Biography

Hello, my name is Nick Diak (or Nicholas Diak). I am appreciative that you’re taking time to read this biography. It’s a weird situation to write about oneself. How do I avoid the pratfalls of sounding too egotistical or like a braggart, but at the same time try to convey a sense of what I do and who I am to you? I like to think of myself as an interesting person, so let’s see if I can illustrate that, but in a humble way.
 
I am an expatriate of the Pacific Northwest, having lived in the shadows of both Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier for over half of my life. I lived in Phoenix Arizona for three years while I attended DeVry University and earned my Bachelors in Computer Information Systems. I would later return to school at the University of Washington (Tacoma) and earn my Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Since that is a mouthful to say, and is actually fairly generic, I usually tell people it is a degree in Film Studies, for I did my thesis on Italian genre director Antonio Margheriti.
 
I currently live in Orange, CA – a stone’s throw away from Disneyland, although I have never been there myself. I am hard at work trying to establish myself as a scholar of sorts on both Italian Genre films along with the neofolk/martial genres of music. While much has been writing about Italian Horror films, such as the films of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, and Mario Bava – the rest of Italian genre films remains relatively untouched and I would love to carve myself a niche in that subject matter. The same can be said as well as the neofolk/martial genre of music. It’s a volatile and controversial genre that is barely understood as well, but it’s an important genre to me and I’d like to be able to write about it as well.
 
My goals – I’d like to get a few journal articles or essays in anthology books out there first, and try and establish myself as a serious academian. And then, perhaps tackle the monumental task of writing a book myself? My other goals are in regards to my professional career of working with systems and data. My first fashion has always been in DB work, which is something imparted to me at DeVry. I excel  at getting systems to talk to each other, knowing data, using visio and other vector graphics tools to make meaningful documentation and creating SQL statements to interact with relational DBs. I'm always looking to expand my knowledge around these avenues.
 
In 2013, through some fluke of nature, I found myself writing lyrics and doing spoken words for my friend Alex Wieser’s music project, Ceremony of Innocence. This is rather strange since music making is not my background at all and if you ask anyone who knows me, my voice is not exactly charismatic. However this opportunity has opened other doors, and I have been invited by other projects to do lyrics or spoken words or both. Though I cringe when I hit the record button, I will say it is flattering to be part of the music scenes that I hold in high regard.
 
In a weird sort of way, because of my interest in exploitation and genre films, coupled with my contributing to industrial/ambient/metal music projects, I am sort of emulating Boyd Rice and Stephen Thrower. So maybe I am becoming a “poor man’s” version of these two established and revered musicians and scholars?
 
Nicholas Diak and Michele Brittany

My girlfriend is Michele Brittany. We met while we were both doing volunteer work at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma, WA back in 2005. She’s a scholar in her own right. We are constantly bouncing around to different events: comic book conventions, book fairs, museums, exhibits, etc. trying to remain as adventurous as possible. We also have 3 cats.
 
So that’s biographic in a nutshell. The next questions would be what am I into? Well…
 
Movies
 
As said, I am a huge movie guy. I used to be an asshole and be a movie snob, but after getting into the Italian genre films, I dropped that elitism like a bad habit. In an alphabetic order, here are some movies I hold in high esteem or are my favourites:
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Amelie
  • Andy Sidaris movies (all of them!)
  • Ark of the Sun God
  • Army of Darkness
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Dark City
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Europa (Lars von Trier film)
  • Godzilla (almost all the films)
  • John Wick
  • Mr. Hulot's Holiday
  • Playtime
  • Scanners
  • Seven Samurai
  • Star Wars (original trilogy!)
  • Suspiria
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Videodrome
  • Wicker Man (original version, not this Nic Cage nonsense)
 
Music
 
Music is pretty important to me – I typically stick with the neofolk, martial, industrial and synthpop styles of music. Some of my favourite bands include:
  • Allerseelen
  • Armageddon Dildos
  • Blood Axis
  • Chandeen
  • Changes
  • Days of the Trumpet Call
  • DE/Vision
  • Death in June
  • Freezepop
  • GosT
  • Honey Ltd.
  • Juno Reactor
  • Kirlian Camera
  • KMFDM
  • Laibach
  • Laura Branigan
  • Miel Noir
  • My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  • OOMPH!
  • Perturbator
  • Porta Vittoria
    ROME
  • Von Thronstahl
  • Welle:Erdball
  • Werkraum
 
Pinups
 
I am a big collector and admirer of pinups along with glamour models and burlesque performers. I take my sketch book to different artists and have pinups drawn in them. My favourites include Bettie Page (of course!), Dita von Teese, Henriette Allias, Miss Victory Violet, Michelle L’amour, etc. I love the photography of Elmer Batters, Helmut Newton, and Herb Ritz.
 
Comic Books
 
I love to read and collect comic books. I don’t really do superheroes, but I do a lot of others. I mostly get graphic novels.
  • 100 Bullets
  • Army of Darkness
  • Cave Woman
  • Danger Girl
  • La Blue Girl
  • Letter 44
  • Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
  • Preacher
  • Robocop
  • Satellite Sam
 
I do a lot of other stuff to, reading books, playing video games, collecting things….
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