The soundtrack of fear

Stephen King says he uses hard rock music to shut out the outside world when writing – 

”I work to loud music,” King wrote. “Hard-rock stuff like AC/DC, Guns  n’ Roses, and Metallica have always been particular favorites…” 

 King is not alone and horror novelist, Shaun Hutson is known to be a huge fan of heavy metal band, Iron Maiden – who, are incidentally my favourite heavy metal band also. In fact Hutson has even appeared on stage with his rock idols over a dozen times, and these two scribes are not along in their love of metal mayhem.

Ever since BLACK SABBATH opened their self-titled debut album with the spine-chilling sounds of pouring rain, growling thunder and eerie chimes back in 1969, the Heavy Metal- and the horror genre have been linked. Bands like Iron Maiden and Helloween are all heavily influenced by the fantastic, and performers like Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper use horror themes and images in the stage shows as well as their public personas.

If horror does have a soundtrack then there is no doubt that Heavy Metal music holds the greatest claim to such a title. Indeed I’ve lost count of the number of metal songs with Lovecraftian influences.

I don’t listen to music when I compose anymore,”  Stephen King recently said. “I can’t. I’ve lost the ability to multitask that way! Metallica, Anthrax…I still listen to those guys.

Now I know a great many writers read Scary Motherfucker, so come on get those comments in. What/Who do you listen to ( and why) as you work?

Remember the devil has all the best tunes.

Play it loud and play it proud


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