The German existentialist philosopher Nietzsche once wrote, "Without music, life would be a mistake." I couldn't agree more.

Music in all its forms is my muse and inspiration. No matter where I am or what I doing, I try to have music playing. It is the language that everyone speaks, and with it and through it there are no barriers. Music is an emotional release and a friend who will never abandon you. Music takes you to a place that nothing else does. In praise, here are some (only a scant few) of the albums and artists who have provided me kinship in the dark, alone, while I write.


Depeche Mode: Violator, Music for the Masses, Songs of Faith & Devotion, Exciter (particularly 'Dead of Night.')

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, Fixed, the Downward Spiral, Further Down the Spiral. The soundtrack to my teenage years. I'm on my fifth copy of the Downward Spiral.

A Perfect Circle

Tool: Opiate, Undertow, Aenima, some of Lateralus

Misfts: When you're writing about serial killers, nothing compares to 'Last Caress', or any other Misfits song, for that matter.

Nirvana

Alice in Chains

The Distillers

Joy Divison

Blondie

Hole: Live Through This

7 Year Bitch

The Cult

Sisters of Mercy

Killing Joke

Siouxsie and the Banshees

The Cure

Black Flag

The Casualties

Motley Crue

Guns 'n Roses

L7

Deftones

Minor Threat

Danzig

Mad Season: Above

Jane's Addiction

David Bowie

Otep: Sevas Tra

The Crow: Motion Picture Soundtrack

Johnny Cash American Records Recordings

Pearl Jam: Ten, Vs.

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

Bauhaus

Leonard Cohen

Mavis Staples

Rancid

Megadeth

Social Distortion

Operation Ivy: "All I know is that I don't know nothing!"

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Even though it has nothing to do with the murder cases, I listened to CCR's 'Green River' ad nauseum while writing the Green River killer article. It took on a whole new spooky meaning for me, especially the line about "barefoot girls dancing in the moonlight."

Patsy Cline 'Walking After Midnight': Another artist/song that is not meant to be creepy, but takes on a whole new sinister shine when I hear it. It's themes of walking alone, after dark, searching for someone, triggered something in the dark recesses of my brain.

Sepultura

Soulfly

Slayer: Because you can't write about Ed Gein without having 'Dead Skin Mask' on in the background.

Avenged Sevenfold: Music to go on a rampage to!


Along with music, I am also a fan of many different artists, from the dark whimsy of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton to the erotic otherworldliness of Dorian Clevenger and the cheesecake of Olivia deBeradinis. I am also a big fan of comic and comic-style art, particularly Brad Overstreet (check out the Vampire: The Masquerade clan books) and Ben Templesmith (see the Dark Days, 30 Days of Nights, and Hellspawn comics), and Dave McKean's Sandman work. The following are links to a few of my favorite artists.



Jeff Pittarelli


H.R. Giger


Edward Gorey


Dorian Cleavenger


James O'Barr


Olivia De Berardinis


Dave McKean



"If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light.
If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls.
I will write always.
I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you."

- Henry Rollins