Review: Cell

Cell

Cell by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great book. Stephen King shows his masterful ability to create a set of believable characters and fling them straight into the fire. This book gets going on page 1 and doesn’t let up until the end. He could easily write a sequel to this book, […]

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/09/14

Craig talks about being a “hired gun” bass player in the Kevin Forbush band and about playing with other musicians.

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Review: The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber My rating: 3 of 5 stars Being a thriller author, I am disappointed in myself for not knowing about Charles Cullen, the #1 serial killer in all of American history. As a nurse, it is estimated by some that Cullen murdered […]

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A Space Opera Novel, Complete with Soundtrack

Craig Nybo, Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show, book cover.

I am thrilled to release my new novel, Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show (now available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook). I took some risks as I wrote this book and Bieber’s Finger (book 1 in the duology).

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How To Record An Entire Album in One Night

The Gangrene Band | Freestyle Gargoyles

I have played music now for nearly half of my life with a group of my best friends. We have performed under the monikers of many band names and faces, including: Rustmonster, Wasasquatch, Funk Toast, The Big Sky Country Boys, and New Wave Dave. We have taken to lumping all of these bands under one umbrella that we call The Gangrene Band. One night, after recording a live track for an upcoming album in the studio, we realized that we had the whole band miced, trimmed, and ready to go. We decided to record an album, all in one romp, with no thought for what we would play. I simply pushed the record button and we started jamming. 40 minutes later, we had a new record (granted it was a record I would never sell). We called it Freestyle Gargoyles. I can’t in good conscience ever sell a jam session that is so disorganized and noisy. But I don’t mind sharing it for free. So here it is, a 40-minute jam entitled Freestyle Gargoyles.

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Bieber’s Finger: The Novel – An Introduction and 1st Chapter Reading By Craig Nybo

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I proudly present my 3rd and 4th novels, part 1 and part 2 in the Pan-Galactic Prom Show Duology. The novels are called Bieber’s Finger and Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show. Click on the video below to see me formally introduce the books and read the 1st chapter (complete with background music and sound effects).

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Review: Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great Child’s Tale, In The Spirit of the Icelandic Sagas When it comes to Neil Gaiman, I find myself drawn to his children’s stories more than his adult fiction. Odd and the Frost Giants doesn’t disappoint. This charming, short novel is […]

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Review: Everville

Everville

Everville by Clive Barker My rating: 2 of 5 stars Everville breaks the rules but it probably shouldn’t. As a young man, I read a lot of Clive Barker. I think mainly I was drawn to him due to a 1-sentence endorsement from Stephen King, which said, “I have seen the future of horror and […]

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Ask Me Anything on Dungeon Crawlers Radio This Thursday Night

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I am super excited to appear on Dungeon Crawlers Radio this coming Thursday night.

Listen in at 6pm Mountain Time. Call in and ask me anything about my 2 new books, Bieber’ s Finger and Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show.

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Saddened at Leaving the Worlds of Bieber, Planet Hull, and The Funk Toast Band Forever

Craig Nybo, Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show, book cover.

As I send off the final assets of book two of my new duology, which I call the Pan-Galactic Prom Show, a feeling of loss comes over me. Writing novels is such lonely work. Each novel represents hundreds of hours of sitting by oneself with nothing but the clacking of keys and the even louder maelstrom of character voices, scenes, and action in ones head.

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Review: Coraline

Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am a long-time Neil Gaiman fan. But I have to say, I think his children’s stories eclipse his adult fiction. Coraline is a good example. This novel is so full of imagination that it is baffling. Gaiman has a way of voicing his children’s […]

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Bieber’s Finger – Deleted Scene – Chi Vs. The Shrank Cats

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Chi landed hard on his back. The shrank cat came at him, maw open. Chi moved quickly, clasping down hard on the cat’s face with all eight of his rakes, driving his spicules into the cat’s vulnerable flesh. The cat mewled in pain and raised up. It wagged its head back and forth, trying to shake Chi free. But Chi only clamped down harder. The shrank cat would run out of energy at some point. All Chi could do was hold on.

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Craig’s Character Sketches – Orlando DePechio from Bieber’s Finger

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As I wrote Bieber’s Finger, a strange thing happened to me; the characters began to speak. They got under my skin. I found myself rooting for them or hating them. I have written many other stories. Some of which, one might argue, have characters that are much stronger than those in Bieber’s Finger. But as a writer, I have never engaged with fictional characters like I did while writing Bieber’s Finger.

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My Experience with The Wasasquatch Rock and Roll Music Experience

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On September 2nd, 2011, I and some of my very best friends hit the stage at The Gangrene Film Festival, dressed as Bigfoots and armed with musical instruments, intent on playing a killer rock covers show. The show went off well.

That Wasasquatch show became a turning point for me. Believe it or not, I am a pretty inhibited person. I don’t feel comfortable dressing up even for Halloween. I’m more likely to sit in a corner by myself rather than engage in conversation at large gatherings. And when I do engage in conversations, my insides churn with uneasy nerves. In short, it takes me a long time to warm up to people and an even longer time to warm up to putting myself out there with any form of eccentricity. I’m quiet. I’m reserved. I love people, but I’m usually too nervous inside to do much about it.

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What Could Possibly Inspire a Novel Entitled Bieber’s Finger?

Bieber's Finger, a novel by Craig Nybo

Often people ask me where my ideas for stories come from. The answer is always the same: I have no idea. But all ideas come from some form of inspiration. Often something gets stuck in my head. It can be a situation, a collision of two worlds, or even a single sentence. Occasionally these nudges stick around, sometimes for years, and eventually turn into stories.

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Bieber’s Finger, a New Novel by Craig Nybo, Tells the Story of Death, Resurrection, and Rock and Roll

Bieber's Finger, a novel by Craig Nybo

The new novel, Bieber’s Finger, tells the story of a super-fan who catches her pop idol’s finger in a car bombing. But death isn’t the end for her when it comes to her favorite teen pop singer. She sets in motion a plan to clone her idol and resurrect his career.

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Review: Jean Archer: The Diamond and the Rough

Jean Archer: The Diamond and the Rough

Jean Archer: The Diamond and the Rough by Jason A. Anderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Excellent Start On a New Young Adult Fiction Series Jason Anderson’s novel, Jean Archer, sets up a group of characters for many future adventures. Anderson sets this new sub-series in his Soul Chaser world but introduces new players […]

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Review: All the Little Live Things

All the Little Live Things

All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner My rating: 2 of 5 stars I found this book a bit pretentious and over-written. It’s about a academic snob who complains about everything and hates everybody. I didn’t relate with the character. I didn’t like him. The prose was extremely descriptive, good in many ways. But […]

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Doing Everything I Can to Make Your Halloween Season Spooky

I’ve always loved halloween. Should be obvious judging by the music and books I write. It dawned on me that I have created everything one needs to make Halloween spooky and fun. So I decided to create a Halloween season bundle of products for a single, low price. I give you the Halloween Bundle. In […]

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Review: The Colony: Genesis

The Colony: Genesis

The Colony: Genesis by Michaelbrent Collings My rating: 5 of 5 stars An Ultra-fast Ride through a World in its Final Throes The Colony: Genesis begins MichealBrent Collings’s epic zombie tale. As beginnings go, this one kicks off at a hundred degrees and only gets hotter from there. With punch chapters and fluid writing, Collings […]

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/29/14

Craig Nybo

The last of Craig’s 30-day video log experiment. He talks about finishing projects.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/25/14

Craig Nybo

Craig talks about the difficulty and value of deleting scenes and sequences from his novels.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/24/14

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Craig gives an update of his progress on his current novel. He talks about his book-a-year philosophy.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/23/14

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Craig nears completion of revision 4 of his upcoming novel. He introduces his Halloween season boxed set.

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Review: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom My rating: 5 of 5 stars Some stories are so important that they should never be overlooked. The Hiding Place is such a story. In this non-fiction work, Corrie ten Boom lays out what it was like to protect Jews from the Nazis during World War 2. Ten […]

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Review: Twilight Eyes

Twilight Eyes

Twilight Eyes by Leigh Nichols My rating: 3 of 5 stars I read this book because I got into a conversation with a carny at a county fair. I asked her about the carny lifestyle. Her response was positive. She said being a carny is like being a member of a family. She then told […]

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Review: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom My rating: 5 of 5 stars Some stories are so important that they should never be overlooked. The Hiding Place is such a story. In this non-fiction work, Corrie ten Boom lays out what it was like to protect Jews from the Nazis during World War 2. Ten […]

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/22/14

Craig Nybo

bout some of the books he has read that have helped him to hone his writing craft.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/19/14

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Craig talks about zoning in on the end of the 4th draft of his upcoming novel.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/18/14

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Craig talks about errors in his work, a common attribute of self-published authors.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/17/14

Craig Nybo

Craig talks about the work of creativity and gives an update on his upcoming book.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/16/14

Craig Nybo Daily video log

Craig talks about progress on his upcoming novel. He also talks about Gangrene Games.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/15/14

Craig Nybo, daily video log

Craig talks about the frustration of revising. He addresses the work involved in creating.

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Space Balrogs at Comic Con, Salt Lake City

Craig Nybo - Salt Lake Comic Con

Some good author friends of mine put together a performance troupe. They have done a wonderful job of building panels for conventions that are a bit theatrical and entertaining. I was fortunate enough to be invited to become a member of the Space Balrogs.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/12/14

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Craig talks about revising his upcoming novel after receiving edits from pre-readers.

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Salt Lake Comic Con – 2014 | What a Blast

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I had the good fortune of being a panelist and presenter at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 last week. The numbers have come in. Salt Lake Comic Con is now officially the largest comic book/game/pop culture convention in the United States. How cool to be a part of it.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/11/14

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Craig finishes the lyrics to his new album, a collaboration between him, Keith Moon, and Rick Nef. He talks about finishing phases of projects and moving between music and writing.

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Esquivel! The Best Gangrene Film Fest Yet

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Juan Garcia Esquivel cover band, Sparkling Planet, plays an unforgettable show and makes the Gangrene Film Festival shine like never before.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/10/14

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Craig talks about the difficulty of getting back into his recording project after taking a forced break.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/09/14

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Craig talks about being creatively stalled and about his Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 experience.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/08/14

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Craig talks about playing the Gangrene Film Festival as Sparkling Planet, the Esquivel! Experience.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/27/14

Craig Nybo Daily Video Log

Craig talks about all of the extremely talented people with whom he gets to associate. He talks about The Gangrene Film Festival and how The Gangrene Band as Sparkling Planet: The Esquivel! Experience will hit the stage this Friday night.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/25/14

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Craig talks about the stress of getting ready for the Gangrene Film Festival. He also talks about an upcoming game he helped develop called Shoot Your Friends.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/22/14

Craig Nybo VLOG

Craig talks about the only autobiographical song he has written since his overdramatic high school poetry days. He includes a link to a minus track on his blog as a preview to the upcoming album’s sound.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/21/14

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Craig talks about the work of creativity.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/20/14

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Craig talks Cthulhu. He rolls a bit of Lovecraft into the lyrics of his upcoming album, a collaboration between him and 2 friends, Rick Nef (sax) and Keith Moon (drums).

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/19/14

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Craig talks about his friend, Scott Halford, a filmmaker who visited the studio.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/18/14

Craig Nybo VLOG

Craig talks about people who have reached out to him due to his VLOG. He also talks about the upcoming Gangrene Film Festival and Gangrene Creative Symposium.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/15/14

Craig Nybo, 30-day vlog

As a composer, Craig talks about where songs come from.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/14/14

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In this video log, Craig discusses the theme of his upcoming album.

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