How the muses kill . . . and fulfill at the same time

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in…

A spooky, backmasked poem and song from the grooves of Phantom’s Divine Comedy, Part 1

If you’ve listened to the Phantom’s ersatz “Jim Morrison solo album,” Phantom’s Divine Comedy: Part 1, from 1974, you know there is a cryptic, eight stanza, backwards poem between the nine cuts of the album.

Here’s the backward, eight stanzas as one continuous cut . . . …

The Career of Phantom Keyboardist Russ Klatt: A ninth in a series of interviews with Detroit’s lost rockers

Thank you for reading this second and final part of an extended, worldwide exclusive, first time interview with keyboardist Russ Klatt and his tales behind the 1974 “Jim Morrison solo album,” The Divine Comedy, by Phantom. If you missed Part 1, you can read it, here.

The Career of Phantom Keyboardist Russ Klatt: A ninth in a series of interviews with Detroit’s lost rockers

If you’re reading this ninth entry in my series of articles concerned with the unsung rock ’n’ dogs of Detroit, then you inevitably have an interest in one of the Motor City’s greatest rock ’n’ roll mysteries. A real life Eddie and the Cruisers; a mystery akin to the “ghost…

Dale Kath Pulls Back the Curtain: An eighth in a series of interviews with Detroit’s lost rockers

I have always enjoyed the creative process of writing and recording songs. After bouncing taped tracks back and forth between analog tape players, using these new DAWs is too much fun. It has given me new inspiration to create more music. My musical friends, which I have dubbed the Pontiac…

Jim Morrison’s Doppelganger Behind Phantom’s Divine Comedy

The late Phantom, born as Ted Pearson, later, legally changing his name to Arthur Pendragon, would have been 70 years old this year, as he was born on April 23, 1951. …

The First Three Chapters of a Dream Suite


THE future is now. The science is no longer fiction. The science is a reality.

True, man hasn’t perfected a one-push-of-a-button gravity field that miraculously allows us to effortless take a causal walk through the park of a space vessel, but man is now able to pilot their own…

The first four chapters of a sci-fi horror tale

On July 24, 1701, French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort de Pontchartrain de Detroit in New France, a geographical area on the former North American continent that bordered what was once Eastern Canada in the north to the former American southern state of Louisiana along the Gulf…

The first four chapters of a Gothic anthology

1 — Cathedral

IN the year 750 A.D of the 8th century, morning rises on Gothic architecture’s finest monument, Cathedral of Our Lady Chartres, perched on a hill off the River Eure in Chartres, France. Her twin spires rise as salvation beacons on the horizon of lush countryside farmland.


The first four chapters of a Gothic horror tale


THE tenth verse of the first book of Ecclesiastes embodies the futility of the dreams of man:

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun.


R D Francis

Is a screenwriter, author, music and film journalist. His work is available at Amazon, Smashwords, and B&S About Movies.

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