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Maddie's Musings

Dogs, books and beer

Mighty in Sorrow

I’m over the moon and pleased as Punch to reveal that I’ve got a story, “A Garden of Cucumbers,” appearing in Mighty in Sorrow: A tribute to David Tibet and Current 93, the latest anthology from Dynatox Ministries. And I’m sharing space with one hell of a lineup of awesome authors (see below). Big thanks to editor/publisher/propagandist Jordan Krall, for accepting my twisted tale of mysticism and martyrdom, and to Ari Eberlin, who worked with me at Wherehouse Records #93… Read More »

Chick Bassist and the Suicide Girls

As you probably know, I wrote a book called Chick Bassist, it’s a love letter to rock ‘n’ roll and it was published in late 2012 by Lazy Fascist Press. Chick Bassist follows the trials and tribulations of a trio of punk rockers, Heroes for Goats, as their band breaks up and they strike out in their own directions. It’s about love and sex and drugs and dumb decisions and revenge and–most of all–the indomitable can-do spirit of rock ‘n’… Read More »

For your consideration…

It is award season once again in genre fiction land, so I’ve been fielding occasional queries wondering whether Tales of Jack the Ripper (Word Horde) and its contents are eligible for various awards. In the interest of placing all the necessary information at your fingertips (and mine), here is some statistical information on the anthology that I hope will both inform and enlighten. The anthology Tales of Jack the Ripper was published August 31, 2013, and is comprised of seventeen… Read More »

Got any plans this Saturday? Tales of Jack the Ripper meet-and-greet at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma

Do you have any plans this Saturday? If not, I’d encourage you to drop by Petaluma’s Copperfield’s Books, where I will be doing a meet-and-greet in support of my latest anthology, Tales of Jack the Ripper. This is your best chance to get a signed copy of the anthology. Plus, it makes a great gift for the ghoul in your life. As you may know, 2013 is the 125th anniversary of perhaps the most famous cold case in history, the… Read More »

Adult Beverage: Rogue Irish Style Lager

They say that everybody’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but since I’m a little Irish all year long, I find the holiday to be a bit of a bother. Maybe it’s because I’m colorblind, and have trouble telling green apart from certain oranges, reds, and browns. Or maybe it’s the ridiculous conceit of St. Patrick chasing the snakes from Ireland, a waterbound ecosystem in which they never evolved (see also snake-free Iceland, Greenland, New Zealand, and Antarctica). Or,… Read More »

Adult Beverage: Hazelnut Brown Nectar

The one thing I love more than a good beer recommendation? A good beer recommendation I can actually find. So when Constance Ann Fitzgerald, author of Trashland A Go-Go and fellow Petaluma resident, told me that I not only needed to try Rogue Brewing’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but that they had it at Wilibees Market, I headed right over to pick up a bomber. After all, Rogue make outstanding beer. Last year, Jennifer, Maddie, and I rambled up to their… Read More »

Thirsty Thursday?

If you enjoy my Adult Beverage posts, you’re sure to get a kick out of this. The fine folks at Bizarro Central, your ultimate resource to the Bizarro fiction genre, recently asked me to contribute weekly beer reviews and book pairings to their website. The result, Thirsty Thursday kicked off earlier today with my review of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale. If you like books and beer, hop on over and check it out. You may be thirsty now,… Read More »

Notes on a Writers Conference, Imposter Syndrome, and Victory Hop Wallop (Adult Beverage)

I was invited to be a presenter at this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference, something which still boggles my mind a little bit (but more on that in a sec). So yesterday afternoon, I drove down to the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, at the top of Knob Hill, signed in, and participated in a standing-room-only genre fiction-focused panel called “Making Your Fantasies Come True,” along with editor Gabrielle Harbowy (who gave me a copy of her Dragon Moon Press anthology,… Read More »

Adult Beverage: Racer X Double IPA

“Got a big white X / On the top of his car / Rex keeps his speed / In a little glass jar…”–Big Black, “Racer X” I am unabashedly a fan of Speed Racer (Mach GoGoGo), the late 1960s anime series focusing on the adventures of race-car driver Gō Mifune (AKA Speed Racer, voiced in English by Peter Fernandez) and his hard-driving family, including his incognito older brother Rex, better known as the masked Racer X. And while drinking and… Read More »