Heitham Al-Sayed is a Saudi-born musician, writer and teacher. Known for his work in seminal British rap metal band SENSER which came to prominence in the 1990s with its proto mixing of heavy metal, electronics and politically charged rap lyrics. He lives in Paris where he formed the psych/doom band FIEND and teaches English at the school of decorative arts.
But anyone expecting salacious stories from the tour bus will be disappointed. In his first foray into literature he has eschewed the rock biography and taken a leap into the Droom.
His first book, In the Droom (a fusion of dream and room), is a work of magical fiction. Part nouveau roman, part out-of-body experience, where multiple realities appear to overlap in a fevered dream state.
Described early on as psychedelic Proust, In the Droom is a beautiful and mysterious anomaly. Owing as much to the beat poets as to Vonnegut style science fiction it echoes the rhythmic building of themes to crescendo in Burroughs’ Cities of the Red Night , Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl and Philip K. Dick’s Ubik.
“The Baudelaire of the twenty-first century has arrived,” says philosopher Timothy Morton.
“A dark, dreamy, trippy, cut-diamond kaleidoscope of a book,” says Adam Jones from Tool.
“Fast-paced, clever and off-the-wall,” says Darren J. Sadler of Terrorizer.