The Haunted Hollow Chronicles #1
Patrick C. Greene
Patrick C. Greene
In the epic tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Jonathan Maberry, a chilling new masterwork of small-town evil, centuries-old traditions, and newly-risen terror…
Every year at harvest time, something strange and wonderful happens in the sleepy farm community of Ember Hollow. It comes alive. Truckloads of pumpkins are sent off to be carved into lanterns.
Children scramble to create the creepiest, scariest costumes. Parents stock up on candy and prepare for the town’s celebrated Pumpkin Parade. And then there is Devil’s Night . . .
But this year, something is different. Some of the citizens are experiencing dark, disturbing visions. Others are beginning to wonder if they’re losing their minds, or maybe their souls. One newly sober singer with the voice of a fallen angel is tempted to make a deal that will seal his fate. And one very odd boy is kept locked in a shed by his family—for reasons too horrible to imagine . . .
Whatever is happening to this town, they’re going to make it through this Halloween. Even if it kills them . . .
Patrick C. Greene is a lifelong horror fan who lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. He is the author of the novels Progeny and The Crimson Calling, as well as numerous short stories featured in collections and anthologies.
MUSIC FOR THE MASSACRES
RED HARVEST's weird crosspollination of cultural trends from seemingly random eras has nearly reasonable roots.
Given that three of the book's characters comprise a band called The Chalk Outlines, music plays an integral role in the story; particularly punk rock, and even more particularly, a sub - sub genre called horror punk. For my purposes, the term horror punk also encompasses psychobilly, a.k.a. spookabilly, a.k.a. about seven other catchy word soups.
Let me backtrack a bit.
When I was a young metalhead I acquired an unmarked bootleg cassette tape from somewhere I can't remember that sounded markedly different from the kind of rock to which I was accustomed -- yet very similar in theme and feel. I wasn't entirely certain who the band was for a while, and none of my associates or young lady friends even liked it.
I was already familiar with punk rock. Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Plasmatics had all met my ears, but I didn't spend too much time seeking to immerse myself in punk. I preferred more darkness and scary imagery mixed in with the aggression. Sabbath, Maiden, and thrash bands filled the bill.
I would eventually determine that the mysterious bootleg featured none other than The Misfits, whom we must credit, or blame (or both) with the creation of both horror punk and psychobilly. I arrived late to this feast. The 'Fits had already broken up, moved on and reformed by the time youtube came along and opened for me a door to nearly every branch of extreme music known to man.
To my gleeful surprise, I found that my little oddball interests had infected thousands (well, maybe hundreds) across the globe. Songs that celebrated horror movies, Halloween and death, or told stories of famous murder sprees, hauntings, and spooky sex fantasies comprised playlists to which I now listen daily.
Bands such as Blitzkid, The Others, Zombeast, Son Of Sam and Balzac lead the horror punk movement, while psychobilly is represented by the likes of Demented Are Go!, Nekromantix, The Koffin Kats and The Creepshow.
RED HARVEST's The Chalk Outlines mostly ride the fence between these musical siblings -- and even find themselves playing a bit of black metal along the way!
As I set about writing RED HARVEST, I listened to a lot of horror punk, and even comprised an (air quotes) OFFICIAL (end air quotes) soundtrack for RED HARVEST, comprised of tracks that inspired, reflected or even figured in the story in some way.
"The Monster Hop" by Bert Convy is a fun 50's spook song likely meant to be the next "Monster Mash." It's also a song that Everett Geelens, The Trick Or Treat Terror, listens to every damn day.
"Devil's Night" by The Crimson Ghosts should be a fairly obvious choice. It's also one hell of a high-energy headbanger that my Chalk Outlines would probably blast as a show opener to get the slamdancing started.
"Joan Crawford Has Risen From The Grave" is a beautifully layered piano-driven clas-sick from proto-metalers Blue Oyster Cult. It also happens to be the full name of Outlines' bassist Pedro Fuentes's Siamese cat. 😊
So listen. Horror punk might not be your box of bones. No hate. But maybe you're loading up for your very own O-31 soiree! You want it to stand out, so if your go-to Halloween party playlist has the same "fun" and allegedly spooky songs --
"Purple People Eater."
"Werewolves of London."
"I Put a Spell on You."
Great songs, one and all, but... yawn.
Allow me to be your pre-recorded disk jockey.
Click here to uncork RED HARVEST'S thirteen song soundtrack, and become the life and death of the party. (Sorry Alice.)
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