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Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012
Josh Malerman has done interviews before. But those interviews have been delivered from the perspective of the stage. As the frontman for The High Strung, Malerman and crew have always displayed a style that's equal parts bold and brainy. The Detroit foursome produced scores of albums with names like Live At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and ¿Posible o' Imposible? (Okay, there was also one called Dragon Dicks.) Currently, you can hear the sounds of their song, "The Luck You Got," on the Showtime Channel's "Shameless," starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum.

After years on the road, The High Strung, who formed in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, left their battered tour van on the steps of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, they began touring libraries throughout Michigan, which caught the ears of "This American Life." Ira Glass and his team at Chicago Public Radio then produced an episode about The High Strung called "Dewey Decibel System." They've been written about in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, the Onion's A.V. Club, Entertainment Weekly and plenty more publications.

But Malerman isn't just inspiring stories now -- he's publishing his own. Long a writer with a bent for suspense and horror, Malerman's first major novel was just purchased at auction by Lee Boudreaux of HarperCollins' Ecco imprint.
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