“Human Hair Vampire Bat”
human hair
Christian Baloga
2014

 

Throughout history, human hair and its diverse styles have served as important cultural signifiers, symbolizing wealth, status, and health. The moment it’s detached from the human body, however, it becomes grotesque, often manifesting decay, loss, and repugnance.

This conditional perception of beauty is what inspired this sculpture, and a host other pieces in my future art exhibit currently titled “Christian Baloga: The Beauty of Grotesque,” that will be held sometime later this year.

Stitching this hairy life-size sculpture of a Common Vampire Bat took roughly seventy five hours. Just think about how much blood can be indulged upon in that time!

Expect more, but not all, posts from this exhibition every couple weeks or so.

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Wake the Wicked Eyes Opening CoverOne year ago yesterday, on December 21, 2012, “Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales” was first published in eBook format!

There’s no better time than this to extend my sincerest thanks to those who have supported and brought this incredible endeavor to life.

To those who attended the book signing, wrote insightful reviews to help potential readers, suggested the book to others, or read the book out of morbid curiosity, I thank you! I could’ve never imagined how successful this bizarre collection of short stories would become.

I’ve learned more than I could’ve imagined on this yearlong roller coaster ride and it’s made me as passionate about story telling as ever!

Thank you again for creeping along with me, dear reader. I look forward to many more years of success. Stay tuned.

I was fortunate to be interviewed by The Wood Word, Marywood University’s official student newspaper, about my writing experiences and my first book, Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales. Much to my surprise, there was even a quote from one of my professors! Click the picture below, or here, to read the complete interview.

The Woodword

'Local authors hold book signing'

Photo of article published Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in the Times Leader newspaper, page 2C.

If you weren’t able to pick up the Times Leader newspaper today, you can read the full article about our recent Barnes & Noble book signing online here.

I was thrilled to do another interview between Victoria Craven, admin of The Autodidact In The Attic, and me! Check it out and follow her:

Want more? Check out a past interview here, about Dancing With Death, a Facebook page devoted to Halloween culture.

Also, read her substantive book review of Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales here.

Weekender Book Review

Photo of review pictured above. Read on for text taken from The Weekender Newspaper review.

BOOK REVIEW: Local author spins 13 ‘Wicked’ tales

October 31. 2013 1:37PM
By Sara Pokorny

It’s that time of year for things that are delightfully twisted – and a local author’s 13-story compilation falls nothing short of that description. Continue reading »

“Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales” was written by Harveys Lake resident Christian Baloga. The book was published in e-form late last year and recently hit the shelves as a compact paperback, complete with illustrations to highlight some of the gorier [sic] images conjured up by some of the tales.

“Wicked” doesn’t quite fit under the horror genre – bizarro fiction seems to fit the bill more. In the tales, we meet a vengeful hive of wasps, as well as some birds who are not too pleased with humans, split Siamese twins with a connection unlike any other, and a doll that’s the total opposite of cuddly.

Baloga’s stories each start off as somewhat normal – a situation you could picture yourself in on any given day – and then veer off into totally different territory. It’s startling, and it leaves readers with a feeling of unease and questions of, “Did that just really happen?”

Such stories that induce this frame of mind for the reader are “Unraveling the Nest,” where a pregnancy goes terribly awry, and “Birds of Prey,” where Baloga proves that absolutely no one is safe from an ill fate.

Though it can be argued that leaving some things left to the imagination is the way to go when playing with horrific thoughts, there’s also something to be said about spelling it out plainly for the reader – which is exactly what Baloga does. Every little detail is put forth . . . it mostly throws the reader right into the middle of the action. (I dare you to try and not pay attention to every single shadow you see flit across a dimly lit room after reading “Poison Ivy.”) . . .

“Wake the Wicked” delivers on giving readers a sense of uncomfortable terror, keeping them looking over their shoulders long after the book is shut.

I’m so thankful for this Wake the Wicked book review by Victoria Craven from The Autodidact In The Attic. It’s substantive, sincere, and thought-provoking—everything an author could dream of!

 

 

Want more? Check out the author interview between her and me here.

‘Headspace,’ Portrait Illustrations

On November 23, 2013, in Art, Horror / Weird, Illustration, by Christian Baloga

“Headspace”
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Christian Baloga
2013

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My First Barnes & Noble Book Signing [PHOTOS]

On November 16, 2013, in Books, Wake the Wicked, Wicked Events, by Christian Baloga

Barnes & Noble recently hosted a “Local Author Booksigning Panel,” featuring authors from Northeastern Pennsylvania, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them!

Featured authors, from left, are Barbara Gavlick Hartnett, Christian Baloga, Richard Cobb, and Jeff Davis.

Thank you all for supporting us at The Arena Hub Barnes & Noble book signing on November 7, 2013! I could’ve never imagined the amount of rousing energy that would be passed between one person and the other at an event like this. It was so uplifting!

My First Book Signing!

On November 2, 2013, in Books, Horror / Weird, Uncategorized, Wake the Wicked, Wicked Events, by Christian Baloga

Thursday November 07, 2013 6:00 PM
Wilkes-Barre
The Arena Hub, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, 570-829-4210

B&N Book Signing

My literary agent worked his magic and hooked me up with a last minute book signing at Barnes & Noble this coming Thursday at The Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA where I will be signing the Wake the Wicked. Click here for complete details.

Note: Because it was booked at the last moment, you might notice my name is missing from the panel and promotional material, but I’ll be there.

Hope to see you!

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