Chapter 16 – The Patron Saint of Bingo

With only $5 to their name, the O’Briens hit a bingo hall in the hope that Mary can turn $5 into something more.

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Since this is a short chapter, be sure to keep listening after the end credits for a short story called “Gutterball.”

“Gutterball” is a short story about a bulldog with an eating issue. I recorded the story as a test before recording Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors.

I’ve mentioned wanting to release Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors as an e-book. I also used “Gutterball” to test formatting for the Kindle. You can see what kinds of writing I do when I’m not writing humorous coming-of-age stories here.

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Okay, on to this week’s chapter!

Troy Paiva’s Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration

I stumbled upon Troy Paiva’s Lost America website in 1998 and instantly fell in love with his photography.

Not only was Troy out on the road taking photos…he was taking night photos of all the places time has forgotten; the kinds of places I’ve loved all my life.

Troy gives life to things long dead — the things most people don’t give a second look as they drive by. With an eerie glow, Troy resurrects the past and creates physical dreamscapes.

The Giveaway

I’m giving away a signed copy of Troy’s book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration (and a handful of other goodies!).

The book is beautiful — and it’s not all photos. There is a lot of commentary throughout the book as well.

All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on letting me know what you like about Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors. You can also send email, or use the contact form on the website. Or…just “Like” the Road Trip From Hell Facebook page.

On January 8 — on what would have been Elvis Presley’s birthday — a winner will be selected and announced on the podcast chapter loaded on January 9, 2011.

Good luck!

Here’s What Troy Does

If you want to see the kind of work Troy does, look no further.

Some of these images are in Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration, and some are from his website.

Some New Work at Lost America

Troy shared a couple links to some recent work worth checking out:

Winfield’s Garage

Lost Highway 58

What Have We Lost

In the current episode of Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors, there’s a section where Michael talks about his fathers feeling about what we’ve lost as a nation when we went from state highways to interstates dotted with corporations.

Fortunately, there are people like Troy who are still roaming the highways finding what we’ve lost…

A Final Photo

I love this photo — a ’58 Rambler (with a Gremlin in the background)!

I love it because James traded a Gremlin in for the Inferno in Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors.

I’ve always seen the Inferno as a cross between a ’58 Rambler and a ’57 Chevy Nomad wagon.

Is it any wonder why I love Troy’s photography so much…

All photos copyright Troy Paiva.

Chapter 11 – Graceland

Lucky launches his most blatant attack against Michael yet, and the O’Briens visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland. There, Mary’s life is changed forever.

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Giveaway Reminder
In honor of the holidays, I’m giving away a signed copy of Troy Paiva’s awesome book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration (affiliate link), 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die (affiliate link), and three copies of Pirato Ketchup’s debut EP.

What do you have to do to have a chance at winning something? Leave a comment for Chapter 10, 11, 12, or 13 telling me what you like about Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors. Sharing a story about a favorite road trip works, too!

On January 8, 2011 — on what would have been Elvis Presley’s birthday — I’ll assign a number to everybody who replied and randomly select 5 winners.

Oh, and don’t worry if you live outside of the United States — I’ll still send things your way if you win.

Okay, on to this week’s chapter!

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00:00:00 – Introduction
00:00:08 – Theme Music (by Pirato Ketchup)
00:00:54 – Commentary
00:01:14 – Giveaway Reminder
00:01:48 – The Next Two Weeks
00:02:15 – Empty Tank
00:06:43 – Last Week
00:07:07 – Chapter 11: “Graceland”
00:08:43 – Mary’s Solution to Michael’s Itchy Problem
00:10:01 – FIRE!!!
00:13:25 – Graveside at Graceland
00:17:01 – Lucky Breaks Free
00:18:00 – Return of the King
00:20:53 – Love Me Tender
00:22:26 – A Promise Broken
00:23:30 – Coming Next Week
00:23:40 – Credits
00:26:08 – End

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Photo by Kevin Dooley, who takes some very cool photos, so check out his Flickr feed.

Elvis is Everywhere!

Today I’m recording one of my favorite chapters in Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors.

In the next chapter (available late Saturday/early Sunday), the O’Briens visit Graceland. It’s an experience that changes Mary’s life forever.

In honor of this week’s chapter, a reminder that Elvis is everywhere by Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper:

Elvis shrine photo courtesy of Theogeo.

Mid-Week Surf Music

Much of the United States is experiencing an arctic blast and preparing for the mad rush of Thanksgiving.

What better way to come in from the cold and relax than listening to some surf music?

So grab a beer or cocktail and pretend you’re someplace warm, ’cause here we go!

Pirato Ketchup – “Surf Sourire”

I’ve shared the live version of their song that I used for the opening of the Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast. Here’s another taste the band:

The Dead Rocks – “Center of the Universe”

Pirato Ketchup is gearing up for a vinyl release (yep, people still buy vinyl ’cause vinyl’s still cool!) and splitting a side with Brazil’s The Dead Rocks:

Rick K and the Allnighters – “Wipeout”

Antoine Pottier (from Pirato Ketchup) shared this on his Facebook page. Gotta love the swapping with the drums on a surf tune everybody knows.

Man…or Astroman? – “Reversal of Polarity”

Speaking of swapping instruments, here’s Man…or Astroman sharing an instrument. (It really picks up about 1:35 into the video.)

Oh, Hell–one more by Man…or Astroman; this time, with a theramin!

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – “Having an Average Weekend”

One of my favorite surf surprises was seeing Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet open for the Dead Milkmen years ago.

I didn’t know who they were at first, but I knew who they were the minute they played “Having and Average Weekend.”

Dick Dale and the Del-Tones – “Miserlou”

He was doing it back in the early 60s:

And in his 70s, not even cancer can stop him! – “Miserlou” again.

Operation Ivy – “Bankshot”

And even though it’s not a straight up surf tune, it’s as close as Op Ivy got:

Welcome, Belgium!

To all the new visitors visiting from Belgium: if my high school French allowed me to say more than just “Je m’appele Christophe. Je suis américain. J’habite au Texas,” or had I picked up more Flemish from the foreign exchange student from Belgium in my school 23 years ago, I’d give you all a proper thank you!

Instead, the best I can do is say thank you for checking out, and letting you know how much I adore Belgian ales and Pirato Ketchup…en anglais. (Seriously, a visit to Belgium is very high on my list of wonderful places I want to see!)

I hope you like what’s here, and I promise to do all I can to promote the best Belgian surf band on the planet! 🙂

– Christopher

Pirato Ketchup – Escape from Tridion

When I started the Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast, I knew I wanted the opening theme to be surf music.

But not just any old surf music — I wanted something with a lot of energy, something that made me think of a big, possessed station wagon flying down the highway out of control.

A Creative Commons search led me to a surf band in Belgium called Pirato Ketchup. Their song, “Escape from Tridion” was exactly what I was looking for.

Here’s a video of them performing the song live.

Since I post new episodes of Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors on Sundays, I figured something in the middle of the week would be nice.

Hope everybody’s having a great week!

Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors

What Are You Doing?

I’m currently kicking the tires and filling up the tank for the Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast.

What the Hell is Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors?

Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors is the first novel I ever wrote, a humorous coming-of-age story about a family traveling cross country in a possessed station wagon.

I’ve decided to release Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors as a podcast.

Sounds Cool–When Does it Start?

On Sunday, 10/03/2010, the The Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast begins. Every week, I’ll post a new chapter.

Right now, I’m still in the process of creating the site, but I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

I Will!

Thank you.