A born rebel and outspoken advocate for the Over-sixty BDSM community; Eric “Blood” Shelkie is the only member of MakeFive to have won three Grammy Awards, all in the Best Folk-Metal Crossover category. After thirteen years on the road, however, Shelkie tired of what he calls a, “perpetual rollercoaster of debauchery, substance abuse and all-night Dungeons and Dragons marathons”. Shelkie’s performing days were over.
Shortly after disbanding GoreCock, Shelkie was shaken by an unexpected announcement that shook him to his very core. His loving parents had in-fact adopted him from a young unwed couple: an underground sci-fi fantasy-writer and her then boyfriend, a soon-to-be famed software developer in the Pacific Northwest. Purportedly Shelkie was conceived during the foggy “hay-days of methamphetamine laced C++ coding parties” and his birth-parents were ill-prepared for the challenges of raising a child.
Having spent from 1998 to 2003 in a Romanian psychiatric care facility, Shelkie emerged to reinvent himself as a human compiler, capable of speaking fluently in “binary”. He is now a married father of four: Spiffy, Jib, Rails and Goat; all of whom take-part in mock trials in the front-yard of their Poughkeepsie mansion. He still speaks fondly of some guys the rest of us have never met, named MySQL and PHP.