Monica Richards (Hate From Ignorance, Madhouse, Strange Boutique, Faith and the Muse) has self-released a new CD and book, Naiades featuring Steve Niles (Gray Matter, Three) on guitar and bass, his first recorded work since the early '90s.

Richards and Niles have known each other since the early '80s DC Hardcore scene. More recently, Steve has found success with creator-owned comics like 30 Days of Night and Criminal Macabre, whereas Richards is best known for her work in the critically acclaimed darkwave act, Faith and the Muse. Monica released her first solo album, the electro-tribal Infrawarrior, in 2007. She has also sung live with Conflict and the anarcho-punk collective, Anima Mundi.

Naiades is named after mythical Greek sea nymphs, and this theme is reflected in the accompanying book, which features exclusive art from, among others, James O'Barr (The Crow), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin, The New Mutants).

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