Black Metal Ghost Writer

Let’s Talk about Lily Strange, shall we? She’s currently promoting her book “Lost Beneath The Surface”, a self published horror novel that has a somewhat ‘strange’ marketing angle unto itself; her co-author, a ‘ghost writer’ if you will, she claims is truly dead. Furthermore, by dead, I actually mean Dead. . . as in the nickname of Per Yngve Ohlin, the former lead singer of the pioneering Black Metal band Mayhem. Let me explain. . .

Strange purports to have co-written her book with the help of Ohlin, who committed suicide in April 8, 1991 – as in worked with him AFTER his suicide, not before. Indeed, and as unlikely as this match-up may seem Lily contends it to be true. She claims the restless spirit of Ohlin started visiting her in November of 2005 and grew to assist her with (and later co-author) a novel she had started at the time.

Ok, so yeah – you fans of early Mayhem only THINK you have all the relevant material in your collection but may be missing some more recent offerings – freshly ‘dug up’ so to speak.

Anyhow, I don’t judge here but merely pass along the info to my interested readers. Not gonna comment on the fact that half the proceeds of sales (all of 13 copies according to the site itself) go to the World Federation for Mental Health. There’s definitely fodder for a straight line or two but let’s leave it alone.

I will only say this; check out her site ( and decide for yourself. After all, she’s not the first to make such a claim – Rosemary Brown once made quite an uproar with her ‘new’ compositions from classic artists such as Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin.

And if Dead is ghost writing, perhaps he’ll pen a new song or two for the next Mayhem disc? Or maybe Metallica??

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