A Slenderman Musical Release Date: Tues. Oct 20th!

A Slenderman Musical by Paul Shapera

Barring any insane circumstances, A Slenderman Musical will be released on Bandcamp on Tues. Oct 20th. Itunes and Amazon will follow on about the 25th. Mark your calenders. Just in time for Halloween. (which was always the plan)

We’re down to our last vocalist, the wonderful Tiffany Williams recording her parts this weekend. I forgot to have Lauren do one 4 second spoken bit, so she’ll also do that this Monday (maybe one other 5 second bit too). Oliver Marsh, who plays Samuel is done. Jeff Simms, the harmonizer for the Redneck Chorus (we’ll talk about that tomorrow. It’s the version of the Greek chorus i use for this piece) is done. Rachel Hughes is done. Matthew Broyles has his guitar parts all finished… i’m really just cleaning up the tracks now. (Although i cannot tell you how long THAT takes. I can write an entire track in 3 days but spend the next 3 months cleaning it up).

It’s long. The running time is 2 hours. I try to make these things 90 minutes, but ever since Dolls that keeps growing and growing. I couldn’t make this shorter. I recommend listening to it in Acts.

There are 3 Acts.

Anyway, get the word out, any and all help spreading awareness across the internet is GREATLY appreciated. Like, hugely.

All my love to you, my sweets. Soon. Soon we shall be together again… in strange and inappropriate ways.

Until then…

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Samuel (Get Back, Devil) From A Slenderman Musical

Featuring the always marvelous Oliver Marsh

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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


Entropy from A Slenderman Musical

Yes. More.

Featuring Jeff Simms, Vocals

and Matthew Broyles, Distortion Guitar

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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


Possession from A Slenderman Musical

Here is a nice, easy shareable song from the upcoming Slenderman Musical. You wanna help build some interest in the upcoming album? I’d sure appreciate it. If you were inclined you could share this song. Help get the word around.

Featuring Lauren Osborn.

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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


Listen To Act 1 of A Slender Man Musical

Ah the hell with it, you wanna listen to the first act of the Slender Man Musical? Here it is. Not complete, a song is missing (which is irrelevant to this act’s story) and i’m still fiddling with some details, but as a demo version, it’s fine for listening.

I’ve agonized over the best way to present some preview tracks for the album. The thing is, some of my favorites tracks to preview aren’t ready yet. Others are crucial to the story and i’m loath to present them out of context.

As an advance preview, i figure i might as well throw out the 1st act demo. Listen, enjoy… it gets a lot weirder after this act, but this act is clear and grounded and serves as a nice enough teaser. Because it’s an advance teaser, there are no printed lyrics. The finished album will, and this is a first, also come with a synopsis, but once again, not now.

Listen. Enjoy. The finished album will be released in somewhere less than a month. Late October. No official date yet, but late October if things stay on track.


Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


Cover For The Slender Man Musical Album?

I am currently seeking a cover for the Slender Man Musical.

Unless i’m hiring someone specific (like the amazing Stefan Paris) i often pick art by perusing Deviant Art and if i find someone sending the artist a note asking if i can buy it and use it. I’ve had trouble finding something i really like this time, although i found ONE thing that i believe can work. However, i would like some other options.

Does anyone know someone (or IS someone) who would like to design cover art for the Slender Man album cover?

I will pay them $100 for their art.

To be clear: i don’t want anything that is flat out “horror”. If you know my operas or my fairy stories, think of those. They are weird. They are creepy sometimes. But they’re not… some straight out horror thing. Neither is this. It uses some horror tropes, but it’s really just a strange, amusing and at times touching story (with some really weird bits). It’s not metal or anything one might consider outright HORROR so i don’t want to advertise HORROR in any hard core manner. Ya’ll know my stuff. It’s like that.

This is the image i’m leaning towards, but i haven’t bought it yet:

Before i commit i just wanted to throw it out there in case someone thinks they have an idea that would also work or knows someone who would.

I AM OPEN TO IDEAS. Nothing hard core and nothing cartoony.

So let me know, otherwise i will probably go with this one. (It’s a great image).


Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized


Post Album Psychotherapy

Some time after each of my operas is released i go back and look at it and try to discover why i made it and what my subconscious was actually saying. Why did i REALLY some up with those characters and put them in those scenarios?

I find that my stories usually have some personal, hidden meaning that i hadn’t realized when i first made it.

I first discovered this a few years ago when i found an old OLD musical i had made when i was very young, Karavan. I listened to it for kicks and giggles. It was pretty painful as the quality really went up and down, but what i found most interesting is that iw as able to see what was in that album that had been in my subconscious. U found issues of my stugglign with different aspects of myself based on my idea of gender roles from my mom and dad. Nothing they taught, but what i had absorbed through watching them as a child. The male just wanted to escape and the female was all business, the one who drove forward. I saw how i had viewed the world at that age and a bunch of other interesting insights.

It was after i released the Dieselpunk opera that i realized something so obvious, i can’t believe i hadn’t been aware of it the entire time. I hadn’t.

I conceived the 1st act of the Dieselpink shortly after my natural father John died. I had only met a few years ago, just 3 years before his death. Meeting him was surreal and his death wasn’t… upsetting as such since i really had just met him and he wasn’t in any way an influence on my growth, but it was a trip to deal with.

I had created this character, John who was estranged from his family, as this man was. He had abandoned his wife and son when the boy was 4. This boy was NOT me, but a half brother i had found about only a short time before i met John. John’s abandonment of the boy haunted him the rest of his life. He had impregnated ANOTHER woman the same year just a few months before he left his wife and son, and THIS was my natural mother who gave me up for adoption.

I had looked for my natural father casually throughout my life, and had gotten in touch with his sister, Patsy hwo had been looking for him for years. John was still missing at this point, but Patsy and i bonded.

Patsy is Jackie. A lot.

Patsy eventually found John and after all these years who reunited with her estranged brother. They had never been close growing up, but as the years passed she became more and more set on finding her long lost brother. She did, and told him about my existence (he had never known). I wrote him a letter and asked to meet him for a single weekend. I flew to Vancouver Canada and spent a single weekend with him which was… extREMELY interesting. Extremely. And weird. REALLY fucking weird.

All this is in the Dieslepunk opera and you’d have though i’d have seen it, but no. I just came up a story and made it and only later realized why that story and why those characters.

So i do this ow after every album.

The Room Beneath New Albion i figured out is a statement on my completing the New Albion Trilogy. I am Alice, who was chipping away at my art in vain, unknown, unlistened to, afraid i would die without ever having achieved any type of success. (This was why Annabel, too.) But i made the New Albion albums and suddenly my entire career changed. People discovered it (like Alexander being shown the Room) and if i had achieved nothing else in this life, i had made this thing of beauty. I had also connected with real people, who actually cared about it (hence the bond and kiss between Alex and Alice at the end.) Viewed from this lens, the story become obvious.

Slender Man we shall see, but in looking at it already, it’s obvious how much having a new baby influenced it, although in a totally weird and fucked up way. I’m not fucked up over the baby, i love him, but there’s a whole of weird shit that is very much me having fun playing with a shadow consciousness side of it and expelling it bu putting it in the opera. I’m sure i’m missing several insights i won’t see until it’s well past done.

So yeah, after every album is done and put to rest, i find there’s some weird psychotherapeutic insights i get looking back at it and trying to see why these characters and why these situations. Nothing comes from nothing. You get ideas from SOMEwhere and many times its from the subconscious and there are reasons you cannot see at the time.

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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


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