I can’t tell you how excited I am about the release of Tyler Johnson’s new book, Tales From the Red Book of Tunes. OK, I lied. Yes, I can.
Tyler is a gifted writer, poet, and musician who has displayed all his talents between these covers. Tales is a collection of stories matched with music that Tyler wrote. While the setting is an alternate reality of sorts — one which recalls the Maritime Provinces, the Outer Banks, or Ireland of a century ago —Tales is firmly rooted in realism.
Each tune, and the story that follows it, evokes suspense, humor, joy, sadness, or love with poetic subtlety, relying on image and tone just as much as plot to relay its meaning. Anyone who enjoys folk music, dance, or just some excellent short fiction will enjoy this book. And don’t forget to check out the music!