Wax Engine Parade artwork commissioned by snovaaprell

Wax Engine Parade (Novel): In the summer of 1997, bassist Noah and his bandmates hop into a ramshackle van to embark on a career-defining tour across the country. On the road, Noah develops feelings for Eli, the band’s leader who is suffering from depression and painful glass shards sprouting from his head. As fame veers within reach and Eli’s afflictions worsen, Noah must navigate his desires and the remaining tour with care to protect the band—and man—he loves.

Smoke Over No Man’s Land (Novel): When a young woman’s crust punk brother disappears during a string of regional gigs, she sets out to find him and drag him back home in a desperate bid to dodge responsibility for his debts. As she uproots information on his whereabouts, their rural Oklahoma hometown begins to crumble and decay in a series of increasingly surreal plagues.

we’d go up on the roof at night and actually contemplate the moon
my friends and i trying to blow each others’ minds
just lying there gazing, young and ridiculous
and we meant it, our eyes watering

the microphones (phil elverum)