My new heavy metal horror novel An Augmented Fourth comes out this June.
To mark the occasion I'm going to bring you '"Found Metal" on Fridays.
Found Metal is pop culture stuff I’ve dredged up from the corners of my mind and mother internet that aren’t explicitly heavy metal in and of themselves but nevertheless they still possess that unnameable thing that makes something metal. Some things just have that connotation with them and it’s hard to say exactly why. Metal is one of those things that’s impossible to define exactly but you know it when you see it.
This week's found metal comes from a reader! Roel Torres tipped me to this excellent piece of baroque art from Italian painter Guido Reni which depicts the Swintonesque archangel Michael triumphing over the Giamattish Satan. Depicting the devil as the losing faction in a heavenly bout is usually grounds for outright metal dismissal but the power and beauty of this piece is such that it actually makes the angel look pretty damn brutal.
Seriously, how is this not already metal album cover art?
Here, let's fix that:
By the by, "Spare the Dying" is a necromancy spell from the only D & D campaign I ever played. It was a good time to be sure, relationships were destroyed, furniture was broken, minds were torn in twain. Seriously, we played with two another couples who both broke up by the end of the mission and I smashed the bottom of a lamp using it as a staff for a wizard character I got way too into playing. D& D is metal as all get out.
For bringing this found metal to my attention I'm going to give Roel Torres some original artwork of mine. Not that he needs any more art, dude is an impressive comic book artist himself; check out some of his stuff here.
If you got something you think is found metal send me an email with it and if I use it I'll send you some sort of prize. Hit me up at: email@example.com