Speculative Fiction Showcase interviewed me on Strange Monsters, my writing soundtrack, and my influences here.
The second review for Strange Monsters is in from Midwest Book Review!
Strange Monsters: A Music & Words Collaboration is a unique hybrid of audiobook anthology and music CD. Each track consists of a brief fiction story (or poem) set to contemporary jazz music and performed by actors. The tales meld elements of surreal fantasy and fearful suspense: Rumpelstiltskin’s wife is questioned by police over the disappearance of a local boy; a cursed ballerina who yearns only to dance must deal with an obsessive fan and the hatefully jealous director of her ballet company; a group of do-nothing friends in love with the same woman discover disturbing skeletons of extinct animals on a treacherous camping trip; and more. Haunting, ethereal, and unforgettable, Strange Monsters is music-storytelling fusion experience like no other. Highly recommended. The tracks are “The Stink of Horses”, “Mrs. Stiltskin”, “Skeletons”, “No Eyes”, “Selected Poems”, and “Where You Came From”.
For more information on the album, along with links for purchase at Amazon, CDBaby, and iTunes, click here.
Anyone who knows me knows I love Halloween, so I’m psyched that the monster poetry anthology Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman is out now, just in time!, from Everyman’s Library. It includes my poem “The Werewolf.” The volume includes monster poetry from writers such as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Elizabeth Bishop, Edgar Allen Poe (what would a monster poem anthology be without him?), Annie Finch, Jorge Luis Borges. Actually, the whole Table of Contents looks amazing.
Check it out here: http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/233726/monster-verse/!
My Kickstarter to raise funds for the music-words album Strange Monsters is going strong. We got staff pick! At 8 days to go, we only need $1,400 more. To celebrate/encourage donations, I’ve posted two updates that might be of interest.
If you can spare even $1, please consider throwing it my way (well, virtually throw it, please).
Our first Kickstarter week was strong, with us raising over $1,000! But we still have a ways to go. We’ve hit that end-of-first-week lull, and we need your help to get past it! If you can spare even $1, or know someone who can spare even $1, please donate or encourage them to donate. To help with incentive, we’re unveiling a ton of new rewards! Please take a look and donate here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stufflebeam/strange-monsters-a-music-and-words-collaboration
For $35, we’re offering one of five hand-strung bracelets with wild animal charms (fox, coyote, bear, stag). I made these one-of-a-kind, so if you’d like a specific design, leave your request in the comments, and I’ll divvy them up first-come, first-serve.
For $40, get a hand-sewn monster pillow! Designed and made by Peter.
Or for $40, get a handmade, hand-painted clay monster musician–your choice!–with your CD package. These guys were designed and sculpted by Peter and Bonnie. You can also snag a full set for $125! Or be surprised and order the Monster Grab-Bag at $45 and get one surprise clay monster, two rock monster magnets, and three bottle-cap monster magnets.