It seems like a long time ago that I decided I was going to do this. I guess it was a long time ago…November of last year? I had wanted to give myself a lot of time to collect the right stories, do this, do that, and also do other things. It so happened that after I set my firm deadline, May 30th, a lot of other things happened. Other very time-consuming, but unavoidable and completely necessary things. I’m still in the middle of all of that, but…here this is. And a day early! 130 pages for $6.99! (£4.15 & €5.12!)
Now, this is the print copy. I’m anticipating having the electronic Kindle copy up by tomorrow at the latest, and that, at least, will still be making my deadline. But here it is; look at it. Look at it, love it, and most of all, buy it and read it. Because it’s fucking great.
I’d like to give a huge thank you to my very patient writers–Jesse Bullington, Dustin LaValley, Dean Swinford, Jason Jack Miller, Ben Gwin, Sean Moreland, T. J. Tranchell, Mary Goff, Michael J. Riser, Mathias Jansson, Stephen Jansen, Harvey Bainbridge, Nathan Meyer–each one a pleasure to work with. I’d also like to thank Rachael Deacon for being willing to barter on this very DIY project and gracing my inaugural issue with such a brilliant cover. I’d also like to give massive props to Anthony Everitt, who took on the gargantuan task of all things technological so that I could focus on my editing and illustrating duties.
I was tremendously lucky to get the submissions that I got, to get these writers and these stories, and this beautifully brutal cover. And now…onto the second issue. SUBMIT.
As of yesterday, we can no longer accept any more stories for Issue One–it is just too damned chocked full of good shit at this point. The good shit’s going to have to start spilling over into Issue Two (and, in fact, it already has). So, here’s who we’ve got:
Jason Jack Miller’s Rhythm of War
Dustin LaValley’s Brothers and Sisters
Mathias Jansson’s Whispering Metal
TJ Tranchell’s Nailshitter
Dean Swinford’s Nekromonikon Eucharist
Nathan Meyer’s Tethers
Ben Gwin’s Basement
Mary Goff’s Inspiration
Michael Riser’s Cradlesong
Sean Moreland’s Rrröööaaarrr
Jesse Bullington’s Holy Diver
Stephen Jansen’s The Light from Dead Stars
While there are a few that are just general metal-inspired/related, our playlist for this issue includes Candlemass, Judas Preist, Megadeth, Meshuggah, Voivod, Dio, and Hawkwind. Yes, Hawkwind. Not too shabby…
Also, here are the sneaky-peeks for the inside art I promised, oh, forever ago:
Yeah, I’m pretty happy where this is heading. All we have left to do is…everything. Time to do some editing, finish up the artwork, do some formatting, etc., and BOOM, a lovely little metal mag for you. And then, off to the second issue.
Speaking of which, we’re now taking submissions for the next issue! Get ‘em in–like I said previously, we’re already rolling accepted pieces over, so get a move on.
Do you think death metal was inspired by literature? If so, what, and how did it shape the genre?
Oh, sure. I mean, if Tolkien’s orcs made folk music of their own, what would it sound like? When one of Lovecraft’s protagonists hears the batrachian choir that tips him into madness, what does he hear? And I think that it contributes to literature through what you could call the “poetics” of metal lyrics and the textual features of liner notes—the mix of images and lyrics paired with personal notes and lists from the musicians.
Smart interview, smart answers. Better put on your big brain pants. Great read. Speaking of great reads–you want to pick up his Death Metal Epic (Book One: The Inverted Katabasis), which I finished the other week and enjoyed thoroughly. I can’t wait for the second book, The Goat Song Sacrifice. Well, hey…there might be a little sneaky-peek in our first issue… Maybe. Might be. Hmmm. Well, in the meantime, read this interview.
The Word: A puncture, as a noun, is a hole or wound made by a sharp point, or a small hole in a tire that causes it to lose air. We’ll ignore that second one, though I imagine it’s useful. As a verb, it means to make a hole in something, or someone, with a sharp point; to weaken, damage, or destroy something, such as an argument or a person’s feelings, pride, etc.–or, I suppose, someone–suddenly or in a way that causes surprise or embarrassment (Oh my!); or to interrupt silence in a sudden and unexpected way, like this.
Etymology/History: As a noun, puncture was first used in the 14th century–it stems from the Late Latin punctura, “a pricking,” and from Latin punctus, past participle of pungere “to prick, pierce.” (Like pungent, which might have to be next week’s word.) It wasn’t recorded as a verb until the 1690s, and, obviously, comes from the noun.
Phonology/Sound: There’s not too much to say about the P sound, which isn’t really very metal, but the -UNC is different. The short U and the dental or alveolar nasal N really just facilitate the very metal C sound. C actually comes from the same letter as G–and there’s a long complicated history involving early Latin inscriptions and the letters K and Q, all of which are very metal-sounding, but is, alas, a digression–which, as we’ve seen before, is very metal. The -UNC followed by the T actually sound, well, like a puncture. I imagine it’s the sound you make when you’re stabbing a former band-mate, or something. But then, something magical happens: the -TURE. More specifically, the T, which, with the -URE, takes the -CH sound, which, like the G, is a very guitar-chug-chug sound. (It is also what people think the sound of Friday the 13th’s Jason is, but, they would be mistaken.) And there you have it: puncture includes both a stabby sound, and a chuggy guitar sound, which, along with its definition, make it very metal.
In Metal: Aside from the late 70s English punk band, Puncture, and Puncture, the “Industrial Speed Metal” band from Arlington, TX, the name seems to be wide open. The only album title we’ve found is, of course, Arlington’s Puncture‘s self-titled 1994 release. Song-wise, though, there are Cannibal Corpse‘s “Puncture Wound Massacre,” and the not-nearly-as-good “Puncture (a/an/and) Pustule” by an Athens, GR grind band called Dissected. So, it looks like puncture is pretty underused in metal. That said, we think the Latin punctus would make a pretty sweet band name, and that doesn’t seem to be taken.
Now, enjoy some Cannibal Corpse:
There’s a Facebook event for this shit! We suggest popping over to Facebook (you were going to anyway) and “attending” this if you’re planning on submitting. You can ask questions there, talk about what you’re working on, talk writing, talk metal, talk writing metal. Talk metal writing. You get the picture.