When I think about classical horror movie music the Halloween (1978) film immediately pops into my head. Other words to describe the music i'm talking about include creepy, ambient, and apprehensive; songs that give you the goosebumps. A pop cover song, or a catchy 80s song wouldn't come to mind at first. But that's the reason why I love horror; behind the blood, guts, and gore there is also comedy, romance, mystery, and of course thriller. These are not only some of my favorite songs, but they also come from some of best horror films/games that I've seen.
"I looked up at the top of my old bookshelves. There, dusty and unread for years, were all the animal books of my childhood. I'd love these books. They were rich with wildness, escape and adventure. But I hated them too. Because the never had happy endings. Tarka the otter was killed by hounds. The falcons died of pesticide poisoning. A man with a spade beat to death the otter in Ring of Bright Water, vultures tore out the Red Pony's eyes. The deer in The Yearling was shot, the dog in Old Yeller died. So did the spider in Charlotte's Web and my favorite rabbit in Watership Down. I remember that awful dread as the number of pages shrank in each new animal book I read. I knew what would happen. And it happen every time." - Excerpt from H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
In a effort to expand into other new horror manga, not just Junji Ito, I spent the last couple of months reading almost anything I came across. Some honorable mentions include Happiness (Shuzo Oshimi), Kiriko Kills' (Shingo Honda), and Killing Morph (Masaya Hokazono), but nothing entertained me more than Pumpkin Night. This manga is currently on-going and this review contains some spoilers!
Out with the polka dots and stripes and in with the spirals. When I say horror manga, the first name that should pop into your head is Junji Ito. The first time I read one of his works (Enigma of Amigara Fault), I was immediately hooked and my love for horror sparked.
“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” - Katherine Henson
Have you ever felt like Rapunzel wondering, "When will my life begin?" Life is about taking risks that can lead to amazing changes and opportunities, but often, it's scary to leave a place where you are feeling at ease and safe. In the comfort of our own homes, we vicariously live out the stories of others in the books, shows, and movies we read and watch—but don't you think it's time to go on a journey of your own? Here are five songs from my childhood that I revisit every once in awhile when I need just that little push or reminder that adventure is always out there. But only if you dream big and take risks. Even if you are living your best life at this moment, listening to these songs will leave you feeling good. Enjoy!