ERIC KIEFER is an award-winning writer, modern-day troubadour and 15-year factotum.

His debut novel The Soft Exile was named as one of the “Books We Loved in 2012” by the East Bay Express, and his journalism has won commendations that include three NJPA awards and a NJSPJ award. His writing has appeared in the North Jersey Media Group, Patch.com, The London Sunday Times, Listverse.com and Fiction Vortex, as well as many bathroom walls across America.

As a musician, he’s fresh on the heels of his self-released zombie concept album, The New Zeitgeist, as well as his debut funk-folk tinged album, The Spectre and the Dozer and his poetry compilation, Spoken Word For The Doomed. He’s appeared at various events, bars and venues such as The Crossroads in New Jersey, the Purple Moon Pub in Vermont, the Red Light Café in Atlanta and the First Rutherford Anti War Rally. He’s also a seasoned (but semi-retired) busker who has anonymously haunted subways and park benches across America.

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FREE Downloads Until 2016: Spoken Word For The Doomed

It’s here! My debut poetry/music amalgam, “Spoken Word For The Doomed,” is now available for download at major digital distributors such as iTunes and Amazon. To launch the new album, I’m making it FREE UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR (Dec. 31, 2015) though Bandcamp only.   Click here to download the album for free …

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LISTEN: Enjoy A Free Track From “Spoken Word From The Doomed”

Greetings from the wastelands, my friends! It’s always been a dream of mine to release a spoken word album. So now it’s my pleasure to announce that after two decades of writing poetry – 20 years of scribbling on supermarket receipts and paper bag scraps – with the help of some friends, I’ve finally managed …

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Free Copies of The New Zeitgeist for World Zombie Day 2013!

Zombie ‘Concept Album’ and E-book: Free Copies for World Zombie Day 2013 The New Zeitgeist, a new multi-media zombie concept series, will be available for free digital download as part of World Zombie Day 2013. Fans of the undead will be able to download the album and e-book for FREE in multiple formats on Oct. …

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“The New Zeitgeist” review in Zombie Guide Magazine

“Trapped for 180 days in a New York recording studio with nothing to do but stay alive. What do you do to pass the time? How about record an awesome rock album?” – Zombie Guide Magazine about THE NEW ZEITGEIST . CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW AT ZOMBIE GUIDE MAGAZINE . CLICK HERE …

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ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE… The New Zeitgeist: Songs from the Zombie Apocalypse

CAN’T WAIT UNTIL AUGUST 1? For all of you zombie fans who need to satiate your hunger, The New Zeitgeist: Songs from the Zombie Apocalypse is now available for pre-order through Bandcamp.com. FULL LENGTH ALBUM, DIGITAL DOWNLOADS ONLY – $3.99 * Click here to listen to some free samples or to order!  

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The New Zeitgeist is here… A Multi-Media Zombie Concept Album and E-Book

. With THE NEW ZEITGEIST, author/musician Eric Kiefer hopes that he’ll provide his fellow horror fans with something they’ve never seen before… the first “multi-media” zombie concept album. “It’s a rock opera and a pulp fiction novella for all of the deadheads out there,” said Kiefer. “As far as I know, nothing like this has …

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THE SOFT EXILE and Life in the Peace Corps, an Interview with The South Bergenite

“Seeking redemption and a journey in consciousness with the Peace Corps” Thursday, February 21, 2013 BY KELLY NICHOLAIDES STAFF WRITER The South Bergenite A few years out of college and “on the losing end of the American Dream,” Eric Kiefer joined the Peace Corps in 2006. His journey was one of redemption and consciousness. Kiefer …

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THE SOFT EXILE Praised By The East Bay Express

THE SOFT EXILE was recently named as one of “The Books We Loved in 2012″ in the East Bay Express’ 2012 Holiday Guide. Called “part adventure, part survival tale, and absolutely impossible to put down till you reach the end”, The Express says that in the novel, ”Kiefer swears like a sailor and will drink anything …

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Book Review and Interview with Peace Corps Worldwide

Eric Kiefer and his novel, THE SOFT EXILE, were recently featured at Peace Corps Worldwide… Click the below links to check ‘em out! READ THE BOOK REVIEW, HERE!    http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/pc-writers/2012/09/19/review-of-eric/ READ THE AUTHOR INTERVIEW, HERE!    http://peacecorpsworldwide.org/pc-writers/2012/09/19/talking-eric/   THE SOFT EXILE – Alternate Cover Sketch (by Eui Riang Jin)

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Eric Kiefer Interviewed on William Paterson University’s “Brave New Radio”

On August 18, Eric Kiefer appeared on The Reading Circle with Marc Medley, to speak about his new novel, THE SOFT EXILE (88.7 FM, Brave New Radio, William Paterson University). Listen to some clips here!            

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“THE SOFT EXILE” Now Available Online and in Bookstores!!!

THE SOFT EXILE, By Eric Kiefer… A Novel About Suicide, Mongolia and the U.S. Peace Corps   Based largely on the author’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the deserts of Mongolia, The Soft Exile is the fictionalized story of a desperate race to become one of the “Good People”… or die in the attempt. Joining …

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The Jupiter Experiment – a multi-media, music & art collaboration

A sample video from WWW.THEJUPITEREXPERIMENT.WEBS.COM WHAT IS THE JUPITER EXPERIMENT?        The Jupiter Experiment is a collaborative effort from five different artists, representing three different mediums. In the name of art, these intrepid warriors of the muse attempt to define four, basic emotional concepts – Innocence, Despair, Gluttony and Delirium – in their own …

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New Videos Up… Live Looping, Spoken Word, and “SOFT EXILE” PREVIEW VIDEO!

        FOR MORE VIDEOS, CHECK OUT THE ERIC KIEFER YouTube.com CHANNEL AT: http://www.youtube.com/user/erickiefer/videos

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NOW AVAILABLE AT WWW.CDBABY.COM, “SPECTRE AND THE DOZER”, CD AND DOWNLOAD! ON SALE FOR THE INCREDIBLE DOWNLOAD PRICE OF $1.99 FOR THE FULL ALBUM! CDS JUST $4.99! GET YOURS TODAY! Eric Kiefer’s debut album, “The Spectre and the Dozer”, presents listeners with a masterful blend of raw musical talent and troubador-poet visions. The album includes …

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HOW TO PUBLISH AND PUBLICIZE YOUR PEACE CORPS NOVEL: RESOURCES FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS By Eric Kiefer I’ll always remember the day my book, THE SOFT EXILE – A NOVEL ABOUT SUCIDE, MONGOLIA AND THE U.S. PEACE CORPS, was released to the world. Counting the time it took to gather the source material and repay my …

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