“Nothing Is Over! Nothing!”

Nightscript, Vol. VI and Oculus Sinister: An Anthology of Occular Horror

Of course I’m referring to the continued aura of autumn and the lingering essence of Halloween.  As such, I’ve gratefully received copies of C.M. Muller’s annual installment Nightscript (this season marking volume six) and Oculus Sinister:  An Anthology of Ocular Horror (both published under Chthonic Matter).

And though I’m eager to wade into these tales, this post is more of a celebration of C.M. Muller’s continued (and inexhaustible) dedication to quality, integrity, and professionalism.  Having had some kindred proximity to this writer, editor, and publisher since 2013, Muller continues to produce products that are dependable in their high-quality content, and reflect a tangible and durable aesthetic.  It’s comforting to have those spines lining my shelves, but it’s also rewarding to recognize, on those pages, the names of so many dependable practitioners on contemporary fiction, many of which are genuine, personal inspirations.  

So come on: Give this Scrivener some support by snatching up a volume or three at woefully reasonable prices:

Radio Cake Records Releases THE SKELETON MELODIES Soundtrack EP by Kell The Ruiner

The emergence of tonight’s full, blue moon will certainly accentuate this Halloween’s memorable potential.  To add to the uncanny atmosphere, and as an early treat, Radio Cake Records has released a soundtrack EP for The Skeleton Melodies by Kell The Ruiner.  The five songs, each connected to a story from my collection by the same title, were composed by Allen Kell from the band Shadeland. Here’s the track listing:

Jeffrey Thomas (author of The American) recently made an anecdote celebrating the creativity of his friends (in this case, providing a shoutout to his pal Wyland Ytani for the album The Incident on Planet X).  In the same vein, I’d like to acknowledge how proud I am to be associated with both this project and this musician.  

Allen Kell / Kell the Ruiner, performing with Shadeland

Remaining in close proximity to creative thinkers helps calibrate, and progress, creative crafts in all mediums. In addition to being one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever known, Allen is also one of my most genuine creativity colleagues.  His music and innovative output inspires me, as a writer, to not only sustain fecundity and productivity in my own wheelhouse, but to continuously challenge myself to alter the dynamics of my artistic disciplines.

Likewise, I’d like to supply major props to Nikosha Orchard, one of the kind and clever helmers of Radio Cake Records, who’s been supremely supportive throughout this endeavor.

You can find The Skeleton Melodies soundtrack by Kell the Ruiner on a number of platforms, but you can start with these:

Happy Halloween, friends and fiends — enjoy the music!