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!
1982 “Sorry, you guys, it ain’t personal, ya know? It’s just that I hired you to play oldies for sad sack middle-aged workin’ stiffs to drown their sorrows to. Now you got these punk rockers in here tearin’ everything up and shootin’ smack in the bathrooms. I find needles in there every goddamn night now. You’re driving off paying customers with a buncha dirtbags who … Continue reading Young Punks: A Richard Kryuss Story
I’m going to start posting weekly links to some of my favorite lesser-known jams every Monday. Personally, I enjoy discovering new or new-to-me old music, and I assume there are others out there who do as well, so here goes: This week’s installment is Prince’s The Ballad of Dorothy Parker off 1987’s Sign O the Times. On the surface, the track sounds so sparse and … Continue reading Song of the week 11/16/20
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
Eccentric tech mogul and cult leader Richard Kryuss has developed a system of storing and transmitting data organically, connected by trees containing within their DNA the entirety of recorded human knowledge. Could his Terrestrially Regenerative Enhanced Extranet, or T.R.E.E., be a boon to mankind, or will it spell doom for the human race? Spanning over 200,000 years of post-Earth human history, Effugium repeatedly defies the … Continue reading EFFUGIUM now available for purchase
1. Queensrÿche: Rage For Order (1986) In 1990, Queensrÿche was riding high on a wave of popularity driven by their most commercially successful album to date, “Empire.” The hauntingly beautiful lead single, “Silent Lucidity,” and its FM radio omnipresence helped launch the album and its followup singles into the stratosphere, in much the same way the “Black Album” had recently made Metallica a household name. … Continue reading Five albums that shaped my musical tastes
Classic Rock radio is stupid and lazy. That’s why I don’t listen to it. Here are some songs they don’t play because corporate-owned radio is trash. 1. Cheap Trick: Stiff Competition I’ll never get tired of “Surrender,” or “Dream Police,” but Cheap Trick has a lot of amazing, overlooked songs. 2. Lynyrd Skynrd: On The Hunt I could go the rest of my life without … Continue reading Five Classic Rock deep cuts that the radio doesn’t play(but should)
“Hey, if that nut out in San Diego could do it, why can’t I? ‘Member that? With the matching Nikes? And he didn’t even have a spaceship.” Richard Kryuss glanced at the dash of his pink ’59 Cadillac when a California Highway Patrol car materialized in the heat waves on the horizon, and adjusted his speed accordingly. Slowing down for cops was old school; they … Continue reading Good Intentions
I’ve been listening to heavy metal since 1989, which was probably at the tail end of all that “satanic panic” nonsense that ruled the 80s. Nevertheless, I still caught quite a bit of shit over the issue of my musical tastes. Metal was and still is cathartic for me. It’s always been there, and sometimes it’s been the only thing there. It resonates with me … Continue reading “Evil” Music
When I was a teenager, I’d eat, breathe, sleep, sweat, and piss a new cassette tape from a band I was into for weeks. I’d carry it with me on the go and play it on my Walkman, and when I got home I’d pop it into the stereo and crank it up. I suppose it’s the extremely short attention span I’ve cultivated over the … Continue reading I’ve gotten away from listening to full albums.