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Billy Lives is a hard-driving novel about rock music’s dim subculture, where drugs, kinky sex, and easy money can turn a teenager into a millionaire overnight – or make him an old man in a week. Billy Lockett was the king of rock ‘n roll – until a shocking accident cut short his spectacular career.
This novel concerns the epiphany of an idealistic, recent seminary graduate who must learn the bitter life lesson that what appears in front of the reredos does not always conform to the reality behind it, and whether he can do what he knows he must before it is too late.
“Beautifully un-categorizable… a heady mix of the surreal, the poignant, the scary, and the heartwarming. A gleeful mash-up of genres, highly recommended!”
– Peter Atkins, author of Morningstar and Big Thunder, screenwriter of Hellraiser II and III, creator of Wishmaster
Because one of her fathers died when she was very young, much of Celia’s family knowledge comes from stories her surviving father narrates—road-trip adventures from the mid-80s that explore homophobia in a supernatural context. As she considers these adventures (a rescue mission aided by ghostly hallucinations; a secluded town of strangely shaped inhabitants; a movie star with a monstrous secret), Celia uncovers startling new truths about her family’s past.