Dark Stars Rising, a fabulous new book by Shade Rupe featuring scores of interviews with boundary-pushing artists, directors and actors, is out now via Headpress. The book features a venerable group of stars including the great actor Divine (star of John Waters films among others), Tura Sutana (the kung fu kick-ass mama in Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat, Kill, Kill!) and directors like wild man Alejandro Jodorowsky (whose surreal classics include El Topo, The Holy Mountain and the soon-to-be released-on-DVD Santa Sangre). It also features  William Lustig, who helmed cult-classic slasher film Maniac and is the impresario of the sensational Blue Underground DVD and  Blu-ray line dedicated to preserving seminal classics like The Tool Box Murders and Lucio Fulci splatterfests.  Other highlights include chats with Richard Kern, whose brilliant punk films like Fingered with Lydia Lunch defined an era of New York underground film making, as well as Crispin Glover, the actor-turned-director whose roadshow presentations of It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine! and What Is It? continue the tradition of transgressive cinema. A fascinating and insightful interview with author Dennis Cooper, about his unique dark fiction such as Frisk, Closer, Guide, Try and others, is included as well. This is one ferocious read!