Prozac Nation with bazooka Joe on the long-running podcast Smallworld.
- Audio: G-pod (2004) James talked with Joseph Matheny (Galt's Ark, Ong's Hat) about Join My Cult!, and the binaural technology and hypnosis techniques embedded in its chaotic contents.