About Austin:

Former IT guy turned spec-fic writer and librarian, Austin Gragg lives in Independence, Missouri.

When he isn't writing, reading, or teaching digital literacy classes, he can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons with his partner, friends, and a pride of small domestic lions.

Stuff I like or, How I learned to stop worrying about how to blog and just talk about stuff

Stuff I like or, How I learned to stop worrying about how to blog and just talk about stuff

First off! It’s October! Happy Halloween! Here’s a few things I love that you might love too.


Wam-bam-bo-bam! Coheed and Cambria released a killer album: The Unheavenly Creatures. Fifteen tracks in total. It features, as always, Claudio’s amazing vocals as well as some Queen style structures and sweeping guitar solos. It’s streaming everywhere and on everything. I’ll link to a few of my favorite songs here. I can’t wait to hear the love crowds screaming, “CALL YOUR MOTHER!” and “NO USE RUNNING WHEN THE BAD GUY’S COMING!” Go check it out. It rocks.

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/42S0lDJT9wHKCVaMGgqKdm?si=W3_n-0FrQMGIIgnUbuwNIg

The Gutter video: https://youtu.be/VsoD6RVulcQ


There’s always a TON of books on my mind. I just recently finished reading “A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay. My mom read it at the same time I did--HI MOM! And now she’s reading his most recent book which I read a while back, “Cabin at the End of the World.” I can highly recommend both to horror fans. Like all horror, being a diverse genre, they may be hit or miss for you. But, I really enjoyed both.

“A Head Full of Ghosts” does a great, strange, and intriguing job of both participating in, and criticizing the genre--specifically the exorcism sub-genre of horror. Good stuff, give it a go, links below.

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-head-full-of-ghosts-paul-g-tremblay/1120159641?ean=9780062363244#/

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062363244


Go read “Churches” by Kevin Prufer. Think you don’t like poetry? Go read it. It just might change your mind. It opened my mind to what poetry can do narratively. My friend, poet and editor Andrew Reeves (who you can read a review with here: https://austingragg.com/blog/2018/7/20/interview-with-poet-and-editor-andrew-reeves) recommended it to me. It has had a massive impact on how I look at storytelling. Links below.

Unfortunately I can only find an Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1935536435/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


It’s old news, but I loved “Hereditary.” Excellent horror film. I might do an in-depth review of it after a little while longer, simply because I would love to deconstruct why it worked so well for me and why it was a total miss for others. Like almost all of the horror films I love, its a 50/50 split of opinion amongst the rest of the population. Trailer below.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/V6wWKNij_1M

And with that, welcome to the new series called, “Shit I love.” I hope sharing stuff I’ve been enjoying helps me get better about posting on the blog, cuz, I mean, come on, my last post was just pics of my cats. -_-


The Wand Chooses the Wizard

The Wand Chooses the Wizard

I've been bad about posting, so here's some cats.

I've been bad about posting, so here's some cats.