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"Apparently that was not the kind of scary story that my teacher was looking for."

Nolle Bond / The Campbell Street Collective with Freight Train Rabbit Killer

Aubrey Walker portrait by Amy Abshier
Kansas City, Mo. 

Nolle Bond is a musician in Kansas City, having played with Sons Of Great Dane, Cadillac Flambé, and more. Freigh Train Rabbit Killer is a self-described “Doom Blues & Acpocalypic Roots” duo. Together, the three created the Campbell Street Collective, shrouded in love of horror and good storytelling.

My family moved from Kansas City to a small town in North Central Missouri while I was in elementary school. Like so many other kids who find themselves uncomfortable in a new situation, I began spending more time in my room. I began playing the guitars that my parents had in the house, I began reading more and more of the books that my parents lined the shelves of our new home with. As I finished elementary and began middle school my taste in books focused on scary stories. I devoured the books of Stephen King, and spent hours with a compendium of the “Tales from the Crypt” comic books that my Dad brought home. I loved writing my own scary stories.

On Halloween in sixth grade, the class was asked to each begin writing a “scary story”. One of the stories would be selected and the rest of the class would finish it in their own way. My story centered around a group of four kids who found a book bound in human skin and began reading from it. Demons arrived. Horror genre archetypes ensued. A LOT of meetings with my parents and teachers ensued. Apparently that was not the kind of scary story that my teacher was looking for. My parents, on the other hand, were neither shocked or concerned with my tales of terror. Needless to say, the class did not write about the Necronomicon that year, but my parents never dissuaded me from reading anything.

My love of horror never waned. About a decade ago, after moving into an old house in midtown, I was asked if I had a creepy basement. Of course I did. So I met Joshua Hoffine. He was doing a photoshoot for Famous Monsters Magazine based on “Pickman’s Model” and needed a crypt location. Before he turned the corner of my new basement into a demented artist’s studio, he asked me, “Have you ever read H.P. Lovecraft?” That single question began the project that I am writing about today.

Ten years later I was re-reading a chewed up paperback of Lovecraft stories and happened to open the page to a story I was unfamiliar with. “The Curse of Yig” is set not in Providence, or on a damned coast, but in the red dusty wastes of Oklahoma. It seemed like the perfect focus for a new project that had been getting kicked around for the last few weeks. The rest of the recording fell into place. I began working on narration. I contacted Kris from Freight Train Rabbit Killer to see if they would be interested in creating a score. I wrote Amy Abshier to see if she would like to create a painting to be used as an album cover. Kris asked Andrew Crowley from Organica Recordings to help with mixing and mastering. Each and every time I found a fellow fan of horror on the other side of the conversation.

Now, we are finally able to present the result. We are using Kickstarter to raise the funds to press our 43min recording to vinyl through vinyl pre-orders. We want to bring the project to life directly from the artists involved to fans of storytelling, of music, of weird fiction, of horror.

So, if you’re one of those weird kids who thinks that this kind of thing sounds interesting, please go check out our Kickstarter and see if “The Curse of Yig” is a record that you’d like to have in your collection. Who knows, it might just freak out some random person flipping through your LPs.

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