Three Blog entries three weeks in a row, with a few breaking news announcements interspersed between them. It’s like the Hail Saten days again, and suddenly I’m feeling nostalgic…
Last Sunday, my oldest son David, Coop, our friend Tomo, and I saw Faith No More at Merriweather. We ended up in the front row just a few feet from the stage. FNM is my all-time favorite band. It was wonderful to share the experience of possibly seeing them for the last time with two of my best friends and one of my sons.
It was also an exercise in aging. The last time I saw Faith No More (in the 90s) I had joints for my friends. This time, I had Advil, which both Coop and I took in advance just so we’d be able to move. The last time I saw Faith No More, the only thing on my mind (other than enjoying the show) was meeting girls. This time, it was whether or not my fading vision would hold up against the stage lights. Tomo’s concern was whether his bad hip would up up against standing for so long. Coop’s concern was whether his bad shoulder would hold up against any potential moshing or pogoing. And David’s concern was that he wouldn’t meet any girls because he was stuck babysitting three middle-aged men, all of whom are looking at fifty looming in the headlights.
Turns out David didn’t have to worry. We met the girls for him. Special hello to Dawn who is wise like an owl, and her girlfriend whose name I can’t remember. And another shout out to Mike (?) and his wife, who recognized me and came up after the show and said hello, and thus afforded David his first public glimpse of “My Dad is somebody other than my Dad”.
The show itself? Easily one of the Top Three best concerts I’ve ever attended. Refused were the opener, and they were phenomenal. And Faith No More has never sounded better or tighter. They looked like they were having fun, and that feeling was infectious among the crowd. This tour has featured a different set list every night. We got “The Real Thing” for an opener, followed by “Land of Sunshine”, “Caffeine”, and fifteen more beloved songs both old and new, including “RV”, which they haven’t played live in the U.S. since 1993. The crowd sang along with them all.
I left the show feeling happy and good and at peace with the autumn I find myself surrounded by.
Other than the concert, I’ve been taking it easy, as per doctor’s orders (and in truth, I took it easy during the concert, as well. Before the encore, my body told me to sit down or it was going to drop me. So I listened to my body and headed for the back of the stadium). Taking it easy is defined as not writing more than 8 hours per day, and getting in an evening walk, and trying not to stress over the insane amount of things I’m behind on or have failed to finish up as of yet. Thanks to everyone who asked last week, or sent well-wishes. I still feel terribly guilty about canceling my upcoming appearance at the Lewisburg Literary Festival, and I hope to make it up to you next time it comes around.
Here is the cover for THE CRUELTY OF AUTUMN. It’s a new short story collection and one of the books that will be included in this year’s Maelstrom set from Thunderstorm Books. As with some of the titles from previous year’s sets, it will only be available as a Maelstrom hardcover, and will never be reprinted.
For new readers, Maelstrom is my own publishing imprint, specializing in signed, limited edition hardcovers produced for the collectible market. Each year, it features two books by me and one by an author I think more folks should be reading. Previous years have included Kelli Owen, John Goodrich, John Urbancik, Sarah Pinborough, and more. This year’s set will feature four authors, all female, all fantastic, and all of whom will be announced shortly.
The fact that I’m posting this teaser means that you should start setting aside the funds for this year’s set now. As I said, full details will be announced soon, but I believe this year’s set is going to be very much in demand.
WHERE WE LIVE AND DIE, another new collection, will go on sale later this month from Lazy Fascist Press. I could tell you about the book, but why do that when you can read the cover description for yourself? (Althought, do note, this might get tweaked a bit before publication).
In case you were under a rock last week, my friends and I made a short film called FAST ZOMBIES SUCK and put it on the internet for free. Click here to watch it. If you like it, please consider leaving a comment and sharing the link with friends.
Also, reminders that my new novel KING OF THE BASTARDS (co-written with Steven Shrewsbury) is on sale now in paperback and digital. And if you’re an X-Files fan, I’ve contributed a new story to THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE, also on sale now.