In 2006 Alternative Tentacles tossed their well-worn thinking cap into the no-holds-barred, no-child-left-behind ring of Edu-core with Bloodhag's Hell Bent for Letters. Formed in 1995 to stimulate a communion between literacy and punk/metal, BloodHag created the genre of Edu-core and operated under the motto "The faster you go deaf, the more time you have to read!" BloodHag's minute-long songs have the common theme of esteemed authors such as George Orwell and Philip K. Dick, while the music roars along with the blunt force of bands like Brujeria, Pantera, and Sepultura. Their live shows included between-song mini-lectures and the ceremonial pelting of the unsuspecting audience with books. Authors covered on this record (these are also all of the song titles) are Gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg, Douglas Adams, James Blish, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Lain M. Banks, Edgar Allen Poe, Philip Jose Farmer, Michael Swanwick,Frederik Pohl, Thomas M. Disch, Greg Bear, Franz Kafka, Madeline L'Engle, and Jack Womack.