Introduction to “Skull of the Robot”


“Skull of the Robot” is a novel I wrote back in 1993 or so. (At that time I gave it the odd title “Jack O’lantern, Skull and Robot”, but I am now re-naming it.)

It is a bit of a punk rock novel, set in the late 1980s. I say “punk rock” to denote the time, and the youthful feeling, more than the actual theme. It’s not about music or wearing punk rock attire. It’s about being young and passionate in that era. At that time I was very excited about language and innovative prose. The romantic, unconventional prose of Jack Kerouac inspired me. However, I don’t claim that this work was beatnik–I suppose that would be impossible. It seems more accurate to say punk rock.

Need I say that this work did not find publication?

However, I shared some copies with friends… And reaction was sharply divided. Some, perhaps expectedly, found it too weird and not to their taste. Others seemed to like it more than anything else I had shared with that at that time–including work with more conventional prose. Maybe the work is okay for some readers, then.

A buddy, Scott Hirschberg, surprised me with a video he made of my book. He read the text, and matched creative imagery to it. He gave me a video tape copy, and cassette tapes of just the audio. I’m not sure if this was 1994 or 1995…?

Let the mists of time descend… and then… evaporate. It’s 2006 now. I was cleaning the basement and found the tapes. I’m going to digitalize them and release them as a separate podcast. (Scott gave me permission.) We’ll see how that goes before considering digital life for the video.

Published in: on December 2, 2006 at 9:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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