Michael Moynihan (b. January 17 1969, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American journalist, publisher and founder of the music group Blood Axis. Among the topics he has written on are: Ásatrú, Satanism, Fascism, Black metal, Charles Manson, and Neo-National Socialism. Moynihan is involved in a long standing collaborative and romantic relationship with Annabel Lee, with whom he has fathered a child.
Moynihan was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a lawyer father. His formal schooling was at BB&N, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, until he dropped out in ninth grade. He identifies his background as entirely Northern European: Irish, English, Welsh, and German.
At age 15, Moynihan began making experimental industrial music, some of it under the name Coup de Grace (power electronics). It was the name for a multimedia project under which he operated from 1984 - early 1989. In addition to cassettes and live performance, booklets of images and texts were released, the last of which was Friedrich Nietzsche's The Antichrist.
Collaborations and Associations
In 1989, he formed the musical group Blood Axis, for which he does the vocals and writes the music. Moynihan was an associate of the experimental musician Boyd Rice, at one point sharing an apartment with him in Denver. Beginning correspondence with him in 1988, Rice invited him to go to Japan and collaborate with him on some NON performances there in 1989. Moynihan performed in concert with Tony Wakeford, Douglas P., and Rose McDowall (the Osaka, Japan show was captured on the Live in Osaka DVD). An album titled Music, Martinis, and Misanthropy grew out of this collaboration. He moved to Denver in 1990.
He was a part of the Abraxas Foundation, appearing, with Rice, on the "neo-nazi satanism" night of Bob Larson's Christian radio show. During this time he was questioned by the Secret Service about a plot to assassinate then President George H. W. Bush; he was subjected to a polygraph test, no charges were filed. Moynihan argues that it was a plain and simple case of intimidation stemming from his correspondence with Charles Manson and visits to Sandra Good.
Editing and Authorship
In 1992, Moynihan published a collection of writings by pro-Manson Neo-National Socialist revolutionary James N. Mason. Moynihan edited Mason's newsletter SIEGE (published from 1980 - 1986) into a book, Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason (), for which he wrote the introduction.
In Portland, Oregon Moynihan headed Storm Productions. He co-authored Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. He has edited two Julius Evola books, and a collection of writings by Karl Maria Wiligut. He has contributed to Seconds Magazine, The Scorpion (), Vor Tru, and Filosophem.
He is one of the editors of TYR: Myth - Culture - Tradition, and the North American editor of Runa. He contributed several pieces to the anthology Apocalypse Culture II and to the Disinformation anthology The Book Of Lies.
- Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason by James Mason, edited and introduced by Moynihan
- Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Moynihan & Didrik Søderlind, (Feral House , ISBN 0-922915-48-2 original, ISBN 0-922915-94-6 revised and enlarged edition).
- The Secret King: Karl Maria Wiligut, Himmler's Lord of the Runes edited and prefaced by Moynihan, (Dominion Press, 2001, ISBN 0-9712044-0-3)
- Introduction to Magic: Rituals and Practical Techniques for the Magus by Julius Evola and the UR Group, edited by Moynihan, ISBN 0-89281-624-4
- Men Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical Traditionalist by Julius Evola, edited by Moynihan, ISBN 0-89281-905-7
- Apocalypse Culture II edited by Adam Parfrey, several contributions by Moynihan, (ISBN 0-922915-57-1)
- The Book of Lies edited by Richard Metzger, with contributions by Moynihan, (ISBN 0-9713942-7-X)
- Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist a collection of essays by John Michell selected and introduced by Joscelyn Godwin edited by Michael Moynihan and Annabel Lee. Designed and Typset by Michael Moynihan, (ISBN 0-9712044-4-6)
- Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric National Socialism and the Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, 2001, ISBN 0-8147-3155-4
- Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the postwar fascist international (Appendix I: The Devil and Francis Parker Yockey) by Kevin Coogan, (Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY, 1998, ISBN 1-57027-039-2)
- Lucifer Rising : A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock 'n' Roll by Gavin Baddeley, Paul Woods. (Plexus Publishing, UK, 1999, ISBN 0-85965-280-7)
- Blood Axis, outdated authorized fansite.
- Exploring the Realms of Heathen Atavism: An Interview with Moynihan conducted by R. N. Taylor
- The Notorious Michael Moynihan, interview by Zach Dundas
- Michael Moynihan / Blood Axis Interview by Jan R. Bruun
- Michael Moynihan Interview, at Heathen Harvest (May 24 2005)
- How Black Is Black Metal by Kevin Coogan, article examining the politics of Moynihan's Lords of Chaos
- Visionary of the New Time, Moynihan interviews José Argüelles
- Michael Moynihan discography at Discogs