Festival Upgrades for Abuse Of Reason Art and... →
We have officially been accepted into both Craft Lake City and the Urban Arts Festival. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please spread the link and consider donating to our campaign! Even ONE DOLLAR gets your name in the raffle to win an 18x20 print of “Rapture”! One stinking dollar!
Abuse of Reason Art Officially in the Urban Arts...
It’s official: AOR has been accepted into the Urban Arts Festival this year! The festival is expanding and will be held at the Gateway Mall this year on Saturday, July 20th. We really hope to see all you SLC natives there; it’s free and should be a fantastic time. Now more than ever, we need your help to make our presentation at this and Craft Lake City the best we can possibly...
Help AOR Fund Festival Upgrades! →
AOR has begun an Indiegogo campaign to raise $1500 for upgrades to festival presentation for this season. Check out the page and spread the word! Perks include prints and professional cover work done, so if you or someone you know is in a band or is an author about to finish a book, send them to the campaign!
ASIDEFROMADAY Interview →
Check out my latest interview with amazing French post-metal group ASIDEFROMADAY! And check out their new album “Chasing Shadows”, and video for “Wolf’s Tears Are Falling Stars” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftwZdfq27A0
Sometimes I can’t see my own progress, because I still haven’t arrived at “perfect”.
It is okay to want your own happiness. It’s okay to care about yourself the...– (via belle-de-nuit)
Added two new book reviews to the “Read My Work” section, including “Lame Ducks” by Isaac Black and “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal” by Laina Dawes. Some more SLUG coverage will be coming soon as well!
Abuse of Reason Art on ETSY →
Happy Presidents Day! AOR just posted a metric ton of new listings in honor of… a day off work and school, quite frankly. Come check them out!
Interview with Dan Briggs of Between The Buried... →
I had the pleasure of chatting with Dan before the beginning of their latest tour supporting Coheed and Cambria and hearing the story of his musical upbringing, his numerous and diverse side projects, and what made the writing of this newest record different from all their past efforts.
The truths are contradictory. It can be argued, for instance, that war is...– Tim O’Brien, How to Tell a True War Story from The Things They Carried (via whitewasht)
Interview with Frankie Palmeri of Emmure →
I sit down with frontman Frankie Palmeri of the ever-infamous Emmure to talk about expression, the industry, and how he feels about Slave To The Game a year out.
Hello, Sweetie! Podcast →
Geekdom has new reigning queens: the ladies of the Hello, Sweetie! Podcast. Check out my write-up on their amazingness and give the show a listen here: http://hellosweetiepodcast.podomatic.com/
Brothers Of Brutality Tour Review at SLUGMag.com →
Check out my review of the Brothers of Brutality Tour featuring Emmure, Whitechapel, Unearth, Obey the Brave, and The Plot In You
Things are happening so fast and so differently than I expected. I’m uncovering new truths and forgetting old lies, but still I’m wrestling with myself and my existence and trying to measure exactly how many quarks and photons make up the will-power of a woman of 28 who was once dead but is now resurrected. If I can measure it, then I know what to shoot for. I know when I’ve...
I wasn't dreaming: Why I wrote The Crooked God... →
autumnrchristian: I’d become friends with a newly-minted atheist, a recent graduate of Religious Studies from a Christian university. Schizophrenic, he said, I’m not chosen by God, I’m just a schizophrenic. He used to see God sitting in the corner of his room like the angry cloud that wrapped itself around the…
With the exception of Ray Bradbury, I can’t honestly say I was influenced by...– Robert McCammon, “Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror.” (via autumnrchristian)
An Exploration of Show and Tell →
“Show, don’t tell” is a piece of advice writers often pass to each other. It’s a response to the question of how; as in, “How do I illustrate the important consequences of this back story?” or “How do I show the interesting traits that make this character great?” It’s a tricky problem. We’ve all read a book where exposition and back story were poorly timed, too rambling, or outright irrelevant....
Fiction and Reality →
Got a new (anonymous) review on B&N.com that wasn’t too pleased with the material in “Bury Me In Smoke”. What do you think, readers? Should fiction be real, or should it be only what we wish the world was?
Religious Studies Problem #8
religioustudiesproblems: People telling you that religion is the cause of all the wars and evil in world history.
Petition To Legally Recognize Westboro Baptist... →
The delightful intellectuals at Westboro have announced that they plan to picket the funerals of the children lost at Sandy Hook. Enough is enough. Please sign this WH petition to recognize these disgusting excuses for humans/Americans for what they are.
Just prettied up this place a bit, and condensed my published work into one easy section (“Read My Work”), including select highlights of my coverage with SLUG Magazine. Frankly, I left a lot of SLUG stuff out— mostly band interviews and CD reviews—for the sake of simplicity. Think I should throw all the interviews on there, as well? Or would that be overwhelming?
"Writing Villains" at CQ.com →
Villains are difficult. Our human inclination, and writers are no exception, is to simplify our world into as few shades of gray as possible. We like things black and white. You know who the bad guys are in movies because of how they dress, or because they are faceless drones like Stormtroopers, easily beaten and mere cannon fodder to stop the hero for a few minutes while the audience waits on...
Road Warriors: Meet The Muscle Behind Vans Warped... →
Check out my interview with the Warped Tour Roadies!
dictionaryofobscuresorrows: n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your society as a seal on the beach—lumbering, clumsy, resting often, easily distracted, huddled in the company of other misfits—unable to recognize the nearby ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.
Demonic Salvation: An Analysis of The Exorcist @... →
My absolute favorite fiction novel is William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist. I get a lot of strange looks when I tell people this, for understandable reasons. Even some of the most staunch horror movie geeks among us treat the movie with a particular frightened reverence. The movie was incredible, really. Still one of my favorite horrors, and I maintain it’s one of the best book-to-movie adaptations...
It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do...– Island, Aldous Huxley (via fabula)
Our Lady of Unhinging Sanity Wrapped in velvet darkness Warm, mocking Eyes like shining spotlights That collapse the world into Two little specks of gnawing daylight Blast your furnace voice down on me Name all the monsters salivating In the dark, under the bed Knock me on my thick skull and listen To the rattling bones of all the dead things Dancing to your song Patron Saint of...
I’m very much struggling lately with my creativity. I say “lately”, but really, this has been an ongoing thing for a few years now, with a few intermittent bursts of release for which I am eternally grateful. It’s very strange, growing up. Changing, getting older. It’s all the more strange growing up broken. Transforming from this prepubescent little ball of energy...
All-Metal Roundtable Podcast →
Check out the newest edition from Soundwaves From The Underground— SLUG Mag’s award-winning podcast— where yours truly and the rest of the metal crew talk about our favorite horror-themed metal tracks.
Abuse of Reason Art on ETSY →
Got myself a fancy Etsy shop with prints just begging to come home to you. If you like dinosaurs and dark things, you wouldn’t be amiss to check it out.
She wonders if she ever really owned the night. It seems a lifetime ago that the streets were flying under her tires, lights glittering like cold alien planets in the distance, daring her to land. Everything was empty and black. Everything was comfortable. She would chase away the day as fast as she could. That was a poisonous world where it was hard to breathe and harder to see. Her eyes sucked...
Megan Kennedy keeps it fresh and brutal with plenty of graphic violence, sex and...– Cody Kirkland, SLUG Magazine
"A Conversation With Megan Kennedy" at artduh.com →
Read the full interview I did with Jess at artduh.com!
Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You...– Lili St. Crow
"Introducing the fascinating Megan Kennedy" on... →
I was recently interviewed by the lovely Jess over at artduh.com about the inspirations behind my dark art and photography. Check out this preview, where I discuss the surprise popularity of “Funeral Girl”.
Short: "You Were My Sky"
You met her in the field the day after the fire shrank to embers. The whole town had kicked their way out of bed and gathered across the street to watch everything she ever knew disappear into the night. Plumes of black smoke sucked the stars from the sky. The hot kiss of ash snowed down on the crowd, smearing bedclothes with the dust of her life. For a surreal moment, even the firemen...
Interview with the legendary gents of As I Lay... →
I sit down with Josh Gilbert and Jordan Mancino to talk inspiration, their new album, and reaching the ten-year mark of melting faces.
Interview with death metal badasses Whitechapel →
This week on Napalm Flesh, I talk to vocalist Phil Bozeman and guitarist Zach Householder of Whitechapel!