Book Sabbath Mountain

Book Sabbath Mountain
With his short stories masquerading as songs, John Darnielle — founding member of the Mountain Goats — has crafted a wide range of off-kilter characters. He continues this tradition with Roger, a 15-year-old patient in a psychiatric hospital and the protagonist of Darnielle’s first book, a loving diary-style exploration of Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality, part of Continuum Press’s 33 1/3 series.

"Writing in the diary format was a lot easier and more convenient for me than trying to structure a big novel, because I had to write it on tour,” Darnielle says. "Some of it was written in Sweden, in hotel rooms between shows.” Inspired by his real-life experiences as a psychiatric nurse (and love of all things metal), Darnielle’s literary debut is a fast, addictive read that also tugs on the heartstrings of sensitive Ozzy fans.