Alesana Sells Out the Initial Print Run of Their Novel, Annabel Prior to Its Release

The popular North Carolina based Pop- metal/Sweetcore unit and Revival Recordings artist, Alesana are thrilled to celebrate their first short novel Annabel, a story that is a reflection of the band’s three concept albums, The Emptiness, A Place Where The Sun Is Silent, and Confessions. Since originally announcing the short novel, Alesana has successfully sold out of their 750 produced novels before today’s release!

Annabel, was created by Vocalist/Guitarist, Shawn Milke and Vocalist, Dennis Lee of Alesana, and reveals all of the final twists and turns taken by Annabel, The Artist, and Fatima Rusalka to finally tie up the story lines. The trilogy opens with The Emptiness, the story of The Artist and his one true love, Annabel which was released in 2010 via Fearless Records. Continuing with A Place Where The Sun Is Silent, the listener follows The Wanderer on an abstract journey of pursuit of The Temptress (2011, Epitaph Records). The third and final album in the trilogy, Confessions, tells the story of Annabel and her attempt to travel through time in order to stop a madman known as The Artist.

When asked about this project, Shawn Milke had this to say:

This story has been a work in progress for nearly seven years. It began when Dennis and I decided to tell our own story through the albums of Alesana. It eventually grew into an album trilogy and now, finally, a short novel. Creating this abstract universe and telling the story of Annabel has been, in every way possible, both challenging and rewarding. It is an accomplishment that still stuns me to this day. Thank you to everyone who has joined us on this journey.

Milke and his sister Melissa have recorded a reading of the first chapter of Annabel which can be heard here. The pair partnered with director Jason Ligon to turn the reading into a lyric video which premiered exclusively on To learn more about the Annabel Trilogy, fans are encouraged to head over to the short novel’s official website.

Not content to sit still, Alesana will be hitting the road this September, for the “Ten Frail Years of Vanity and Wax” tour where they will perform their debut LP On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax in its entirety. Oh Sleeper, Famous Last Words, and Artwork will join them throughout the twelve date run. VIP Packages for the upcoming tour are available here.

Make your plans now to catch this enigmatic band live!


Tour Dates:

9/30 – Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog

10/01 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

10/02 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom

10/03 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft

10/04 – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots

10/05 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew

10/06 – Omaha, NE @ The Lookout Lounge

10/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective

10/08 – Dallas, TX @ The Door

10/09 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder

10/10 – Houston, TX @ Walters

10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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