Chick Bassist is like the very best rock–gritty, haunting, gorgeous and unforgettable. Also, it’s best read aloud, at top volume.
| Spike Marlowe, author of Placenta of Love |
Chick Bassist is utterly savage. Lockhart’s style waxes poetic as a modern Beat giving us a glimpse into Rock & Roll hell.
| Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Occultation and The Croning |
Chick Bassist has a rhythm as primordial as the backbeat/heartbeat-backbone of Rock and Roll, and characters as raw as shredding power chords. Ross Lockhart has written a great rock novel!
| Alan M. Clark, author of A Parliament of Crows and Of Thimble and Threat |
Holy fucking fuck what a great book.
| MP Johnson, author of The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone |
Lockhart’s writing is unpretentious yet literate, achieving the kind of loud intensity that only the best punk rock songs do while revealing an odd, and even disturbing, fragility. It’s crammed with detail and writerly techniques without being overtold. It’s a stunningly daring performance, the kind you and I (and he, most likely) were warned away from attempting.
| Zachary Jernigan, author of No Return |
Readers with an interest in the last half-century of rock music will find themselves well-served not only by the plethora of bands, albums, and songs referenced throughout, but also by the significance of these references to the characters and storyline. It’s one thing to drop names, but it’s another to demonstrate an actual literacy in one’s subject matter, and Lockhart clearly has this down as a writer.
| Arthur Graham, author of Editorial |
Poetry and terror and gritty realism can all coexist happily, and the third sound they generate in their harmonization just *jams* when done deftly. You can’t spell Ross Lockhart without ‘rock’. Chick Bassist was, for me, the most fun read of its type since Harlan Ellison’s Spider Kiss.
| Edward Morris, author of Fathers and Sons: Blackguard, Book One |
Don’t start a band without reading Chick Bassist! The vignettes that fall into a concrete form are structured like an album. The songs are short and hard, beat into the skull. I dig it, man. It’s a mixed-up, crazy world, and the rock and roll dream will never, ever die. It’s like eavesdropping on the conversations from the old-timers on the scenes the bars downtown, where everyone knew someone in the band that made it, and a lot more people that were just punks looking to score. I was sitting on that bar stool, listening to the things people do to each other, and the things they did for art or money or both. Good, hard-punching sentences that never let you down, and a pace that never lets up, check this one out.
| J.M. McDermott, author of Last Dragon and the Dogsland Trilogy |