For many years, Richmond, Virginia artist/musician Dave Brockie has been known to the world as GWAR's pig-snouted and bellicose lead "throat-thing" Oderus Urungus, playing to semi-packed houses around easily 35 percent of the world. Never one to shy away from using GWAR's success as a way to gain attention for a bewildering variety of side projects, including a glut of bands (X-COPS, DEATH PIGGY, DBX), a variety of bizarre performances (F-Art Players, Chippy the Chippopautamus, Crack-a-thon), and a slew of demented drawings and illustrations, Brockie has now added literature to his already bulging quiver of artistic arrows. Eleven years after its completion, Brockie's sprawling epic of modern war and ancient necromancy, "Whargoul", has finally been released in book form by Eraserhead Press.
The story of the "Whargoul" came to being in the late Nineties as Brockie toured Europe with GWAR. Inspired by some of histories more despicable events, Brockie began drawing and writing about the creature that called itself "Whargoul". The idea of an undying creature that found sustenance in the carnage of war began to flesh itself out in the form of several comics for the now-defunct Slave Pit Funnies, and was stand-out track on GWAR's 1997 album "Rag-Na-Rok". Ultimately Brockie decided the only way the story could truly be told was through a novel, and began hand-writing the book into a journal that was half-filled with pages of microscopic lettering, which he unbelievably lost, forcing him to re-write it from memory on his first lap-top. Brockie finally finished the book in 1999.
"After it was done, I didn't really know what to do with it, so I asked Henry Rollins," said Brockie. "He just kind of stared at me..."
The book ended up on Brockie's long-running web site where people could (and still can) download it free of charge. After languishing here for the better part of a decade it attracted the attention of Eraserhead Press publisher Jeff Burk, who after reading it decided it was good fit for the Eraserhaed/Deadite Publishing roster.
"Brockie finds insight, and ever humor, in our most destructive impulses," Burk said from the Eraserhead Press headquarters in Portland. "It's just what we need. This is not a book for everybody but those who get it will love it. In a world of boring and safe fiction, Whargoul is exactly the kind of book that metalheads, punks, and splatter fans are craving."
"Whargoul", the first novel from an artist who for over a quarter century has provided a consistent level of mayhem that few could match, or even want to, is now available from Amazon.com.