April A Taylor is an award winning, internationally published and exhibited Dark Art/Horror & Fine Art photographer from Detroit, MI. Some of her earliest childhood memories involve Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, the original Nightmare on Elm Street movies and reading Clive Barker’s Books of Blood series, all of which she credits with introducing her at a young age to her first love: horror.
After 2 decades of dabbling in photography, her 2nd love, she made the decision in 2007 to focus seriously on developing (no pun intended) her photography career and spent the next 2 years refining her craft through Fine Art and customized photoshoots. Her Fine Art work always leaned toward the dark and macabre, shedding light on some of the most beautifully twisted and abandoned places throughout the US. In 2009 she designed her first Illustrative Dark Art Photography shoot (The Post-Apocalyptic Princess) and was instantly taken with the idea of capturing the darkness of the world through vividly horrific scenes.
Her Dark Art & Fine Art pieces have been exhibited and published internationally in/on over 100 different art galleries, books, magazines, DVDs, calendars, websites, conventions, movies and events, including Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, What Fears Become: An Anthology from The Horror Zine (featuring authors such as Piers Anthony & Ramsey Campbell), Scream the Horror Magazine and the short horror film CathARTic. In June 2010 was named the first ever Artist of the Month by Detroit area radio station 93.9 FM. She was also named as a runner-up for the 2010 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Artist of the Year and she has been signed as an artist guest at multiple conventions across the USA.
Her Dark Art/Horror line has received rave reviews from genre actors/actresses within the horror industry, including the following from Lisa Wilcox (the actress who played Alice in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5), "April's work captures the seduction of horror." Other horror genre fans include Ashley C. Williams (The Human Centipede), Ken Sagoes (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4) & Mark Patton (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2). Since June of 2010 her work has also been featured on over two dozen different horror websites, including Fangoria.com who said, "...[enough] blood and women in peril to satisfy even the most voracious of gore-lovin' eyeballs."