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The silly and sleepless Mistress McCutchan, otherwise known in the real world simply as Laura, created Morbid Outlook in August of 1992, while still a gothling in high school.

She is a full-time, senior web designer, DJ, and director of The Serpentina North Ensemble. She is vegan, but not one of the pushy ones. When not on the road or working like a maniac, she can be found becoming one with the couch, especially if Three’s Company is on.
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Ten Questions with The Vampire Beach Babes
Mistress McCutchan
I really enjoy music, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I want to read about it. If you think band interviews/reviews are a tedious read, try writing one! I thought it would be much more interesting to gain insight on the people behind the music with just ten little questions, straight from the artists to you...

1) Chocolate or vanilla?
Baron Marcus: Oh, is there any question? Option 1 Yes – Option 2 Yes – AND the sublime chaos of the great beyond: strawberry. Therefore, Neapolitan of course!
Bunny: Chocolate or vanilla what, exactly?
2) Do you have any pets and what are they?
Baron Marcus: I am the loving and semi-absentee father of a beautiful bratty little Siamese kitty called Attila (the Honey Bun). I love her dearly. She just had her 12th birthday and got stoned on catnip. Her human mummy is my best friend.
Bunny: 4 turtles, 1 snake, 2 goldfish, The Colony (sea-monks), a snail the size of my fist... and a Baron.
3) Favourite place to visit?
Baron Marcus: I attended a private boy’s boarding school in Peterborough, Canada, a lifetime ago. There are deep and magical forests on the campus property. Haunted and enchanted, I visit them in my dreams, and once in a while drop by.
Being a Vampire Beach Babe, I have two favourite beaches. One is Wasaga Beach in Ontario and the other is Melbourne Beach in Florida. Melbourne is a wildlife sanctuary a few kilometres south of the NASA Kennedy Space Centre.
Bunny: One summer I found a rocky outcrop that went about thirty feet into a lake in Northern Ontario. Just a long finger of rock and when you get to the end you can’t see the bottom of the lake. It’s eerie, dark and peaceful. Everywhere you look nature’s looking right back at you. At dawn giant catfish pass slowly into the shallows to feed, and cruise out when the sun is up. Dozens of turtles, small as hamburgers, big as wheelbarrows, they check you out and even sit on you. Dragonflies as long as your hand copter about snatching gnats out of the air. It’s all very tranquil and deliberate.
4) Favourite article of clothing?
Baron Marcus: My style is changing lately. I adore my leather, but I have been taken by the distopian cyber-goth designs coming out of Trip NYC, Lip Service and Plastic Wrap. After so many years of wearing only custom designed pieces, I am delighted to be getting excited about what is on the rack. My favourite piece right now is a long black rave skirt by Trip NYC. Black chains and buckles all over, like a priest-frock of some future distopian inquisition.
Bunny:Thigh-high PVC belted boots... of DEATH! They make me, like, 7 feet tall. I tower over you in shiny, plastic-footed glory.
5) Favourite piece of art?
Baron Marcus: Oh god – I’m sorry, I have spent more than an hour pondering this question and I simply don’t know where to begin. There is an early medieval German folk song, “Aber die Musizi” that resounds powerfully in my life. Is an ancient folk song “art”? I don’t think I like the word “art”.
Bunny: I love math art. 3D fractals, singularity knots, and vort images, things like that. Code, science, made art.
6) If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?
Baron Marcus: Ha ha, most members of the Vampire Beach Babes actually have been rendered in comic form at one point or another. If not Baron Marcus, then definitely a cross between Bugs Bunny and the blue-haired Jill Bioskop of the The Nikopol Trilogy.
Bunny: I am a cartoon character. But I’d like to have super-powers. Ah... definitely the Freakazoid.
7) What are you most likely to be doing at 3 am?
Baron Marcus: Composing, carousing, debaucherizing or meditating.
Bunny: Don’t you mean who? No, really, I’m kidding. Pouring ketchup all over myself and staging gory death-scenes for my photo-blog. Don’t look at me like that.
8) Age you lost your virginity?
Baron Marcus: I was very innocent at 20. It was to a beautiful older French woman.
Bunny: Well at least you didn’t ask if I AM one. 19.
9) What piece of advice would you give to a teenager?
Baron Marcus: When you are young, you have dreams and are short on reality. When you are older you have reality and might be short on dreams. Reality, money, power – they all come with time inevitably. The secret is to work to keep the dreams alive. The more you give, the more you will have. And most importantly, never, never, never take advice.
Bunny: Don’t give a flying f**k what anyone your age thinks about you now. Do what you want, wear what you want, listen to what you want. When you grow up, you’ll be happy. One day you’ll run into someone who spent their life trying to be “accepted”. They won’t be.
10) What are you most proud of to date?
Baron Marcus: I am most proud to be a part of a world where, evidently, eventually, love does conquer all.
Bunny: Using only one expletive in this whole interview! That’s f**king AMAZING for me.
Check out The Vampire Beach Babes’s site at vampirebeachbabes.com for news and previews of their new material.