Mobirise

about me.

In addition to being an author/artist... I'm also a vegan, pantheist and occasional vocalist.

On my back is a huge tattoo of a Douglas-fir that resides on the Section 36 Loop Trail in Oregon's McDonald Forest. This tree is where I once deposited the ashes of a long-time feline friend.

My Bio.

Stan Maksun is a sci-fi/fantasy/horror author and illustrator, living in Oregon. He received his degree in Illustration & English from the University of Montevallo in 1995. Since then, he's done a wide range of professional work in illustration and graphic design - including skateboards, comics, album covers, t-shirts, posters, children's books, etc.

He was the scenic, projection and character designer for the New York musical The Most Miserable Christmas Tree and has also done character and graphic design for other NY musicals, including work for Endangered! The Musical and Midnight at the Never Get.

His art has been featured in the 150th anniversary edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Pickatale Publishing as well as Prime Cuts Vol.2, a graphic novel series written by Hollywood actor John Franklin (Children of the Corn, The Addams Family) and Tim Sulka (the writing team behind Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return).

In addition, he's done t-shirt designs for numerous bands, including punk legends MDC and thrash giants Accused A.D.

Stan gives credit to both his father (a NASA meteorologist) and his wife (a mathematician) with helping to develop his fascination for space exploration and for various life forms (those on Earth and those tantalizing possiblities that lie beyond).

His next major work is an epic, sci-fantasy novel called The Dreaming Skin, that he is both writing and illustrating.

MUSIC RELEASES

In addition to writing & illustrating, I also enjoy singing in numerous music projects,
Here are some recent examples, including videos.

DEAD DAYS REBORN

Now is the time to be free - Oct. 2012

Punk Hardcore. 4 song demo ep.

DEAD DAYS REBORN

Thorns Become Thrones - April 2014 

5 song demo ep. 

DEAD DAYS REBORN

Live as if the end is near... - Dec. 2016

3 song demo ep #3.

The Pit of Man's Fears

And when they spoke, the shadows spoke back - May 2016

10 tracks of dark art rock for human consumption. 

The Pit of Man's Fears

The tragedy & desperation of humor - March 2017

Another 12 cold slabs of existential depression.

Octoberfamine

Chaos, Ghosts & Shadows - Jan. 2008

16 songs of new wave dream music.

MUSIC VIDEOS / BAND HISTORY

DEAD DAYS REBORN

This project was a modern evolution of an earlier hardcore collaboration with long-time bandmate Zach Merchak. Zach was quite a talented musician that I loved dearly. He always amazed me with the wonders he would create in various musical frontiers. We started on our music path together with a band called Dyslexia and I.R.S., way back in high school.

THE PIT OF MAN'S FEARS

This project came is another reunion with metal bandmate Walter Simon. In college, we formed a band called Revenge Story. This newer collaboration went by the name The Hounding Flesh of All Who Came Before and, at another point, Oakun. Walter wrote most all the music and is also a very talented guitarist and composer. His unusual tunes, combined with my gruff vocals offer something a bit out of the ordinary.... Dark Art Rock!

OCTOBERFAMINE

This is another collaboration I did with Zach, sometime around 2008. For over 10 years we'd lost contact with one another & so this project was the 1st reunion project we did... something a bit different, much more mellow. This video was edited from test footage for a film that my brother and I were working on. Due to certain tragic life events, our film was never completed. The video, however, perfectly captures the haunting sadness that's always been an important part of OctoberFamine.