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Note: I tried, hard, to make this work in the first person. But it just seemed stilted and borderline icky. So let’s go with the third-person version below.

Sam McPheeters was born in Lorain, OH, in 1969, and raised in Albany, NY. In 1981, at age 12, he became a published author with Traveler’s Tales, a collection of regional folklore stories co-authored with Mark Steese. The book sold two printings, and has been out of print for 30 years.

Between 1989 and 2004, Sam was the lead singer of Born Against, Men’s Recovery Project, and Wrangler Brutes, touring 17 times across the US, Europe, and Japan. From 1990 to 2002, he ran Vermiform Records, an independent underground record label. The company released 57 records, as well as a wide assortment of Sam’s writing and art fanzines.

He has written for The American Prospect, The Believer, Chicago Reader, Criterion, Fader, OC Weekly, Punk Planet, The Stranger, Vice, and The Village Voice. In April 2012, Mugger Books published McPheeters’ first novel, The Loom Of Ruin.