In my writing I like to slip in references to art and music that I like. Call it a Poppy Z Brite habit. I learnt it from her. I feel it adds colour, especially if the references are obscure from the mainstream. I often refer to Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees... Bands that people "in the know" are aware of and would appreciate the inclusion to flavour the setting.
So, what I want to know is, Sal, would you mind horribly if I drop in references to APHND in my current submission? Reason being, is I've just had a friend who's published with a big South African publisher offer to slip my novel past the slush pile and present it to her editor.
I've done this for friends of mine, writing their band into one of my novels that is releasing in September, and I'd love to do the same for APHND.
That being said, I've a guest column appearing (I hope) in a national paper in mid-March, themed along the lines of "If the music's too loud, you're too old" and I've given APHND, TON and Seventh Void honourable mentions.