Notes From the Underground: P. Emerson Williams

by James Curcio on 2006-06-25 22:23:13 tags: p emerson williams

P. Emerson Williams was known in the early Nineties Goth scene as the artist in residence at Ghastly magazine and illustrator for many other Goth and occult publications, including Isolation, PhantaZmagoria, Esoterra and Isten Magazine. His illustrations have been collected in the books Enshroud and Panic Pandemic, the latter including a double CD album by his Industrial Black metal project, Choronzon. Peter’s vocal and various instrumental stylings adorn many soon-to-be-released tracks on James Curcio’s collaborative album subQtaneous: Some Still Despair In A Prozac Nation.

He stretched the boundaries of Goth with Veil of Thorns and Beyond Flesh, and originated Industrial Black Metal with Choronzon. He has explored musical ideas further working in films, starting with contributions to the soundtracks and scores for the movies Damnatus and Haunt. Most recently he released F. W. Murnau classic Nosferatu with an hypnotic and appropriately creepy score.

Mr. Williams was out of the public eye for a few years during which he went more deeply into his occult studies. This period of study and meditation was ended with the release of Era Vulgaris and Psychosis Ex Machina, the second and third Choronzon albums, and a collaboration with Leilah Wendell on Necromance, an art book based on artists’ representations of the personification of death was published by Westgate press in 2003. He has exhibited his paintings in Norway, Scotland, England, Boston, New Orleans and Florida.

He did pencils and inks for Chasing The Wish book one, and is presently working on pencils for the second half of Fas Ferox episode one.

Given P. Emerson Williams extensive track record of cross-medium and genre art over the past thirty years, it is likely he will become an underground legend. This may have occurred already, yet given his reclusiveness, it’s unlikely he would notice. Nevertheless on May 20, 2006, he was tracked down by fellow artist James Curcio, where they discussed the role of the artist, religion, misanthropy and past and present projects…

Full interview here to preserve format.