Month: April 2014

BOOK: Nothing But Trouble – Stories by Bob Thurber

My old friend Bob Thurber, the winner of numerous literary awards, is on a roll. In 2011 he  released the stark, unforgiving and rather audacious novel Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel (Casperian Books), followed by Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories and Cinderella She Was Not: a novelette — both self-published in 2013, and now here in 2014 he’s just released Nothing But Trouble (Shanti Arts Publishing), another collection of stories, this time accompanied by the complimentary images of photographer Vincent Louis Carrella. From the press copy: This uncompromising collection of stories comes from the widely acclaimed and award winning master of the short story, Bob Thurber. Here he weaves his tales around such facets of the human condition as Fathers and Fools, Women and Children, Marriage and Divorce, and Art and Artifice. Typically unsettling and revelatory, Thurber knows how to cast a story that depicts the coarse reality of life, and his skills are displayed here with both passion and sentiment. Thurber gives the reader a chance, not to peek, but to plunge head first into the deep, dark …

Memorial and Benefit Show for Jason McCash

On May 4, 2014, a week from today, I and many, many others (at least 200 folks) will be   at Birdy’s  in Indianapolis for one of two local musical kiss-offs to our fallen brother Jason Daniel McCash (THE GATES OF SLUMBER), and benefits for the young family he left behind. The show features current and legendary Midwestern bands such as APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE, BULLETWOLF, COFFINWORM, IRON DIAMOND, OCCULT DECEIVER and the one-time special occasion reunion of Indy cult-favorites MAJHAS. It will be fun, loud, crowded and 100% beneficial to Jason’s wife Bridget and their fantastic three children. All proceeds, from the $10 donation at the door as well as various memorabilia and such that will be available, will go to the Jason McCash family. It’s a great event for a great cause and while I’ll be there doing my part I am especially looking forward to seeing and just simply being around the extended family of friends, fans and fellow musicians, all of us who were existed as interstellar bodies in Jason’s universe. I’m still having trouble writing in …

R.I.P Jason McCash

I’m supposed to be writing some kind of memorial for my fallen friend Jason McCash who tragically passed away this past Saturday night (April 5th). But I haven’t been able to yet. Like so many others, I’m still grieving and trying to make sense of this untimely event. As a member of the doom metal band the Gates of Slumber from my hometown of Indianapolis, Jason has well over a thousand friends and fans currently feeling this great loss with me. I have so much more to share, but it will have to wait for a bit.

My Personality Type: The Groundbreaking Thinker

My Personality Type: The Groundbreaking Thinker The Groundbreaking Thinker Groundbreaking Thinkers are charming, enthusiastic persons. They really bubble over with energy and like to take centre stage. They love variety both professionally and privately. Groundbreaking Thinkers tackle changes consistently with their optimism and firm belief in their own abilities; they are always on the look-out for improvement possibilities. Their excellent communication skills are of great advantage to them here. They approach the world with curiosity and openness and master new situations with a great deal of talent for improvising and with resourcefulness. Their spare time is taken up with a large number of hobbies; most Groundbreaking Thinkers like to travel in order to gather as many different impressions as possible. This personality type is unbeatable at discovering new possibilities.In their work, Groundbreaking Thinkers highly rate challenges and diversified tasks. They cannot stand routine and too detailed work. They love to astound others with bold ideas for an original, new project and then leave it up to the others to implement them. Hierarchies, rules and regulations …