Archive for Children of Mercy
So, I’ve done a post about the Cabinet of Curiosities, but I’ve had a few things put out recently and I figured I could share them.
Fellow Crappy Indie Music contributor Ron Trembath is the mastermind behind Children of Mercy, a full-on media project benefitting and helping raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. The biggest part of this is the book (click above to visit the site, and buy it!) which is a collection of essays by a sweet variety of people working in the indie music world, including yours truly. I contributed a piece called “Bucket Lists Are Bullshit”, and I also designed the aniconist cover image! Along with the book was a compilation album featuring an international assortment of cool bands, including my project Coeur Machant. You can listen to it for free here, but do the cystic fibrosis charities a solid and buy it at the link above. Rumor has it this has done so well that a second album is coming out, featuring another Coeur Machant track.
Another benefit anthology- this time for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, specifically orphans in the affected provinces. I contributed a short piece, “The Norwegian Makes Lemonade”, which is, yes, one of my Norwegian stories, originally written as an on-the-spot poetry performance. Make sure to click on the link above- this anthology is available in multiple formats, and get this- it’s got one of the best list of authors I’ve ever seen. Michael Moorcock, John Shirley, Robert Price, Trent Zelaszny, David Agranoff, Bradley Sands, Andersen Prunty, Ash Lomen, and many many more.
This antho, edited by my bud Cameron Pierce, is just for fun, but still has quite the assortment of awesome authors: Mykle Hansen, Kevin L. Donihe, Bradley Sands again, Cody Goodfellow, and of course, yours truly. The art is by Dave Brockie, who you may know in his other life as Oderus Urungus from GWAR. My piece, “Extra Lives”, was based on a total throwaway story idea from years ago, that turned into both a charming love story and meditation on popular culture. It’s much… jokier, let’s say, than almost anything I’ve ever written.
So, I didn’t contribute anything to this book, but I was quoted in it. Yes, quoted in it, on the subject of steampunk. To be quoted in a book by one of my new favorite authors, Jeff Vandermeer, is pretty amazing. To be able to consider him a friend, just as amazing. This coffee table book is truly cool. Check it out.
This one isn’t out yet, but I’ve got a piece in there and I’m very excited. Let me tell you why. I wrote a piece of flash fiction that was about as avant-garde as I get. It’s written in second person, and in order to get the full understanding of the piece, a knowledge of the songs of Black Sabbath and ability to read tablature are a must. Why is it in this anthology of love stories? The protagonist is in a wheelchair. I am proud to be a part of this very cool project, and it’s nice to find this piece a home after waaaayyyy too many rejections.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m working on several more projects- I’m finally returning to collaboration with my dear friend Ash Lomen, working on a truly chilling set of stories with a disgusting conceit. I’m also starting to record a song cycle based on real life haunted/creepy locations, starting with “Annan Road”. I’ll put some songs up as they get finished.
Until next time…