A Monster Wave

Skeleton band

Something interesting is happening with music and horror fiction. By my count, more stories that involve music or musicians have been published in the past four years than in the entire preceding century.

While I don’t have a clue what explains this sudden explosion, as a musician and author I’m thrilled by it. But my interest led me to the obvious question: are there different ways that authors use music as a plot element? Apparently the answer is yes.

Authors seem to favor one of three basic approaches: music as background, music as key, and music as atmosphere. To learn more and see examples of horror novels in each category, see my full guest post at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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