When The Devil Wears Prada frontman Mike Hranica wrote "Home For Grave" for the group's latest album, "8:18," he felt there might be more to it than a three-minute and 24-second song. So he's fleshed it out into a 53-page book he's subtitled "A (Somewhat Neverending) Short Story," which he's selling at shows on the band's current tour -- which kicks off Oct. 31 in the Pittsburgh area -- and via his personal web site.
"I've always really loved writing; it's really all I've ever wanted to do, which is kind of why I joined the band in the first place," Hranica tells Billboard. "I'm always very challenged and really invigorated when I get to write anything fictional within a Prada song. 'Home For Grave' is an extension of that and beyond what I can do within a four-minute song."
The "Home For Grave" story, published in an initial edition of 1,818 copies, chronicles the unremarkable life of Ian Mitchells, whose mother dies when he's young and is raised in a small Indiana town by a disengaged father but still graduates from college and goes into education, first as a guidance counselor and then as a traveling educational consultant. Hranica's story terms it an "average life" and an "unintentionally meaningless existence," but the singer feels there's something to celebrate within that.