Howlin’ for Grave Digger Blues

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New blurbs have come in for GRAVE DIGGER BLUES, the post-apocalyptic pulp fiction novel that you can download just in time for the Mayan-predicted The Big Shut-Down… The Last Last Call… The Big Whatever… Or, as we call it in the novel, The Big Fuck-off.

Our most recent critiques come from Eddie Wilson, best-known as the proprietor of Threadgill’s and Armadillo World Headquarters, silver-tongued restaurateur and pillar of Austin cool; Richard Zelade, author and blogger, Kathleen Maher, author and journalist; Scott Montgomery, czar of MysteryPeople (the crime fiction section at BookPeople); and a couple of other generous literary critics and overall cool people. Hey man, I really appreciate your support. I could use more of it from the rest of you.

It took Jesse’s GRAVE DIGGER BLUES to awaken me from my nightmares. He made them look like cartoons. If I could write like this I’d have giggle-mares instead. Indeed, GRAVE DIGGER BLUES has turned me into a fiction fan once again. Keep ‘em coming.

Eddie Wilson, owner of Threadgill’s and Armadillo World Headquarters


GRAVE DIGGER BLUES is a departure from Jesse Sublett’s excellent books. The Martin Fender series takes the detective novel on a tour through the music demi monde by way of Austin. His memoir, Never the Same Again is as enthralling as any work of fiction and it’s real.

Now, he’s trying something new. GRAVE DIGGER BLUES brings in Sci-fi, a bit of poetry, and art. It’s nothing less than an attempt to re-think the novel for the digital age and it’s really brave. Some sections work better than others, but it’s a good ride. I’m hoping that Sublett plans to take this further, he’s on to something and I want to see where it goes.

Kathleen Maher, author and journalist

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The Blues Cat, his blues was epic, like a film noir in real time, all those hard luck songs about trains and cheap whisky, jail, no money and bad women like shrapnel from a bomb embedded in his soul.

I’ve seen Jesse Sublett perform this book as a work in progress at our Austin Noir At The Bar and it’s been great for everyone to be able to experience this unique story with Hank Zzybnx, the last private eye at the end of the world. It’s hard to tell whether we will go out with a whimper or a bang, but it will be weird, violent, and funny in its dark way.

Sublett uses a voice that’s 80 percent hardboiled and 20 percent hipster. Hank’s world is like Mike Hammer’s seedy city underbelly that somehow found a way to get worse. As he wanders this terrain on his cases he runs into Newt Gingrich, getting by as a circus geek, and even Marlyn Monroe. In many ways it is his own boulevard of broken dreams that Hank walks down.

Hank, his case, and Sublett’s style, provide a great arena for hardboiled action, satire, and human emotion to play together. If you’re a fan of Victor Gischler, Joe R. Lansdale, or Kurt Vonnegut, this is a read for you. The book also has the bonus of a musical soundtrack performed by Jesse, the bandleader and bassist from The Skunks and a great solo artist.

It may be the end of the world, but I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hank.

Scott Montgomery, MysteryPeople / BookPeople

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Maybe it was revenge for all the things we’d done to her, but Mother Nature wasn’t herself anymore. Nobody was.

Grave Digger Blues is perhaps too gentle a name for Jesse Sublett’s vision of the end of the world as we know it. To sing the blues, you have to have lived the blues. To write about hell on earth, you have to have lived it. Jesse has, and has emerged the stronger and more perceptive for it. Grave Digger Blues showcases his prowess as a writer, songwriter, performer, and graphic artist. I am jealous of precious few writers; Jesse Sublett is one of them.

Richard Zelade, author and blogger

Ingenious. GRAVE DIGGER BLUES is hilarious. Sublett’s sense of humor is refreshing and remarkably unique. Remarkably tasty as well. Very creative take on the e-book. The dark and clever songs really add a nice interactive component as well.

— Flyingpeninsula, review on iTunes.

GRAVE DIGGER BLUES is available on Amazon’s Kindle store, for download to your Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPhone, etc., with 100+ great photos, drawings, collages, etc.; and the Blues Deluxe Edition for iPad, available at iTunes and the iBookstore also has an hour of audio, with original blues music and audio chapters.

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