there any particular figures in the mask world you admire?
“figures” do you mean like Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Elvira…?
Any trendsetters, industry movers and shakers, dead or alive?
guess I really admire everybody who makes masks to some extent. As
for trendsetters, Don Post, Pat Newman, and Verne Langdon were the
pioneers. I’m not sure mask collecting as we know it today would
exist if it hadn’t been for their efforts back in the 1960s.
will masks evolve in the future?
DL: In the future we won’t have latex masks.
We’ll have virtual masks. They’ll be projected three-dimensional
opaque-looking holograms that will be projected to cover your entire
head. They’ll move with your real head. They’ll be transmitted
from a little wire you’ll wear around your neck. That will solve
the problem of not being able to breathe or talk as well with a mask
on, because there won’t really be anything there; just a
projection. There will be a tiny button on the wire right in front,
to turn the mask on and off. No more casting, seaming and painting
every time somebody orders a mask. We’ll just have one prototype
and photograph it as a hologram each time somebody orders one. Of
course it will be costly for collectors because they’ll have to keep
all those projections going all the time in order to maintain what
looks like a collection. There will have to be AC wall adapters for
virtual masks in addition to the terminals to run them off
batteries. Some guys will be trying to perfect the ultimate Michael
Myers mask hologram. And I don’t think this theory of mine is made
any less valid by the fact that I just now made it up.
will all the great horror hotel rubber go if it outlasts you?
if you’re nice to me, I’ll remember you in my will. Or maybe there
will be a really strange Estate Sale here one day, after I finally
die and stay dead. But really, you can just steal the masks you
want from me after I’m dead. I won’t care. Unless you’re the one
who killed me, that is. Then I’d care. Then you’ll be found lying
in your bed with your throat torn out, and next to your body will be
an Alvarez David Lady mask with that mean smirk on its face and
blood on the mouth! Umm…pardon me, I may have gotten a bit carried
are some of your pet peeves?
just the usual ones. Cannibals, gravity, the Internet, cheap
shoelaces, thinly-poured masks, Best Buy employees, people who use
“addy” for “address”. There are a lot of them.
makes you happy?
being nice to me. That, and getting a new mask, and watching scary
movies. I’m sure there are other things but those are the first
answers that popped into my tiny little mind so those are the ones
I’m sticking with. Those, and of course, avoidance of all those
darn Pet Peeves.
you had 10 million dollars, what would you be doing?
Installing good burglar alarms. I’ve always wanted to have
plenty of money…not THAT much, mind you, but enough to not have to
worry about getting by. If I did have more money than I
needed, I don’t think I’d ever get bored. There are so many
things I’d like to make and sculpt and design and write, I’d always
find things to do. I wouldn’t go lie around on a beach
somewhere or something like that; I’d still want to devote my time
to creative projects. I can’t understand it when people say
they’d go nuts from boredom if they didn’t have outside jobs.
There are always cool things I want to do that I know I’ll never
have time for because I stay so busy with the masks, just making
ends meet. So someone else will just have to solve the
mysteries of the space-time continuum.
you didn’t get involved with masks or haunts, what do you see
thing Beethoven, Mozart and Bach are doing right