Announcements: Altar, Mysterium Tremendum, Hymns of Abomination, and More

As you know, things have been quite busy around here lately. It’s high time for an announcement on all things SMM. Let’s dive right into it, shall we? 

Our limited hardcover release of Philip Fracassi’s Altar successfully funded on Kickstarter. Within the next few months, we’ll be printing fifty of these gorgeous, signed and limited editions, illustrated by Francois Vaillancourt. Below, you’ll find the latest of five interior illustrations by Francois. While this edition is not currently featured in our (apparently broken) online book store, you can reach out to us at if you wish to obtain a copy. There are only a few remaining. 

There are also 100 limited paperbacks to be printed with this edition, which are also be signed and numbered. 

Mysterium Tremendum, our hand-bound chapbook exploring the borderlands between horror and the holy, is running right on schedule. The first issue of this quarterly chapbook will be released in January at $10. Look for a Table of Contents soon! 

If you have submitted to Mysterium Tremendum and are still waiting to hear back from us, please be assured that we are still making our way through submissions. Since we are also considering works for future issues, this may take some time. We will notify you the moment a decision has been made regarding your submission. 

Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds, our tribute to the work of Matthew M. Bartlett, is humming right along as well! We’ve been stunned by the quality of submissions, and we can’t wait to get this thing to you. We are still looking at a release date in July of 2021. Soon, you’ll be able to check out our Hymns of Abomination shirts on our Teespring page! Any proceeds to Teespring go directly to the maintenance of this site. 

And lastly, Red Tower Collective, our charity album of readings set to unsettling soundscapes, is well underway. So far, we have contributions from Matthew M. Bartlett, Scott R. Jones, Rebecca Gransden, Rhys Hughes, Matt Leyshon, Matthew Henshaw, and more. You can currently find the free sampler album featuring two tracks on Bandcamp.  

Volume I will be released as soon as an appropriate album length has been reached (50 to 60 minutes). All proceeds from Red Tower Collective will go to a charity selected before the album release date (TBA). There will also be a Kickstarter campaign for a physical vinyl release of Red Tower Collective Volume I.

Please check out our Patreon–there’s plenty of exclusive content on the way, including glimpses of Mysterium Tremendum, Hymns of Abomination, discount codes to Red Tower Collective, and much more!   

If you have any questions for us, please feel free to reach out at

What’s New at Silent Motorist Media?

If things have seemed a bit quiet around here for the past few days, it hasn’t been for a lack of activity on our end. In fact, we’ve been hard at work with a slew of new projects and site additions for you. Some of these we can’t quite announce yet. The purpose of this post is to announce the ones we can.

  • Silent Motorist Media is officially on YouTube! That’s right, we’ve done the unthinkable and created a YouTube channel. The fact is, we’re getting so much new material to review that adapting to video format is the only logical way to proceed. For now, we’re shifting most of the album review load over to YouTube in addition to a handful of short book reviews and reader responses. While we’re still adapting to this platform and far from professional YouTubers, we’re planning on adding new content specifically designed for YouTube starting… well, now. Go ahead and subscribe to our channel to help us get this show on the road!
  • FAVOR! Magazine Release: Bob Freville and I have been working on a fun little project to explore our more satirical and humorous inclinations. This project is FAVOR!, a “fashion, health, and… ahem… culture” magazine edited by the unbelievably unlikeable and literally fake SMM associate, Slade Bower. I like to think of FAVOR! as something like Vogue meeting Adult Swim (after getting addicted to banned weight-loss supplements and spending way too much time watching Memory Hole). We’re confident that FAVOR! was pretty damn fun to make… and that’s about it. This DEFINITELY NSFW publication will be ready for download within the next day or so. While FAVOR! definitely isn’t for everyone, we’re sure those with a more twisted sense of humor will appreciate this mess. Oh, and here’s the cover, just so you can get a taste of the ridiculousness that awaits.
  • We’ve also launched an apparel store! Here, you can purchase SMM tee-shirts, hoodies, and more to support the writers and our free author promotional service. Below is a picture of me sporting our Faces of Horror: Cosmic design. Click on the link to visit!

That’s it for now. Don’t worry, there’s more on the way. Thank you for reading, and we hope you’ll stick around for the weirdness to come.

Justin A. Burnett