February, 2020

Feb 20

John Shirley & the Screaming Geezers Opened for the Blue Oyster Cult last night! Photographic Evidence!

John Shirley & the Screaming Geezers played for 1200 people at the sold-out Blue Oyster Cult show last night as the opening band. We got a wonderful reception from audience–we rocked it–and the BOC gave us compliments and so have people writing in at screaminggeezers.com. The BOC were GREAT. Guitar beauty. Brilliance.  Subtlety and powerful hard rock at once. Here’s a kinetic pic from the show at the Roseland Theater in Portland, that’s me at the mic. A Screaming Geezers album is coming soon, from Black October Records, and there will be a new BLUE OYSTER CULT album in September, from Frontier Records–on which are five songs for which I wrote the lyrics…Was thrilled when, backstage on Saturday, Richie of the Blue Oyster Cult let me hear, from his laptop, a nearly-finished mix of one of my songs on that new BOC album –and it’s sounding so great. I also saw the songlist for the album and I have (as lyricist) five songs on it. Watch for the new Blue Oyster Cult album in September.

Feb 20

the union of the mathematician with the poet

The union of the mathematician with the poet,
fervor with measure,
passion with correctness,
this surely is the ideal.

–William James, Collected Essays

(thanks to Abstruse Goose)


Feb 20


I just got a phone call a few minutes ago: Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult wanting to play a few songs for me–on the phone! Songs from the new album, one of which I wrote.  Not the ideal way to hear them but I got the gist–great rock, masterfully wrought. It does seem to be shaping up to a powerful new, fresh BOC album. It’s coming from Frontier Records later this year. There will be at least four songs with lyrics by me.

Just saw the proofs for the JOHN SHIRLEY ISSUE of the new WEIRDBOOK, which as I’m sure you know is a big magazine style / slash WeirdTales-ish book coming out at intervals every year. The issue will contain a new 40 thousand word fantasy novella by me, sword and sorcery, called Swords of Atlantis, plus two new short stories, plus reprints of some others, plus reprints of some of my weird-tales-style poems. This’ll come out fairly soon. Next month probably, or even late this month. Links will be provided.

My work with the editor at Blackstone books is complete and my new science-fiction/detective thriller novel STORMLAND is getting closer to publication. I hope for it by summer.

AND my band, John Shirley and the Screaming Geezers, will be opening for the Blue Oyster Cult at the big Roseland Theater in Portland, OR on February 15…Here’s the Screaming Geezers website.