Douglas P. (born Douglas Pearce, 27 April 1956), is an English folk musician, record label owner, photographer and actor who records under the name Death in June. He was born in Sheerwater in Woking, Surrey, and resides in Australia.
Pearce was born on the 27th of April, 1956, and grew up in Sheerwater, a suburb of London which he described as a "white, working-class ghetto", to a father who worked as a courier for the military, and had served in World War II. Both of his parents were English, though his mother claimed Scots-Irish ancestry. His father died of a heart attack at age 56, when Pearce was 14. Pearce grew up in what he describes as "a very militaristic environment, surrounded by war", and says that he "had a natural attraction to war". At the age of 18 Pearce left home and hitchhiked around Europe and "came home a changed man".
As a child, Pearce was exorcised by his parents for alleged demonic possession, and after his father died, his mother and he would "muck around with a Ouija board". Pearce still firmly believes in the paranormal and occult, and claims to have had contact with various entities.
Douglas P. is openly gay, and says that 'being gay is fundamental to Death in June, and expresses discontent with this side of Death in June not being explored in interviews. He describes the lack of coverage of this as 'incredulous' . His literary influences include Yukio Mishima and Jean Genet, whom he admires 'not only because their work was brilliant but that they were also gay. It adds so much.'
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