Here’s something that’s interesting:
a novel by an author usually considered a short story writer.
a “realistic” novel by an author usually considered an sf/horror writer.
a novel about rock music from a self-professed non-fan of rock music.
Spider kiss (original title: Rockabilly) is all of these, which makes it relatively poorly-known outside of rockabilly aficionados. It’s not in Ellison’s “normal” genre, it’s about a long-gone era of rock music, and as is par for Ellison, it firmly rejects any kind of nostalgia.
It’s also a book that can be effectively summed up in one sentence.
Supremely brief plot summary
Told from the perspective of his manager, Spider kiss describes the rise and fall of 1950s rockabilly star Stag Preston (real name Luther Sellers).