Iced Earth founder, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Jon Schaffer has announced his first-ever book Wicked Words and Epic Tales through his new publishing company Wicked Words, LLC. You can stream the track "Dracula (A Narrative Soundscape)" from the accompanying soundtrack to the book below.
According to a press release, Wicked Words and Epic Tales is a collection of lyrics, interviews and pages of artwork that Schaffer’s work has inspired throughout the years. The book is an anthology of lyrics from Schaffer that span his 35 years in making music.
"I wanted to put something together that would be a truly unique experience not only for the fans of my bands, but for newcomers as well," said Schaffer.
Wicked Words and Epic Tales comes in two different cover options: one created by Jonboy Meyers and another by Jim Balent and Roy Young. The book also features a CD of 15 tracks exclusively available with the purchase of the deluxe edition book. Dubbed A Narrative Soundscape, these recordings are a completely re-imagined delivery of the lyrics of Iced Earth songs created exclusively for this release.
Schaffer is asking for $20,000 to create the book and has already exceeded $35,000. Pre-orders are available here.