Metal. Monsters. Mayhem.

Posts tagged “heavy metal

Last chance before the lights go out

Hey everyone — just a short note to remind my faithful blog followers and web visitors that all the action is now at the new version of As You Were. Soon I’ll be turning out the lights here for good.

What have you been missing? Well, in addition to all the full posts and comments from this embryonic version of As You Were, there are new stories in Werewolf Wednesday and Thunder God Thursday. There are also regular new reviews on Metal Monday and Feature Friday. Besides all that, this summer I joined a cadre of other bloggers to look at the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog. Plus, the new site is [humility mode off] organized better, has some new features and looks nicer.

So click on over! If you like what you see, please take a second to follow the new blog. I can’t import blog followers from the old version of my site, but fortunately you can easily subscribe to the new one. I’ve put the “Follow this Blog” widget right up near the top. If you’ve been with me this far I’d love to have you along for the ride as we head into winter — I’ll be posting regularly and don’t want you to miss anything.

Thanks again for following and/or stopping by!  It’s been great to have you and I hope to see you at the new site.

Cheers,

David

Advertisements

Werewolf Wednesday: Tunes to wolf out to

As I work on my own interminable werewolf work-in-progress, I think often of what would be on its official soundtrack. This is one of those tricks authors use to avoid writing. We call it brainstorming, or world-building, or visualizing. But it’s not.

To read more, click here.


Coming soon: Werewolf tunes and Metal Queens

Hoo boy, it’s going to be a busy week here at As You Were.  We will of course be celebrating Werewolf Wednesday on said day, but we have another guest post coming up, this time courtesy of prolific horror writer and editor (and metal fan) Armand Rosamilia.

On Wednesday, we’ll be looking at the top werewolf tunes out there.  Yes, I know you all have your opinions and will be full of outrage that I gave your favourite short shrift.

Don’t worry, you can have your say, too!  I’ll be posting my first-ever poll on Wednesday, so you can weigh in and vote (and, if I’ve done it correctly, add your own favourite) for the best werewolf song.

Despite what you might think, I was able to pull together a list BEYOND Ozzy’s “Bark At the Moon” — and turned up some selections that may surprise you.

Then, without even blinking, Thursday will feature Armand’s guest post as part of his Dying Days zombie blog tour.  But since he knows of As You Were’s affinity for the heavier side of music, he’ll be devoting his post to the known and lesser-known hard-working women  in metal, which is the subject of another of his book series, Metal Queens. Not enough, you say?  Well Armand will also be giving away two ebook volumes of Metal Queens as part of the post — making this the first giveaway ever on As You Were. It’s a week of firsts!

So: don’t forget to stop back on Wednesday for some great (and diverse) lycanthropic music, and then return Thursday for some metal madness. Metal horns: \m/


Werewolf Wednesday: Rachel Deering’s Anathema

Welcome to a new feature here at As You Were: Werewolf Wednesday. In which we reserve a day for that greatest of monsters, often overlooked thanks to shambling zombies and flawless vampires. Our first feature in the series is with independent comic book writer and letterer Rachel Deering.

*  *  *

If you’re tired of garden-variety werewolves, comic creator Rachel Deering has a new one for you: a lesbian shapeshifter out for revenge against religious zealots and fighting members of a sinister cult for her lover’s soul.

Rachel, 29, was born and raised in a small town in northeastern Kentucky. Her passion for comics took root at age seven, when one of her uncles gave her his old collection, and horror was front and centre. It was love at first sight.

“It wasn’t a very large collection, maybe ten or twelve magazines,” she says, “but they were all quality.” Among the titles were genre staples such as Heavy Metal, Creepy, and Tales from the Crypt.

“Not exactly light reading, especially for one so young as me. I read every single issue until the pages were falling apart.”

To read more, click here.


Rewriting, revising, it’s-all-going-to-be-crap; or, to be one of the happy few

“What? ANOTHER revision?”

Revising, like war, is hell.

For those of you stuck in your own Work-In-Progress, or for anyone who wonders why it takes so long to write a novel, I offer up my own (unfinished) experience.

To read more, click here.


More than the sum of their parts

Kiss / Sonic Boom (KISS Records/Universal)

Ace Frehley / Anomaly (Bronx Man)

OLD dogs may not learn new tricks, but they can master the ones they know.

Take Kiss. After repackaging and recycling their prime 1970s material on gratuitous “best of” collections and multiple tours for the last 13 years, founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley — joined by drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer — finally return with the band’s first full-length studio album since 1998.

The results are mixed.

To read more, click here.


Duff knows his stuff

Duff McKagan’s Loaded / The Taking (Armoury/Eagle Rock)

It’s not easy to live down multi-platinum success, but every former member of Guns N’ Roses has to do it.

Seattle native and founding GNR bassist Duff McKagan has given it his best shot over the years, forming Loaded in 1999 and joining fellow ex-Gunners Matt Sorum and Slash in Velvet Revolver in 2004. Fans that have followed him from project to project will be pleased to know The Taking is very good.

To read more, click here.