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Friday, August 19, 2016

Loki's Child

Loki's Child is a tale of music, revolution, and revenge. A pagan dystopian paean to chaos, a libertarian manifesto, and an insider's scathing critique of the music industry, this is a book that Robert Anton Wilson might have written if he had known how to play electric guitar. This is a book so metal that even the consonants require umlauts. This is a book that will make you first question the author's sanity, and then the sanity of the society in which you live.

Jasmine, Mitzi, and Sandy are Fatal Lipstick, a three-piece girl-metal band with a million-dollar record contract and less musical talent than the average gangster rapper. They dedicate songs such as "Whoredumb", "Greed is Bad", and "Guts Ripped Out" to the Devil and declare their greatest ambition is to inspire their fans to kill themselves. Their own sound engineer thinks they should be dragged out into the street and shot for their crimes against music. And it falls to Ezron Blenderman, a record producer who puts on his pants one leg at a time and makes hit records, to somehow transform their horrendous incompetence into something that will sell millions of records to unsuspecting teenagers around the world.

But one day, Blenderman catches Jasmine playing the guitar by herself... and begins to discover that the daughter of the Norse God of Chaos has no intention of becoming a manufactured one-hit wonder. Loki's Child is angry, and she intends to set the whole world on fire.

Loki's Child is 380 pages, DRM-free, and retails for $4.99 on Amazon. This is the same book that some New Release subscribers received as a bonus book last year, but it has been considerably edited since. However, please note that the book contains a number of elements that some Castalia House readers may find objectionable, including vulgarities, a pagan perspective, drug use, violence, the music industry, and a revolutionary libertarian theme.

If you are, like me, a fan of either Robert Anton Wilson or Philip K. Dick during his VALIS phase, (which is to say his most reality-challenged phase) you will not like this book, you will love it. Loki's Child is a satire even more biting than The Missionaries; while it is often funny, the humor is considerably darker and there is an angry edge to it that is more than a little appropriate to the political situation in which we find ourselves today.

Like its recent predecessor, Loki's Child is a novel that would never have gotten past the gatekeepers at any other publishing house. And the fact that the book is about the music industry, takes place in part in Tokyo, refers to kawai metal, has a libertarian theme, and is written by someone named Fenris Wulf might lead some to believe it was written by a three-time Billboard-charting recording artist who studied in Japan, recently attended a Babymetal concert, has been named one of the 25 leading internet libertarians, and founded a game development house named Fenris Wolf.

However, I assure you, these things are mere coincidences.

From the reviews:
  • The book is smoothly-written. That's a considerable feat, as it also manages to be rambling, nihlistic, and insane! The language is well-chosen, and events flow naturally from one to another, with no unnatural transitions. It is also very funny. The hypothetical bands and artists are wonderful... I would strongly recommend "Loki's Child" to virtually any reader, particularly those that enjoy Douglas Adams, satire, music, science fiction and fantasy, or simply entertaining, unhinged stories.

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41 Comments:

Blogger Noah B August 19, 2016 3:48 AM  

Fenris Wulf? That can't be a coincidence.

Blogger weka August 19, 2016 4:10 AM  

Dick at his most paranoid was more coherent that Ellison on his stable days. Got it.

Blogger Benjamin van der Voorn August 19, 2016 4:34 AM  

If Vox really isn't trolling us, I'm guessing that Fenris Wulf is by someone familiar with Vox, possibly one of the regulars of Vox Popoli. 'Mere coincidences' my foot...

Anonymous Pax_Romana August 19, 2016 4:52 AM  

Of course, that begs the question: are Vox, Wulf, Tingle, all nom de plumes for the ultimate mastermind of them all: John C. Wright?!?

Blogger joe b August 19, 2016 5:47 AM  

mind. blown.

Anonymous 5343 August 19, 2016 5:48 AM  

Bought, and about to be enjoyed.

Blogger Rantor August 19, 2016 5:51 AM  

For no explicable reason, I did enjoy VALIS...

Blogger Michael Maier August 19, 2016 6:01 AM  

Vox, the Castalia House email has the wrong date in it.

Blogger Michael Maier August 19, 2016 6:04 AM  

This looks like one of those things I am going to love and then have EVERYONE I tell about it looking like I sprouted two other heads when I try to describe it.

Anonymous CC August 19, 2016 6:23 AM  

As Garak of Deep Space Nine said: "I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't trust coincidences."

Just as an aside, the plot elements reminds of a really good horror comedy I saw last year called Deathgasm which had some similar themes. It about two small town New Zealand boys who set up a heavy metal band and raise demons by playing a piece of satanic music backwards. It was a really good juxtaposition of metal and horror; I'd recommend anyone who was into those two things to check it out. Like many Kiwi horror films it was extremely gory (what is it with Kiwis and gore?), but it was also hilarious.

Abigail: The possessed bodies, they kill all in their path in preparation for Aeloth's ascension on the next blood moon. On the Devil's hour.

Brodie: Oh shit, the moon is red tonight. When is the Devil's hour?

Abigail: Three AM.

Zakk: Three AM Pacific or Eastern time? Do demons recognize daylight savings?


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg-c7UpJZLQ

Blogger peter blandings August 19, 2016 6:47 AM  

the post advertising the book is really good. it stands as a piece on its own. i haven't read fiction in 20 years, but i have to buy it.

Anonymous jml1911a1 August 19, 2016 6:56 AM  

Vox, the third and fourth "Loki's Child" links are invalid URLs.

Blogger Earl August 19, 2016 7:22 AM  

Seriously dude?

Blogger Nate August 19, 2016 8:00 AM  

"However, please note that the book contains a number of elements that some Castalia House readers may find objectionable, including ... the music industry"

THAT LULZ

Anonymous Mister M August 19, 2016 8:11 AM  

Robert Anton Wilson and I are products of the same High School.

Blogger VD August 19, 2016 8:19 AM  

Robert Anton Wilson and I are products of the same High School.

That's very interesting! Did you know, I once urinated in the urinal next to David Lee Roth in a Tokyo nightclub.

Anonymous Darth Wheatley #2415 August 19, 2016 8:38 AM  

I seriously need to read this...

Dang it. I gotta get this.

Blogger weka August 19, 2016 9:00 AM  

Read.
Ferris was not cynical enough: the music industry is far more corrupt than in this book.
However, Five stars.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 19, 2016 9:09 AM  

I am Fenris Wulf.

And so can you.

Blogger VD August 19, 2016 9:14 AM  

However, Five stars.

Glad to hear it. Post a review if you don't mind; we could use a few more up there today.

Blogger Nate August 19, 2016 9:15 AM  

"That's very interesting! Did you know, I once urinated in the urinal next to David Lee Roth in a Tokyo nightclub."

Did he check you out?

I took lessons from David Lee Roth's drummer...Greg Bissonette. He said Dave was a fruity dude with switch hitter tendencies.

Blogger VD August 19, 2016 9:47 AM  

Did he check you out?

Actually, it wasn't me, but my friend. He came back to the bar and said "Guess who I was just draining the lizard next to? David Lee Roth!"

We expressed doubt, then Dave pops up behind him and says, "no, he really was!" He bought us all drinks, hung out for about half an hour, hit the dance floor for a while, then left with two of the prettier models there that night. He was one of the few celebrities who didn't even go into the VIP section at all.

Very friendly and outgoing. Everybody liked him.

Blogger residentMoron August 19, 2016 10:10 AM  

As the late Hunter S Thompson observed:

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.

There's also a negative side.


― Hunter S. Thompson


Vox, you bastard - stop selling me books!

Blogger Brian S August 19, 2016 10:30 AM  

VD wrote:Did he check you out? Very friendly and outgoing. Everybody liked him.

well duh, that's cos everybody wants some!

Blogger The Rev August 19, 2016 11:27 AM  

Seriously, Castalia needs to stop publishing books specifically written to my tastes. My book queue is already long enough!

Blogger KJE August 19, 2016 11:51 AM  

This was available earlier in the year as a gift to a Castilia house purchase. I enjoyed the hell out of it. I don't think anyone will be disappointed.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 19, 2016 12:14 PM  

I loved this crazy book.

Anonymous Migrant from AmRen August 19, 2016 12:19 PM  

I am not a fan of vulgarities, drug use, violence, or revolutionary libertarianism. Paganism can be moral or immoral. A satire involving the music industry could be very amusing, but are the Japanese really the problem there?

Blogger Were-Puppy August 19, 2016 12:25 PM  

I read the prelude on Amazon, and the prelude in the pre-release. Noted a difference already, the part about the major religions. I'm going to buy it now.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 19, 2016 12:27 PM  

Migrant from AmRen wrote:I am not a fan of vulgarities, drug use, violence, or revolutionary libertarianism. Paganism can be moral or immoral. A satire involving the music industry could be very amusing, but are the Japanese really the problem there?

I notice the first 8 chapters are available on Amazon. You can try before you buy.

Anonymous Thranite August 19, 2016 12:30 PM  

Castalia has not steered me wrong yet, purchasing as soon as finish typing this. . .

Blogger Dave August 19, 2016 1:14 PM  

When Castalia House made this the free bonus book for one of their new releases, I really didn't give it that much thought. It felt like an afterthought; here's our New Release, oh yeah, buy this and we'll throw in this other story about the music industry by someone calling themselves Fenris Wulf.

Eventually I started reading it and to my surprise it was well written, funny, and a little crazy. And it kept getting better the further I read.

I was amazed that CH give this away for free and there weren't copies available to buy for all my friends I kept telling just had to read this. So thank you Castalia House, now I can buy copies for my friends.

The story is set in the near future where the music industry has taken AutoTune, audio processing, and the promotion of no-talent bands to an unimaginable level. But more than cynical music executives and drugged-out bands; it mixes in a humorous commentary on progressive society and political correctness run amok.

I'm confident that if you listen to music even if you've never been in a band or involved in the music industry; you will be entertained by Loki's Child and will be telling your friends to read it.

Anonymous LAN sakes! August 19, 2016 4:10 PM  

I particularly like putting the umlaut over the "n". Always love that sort of joke.

Between managing the blog and fighting endlessly with idiots on twitter and raising a family, where on earth do you find time for all the rest of this, erm, .....stuff?

"This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders can be used to prevent earthquakes."

Blogger Fenris Wulf August 19, 2016 4:52 PM  

It's great to be here! I worked on this thing sporadically for 10 years and I was pretty sure it was unpublishable. I never dreamed there would be a right-wing insurrection in the SF genre, followed by a nationalist insurrection in the Republican Party. I'm convinced that Vox orchestrated all of this and he created Donald Trump in his secret laboratory.

LOKI'S CHILD is politically libertarian but culturally right-wing, for what it's worth. The over-the-top vulgarity is intended as a critique of modern culture.

The villains were inspired by political figures of the 90's. Any resemblance to current political figures is yet another bizarre coincidence. People are going to assume that Uncle Ralph is [redacted], Lucille Perez is [redacted], and the General is [redacted]. The ending is like a paranoid leftist fantasy about what [redacted] supporters might do if he loses the election. It's just too perfect.

I cut some of the boring political stuff, improved the characterizations, and added more ultraviolence and more comedy. Vox's editorial input was invaluable. Putting his favorite band in there was a bit of a challenge, but it resulted in some great character moments.

Strangely enough, I have never read Robert Anton Wilson or ingested any mind-altering substances. However, I'm a big fan of a certain self-mythologizing carnival showman.

I won't yak about it too much. I pretty much said everything in the book itself. I have a vague idea for a novel about radio with SF elements, but knowing me, it'll take 10 years to finish.

Blogger Dave August 19, 2016 5:46 PM  

Congratulations Mr. Wulf. You may have a knack for predicting the future as less than a year ago I'm not sure Trump had really made known his nationalists ideals. Without Trump there is no nationalist insurrection in the Republican party at this time anyway.


I have a vague idea for a novel about radio with SF elements, but knowing me, it'll take 10 years to finish.

Better get started, I have a feeling Castalia House will be there to publish it.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 19, 2016 6:11 PM  

@34 Fenris Wulf

Congrats on the book being published

The giveaway copy was one of my favorite reads of this year so far.

Blogger VD August 19, 2016 7:13 PM  

Vox's editorial input was invaluable.

Well, I AM a 3x-Hugo Award editorial finalist. What a pity this testimony is too late for the Hugo voters. I'm sure they would have given it all due consideration.

Anonymous LastRedoubt August 19, 2016 10:16 PM  

@Mister M

Robert Anton Wilson and I are products of the same High School.


Cool.


@The Rev

Seriously, Castalia needs to stop publishing books specifically written to my tastes. My book queue is already long enough!


Amen.


@Fenris Wulf

Thank you. I bought it at "Robert Anton Wilson", even if you say you never read his stuff.

While I wasn't as much a fan of his other works, I still found them a worthwhile read, and the Illuminatus and Shroedinger's Cat trilogies have a prominent place on my shelves.

FWIW - The Principia Discordia, which can be considered a major inspiration for his trilogies, is one of two books on my desk (the other a complete collection of Kipling's Verse)


Anonymous LastRedoubt August 19, 2016 10:17 PM  

@VD

I'm sure they would have given it all due consideration.

Of course they would. They are the intellectually curious, tolerant ones.

Blogger Brian S August 20, 2016 1:14 AM  

"I'm convinced that Vox orchestrated all of this and he created Donald Trump in his secret laboratory"

Lol, heard a joke somewhere about Trump being created by the same computer used to make Lisa in Weird Science.

Looking forward to reading your book

Blogger Banjo August 22, 2016 9:34 AM  

Ordered.

FYI, the 3rd and 4th "Loki's Child" links are broken.

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