Books by Jack

Wendigosis_CoverWendigosis: A Paranormal Horror Novella

Join five college girls as they visit the remote northern Minnesota woods for a weekend of camping, cosplay and chaos. What starts out as innocent fun, quickly descends into supernatural madness where nothing is what it seems. Are the young women suffering from psychosis or being tormented by a mythical creature?

The Wendigo is a spirit creature popular in Algonquian folklore. The Chippewa and Sioux people believe that spirit possession drives unsuspecting humans to psychosis with symptoms of intensive craving for murder and cannibalism.

Hailed for its themes of feminism and empowerment, the author invites you to come find the place where fear becomes madness.

Wendigosis is the latest paranormal horror thriller from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton.

Release Date: 16 October 2018.

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EmmettMiller_PaperbackEmmett Miller: An Obscure Minstrel Yodeler Who Changed Music Forever

One of the strangest, most obscure and intriguing stories from the last century of popular music is that of Emmett Miller. A classic tale of rags to riches (and back to rags), Miller helped define the popular music of the last seventy-five years, and for the most part, today he is all but forgotten.

Emmett Miller left many legacies which influenced the American musical landscape for generations. Certainly his singing style – the odd nasal pitch tone, along with the breaking of lines and bars in a song to a high yodel-like yelp – has been imitated by scores of singers since Miller first waxed his signature style to record in 1924. Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, Left Fritzell, the Rhythm Wreckers, Bob Wills, Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf and Bob Dylan all have been influenced by Miller’s one-of-a-kind vocal abilities.

Of equal importance was Miller’s visionary fusion of blues and jazz, country and swing, black and white, comedy and crooning. Whether he knew what he was doing at the time or not, Miller almost single-handedly tore down the strict boundaries of musical ideas of the era. Here was a young, white, Christian man from the south, singing hot-jazz and black music in the north. Performing as a blackface with some of the most influential jazz musicians of all time (Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Jack Teagarden and more). He created an entirely new style of country: pop. Country which swung. Country that was equally parts white and black, urban and rural. Country that was slurred through whiskey, girls, the road and came out as the earliest forms of beatnik jive. Listening to Miller’s music today, one can hear the startling sound of a man perfectly in sync with the present: he’s influenced by the past, while he anticipated what was coming just around the bend.

Emmett Miller is a symbol. An image of all that is America: the great melting pot of the world. Only here, in this strange place, and during the strange times of the last century, could Miller have been created. Equally parts black and white, high and low, down and up, Emmett Miller rode the historical wave upon a bouncing ball: he held onto all he knew how to be – himself. And he rode that ball into the twilight of the setting sun. In the end, all we really know about Emmett Miller is that he lived on the road, he died by the road, and he was the road for all those that have come since.

Release Date: 28 September 2018.

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EmmettMillerLost World: the Emmett Miller Saga – An Obsession with an Obscure Blackface Minstrel Yodeler who Changed Pop Music History

One of the strangest, most obscure and intriguing stories from the last century of popular music is that of Emmett Miller. A classic tale of rags to riches (and back to rags), Miller helped define the popular music of the last seventy-five years, and for the most part, today he is all but forgotten.

Emmett Miller left many legacies which influenced the American musical landscape for generations. Certainly his singing style – the odd nasal pitch tone, along with the breaking of lines and bars in a song to a high yodel-like yelp – has been imitated by scores of singers since Miller first waxed his signature style to record in 1924. Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, Left Fritzell, the Rhythm Wreckers, Bob Wills, Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf and Bob Dylan all have been influenced by Miller’s one-of-a-kind vocal abilities.

Of equal importance was Miller’s visionary fusion of blues and jazz, country and swing, black and white, comedy and crooning. Whether he knew what he was doing at the time or not, Miller almost single-handedly tore down the strict boundaries of musical ideas of the era. Here was a young, white, Christian man from the south, singing hot-jazz and black music in the north. Performing as a blackface with some of the most influential jazz musicians of all time (Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Jack Teagarden and more). He created an entirely new style of country: pop. Country which swung. Country that was equally parts white and black, urban and rural. Country that was slurred through whiskey, girls, the road and came out as the earliest forms of beatnik jive. Listening to Miller’s music today, one can hear the startling sound of a man perfectly in sync with the present: he’s influenced by the past, while he anticipated what was coming just around the bend.

Emmett Miller is a symbol. An image of all that is America: the great melting pot of the world. Only here, in this strange place, and during the strange times of the last century, could Miller have been created. Equally parts black and white, high and low, down and up, Emmett Miller rode the historical wave upon a bouncing ball: he held onto all he knew how to be – himself. And he rode that ball into the twilight of the setting sun. In the end, all we really know about Emmett Miller is that he lived on the road, he died by the road, and he was the road for all those that have come since.

Release Date: 3 February 2018.

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ButchersOnTheMoonButchers On The Moon: An Expanded Collection of Early Poems

Butchers On The Moon was originally published as a 40 page manifesto of sorts from an impossibly young poet, songwriter and filmmaker from Minnesota named Jack Norton. Sold mostly at his concerts, only one copy of the original chapbook is known to exist today and can be found in the archives at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Jack burned all writings (poems, songs, short stories and a novel) he worked on before 2008, so these lost gems are a true treasure. This expanded edition (now 72 pages) includes several additional poems written in the same period but not included in the original publication. An unpublished chapbook manuscript – The Well Ran Dry – was recently found in the archives of the editor of Fugawee Bird Press, publisher of the original Butchers On The Moon chapbook. These are also included within this edition. Thanks to everyone that provided these materials, which were once considered lost.

Release date: 28 May 2016.

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Butchers On The Moon: Poetry Chapbook

No additional information available at this time. We are searching for a copy of the original edition to scan and share on this site.

Release date: circa 2003 (?).


EmmettMiller2Lost World: the Emmett Miller Saga

We are searching for a copy of the original edition to scan and share on this site.

This chapbook and CD release was issued as an 18-page, unbound, paperback booklet measuring 8.5 by 5.5 inches. The 2 CDs were housed in CD media envelopes glued to the inside front and back covers.

The text was an illustrated essay by Jack Norton, titled: “Lost World: The Emmett Miller Saga.” There is also a complete sessions listing of the songs, a bibliography, and a discography.

This chapbook and CD collection is no longer in print. For a detailed history of this work, visit: Discogs.com

Release date: circa 2002 (?).