An Augmented Fourth

An Augmented Fourth Codger Burton bassist and lyricist for Frivolous Black the heaviest heavy metal band to ever come out of the UK awakens to find his hotel snowed in his band mates evacuated and monsters roaming t

  • Title: An Augmented Fourth
  • Author: Tony McMillen
  • ISBN: 9781939905314
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Codger Burton, bassist and lyricist for Frivolous Black, the heaviest heavy metal band to ever come out of the UK, awakens to find his hotel snowed in, his band mates evacuated, and monsters roaming the hotel Looks like Codger picked the wrong week to quit using cocaine From the twisted mind of Tony McMillen comes the hilarious rock and roll horror novel An Augmented FouCodger Burton, bassist and lyricist for Frivolous Black, the heaviest heavy metal band to ever come out of the UK, awakens to find his hotel snowed in, his band mates evacuated, and monsters roaming the hotel Looks like Codger picked the wrong week to quit using cocaine From the twisted mind of Tony McMillen comes the hilarious rock and roll horror novel An Augmented Fourth, a novel of The Lord of Low End.

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    About “Tony McMillen”

    1. Tony McMillen

      Tony McMillen is the author of the recently released heavy metal horror novel An Augmented Fourth as well as the novel Nefarious Twit.He is also the writer of the comic book Oblivion Suite He grew up mostly in Tucson, Arizona but now lives outside Boston If you wanna party with him find him on Facebook If you are David Lee Roth time displaced from 1984, don t worry, he ll find you.

    976 thoughts on “An Augmented Fourth”

    1. This edition arrived with a signed book plate signed by author Tony McMillen which also had a nice little illustration.


    2. A cosmic body-horror tale that falls somewhere between The Thing and House 2, as told through the liner notes of a Black Sabbath album. It might sound over-the-top (and it is) but it WORKS. Vivid imagery. Great characters. Sharp and entertaining dialogue. For my money, this book was nearly perfect.


    3. The Augmented Fourth takes the mythology of the tritone, or "devil’s interval," and the mystique of fallen musicians of the 20th century to compelling places. Dark forces envelope. Monstrous creatures terrorize and confound. Musicians and lovers of heavy music will certainly enjoy, but so will those who like their cosmic horror solidly written with punchy dialogue and genuine characters. Recommended!



    4. Tony McMillen’s latest novel, An Augmented Fourth, is a cosmic horror love letter to Birmingham’s finest heavy metal act, Black Sabbath. When the bass player from rock band Frivolous Black awakens to a vicious snow storm trapping him inside his hotel, things soon take a bizarre and cosmic twist as our ageing musician becomes locked in a fight for survival.An Augmented Fourth rocks, and I had a really fun time reading this book. On one side the novel reads like an outtake of Spinal Tap as our [...]


    5. The narrative starts out a little jumpy, and the mc was a little unconvincing at first. But there's a definite build to the story and I ended up reading the last 2/3 in one sitting, just to see what happened next. Extremely imaginative and inventive. Recommended.


    6. After cutting my way (way too slowly) through a somewhat unsatisfying anthology in the form of What the #@&% Is That?, I needed to read something quick and fun, so Tony McMillen's novel An Augmented Fourth jumped to the top of my to-read queue because I had just recently gotten it from Word Horde and it looked to fit the bill nicely. I wasn't wrong.It gets compared a lot to The Thing, which makes sense, given its snowbound setting and "who goes there" paranoia, but it reminded me a lot more [...]


    7. Tony McMillen is the author of the novel Nefarious Twit (Branch Hands, 2013), a book LitReactor selected as their Book Club Selection for March 2014. A wonderful achievement for a debut novel. The author and artist has made us wait almost four years for his follow-up, a book that McMillen himself described as “Black Sabbath meets The Thing”. Published by the ever-reliable Word Horde, a publisher whose name has become synonymous with quality and excellence, An Augmented Fourth is Tony McMille [...]


    8. If only SPINAL TAP played at THE VOIDAN AUGMENTED FOURTH hits three heavy chords. First, it opens with a very believable and clearly writer-experienced look at a washed up musician from a Black Sabbath-ish metal outfit during the Vietnam era. Next, it gives you a TRAINSPOTTING taste of road rash from drug abuse and rockstar lifestyle before ripping open the veil between a bad winter's lock-in in New England and everything Lovecraft about the horrors out of space, very John Carpenter style (the c [...]


    9. This fucking book.Codger Burton is the bassist for the pioneering English heavy metal band Frivolous Black. Once on the forefront of critical acclaim, his band has recently suffered a decline in quality and fortune, culminating in the recent replacement of their lead singer. Several days after the death of John Lennon, Codger finds himself stranded in a hotel in Boston during the grips of a blizzard, withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. He soon finds that the only other people in the hotel are a [...]


    10. Codger Burton, the bass player for Frivolous Black is trying to kick his bad habits. Trying to cope with feelings of his own increasing age, notions of his own music's declining popularity. Boston's odd Hotel Alucinari, in the grip of a major snowstorm, is where he finds himself, stranded with these thoughts. These thoughts, andother things. It's a fun love letter to Black Sabbath (as well as Bowie, Van Halen, and others), heavy metal occultism, and the power of music. There's some definite Spin [...]


    11. This is one of those books that you just cannot seem to pitch. Is it "Spinal Tap meets The Thing" uh sure? But really what isn't now a days? It's really a fantastic story narrated by a protagonist Codger Burton who was equal parts disgusting and loveable. An aging rock star with one good album and a whole bunch of addictions. You can root for him and pity him all the way through! Codger surprised me in early scene involving a cigarette machine it's a little bit but I loved it. I really enjoyed m [...]


    12. Tony McMillen serves up a well-balanced metal meal in An Augmented Fourth. It's got (big, bassy) bawls, it's got (shit for) brains, it's got (ancient, evil) magick, and it's got heart(s) for dessert. Codger Burton is as likeable as he is deplorable, and his internal dialogues reveal him to be a whole lot like a lot of us. You'll follow him through the worst morning-after anyone's ever woken up to, and love every earth-shaking second of it. Tony's descriptions of the sound/feel of heavy music wil [...]



    13. Tony McMillen's "An Augmented Fourth" is a swelling of everything great, wonderful, and utterly sadistic about the world of heavy metal. And not "Nue Age" heavy, either, but the old school, when Sabbath and Zeppelin took the Fourth to the mainstream and shoved our faces in sex, darkness, and its contrasting brilliance. This is the world of music that Punk evolved from, and even in the waning years of Metal, the glorious upstart could only fling its boogers at the legend that Metal was. After rea [...]


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