by Mark Haskell Smith
It was one of those boozy "wouldn't it be cool if" conversations that you have with friends sometimes. My new novel, SALTY, is the story of a heavy metal rock star and his wife on vacation in Thailand. (She gets kidnapped, things get complicated.) For the story I had created an entire backstory/mythology for the rocker and his, now defunct, mega-platinum band METAL ASSASSIN. So the "wouldn't it be cool if" conversation started with "Wouldn't it be cool if Metal Assassin had a MySpace page?"
One thing led to another - Grove/Atlantic's art department providing the album covers, my friends in the music business providing the studio and musicianship - and now you can hear a couple of Metal Assassin's "hits" at
And yes, that's an author singing.