Wagner World Update: March 2019
Happy March 2019, everyone. A lot has happened in WAGNERWORLD since my last newsletter and I’m here to tell you all about it.
First off, January was extremely exciting and cool for me. My first-ever art show that I ever curated went down amazingly well. The show was dubbed, “Conjoined vs. Grotesque” and I co-curated it with dark artist, Chet Zar, and we did it at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California. I missed the opening night kick-off reception but I heard it was incredible. Lots of people turned out and I received dozens of emails and messages from attendees from all over the world thanking me for it. Moreover, Copro Gallery said it was their biggest show, ever.
Here’s a great write up of the Conjoined vs. Grotesque show with fantastic photos:
Next up, I had the honor of being asked to play DIMEBASH this year at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Dimebash benefits a great cause and is an amazing opportunity for all to also celebrate the memory of Dimegag Darrell and have a blast.
The song selected for me to play was “Mandatory Suicide” by Slayer—and I was joining Sen Dog of Cypress Hill on vocals, Ra Diaz of Suicidal Tendencies on bass, and my dear friend, Nick Bowcott on lead guitar. I wanted to make this whole thing extra special by playing JEFF HANNEMAN’s iconic “punk rock Jackson soloist” (aka: the Holy Grail of all metal guitars—or “Unholy Grail” if you prefer) and also wear one of Jeff’s stage shirts. So, all of that happened, but if that wasn’t cool enough, I learned days before rehearsal that the one and only DAVE LOMBARDO was going to be playing drums with me! Dave is my favorite drummer of all time. So, this whole deal was a dream come true in a few ways…a “Slaytanic trifecta” that I’ll never forget.
The day after Dimebash, I headed over to Anaheim, California for the weekend and I signed free copies of my new novel, RABID HEART, at the Rock N Roll Industries magazine booth at the NAMM show. I signed about 67 copies of RABID HEART in 60 minutes. THANKS to RNR Industries mag for having me, and THANK YOU to all who showed up for my signing.
After I returned home from the whirlwind of awesomeness in California, I was delighted to learn on February 4th that RABID HEART was nominated for a SPLATTERPUNK AWARD in the category of “BEST NOVEL!” I’m far beyond happy, grateful, and proud.
I got the news via my big-brother/mentor/hero, legendary horror author Brian Keene here:
The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the 2019 Killercon Convention, taking place August 16th through the 18th in Austin, Texas. For more Killercon information, click here:
Aside from all of this fun stuff, I’m still busy hammering out edits on THREE new books and also looking to try and finish a NOVELLA on top of all this. Also, there’s some BROKEN HOPE news coming soon—YES, I said BROKEN HOPE—and some other “Wagner book news” coming down the pike.
As always, thank you all for subscribing to my newsletter and reading it all—and THANK YOU for supporting what I do in my worlds of books and music.
Jeremy —Chicago, March 4, 2019