Will ROB HALFORD’s Never-Published Novel ‘Library Of Tears’ Ever See Light Of Day?


In a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked about the novel he wrote in the 1970s called “Library Of Tears”. He said: “Until recently, I was searching my house in the U.K. to try to find it, and I actually found it. I found the actual book, the manuscript I put together. I wrote it out longhand and then I typed it. I haven’t re-read it yet — I read the first few pages. It’s very childlike, but I’m just pleased that I was able to find it. I don’t know if anything will come of it. I am just relieved that having thought it was completely lost, I now have it.”

He continued: “It’s a pretty cool story. It’s about this evil kind of guy who steals people’s emotions by capturing their tears. He has this library and instead of books he has these little glass vials of humanity. He has a room full of these things and it is called the Library Of Tears.”

Halford added: “I’ve now discovered it, and who knows what will happen to it. I am not sure.”

In a 2002 online chat, Halford offered more information about where he got the inspiration to write a novel. He said: “Well, the ‘Tears’ book goes way back. It’s a long story, but I knew some writers in the U.K. in the mid-’70s, one of which was a white witch. She encouraged me to write this book, so I did. She read it and enjoyed it, but that’s as far as it went.”

Asked if he had plans to ever chronicle his life in a memoir, Halford told Australia’s Brisbane Times: “I know that my own life, my own experiences have something in them that people could learn from, that could really help somebody. And that it could be written in a way that needn’t be exploitative or titillating. But I’m a private person, and I can say right now, it won’t happen.”

Halford said the same was true of JUDAS PRIEST, whose wild 1980s were chronicled in a “Behind The Music” episode but which has yet to released an official band autobiography. “We’ve talked about it and we’re not interested,” he said. “It seems the only way you can get these things to stick is to make it a tell-all, to dig up all the dirty laundry. We’ve never been to drawn to the tabloidy, gossipy side of things; we’ve never been desperate for attention, or gone around shooting our mouths off like other bands. We’re more than happy — right now as much as ever — to be like Oz behind the curtain, to not pull that veil away, and to keep our fans directed to our albums and our shows.”

Source: Blabbermouth