While GRAY LAKE: A NOVEL OF CRIME AND SUPERNATURAL HORROR (ebook, print & audio) ostensibly takes place in modern-day Green River, Michigan, the director's cut that plays in the cinema of my secret heart takes place in the '80s. That's when I, like some of the book's protagonists, was a teenager, and that's when I conceived of - and lived - a good portion of the novel. And that's why you see a lot of '80s music on the Spotify playlist.. If you'd like specific explanations of why each song is on this soundtrack, I wrote an essay on it in THE ROAD TO GRAY LAKE, a little companion book with essays about the novel, excerpted scenes, etc. Consider the novel the movie and the companion book the bonus DVD!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that a quote from my Lovecraftian zombie tale "Under an Invisible Shadow" has turned up as the epigraph for a chapter in Zombie Generation: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture.
Go buy the book to see the quote! Go buy my story in my collection Worlds Come Undone!
And I suppose this is as good a place as any to announce that ... well, I've been threatening to turn this short story - which was previously published in first a Lovecraftian anthology and then a zombie anthology - into a full-blown novel.
And actually I'm going to do even more than that!
I'll keep you posted here!
The U2 concert I went to in Chicago last week was one of the best of my life - and I've been to my share of concerts.
As a closer, the band barely sang or played "One", letting the audience carry it. Singing along on that one acapella with 30,000+ other people or, say, the chorus to "Bad" or "Pride (in the Name of Love)" is simply unforgettable. Hard to imagine more positivity in one place, no matter what you think of Bono and his bully pulpit activism. (Personally, I'm all for the guy. You got a platform, go out there and use it and do some good in the world, dammit!)
This is on top of the incredible video and stage setup for this year's Innocence + Experience Tour - I could go into it, but I'm sure you can read about it elsewhere, if you're interested.
I'll buy merch from the indie bands I see didn't buy a $40 U2 shirt, because I figure U2 doesn't exactly need more of my money or my promotion. Then again, concert shirts are a form of connection - I wore one of my Hold Steady shirts and at the end of the concert, after the house lights came on, I was suddenly the lifelong best friend of these drunk fortyish guys who proclaimed The Steady the best band in the world - "even better than U2!" - and were basically inviting me to move into their homes because of mutual admiration of Craig Finn & Co.
Anyway, the picture above is of my only souvenirs of the show, which consist of my ticket and three scraps of confetti dropped on the crowd. Turns out the confetti was chopped up pages of high-falutin' literature! I got Dante's Divine Comedy, Psalm 44, and Alice in Wonderland. Is that awesome or what?
Back when I first taught at Glen Oaks Community College in the early 1990s, the new librarian asked me to suggest something "interesting or unusual" in the speculative literary realms I was studying. I gave her two titles - Stained Glass Rain by Bruce Boston (fiction) and the hour of hallucinations by t. winter-damon (poetry).
I started teaching at GOCC again, part-time, this past fall, Tonight the same librarian gave my students a tour of both the virtual and physical library. (No such thing as a virtual library - at least not at GOCC - back in 1995.) At the end she bade the class look for a physical book or two using using the online catalog and implementing the skills she'd just imparted to find them on the shelves.
On a whim, I searched for the two books I'd suggested more than twenty years ago. They were still there, waiting patiently. No one had ever checked them out.
Tonight I'm taking them home. They're due in two weeks.
I'm already planning to check back in with them in 2035...
Curt Campbell does an absolutely killer job bringing six of my stories to life in the audio version of GREEN RIVER GHOST STORIES!
I hooked up with Curt after he narrated some of my buddy C. Dennis Moore's stories - he's now hard at work recording Dennis' novel THE FLIP.
I love Curt's interpretation of each of my twisted tales listed below, but he totally floored me with "A Letter to the Ghost Hunter" - I swear the "demon" in the story sounds like Samuel L. Jackson at his most badass! Had me literally ROTFL!!!! You'll really want to check it out!
Here's the playlist. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter at @davidbainaa and let me know what you think!
"A Pleasure to Burn" - A movie star comes home to literally burn down the past.
"Faith: A 9-11 Ghost Story" - A priest discovers he can perform a singular miracle for souls who died at the Trade Center.
"The Trunk: A Killer Ghost Story" - There's supposedly a dog's ghost in the trunk of the car. A ghost can't bite, can it?
"Dark Blue Shadows: A Children's Ghost Story: A Campfire Tale" - Don't speak of...no, don't even THINK of the dark blue shadows....
"That Enveloping Darkness" - What if you couldn't remember anything that ever happened inside the house you're supposed to housesit?
"A Letter to the Ghost Hunter "- A novice ghostbuster will need more than a little help with this particular haunting....
GREEN RIVER GHOST STORIES audiobook
I want everything to be nice;
I want everything to be good & lovely & pressure-free.
I guess that's why, paradoxically, I write horror.
David Bain - Writer.