Aaron Horkey was birthed and reared in Windom, Minnesota, in the heart of the Rural Midwest. Key personality traits include debilitating social ineptitude and a perverse attention to detail. Enjoys desolation, megafauna and transplanting sumacs. Currently ensconced in a bucolic whistlestop just west of the Mississippi, he whiles away the hours staring at his chore list and cultivating ulcers. He is the sole survivor of the Black Osprey Dead Arts Society and founding member of the Cottonwood County Druids Skateboard Gang.
“Growing up in the country with no siblings, I was definitely inhabiting my own weird world from a very early age. There were a couple neighbor kids that lived on the farm just down the road, and I had a handful of cousins around my age that I’d occasionally see, but for the most part it was just my folks and I until I started school. I certainly was outside as much as I could be, weather permitting, and I loved to get down close to a patch of ground and see what was happening on a micro level. Considering there are more insects inhabiting one square mile of rural land than there are humans on Earth, there was always some tiny drama playing itself out if I looked close enough. After a certain amount of time in this environment, my eyes were trained to notice any small oddity on a forest floor or field approach and I had no problem quickly amassing a “weird collection” that was housed in my parent’s garage. Bones and antlers, bird’s nests and eggs, turtle shells, rocks that I convinced myself were fossilized dinosaur teeth, petrified wood, etc. all made their way into this makeshift museum. Looking at the shelves in this room some 25-odd years later, it’s very clear that my habits remain virtually unchanged…” – Aaron Horkey (Erratic Phenomena)