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The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press, 2020) received two particularly generous mentions this past week by a pair of authors who I not only admire, but who possess a massive amount of respect in our literary community.

Patricia Lillie added the book to her list of favorites for the year, and John Langan acknowledged The Skeleton Melodies as part of his year in review for Locus Magazine. Both Lillie and Langan’s own collections (The Cuckoo Girls and Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, respectively) are currently on the Bram Stoker Awards’ final ballot for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

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!