Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley To Release Second Novel
“Keith Buckley already wrote a novel?” I hear you asking, as I did when I caught the news of his forthcoming second literary release on Lambgoat. But he did indeed, and the synopsis makes Scale sound like a riveting read: “Ray Goldman will outdrink you, out-party you and, unfortunately for him, probably outlive you. As a hopeless and struggling indie rock musician, Ray’s best chance of discovering any beauty and purpose in his dysfunctional life will come only when he ceases to struggle against life itself. These are his memoirs.” Seems fun, yeah? I’ll bet it’s got a bit of humor, too, seeing as Buckley once wrote sketches for Comedy Central. You can check out Scale here.
By the time you’ve gotten acquainted with the Every Time I Die frontman’s first book, his second will likely be available for your perusal. Entitled Watch, and scheduled for a June release via Rare Bird Books, Buckley’s latest sounds even more curious, out there and esoteric as the first:
“When John Harvey’s watch stops working on the morning of February 3rd, 1987, he has an epiphany. It occurs to him that every personal trauma he is trying to forget has had one thing in common: they all occurred at some point on the face of that very watch. The loss of his job, the death of his child, Zola’s suicide, all contained right there in that tiny circle of finite numbers. So he smashes the watch. Problem solved.
“But when John steps out the door to make his daily trek to the local bar as a man newly freed from the tyrannies of time, he is met by a snowstorm that renders him completely blind, and a walk that should have taken just a few minutes begins to feel like years. Because as John Harvey wanders alone through the snow with no sun nor sign to guide him, the 28 year old misanthrope is confronted by the vivid manifestation of every ghost he has devoted his lonely life to avoiding. In the storm he is forced to finally accept the suffering he has been hiding from. In the storm he is forced to understand that the only thing worse than never truly seeing is never truly being seen. In the storm he is forced, for once, to watch.”
That sounds slightly horrifying, but I’m enraptured by the concept and will certainly be giving this one a read when it comes out. You can pre-order it here.