POPLAR GROVE, Ill.
- March 17, 2020
-- "Wizard Song," a science fiction novel, is set for release on March 31st. The book is the latest from Poplar Grove, Illinois author Gary Hill. The premise is summed up with this description, "When an iconic group of stellar musicians are abducted by an alien force, they find themselves entangled in a cosmic struggle on other worlds against a tyrannical overlord bent upon total domination at any cost - and by any means necessary." Heath D. Alberts, author of "Last Rights" said this about the book, "Hill weaves a unique tale that focuses upon the vast potentiality of music, the importance of true camaraderie, and the power in gestalt - all while juxtaposing contemporary socio-political overtones that echo those that humanity seems hell-bent upon relearning over and over again." Originally planned for an April 23rd (World Book Day) release, since the author thinks of it as sort of a popcorn-movie, escapist tale, the date was pushed up because the world needs that kind of book in these times.
Gary Hill has been publishing "Music Street Journal" (musicstreetjournal.com)
since 1998. In August of 2006 his first book "The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft" was published. Several other books ("The Concert Photography of Gary Hill," "Strange Realities: Collected Short Stories and More by Gary Hill Expanded and Revised Edition,"
"Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters from Musicians to Music"
and "The Suite Music World of Gary Hill" and a series of three books "
The Dark Starr Files"
) have been released since. He launched Tale of Wonder and Dread Publishing to release science fiction and horror books in 2018, but published a collection of those types of stories in 2017 titled "Dark Dreams and Worlds." Under the Tales of Wonder and Dread nameplate, Hill has published more than a dozen books including a series on Rockford Illinois cemeteries ("Rockford's Final Resting Places"
), "Spooky Rockford" and "Spooky Rockford Two"
and "Spooky Berwyn." Since 2018 Hill has published Music Street Journal simultaneously on-line and in book form. He also published all the article archives as a collection of books. In 2019 Hill began a series of books under the Music Street Journal banner focused on the Rockford, Illinois music scene titled, "Music Street Journal Local: Rockford Area Music Makers."
"Wizard Song," will be available in paperback at lulu.com/strangesound and will be at Amazon and other book retailers soon after publication. A hardcover edition of "Wizard Song" will be available exclusively at lulu.com/strangesound.