Book Review: Jason Lief’s “Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West” by Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom

Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred

We’re back with our slightly erratic series where Nine Circles is STILL very pleased to bring you book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The most recent post in this series features one man black metal/noise machine and occasional 9C contributor Jonathan Petkau of Domestikwom with his thoughts on Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred by Jason Lief.   Continue reading

Book Review: Henry Rollins’ “Get In the Van” by Will Rivera of Lord

Henry Rollins - Get In the Van

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The third post in this series features guitarist Will Rivera from the sludge/metal/hardcore band Lord with his thoughts on Get In the Van by Henry RollinsContinue reading

Book Review: Alexandre Dumas’ “Count of Monte Cristo” by Michael Martin of Ascentia

The Count of Monte Cristo

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The second post in this series features Michael Martin from the progressive metal band Ascentia with his thoughts on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasContinue reading

Book Review: Margaret Atwood’s “Surfacing” by Tom Coles of Sail

Margaret Atwood - Surfacing

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The first post in this series features Tom Coles from the progressive sludge metal band Sail with his thoughts on Surfacing by Margaret AtwoodContinue reading

Literary Essay: Ray Bradbury – The October Country

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So, Ray Bradbury’s The October Country — Is it pioneering dark fiction or classic horror fiction?

Ray Bradbury is one of America’s most distinguished writers. The author of acclaimed works Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, he has attained the status of legend deservedly. His death in 2012 brings disheartening loss to a great many loyal fans and readers.

The October Country is perhaps one of Bradbury’s least heralded accomplishments. The collection of stories includes staple-pieces put to film in his television series, The Ray Bradbury Theater, which aired many years ago and featured guest stars like Star Trek’s William Shatner.

Ray Bradbury’s The October Country may well be one of dark fiction’s earliest manifestations. Quite unsuitably, Bradbury’s short stories in this collection were dubbed horror stories, but that instance is rarely sufficient to describe just how expansive this body of work is in comparison to horror fiction before or since. After closer inspection, Ray Bradbury’s The October Country is successful at unsettling readers more so than traditional or contemporary horror fiction. Continue reading