Before she fronted a metal band...before she took her clothes off for Playboy, Skinimax soft-porn flicks, and strip clubs...Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies worked in hospices and funeral homes (as a mortician, no less!). All of those different experiences form the basis of her new book, "Death and Other Dances."

In an interview with Detroit Live, Harvey says,

“Death And Other Dances is a story about the human condition and how touch connects us all. It’s about loneliness and how in today’s digital age we are more connected, yet disconnected since we don’t actually interact face-to-face. I worked in hospices and funeral homes and I was also a dancer for years. I saw a correlation between customers at the clubs and also my patients. Most of the customers I met at clubs were lonely and didn’t really have anyone at home. In a lot of the hospices, patients I took care of seemed abandoned by their families as well. Working in these environments, I came to the conclusion that everyone wants to be touched, everyone wants to be acknowledged and everyone wants to be loved. We all go to different lengths to find that love in our lives – and that’s what the novel is about. I can’t wait for it to come out."

Pre-order the book directly from Harvey's web site. And catch the Butcher Babies on tour this fall:

9/12 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory (with Black Label Society)
9/13 — Sacramento, Calif. — Aftershock Festival
9/14 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — Catalyst (with Black Label Society
9/27 — Scottsdale, Ariz. — Pub Rock
9/28 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Launchpad
9/30 — Merriam, Kan. — Aftershock
10/01 — Joilet, Ill. — Mojoes
10/03 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Altar Bar
10/04 — Flint, Mich. — The Machine Shop
10/05 — Louisville, Ky. — Champions Park / Larger Than Life Festival
10/07 — Baltimore, Md. — Baltimore Soundstage
10/08 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium (upstairs)
10/10 — New York, N.Y. — Santos Party House
10/11 — Philadelphia, Pa. — District N9ne
10/12 — West Springfield, Va. — Empire
10/14 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Masquerade
10/16 — Houston, Texas — Scout Bar
10/17 — Corpus Christi, Texas — House of Rock
10/18 — San Antonio, Texas — Backstage Live
10/19 — Lubbock, Texas — Jake’s Backroom
10/21 — Colorado Springs, Colo. — The Black Sheep
10/22 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theatre
10/23 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Backstage Bar