PULP ROCK: A collection of musically-inspired short fiction—AVAILABLE NOW!

Available here in either paperback or Kindle Edition. Space pirates and superspies, ghostly singers and half-orc bards, lost cities and deals with the devil . . . all this awaits and more in Pulp Rock: Twelve musically inspired tales of adventure, excitement, and horror by some of the most exciting voices in science-fiction and fantasy. Come explore the nexus between music and the written word, … Continue reading PULP ROCK: A collection of musically-inspired short fiction—AVAILABLE NOW!

Growing up with Christian Horror

People like horror because it speaks to something primal that still exists within them. It forces them to face things they’re hardwired to be afraid of. What do you do, then, if you’re a Christian teen growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s at the height of the “Satanic Panic,” and not allowed to watch Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th? Maybe … Continue reading Growing up with Christian Horror

Gustav Holst: the Grandfather of Heavy Metal and Star Wars

I’ve been a fan of both classical music and metal for most of my life. One of my favorite pieces is Gustav Holst’s The Planets, a seven-movement suite written between 1914 and 1916. The brilliant-in-itself score for 1977’s Star Wars was, at George Lucas’s request, practically an homage to it. Its first movement, Mars, Bringer of War also inspired the main riff for Black Sabbath’s … Continue reading Gustav Holst: the Grandfather of Heavy Metal and Star Wars

Ultimate Power Metal playlist

Remember when Guitar Hero popularized Dragonforce and everyone treated them like some kind of novelty band playing retro music? In reality, they’re one of probably several thousand bands belonging to the very popular (outside the U.S) subgenre of metal called “Power Metal.” The music is over-the-top, characterized by hyperspeed tempos, neoclassical guitar shredding and operatic vocals. The term “Power Metal” was tossed around a lot … Continue reading Ultimate Power Metal playlist

‘90s Metal playlist

In the ’90s, there was a moratorium on even saying the word “metal” in the mainstream music press. They called it “hard music” if they even bothered to address it. People said it was dead. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In fact, it was thriving. Record labels like Earache, Nuclear Blast, Relapse, Peaceville, Season of Mist, Roadrunner and others, all names synonymous(at … Continue reading ‘90s Metal playlist

Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan’s brain-melting guitar solo

In Back to the Future, Marty Mcfly terrorizes his dad with a tape of Eddie Van Halen making a bunch of crazy noise. The piece was taken from the score of a 1984 film called “The Wild Life,” which featured a score composed and performed by Eddie. It’s interesting to note that Both Lea Thompson and Eric Stoltz were later cast in BTTF, the latter … Continue reading Darth Vader from the Planet Vulcan’s brain-melting guitar solo

Robot ramblings

If there’s one thing the vast majority of metalheads share a common distrust for, besides authority, it’s technology. Warnings against human integration with machines are so common in metal that I often don’t notice them. This morning, though, while listening to Black Sabbath’s Computer God, from their 1992 masterpiece Dehumanizer, the lyrics were so relevant to what’s going on now that I was taken aback. … Continue reading Robot ramblings