To the facially pierced, tattooed Dez Fafara, every day seems like Halloween. For a fictional group of kids spawned by the Coal Chamber frontman's dark imagination, the same will soon be true.
Fafara and his girlfriend, Anahstasia (pictured on the cover of the band's 1999 album, Chamber Music), have penned the first of a planned 13 volumes of children's books, according to a Roadrunner Records spokesperson. The series, called "The October Bunch," involves a group of kids who don Halloween costumes every night before embarking on fantastic adventures.
"Finding Blackie," the series debut, is about the Bunch's encounter with its first black cat. An agent is shopping the book to publishers, the spokesperson said.
Fantasy books aren't Fafara's only side project. He and Coal Chamber guitarist Meegs Rascon contributed to "Where Is God," a song produced by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx for the debut album by Overseer. It's slated to appear on the band's debut album, a follow-up to last year's EP Everything Louder Than Everything Else. The album does not yet have a release date, a Columbia Records spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Coal Chamber are in a Los Angeles studio tracking their third album, Dark Days, with producer Ross Hogarth (see "Dark Days Ahead For Coal Chamber"). The LP is expected out early next year.