Tool Have Announced Bizarre ‘The Othering’

Photo credit: Lauryn Schaffner for

Photo credit: Lauryn Schaffner for

Tool have made a Black Friday announcement on their Facebook page, but in typical Tool fashion, it isn’t what fans were hoping for. Blair MacKenzie Blake, who for years has written the official Tool newsletters that troll fans who want details on the long awaited new album, has released a book. Tool will release their new album and tour in 2019.


“THE OTHERING” (about 88,000 words) concerns one person’s startling glimpses of a parallel world (artificial?) that exists behind the scenery of consensus reality. In certain chapters I have poured all of my knowledge of tantra-inspired magical operations and occult hyperchemistry, including the exploration of an endogenous mystification veiled in authentic grimoires.

The PRIVATELY PUBLISHED TRUE FIRST EDITION consists of ONLY 200 PERFECTLY BOUND SOFT COVER COPIES (6 x 9 – 303 pages), of which I’m only selling 140 to recoup some of my printing costs. The remaining copies will be given to family and friends, with others sent to select publishing houses to see if the story generates any interest.

The first 35 copies will include a sheet that contains some of the HAND-WRITTEN TEXT from the novel as originally written with a medium point PaperMate pen on Dollar Store yellow legal pads.

THE OTHERING (from the back cover)

Growing up in Southern Illinois in the 1960s, Addison Albright appears to be a typical mischievous teen – even though the manner in which birds flit from branch to branch in the placid suburb troubles him. Oddities in his childhood memories also cause him to wonder if things are really as they seem in “Little Egypt?” The one person who might know is the town villain, Maxx “Molewhisker” Schaufler – a former undertaker with a hotrod hearse who Addison encounters in a private cemetery with curious grave markers. Not only is the old codger’s appearance unusual, there’s something peculiar about his ramshackle Victorian that Addison soon comes to realize. As a series of perplexing events has him teetering on the brink of insanity, someone else is attracted to Molewhisker’s afflicted mirror: a scholarly biker named Zerrill who claims to be a member of an epigraphic society. After involving himself in the strange relationship between the enigmatic Schaufler and the boy struggling to free himself from his mysterious control, his true agenda is called into question. Exploiting the town folk to achieve his cryptic objective, the narrative darkens when Addsion becomes infatuated with a gorgeous college girl with esoteric interests. As the three match wits while attempting to unravel a local legend that could revise world history, their lives will be forever changed when they discover the shocking truth revealed in the othering.