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Ten Halloween Tunes

When I asked the internet for suggestions of good songs to listen to when penning horror stories, I was vaguely thinking in terms of stuff that is creepy, atmospheric or at least lyrically dark. The responses I got, however, were altogether more diverse.

Below, in no particular order, is a selection of my top ten. Naturally these will be on repeat for inspiration for the rest of the month and none were chosen just because they’re quite fun.* There are a few bands that aren’t in there who maybe should be (Ladytron, Sisters of Mercy, The Cocteau Twins, Bauhaus, Alice Cooper…) but frankly we haven’t got all day, and this post will take long enough to load as it it.


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Another Excerpt

In which some of the theatre staff begin exploring ‘what-ifs’.


“Yeesh,” Kieran shuddered, “stuck in quarantine with Mrs S.”

“Yeah,” Lauren replied, relishing the moment, “for six months at least.  And then they’ll have to burn the place down because they just can’t risk the rest of the town being affected.”

“Why is this town so important, then?”

“It’s the last remaining outpost of civilization,” she responded instantly.  “The rest of the world has been completely wiped out by the bug, but Auchtergowrie was safe… until Harriet selfishly went on a secret trip to see if she could find any supplies, and she brought it back with her.”

“That’s a lot to have happened during one performance of the four man Pirates of Penzance.”

“These things move quickly.  Stop to think about anything, and you’re dead.”

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