Horror and music, they go together like love and marriage, horse and carriage, right? Now, two of the genre’s best journalists have combined forces for the brand new book, Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl. I’ve known co-writer Jeff Szpirglas since we were both in short pants, and we were colleagues when I wrote for Rue Morgue Magazine for a few years. That’s also where I got to know music editor Aaron Lupton, whose knowledge of the horror soundtracks is outstanding (he also has a pretty phenomenal Fright Night tattoo). I can’t wait to see what these two fellows put together, when their new book arrives May 13th. Check out the press release below:
Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl Celebrates
the Artistry & History of Horror Movie Music
Limited Editions of Interview-Packed New Book Paired With Exclusive Unreleased
Music from Jamie Lee Curtis 1980 Cult Classic Prom Night“
“Finally, a book that celebrates the best in horror soundtracks. Long overdue!”
—Michael Abels, composer, Get Out and Us
Cleveland, OH — On May 13, the rich genesis and unique history and artwork of horror
movie soundtracks is being celebrated in a new book, Blood on Black Wax: Horror
Soundtracks on Vinyl . A 1984 Publishing ( 1984publishing.com ) title presented by
Toronto-based horror periodical Rue Morgue ( Rue-Morgue.com ), the hardbound,
full-color, 240-page book spotlights the intricate (and often rare) artwork on the LP
sleeves, as well as album reviews, release details, and wild backstories.
“I still remember with fondness coming across a copy of John Carpenter’s Escape from
New York in San Francisco, and discovering the first Death Waltz reissue Zombi 2 in
Las Vegas,” said co-author Aaron Lupton, Rue Morgue ’s Music Editor. “With so much
excitement out there today over beautiful reissues, colorful variants, and increasingly
rare original pressings, I thought it was time to create a book that would bring this
obsession to dramatic, vibrant life.”
Blood on Black Wax delves into iconic horror movie soundtracks such as A Nightmare
on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Jaws, Halloween, and The Exorcist, but also aims to
show the depth and breadth of the medium—including the orchestral sounds of
Hammer and Universal horror; the experimental music found in The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre and Eraserhead; and the outlandish punk and metal songs of ’80s
soundtracks such as The Return of the Living Dead and Shocker.
Lupton and his co-author Jeff Szpirglas ( who’s also a Rue Morgue magazine writer) also
interviewed composers behind the music—including John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi,
Christopher Young, and Harry Manfredini. Mick Garris, who directed The Stand and
Sleepwalkers, wrote a foreword, while composer Christopher Young (Hellraiser, 2019’s
Pet Sematary) penned the afterword.
“I’ve been rabidly listening to and collecting soundtracks since buying Return of the Jedi
in 1983, but working on Blood on Black Wax has been the apex of this fan obsession,”
Szpirglas says. “Over a year was spent sorting through cool covers, and listening to
hours of the most insane and freakish soundscapes to curate this book.”
The regular edition of Blood on Black Wax retails for $34.95 and will be available
worldwide at local bookstores, plus larger retailers including Amazon and Chapters.
Appropriately, the book is also available in two additional limited-edition packages
containing exclusive, sought-after horror film musical obscurities.
Available April 13, 2019, the limited Record Store Day 2019 signed edition comes with a
7-inch single featuring rare compositions by Paul Zaza (My Bloody Valentine) and Carl
Zittrer (Black Christmas): “Prom Night” and “Love Me Till I Die”—two previously
unreleased, energetic disco tunes featured in pivotal scenes of the Jamie Lee
Curtis-starring 1980 cult classic Prom Night —plus two instrumental horror cues. The
release, which is pressed on red wax and also features exclusive artwork by noted artist
Gary Pullin, is limited to 1,000 copies in the U.S. and 200 in Canada, and will be
available at indie record shops in both countries .
On May 13, 2019, 1984Publishing.com will also launch an exclusive version of Blood on
Black Wax featuring a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl pressing of the full Prom Night
soundtrack cut at 45rpm. Color variants include “Bloody Disco Ball” (red splatter on
metallic silver) and “Disco Acid Flashback” (tri-colored royal blue/hot pink/blood red
swirl). All versions contain a gatefold sleeve and a “tuxedo black” branded Prom Night
condom. The LP artwork will debut shortly.
The special Record Store Day edition of Blood on Black Wax retails for $39.95, the
base book retails for $34.95, while the soundtrack edition (and pricing) will be
announced soon at 1984Publishing.com.