The Good Inn
Black Francis and Josh Frank, illustrated by Steven Appleby
"A book based on a soundtrack score that has not yet been composed for a feature film that does not yet exist. " Pixies frontman Black Francis has approached writing his first book as he would do a song: with inventiveness and originality. The Good Inn tells the story of an eighteen-year-old known only as Soldier Boy who, after escaping a devastating explosion at the French port of Toulon, sets out on a bizarre journey across France. Navigating his way past homicidal gypsies, combative soldiers and porn-peddling peasants, he takes refuge at The Good Inn – and promptly finds himself centre stage in the making of the world's first narrative pornographic movie. Unique and vividly imagined, The Good Inn is a touchingly comic story that brings turn-of-the-century France to life.
Black Francis is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Best know as the frontman for cult rock band Pixies, he has also had a successful solo career under the name Frank Black. His songs have inspired musicians from Tom Yorke to Kurt Cobain, the latter claiming that "Smells like teen Spirit" was his "attempt to rip off the Pixies". Black Francis reformed The Pixies in 2004 and continues to tour with them. Josh Frank is the author of the Pixies biography Fool the World. He has also written a biography of the musician Peter Ivers, In Heaven Everything is Fine. Steven Appleby has created cartoon strips for many magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, the NME, the Times and the Sunday Telegraph. The author of over 20 books, he has also worked in TV, radio and musical theatre.