On The Matter of Why You Should Subscribe to Sebastian Crane’s Patreon THE HELLFIRE CLUB
Author, Actress, Playwright and Ghost Tour Guide Leanna Renee Hieber here, and I’m here to recommend a Patreon to you: The Hellfire Club, brought to you by Sebastian Crane.
I have known and worked with Sebastian for [redacted] years. In that time one particular thing has been made abundantly clear: He is a renaissance soul, immensely talented across many disciplines. I have been personal witness to the following feats of artistic prowess:
-Photographing a sweeping natural vista or a single downturned flower with the same attention to detail in the miniscule or the majestic, the triumphant or melancholy – all with whatever equipment might be on hand. The same goes for compelling profile/headshot pictures. Gallery-ready art with an expert eye.
-Crafted unique screenplays against impossible odds.
-Offered direct, honest and engaged Sensitivity Reads of multiple projects, giving insights from many different viewpoints and areas of experience so the text rings true and without harm.
-Drawing a Tarot read that is both hopeful and brutal. (One should have both if one is to gain any real advice from the cosmos.)
-Leading a ghost tour and striking the perfect balance of storytelling, true history and performative panache. (As a veteran tour guide of 18 years, I promise this is a subtle, difficult but critical skill to hone)
-Running an expertly crafted online RP and/or D&D campaign full of vision and fun.
-Perform Oscar Wilde and other classic texts expertly.
-Character art and illustrations that are dynamic, unique and perfectly evocative of characters/scenes.
-Played melancholy piano that brings out the ghosts in the room.
-Powerful writing across different forms, styles and media.
-Curating a specific, distinct style in fashion, tone and aesthetics that evokes ages past in a dark academic nostalgia with a healthy dose of witchcraft and cautionary tales.
-Finding the wondrous and the important in key historical and fantastical texts.
In all these things, eye and spirit are key. Sebastian’s eye is ever-keen and his spirit is distinct. Inimitable. With all renaissance souls comes the difficulty; where to focus the talent? To what end? A historical tour? A demon summoning? A story told from fantastical facts? A photography exhibit? A monologue? Setting a scene? Historical perspectives of marginalized identity told in hopes of reclamation and celebration?
All of the above, possibly; the beauty of a platform like Patreon. In taking a tour of Sebastian’s talents through the years, another thing that’s been made abundantly clear is that I’d never want to limit him to just one creative expression. And I wouldn’t expect all of these at once; it’s best to let him decide which facet leads when. He’ll be an expert tour guide through his art as well as collective, mutual interests. A consummate host through dark and fascinating waters.
So come, pull up a chair. Make yourself an exquisite drink (he has expert recipes). Witness a corner of the world where magic is dynamic, aesthetic and real and history is alive. Make a pledge and support at one of his tiers. I have. Now,l et’s join in, lift a glass, and celebrate the launch of a place you’ll love to haunt.
PLUS, I'll be joining Sebastian for an upcoming launch party on Feb 21st! Don't miss it!
Leanna Renee Hieber