- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Blood Bound Books (May 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984540849
- ISBN-13: 978-0984540846
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,926,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rock 'N' Roll is Dead: Dark Tales Inspired by Music Paperback – May 9, 2011
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First up is a heartfelt quick and dirty prose poem about the A and B sides of the Rock and Roll lifestyle, an excellent intro. High points include 'The Invitation' by Nathan Crowder, one of the few to use the collection's theme as setting and inspiration, which tells us the secret of why the best die young; Claire L. Fishback's 'The Replacements' uses anatomy and spirituality to strike a primal chord (despite the villain's unfortunate moniker: Mr. Trench Coat); the book's closer 'The City' by Rex McGuire uses every drug and booze soaked night of bad decisions and crazy sex as bricks and mortar for the titular location. My favorite story, 'The Language of Bones' by Jenna M. Pitman, confronts us with the poignant loneliness lurking with us all before challenging us to admit just how far we would go to combat it. Evocative language and real emotion fuel this tale of love and pain entwined. There are also divorcée witches, revival tent serial killers, traditional Japanese demons, and a guest appearance by the Black Dahlia.
Listening to the musical choices that inspired each entry before/during the reading enhanced my understanding and involvement with the author. Take what you like from this but I found that my favorite songs went along with my favorite stories and that my least favorite song was paired with my least favorite story(both lacked subtlety). My biggest complaint is the order of presentation. You don't put three power ballads in a row on your playlist and you shouldn't put three serial-killers-get-their-comeuppance stories in a row either. Fortunately this is easily fixed by anyone with a shuffle feature in their brain.
The book is as engaging a collection of unsung horror authors(including a gratifyingly large proportion of women contributors) as you're likely to come across. Turn down the lights, crank the stereo, grab your poison of choice and let the music take you on its dark journey.