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The Powell’s Playlist: Josh Malerman

The Powell's PlaylistI can't imagine writing a novel without some sound. When you're facing a few hundred blank pages, silence can be cold. Thing is, I love lyrics so much that rock 'n' roll can be a distraction (though maybe I should try it again). Instead, I go for horror movie soundtracks. So many moods, so many colors; it's kind of like listening to a ne'er-do-well child trying his hand at classical music. Like any album, the good ones soar, but the truth is, I think they're all good, and they probably end up influencing my books more than I'll ever really know. Let's look at some:

"Prologue/Welcome to Creepshow" by John Harrison, Creepshow
I was seven years old when Creepshow came out, and I'm guessing I was around 10 when I saw it for the first time on VHS. The opening theme reminds me that there are five stories to be told, all so different, and the process of telling a scary story is a dark, glorious trip.

"Flight" by Bernard Herrmann, Psycho
Marion Crane is fleeing Arizona, $40,000 in her car. We're catching her ...


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