Old School Flava Industrial – Thick Chicago Style

Being older sometimes just means that you were around to catch great shows and that you got to buy great music when it was actually current and the bands still had all of their hair.

Sometimes it means prostate exams and lower back pain. Sigh.

Moving on…as a youth in search of all that was cool in the world –that which might save me from a life of mediocrity and purposeless existence — I turned to music for answers. Long blog post short, music saved my muthafucking soul. It’s a shame I don’t play an instrument. Not even sure how that didn’t happen.

Punk, metal, and INDUSTRIAL were my guardian angels. Flaming swords of rebellion, anger, and chaos defended me and my tender teen angst from many of life’s indiscriminate cruelties, until such time that I had the fortitude to face the SUCK that can be life.

I have a deep fondness for these genres and always will. In particular, mid-80s – early 90s Wax Trax! Industrial Bands– Ministry, Pigface, KMFDM, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, Revolting Cocks.

Today’s take on Industrial has not quite captured my interest — until now.

Behold Flood Damage of Chicago. Their latest release…man, it’s so good I had to sit down. I’m 16 and confused all over again and that’s FUCKING BEAUTIFUL.

Goddamn. I hope they play Orlando at some point.

Check out their new album:

Instructions for the Assembly of God(S).


Yeah, take me back, bitches. It’s on iTunes here, but you can also find it everywhere else (Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Beats Audio, etc.)


I’m also slapping down a YouTube vid of a live performance for your edification. Enjoy.


Win A “Sweet” SUPERGHOST Prize Pack


One of my fellow New Bizarro Author Series (NBAS) brothers, Scott Cole, is giving away this killer prize pack to support his kickass novella, SUPERGHOST.

The prize pack contains:

• 1 piece of limited-edition SuperGhost Phantom Limb Candy (only 25 exist)
• 2 different chapbooks containing a combined total of 5 short stories
• a DATES mini-comic (art by Amze Emmons)
• a SuperGhost bookmark
• Superghost stickers
• one other mystery item (this will be something random, to be determined when the package is ready to go out – could be a book, DVD, small plastic toy, or something entirely different)

Damn. That’s a lot of cool stuff.

The first five reviewers of his new book get one of these bad-to-the-bone prize packs, and one review has already been posted, so heads up.

Go HERE for more information.



Now Available! Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas

Let the Age of Titanus begin.

I am pleased to announce that my new book, PAX TITANUS, is now available for purchase!!!

PAX TITANUS is the tender tale of a four-armed, war hammer wielding, intergalactic gladiator. Think comedic space opera laced with potty humor. Did you love Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but thought, hey –- this thing needs more dirty jokes?

I got ya covered! And if this doesn’t sound appealing, I bet you have a friend who would love it.

You can purchase PAX TITANUS right now on AMAZON: http://amzn.com/1621051641

And to make the pot a little sweeter, I got a deal for you: purchase PAX TITANUS anytime this week (until Sunday 11/23) and I’ll give you a free ebook version of my first novel LEATHER TO THE CORINTHIANS. It’s DRM free and makes a lovely gift if you already own it.

Earn this valuable prize by sharing out your Amazon Purchase of PAX TITANUS on your favorite social media.

Then, MESSAGE ME at or TAG ME with my FB page — Tom Lucas (Author) — in your post and I’ll handle the rest. If you aren’t on FB, feel free to use the Contact link in the top menu to let me know.

Two for one! Gotta love America.

Thanks for your support. If PAX does well, my future looks very bright and shiny.

Now go GET BIG!

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Next Stop: BizarroCon!


This week, I’m packing fake blood, my laptop, and thermals and heading out to Portland for my first writing conference in a few years. What madness could steal me from my adopted perpetual-summer home in Florida?

Muthafrakkin’ BIZARROCON, that’s what.

My new book, Pax Titanus, is published by Eraserhead Press, and for its grand debut (along with the two other fantabulous New Bizarro Author Series titles) they have DEMANDED that I attend this colorful and weird annual event.


Not only do I have to stand and smile, but I’m going to have to read (I am actually going to perform an interpretive dance) to a room full of interested Bizarro authors, readers, and fans. I’ll be forced to attend illuminating workshops and eat high-quality food that (I’m assured) contains no human flesh. Party poopers.

Well, fine. Publish my book and make me travel to a kickass town, have fun, and make a shitton of new friends. Just put my head in a Fisher Price FunTime Vise. At least I have been promised a Voodoo Doughnut for my trouble.


Being Portland, I know that there will be no shortage of coffee (MY LIFE FUEL) and it’s my intention to post up at least one report from the field. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with you. The more people I can drag into this world, the better. My plans are to listen more than speak, soak it all up, and use what I learn to do my part to corrupt an already corrupted world.

Upon my return, I’ll be blogging all the way to the OFFICIAL release of PAX TITANUS, a book I think you’re going to really dig.

Exciting times, yes indeed.


What the hell is Bizarro Fiction?
What the hell is BizarroCon?
How long was the Hundred Years’ War?
Can I really get a STD from a toilet seat?
Don’t click on this.

Now Available! Pax Titanus T-Shirts!

In anticipation of the release of my new book, Pax Titanus, I have added two stupendous products to my Zazzle store. Both are shirts featuring the amazing cover art on the front:

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Then you have your choice for the back of the shirt:


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No matter which you choose, you are sure to cause a commotion. Click on the shirt you like and head on over to Zazzle for the hook-up. You might have to turn off your Zazzle Content Filter on the second shirt in order to see it on the site. They don’t like to upset the kiddies and all that.

Here’s the link to my Zazzle store: http://www.zazzle.com/room1331

Or just click on the shirt you like. Thanks to all who shared this link out.

Coming Soon! Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas

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Prepare to cut down on the Starbucks (or whatever expensive bad habit you have) in November because…

Save a couple of bucks because I know you’ll want to read it (and maybe a buy a copy for a friend).

Am I pushing it???

C’mon look at that cover. How could you not want to read it?

Published by the the Bizarro Overlords at Eraserhead Press, my upcoming book, PAX TITANUS, is one of three releases from their
New Bizarro Author Series, along with Brian Auspice’s DEEP BLUE and Scott Cole’s SUPERGHOST.

Read all about it here:


Updates as they happen!

You Are Big. I Am Small.


You have exhausted me
I am a shell of a man
Enduring your endless
Boasts and hyperbole

You are not unique
I’ve suffered many
Like you before
Chest bowing crowing

I wonder what
Tragic event unfolded
To make you like this
What great legend speaks

I don’t understand
The need the want
Of a hole that
You must endlessly fill

You do have my pity
As I groan under my breath
Pausing to let you tell
Another moronic story

Sympathetic, yes
After all we are friends
And I am a man of
Honor and patience

But there are times
When I cannot help
But feel that you are as small
As you make yourself big

That comforts me
Gives me the strength
To fight at your side
Against the maws of the beast

Seeing you as less than
Makes you tolerable
But I cannot help but wonder
If it makes me egotistical instead.

Photo Credit: Tambako the Jaguar via Compfight cc

Creative Writing – Poetry – Short Pieces – News – By Tom Lucas


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