Okay, so I admit this one’s a bit of a stretch. The soundtrack to the novel presented as mythology? I’m with you. I’m kinda-sorta pulling a fast one here.
But the music I listened to while writing the novel certainly played a part in how it developed. Furthermore, while creating the perfect playlist to go along with the novel, I found that many of the songs not only captured the mood of a particular section of the novel but often captured more. Like the ghosts and haints and all of the storytelling and folklore from East Tennessee, there’s a very strong musical tradition, whether it be bluegrass or funeral dirges.
So I thought that, while I work on Part 4 of this series (which will do with a very creepy and very Appalachian legend), I thought I would share with you what I see as the perfect soundtrack for the novel. Not to mention the fact that I recently did a road trip with the amazing John Skipp, who is as brilliant as creating mix CD’s for long rides as he is editing anthologies. I won’t explain why certain songs appear where they do but, if you read the novel, you should see why. And besides, it’s Halloween. Everyone should be looking for a nice selection of music to help set the mood.
If you’re interested, you can check out the complete soundtrack on iTunes.
Here’s the lineup (I’ve provided videos for some):
1. Peace of Mind – Boston
2. Minding My Own Business – Coconut Records
3. The Amityville Horror Theme – Lalo Schifrin
4. A Smaller God – Darling Violetta
5. I Want to Kill You – Darling Violetta
6. Kabangin’ All Night – Genitorturers
7. Fantasia in D Minor – Mozart
8. The Last Day I Was Happy – Scarling
9. Thirteen – Johnny Cash
10. Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
11. Helen’s Theme (Candyman) – Phillip Glass
12. Creepy Green Light – Type O Negative
13. Mishima Closing – Phillip Glass
14. Squealer – Genitorturers
15. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
16. House of Shame – Genitorturers
17. You Don’t Know What Love Is – John Martyn & The Guy Barker International Quintet
18. Iron – Woodkid
19. Come to Me – Velvet Chain
20. Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers
21. Battery – Metallica
22. Terrorvision – Genitorturers
23. O Death – Ralph Stanley
Brad C. Hodson is a writer living in Los Angeles. His novel DARLING is available from Bad Moon Books.