Music to Write Scary Stories To: NTYZ by Silencaeon

For the past few weeks, I’ve been busting tail on edits for a novella set in my Parted Veil universe. The series pulls heavily on the Dreamlands stories of H.P. Lovecraft as well as Robert Chambers’ The King in Yellow.

This particular novella is bringing back the characters from the first book in the series, Courting the King in Yellow. It’s sort of catching readers up on the activities of those characters, while also exploring how they’ve been changed by the events of CtKiY.

I’ve talked a lot about some of my favorite writing soundtracks in the past, and my sonic companion during the final stages of these edits has been the ambient music of my friend Antony Johnston. Antony is an amazing writer of comics, games, novels and more, we well as my co-host on the Thrash It Out podcast. He is also a talented musician, and has released five albums of ambient/drone music under the name Silencaeon.

Each of the Silencaeon albums has a different feel to it, and Antony’s latest release NTYZ really gives me a cosmic horror vibe that has been the perfect fit for what I am writing. It provides a landscape of sound that lets me get into my characters’ heads, and also evokes images of the cosmic forces they are dealing with. It’s just fantastic music to write to. Have a listen:

 

You can sample more Silencaeon and get all five albums over at silencaeon.bandcamp.com. You can also check out all of Antony’s work over at antonyjohnston.com.

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