There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.
Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it.
Maybe you will find a new favorite.
Scary music. Hard to define, but here is my short list.
Is the pipe organ the most wonderfully complicated instrument ever? Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor—the scariest key by the way—has to be the original scary music. I don’t think J.S. was going for that, but nevertheless it is.
Carmina Burana: Carl Orff.
Another piece of music adopted by the film industry to use in both scary and epic scores. The whole cantata is one of the most powerful choral compositions IMO.
C’mon. Number of the Beast. Gotta include that.
No scary music list is complete without Mr. Darkness himself.
No, I didn’t forget. An honorable mention has to go to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
And just for fun , we might as well throw in: The Monster Mash, Psycho Killer, Helter Skelter, Werewolves of London, Don’t Fear the Reaper . . .
Don’t forget that I once wrote a horror story:
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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