Evil Expo Interview: Chelsea Goodwin, Author, Radio Host, Personality

Editor’s note: Chelsea answered our interview in all capital letters for clarity. We were going to edit that, but it reminded us so much of Terry Pratchett’s “Death”, who also speaks in all capitals, that we left it in. After all, what better way to reflect a Goth Geek’s words than to pay homage to Death?

Chelsea runs Pine Hill Books with her partner, Rusty Mae. You can find them on Twitter @pinehillbooks.

““I REMEMBER WHEN ALL THIS WILL BE AGAIN.”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

Evil Expo: You’ve had a rich and complex history. Could you tell us some more about yourself?

Chelsea Goodwin: CURRENTLY, I HOST A RADIO SHOW CALLED in goth we trust WHICH AIRS ON  91.3 FM WIOX COMMUNITY RADIO EVERY WED. AND THURS. NIGHT FROM 10-MIDNIGHT AND STREAMS ON WIOXRADIO.ORG.   THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF INTERVIEWING WAS JOHN ASTIN, THE LOVABLE GOMEZ ADDAMS FROM THE TV SERIES.   I HAVE WRITTEN A NOVEL THAT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE CALLED pine hell.   I AM MARRIED TO RUSTY MAE MOORE, I DRIVE A 1961 WILLYS SEDAN DELIVERY WAGON, I HAVE TWO BLACK CATS AND A BLACK DOG AND I SELL BOOKS ONLINE AND AT CONVENTIONS.   RUSTY AND I USED TO MANAGE TRANSY HOUSE, WHICH WAS THE LAST HOME OF STONEWALL LEGEND SYLIVIA RIVERA.  I HAVE BEEN PRIVILEGED TO COUNT AMONG MY FRIENDS QUENTIN CRISP, AL LEWIS, JUSTICE PREVAILS AND OF COURSE THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS HIMSELF,  JEFF MACH.  I ALSO HOST VARIOUS LIVE SHOWS, WORK AS A HORROR HOST AND PERFORM AS A PIANIST FROM TIME TO TIME.

Evil Expo: You’re a part of history for a number of reasons, one of them being your co-proprietorship of Transy House.  How did that get started?

Chelsea Goodwin:  RUSTY AND I BOUGHT THE HOUSE ON 16TH STREET IN BROOKLYN THAT BECAME KNOWS AS TRANSY HOUSE IN 1995.  WE ORIGINALLY SET OUT TO BE A COMMUNAL LIVING EXPERIMENT WITH KNOWN FRIENDS, BUT THE PERPETUAL TRANS HOMELESS SITUATION BEING WHAT IT IS , WE FOUND OURSELVES TAKING IN TRANS PEOPLE, MOSTLY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAD AGED OUT OF THE FOSTER SYSTEM BUT WHO WERE NOT READY TO BE ON THEIR OWN YET, AND DID OUR BEST TO HOUSE THEM AND HELP THEM FIND WORK, GET BACK TO SCHOOL, THAT SORT OF THING.   FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF HER LIFE BEFORE HER DEATH IN FEB. 2001 SYLVIA RIVERA, THE TRANS WOMAN WHO ALONG WITH MARSHA P. JOHNSTON HAD STARTED STAR HOUSE (“STREET TRANSVESTITE ACTION REVOLUTIONARIE”) AND WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE STONEWALL REBELLION LIVED WITH US AT TRANSY HOUSE.   THERE IS A VERY GOOD MOVIE CALLED THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSTON THAT FEATURES RUSTY AND MYSELF, AND SYLVIA AND TRANSY HOUSE THAT I RECOMMEND.  IT CONTAINS QUITE A BIT OF FOOTAGE THAT WAS SHOT BY RUSTY.   INCIDENTALLY WE ARE ALSO FRIENDS WITH THE WRITER RACHEL POLLOCK, AND THE CHARACTER COAGULA WHOSE SECRET IDENTITY NAME IS KATE GODWIN IS A COMPOSITE OF KATE BORNSTEIN AND MYSELF.  I’M RATHER PROUD OF THAT.

Evil Expo: Do you have any messages for fans of today?

CERTAINLY. MY MESSAGE FOR YOUNG GOTH AND HORROR FANS IS TO READ AND WATCH WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON INTELLECTUALLY AND OTHERWISE, TO DRESS WHATEVER WAY MAKES YOU FEEL POWERFUL, TO LISTEN TO ANYTHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE MUSIC TO YOU, AND TO FIND THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD TO BE AROUND.   i ALSO SUGGEST THAT PEOPLE LISTEN TO VOLTAIRE  (THE CUBAN AMERICAN GOTH SINGER) BECAUSE HE’S AN IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHER WHO WRITES VERY FUNNY SONGS THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY LIVE YOUR LIFE BY.

Evil Expo: Who’s your favorite villain?  –or if you can’t choose one, who are some villains you really enjoy?

Chelsea:   MY FAVOURITE VILLAIN(ESS) IS CAT WOMAN BECAUSE SHE IS A PRIESTESS OF BAST, BECAUSE SHE’S A STRONG CAPABLE WOMAN WHO TAKES WHAT SHE WANTS AND STILL HAS A CONSCIENCE AND HER OWN VERY INDIVIDUAL CODE OF HONOURABLE CONDUCT, LOYALTY TO HER FRIENDS AND HER CATS,  AND BECAUSE THE MEN IN HER LIFE INCLUDING THE JOKER AND BATMAN BOTH FIND HER UTTERLY UNPREDICTABLE.  I’VE LOVED EVERY VERSION OF HER THAT I’VE SEEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION  (ESPECIALLY JULIE NEWMAR, LEE MERRIWEATHER AND OF COURSE EARTHA KITT) BUT MY FAVOURITE CAT WOMAN IS THE ONE FROM THE ORIGINAL BOB KANE COMICS OF THE 1940’S.

~CHELSEA

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