Former PIGFACE/current THE UNDEAD member Joel Gausten has published his first book, "Tales of Horror: The History of the Misfits & The Undead".
"Tales of Horror: The History of the Misfits & The Undead" is a limited-edition, professionally printed and manufactured 56-page excerpt from Gausten's full-length book-in-progress, "Albums (that) Should've Changed the World". It offers a complete history of legendary horror-punk bands THE MISFITS and THE UNDEAD, as well as full-length Q&A interviews with MISFITS founding member Jerry Only and former MISFITS/current UNDEAD guitarist Bobby Steele. This "mini book," full of rare and recently unearthed information, is said to be a "must-read" for all fans of THE MISFITS and THE UNDEAD.
The book is available for purchase at this location.
"I decided to publish 'Tales of Horror' as a limited-edition book in response to repeated requests from visitors of my official Myspace page to make my MISFITS and UNDEAD material — originally slated to appear only in the 'Albums' book — available as a stand-alone item," Gausten says. "When I recently posted brief excerpts from these two chapters on my blog, the response was phenomenal — I was receiving 3000-plus views a day at one point! With interest in these chapters growing by the day, I decided to provide an affordable way for diehard fans to enjoy the complete MISFITS/UNDEAD material now instead of waiting until August 2007 for the finished 'Albums' book to be released. Also, 'Tales of Horror' will appeal to those readers who are interested in reading the MISFITS/UNDEAD material without purchasing a full-length book featuring unrelated artists."
"Tales of Horror" is the first release in Joel Gausten's newly launched "Music Mini-Book Series". "Tales of Horror" and every other limited-edition book in this series will be at least 50 pages in length and available in both PDF download ($4) and 6x9 softcover book ($9.65) formats. Upcoming titles in the "Music Mini-Book Series" include "Prong: The Early Years" and "Pandemonium: Inside Killing Joke".
Slated for an August 2007 release, the complete "Albums that (Should've) Changed the World" book will include exclusive interviews with past/present members of KISS, AEROSMITH, THE CURE, BLACK SABBATH, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, MINISTRY, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD., GANG OF FOUR, KILLING JOKE, PRONG, SWANS, THIN LIZZY, RAMONES, PLASMATICS and many others.
Joel Gausten is the former managing editor of Liner Notes magazine. A longtime musician, he has appeared on over 40 releases and has worked with a vast array of artists, including PIGFACE, THE UNDEAD and ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN. He got his start in the music business as a promoter for THE MISFITS.