A work of paranormal fiction that combines popular music culture, fantasy, and horror, the novel Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World (ISBN 1435734203) was first published on the Black Skylark Singing imprint via Lulu’s print-on-demand process for paperback and hardback editions in November 2007. Prior to its publication under the current title, it was known on various websites as The Black Skylark Z-Ped Music Player and a number of excerpts from it were posted to critical acclaim. Distribution factors limited the book's initial availability and it has therefore been re-released to increase availability on sites web-wide for 2008 and 2009.
In April 2008, the novel also became available as a Kindle Edition on Amazon.com.
Written by the Savannah, Georgia-born award-winning author and poet Aberjhani the novel is described as one that takes readers “inside the world of Danny Blue, a young man struggling to make peace with the death of his girlfriend, a gifted artist named Valerie Hyerman whose passing sparks the creation of a controversial spiritual movement. Was her death suicide, murder, or something completely different from either?”
Addressing as it does the potential link between something as catastrophic as mass suicides and as celebrated as popular music, the novel has stirred some controversy. Nevertheless, the author’s style and literary daring have drawn favorable comparisons to such writers as Philip K. Dick, Khalil Gibran, and Franz Kafka. A particularly unique aspect of the novel is the author’s use of song lyric’s as an integral element of the overall prose narrative. Lyrics featured throughout the book are included in an appendix at its end.
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A Unique Kind of Epic
Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World combines popular music culture, science fiction fantasy, and horror to create a uniquely engaging metaphysical epic. The story takes us inside the world of Danny Blue, a young man struggling to make peace with the death of his girlfriend, a gifted artist named Valerie Hyerman whose passing sparks the creation of a controversial spiritual movement. Was her death suicide, murder, or something completely different from either?
The stunning truth unfolds in Froggtown, a college community where many people are said to have “died dirty” and wander the streets in search of release from a spiritual limbo. Such a town seems an unlikely place for a superstar musician like Jimmy Redfyre to kick off his tour on Christmas Eve, or for his main rival Ruzahn to keep popping up in Danny Blue’s life. Moreover, how is it that both singers seem to have released songs about his life? Equally bizarre are the strange changes that Danny Blue himself begins to experience and that appear to be causing him to evolve from an ordinary human to something not so ordinary at all. Written with the visionary intensity of Franz Kafka, the mystical poetics of Khalil Gibran, and the psychological complexity of Philip K. Dick, Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World is a one-of-a-kind work of extraordinary modern fiction.