Music plays an integral role in my creative process, almost as integral as the role it plays in my memories. Set in an environment modeled partially after the suburbs of my own youth, my debut novel Shelter for the Damned echoes feelings from the bands and artists who carried me through periods of adolescent angst (Alice Cooper, Korn, Rob Zombie, David Bowie, and The Cure, among others).
I have curated two playlists that aim to capture the novel’s spirit, one with vocals and one without. The former playlist includes songs recorded...
"A full-throttle descent into visceral terror, Shelter for the Damned grabs you by the throat and never lets go. This haunting tale heralds the arrival of Mike Thorn as a horror writer to watch."
— Jeffrey Reddick, creator of Final Destination
"A terrifying descent into suburban addiction and male shame, Shelter for the Damned is a gripping, uncanny...
“Exhume to Consume” was my working title for the second story in my new duology, Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation; unfortunately, the title already belongs to a song from Carcass’s Symphonies of Sickness (which is included on this list). Like many of the pieces in my collection Darkest Hours, this new story owes something to the atmosphere and imagery of death metal and black metal. I’ve listed and (very, very roughly) ranked my 100 favorite metal albums below.
01. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
02. Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter, 1987)
03. The Unknown (Tod Browning, 1927)
04. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
05. The Mummy (Karl Freund, 1932)
06. Halloween / Halloween II (Rob Zombie, 2007 / 2009)
07. Torso (Sergio Martino, 1973)
08. Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931 / 1935)
09. Loft (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2005)
10. A Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, 1971)
11. The Wolf Man (George Waggner, 1941)
12. Corridors of Blood (Robert Day, 1958)
13. The Curse of the Werewolf (Terence Fisher, 1961)
14. Faust (F. W. Murnau, 1926)
15. Opera (Dario Argento, 1987)
16. Revenge of the Creature (Jack Arnold, 1955)
17. L'Inferno (Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe de Liguoro, 1911)
18. The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)
19. The Ghost of...
- Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville (1851)
- Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, by William Blake (1794)
- Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley (1818)
- To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf (1927)
- Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1667)