Loki’s Child is a tale of music, revolution, and revenge. A pagan dystopian paean to chaos, a libertarian manifesto, and an insider’s scathing critique of the music industry, this is a book that Robert Anton Wilson might have written if he had known how to play electric guitar. This is a book so metal that even the consonants require umlauts. This is a book that will make you first question the author’s sanity, and then the sanity of the society in which you live.
Jasmine, Mitzi, and Sandy are Fatal Lipstick, a three-piece girl-metal band with a million-dollar record contract and less musical talent than the average gangster rapper. They dedicate songs such as “Whoredumb”, “Greed is Bad”, and “Guts Ripped Out” to the Devil and declare their greatest ambition is to inspire their fans to kill themselves. Their own sound engineer thinks they should be dragged out into the street and shot for their crimes against music. And it falls to Ezron Blenderman, a record producer who puts on his pants one leg at a time and makes hit records, to somehow transform their horrendous incompetence into something that will sell millions of records to unsuspecting teenagers around the world.
But one day, Blenderman catches Jasmine playing the guitar by herself… and begins to discover that the daughter of the Norse God of Chaos has no intention of becoming a manufactured one-hit wonder. Loki’s Child is angry, and she intends to set the whole world on fire.
Loki’s Child is 380 pages, DRM-free, and retails for $4.99 on Amazon. This is the same book that some New Release subscribers received as a bonus book last year, but it has been considerably edited since. However, please note that the book contains a number of elements that some Castalia House readers may find objectionable, including vulgarities, a pagan perspective, drug use, violence, the music industry, and a revolutionary libertarian theme.
If you are, like me, a fan of either Robert Anton Wilson or Philip K. Dick during his VALIS phase, (which is to say his most reality-challenged phase) you will not like this book, you will love it. Loki’s Child is a satire even more biting than The Missionaries; while it is often funny, the humor is considerably darker and there is an angry edge to it that is more than a little appropriate to the political situation in which we find ourselves today.
Like its recent predecessor, Loki’s Child is a novel that would never have gotten past the gatekeepers at any other publishing house. And the fact that the book is about the music industry, takes place in part in Tokyo, refers to kawai metal, has a libertarian theme, and is written by someone named Fenris Wulf might lead some to believe it was written by a three-time Billboard-charting recording artist who studied in Japan, recently attended a Babymetal concert, has been named one of the 25 leading internet libertarians, and founded a game development house named Fenris Wolf.
However, I assure you, these things are mere coincidences.
From the reviews:
- The book is smoothly-written. That’s a considerable feat, as it also manages to be rambling, nihlistic, and insane! The language is well-chosen, and events flow naturally from one to another, with no unnatural transitions. It is also very funny. The hypothetical bands and artists are wonderful… I would strongly recommend “Loki’s Child” to virtually any reader, particularly those that enjoy Douglas Adams, satire, music, science fiction and fantasy, or simply entertaining, unhinged stories.