Typically, I write book reviews. It’s my comfort zone: the place that I go to when I need content for my blog or when I’ve promised to help boost the signal for a fellow indie author’s work.
I know what I love to read and I know when I’ve found a great story. While I will read anything, I think I’ve found my niche when it comes to reviewing: dark fiction written by independent authors. (Especially horror written by women.) I love to support their work because I know what it takes to get the book done. I know what it takes to get the book seen and—hopefully—purchased.
When I was asked to review horror music, I happily agreed. However, I knew I was on unsteady ground. I had no idea what to expect. At first, I thought it would be good to listen to something that would inspire my own dark scribblings. Then I realized I’m not one of those authors who can write to music. Especially since I imagined an album cobbled together of creepy clips from horror movies and death metal demonic screaming.
I was wrong.
Venus de Vilo’s voice is haunting—lulling even—and I found myself listening openmouthed while her lyrics dragged me into the recesses of her twisted mind. I also found myself replaying tracks. But I didn’t feel like jumping off a building after listening. Quite the contrary.
Yes, the lyrics and album titles support the horror theme: From the album Handle With Scare, there’s “I Got 99 Zombies and a Witch Ain’t One” and the evilly quirky “Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”.
The type of music I usually enjoy isn’t conducive to writing dark fiction. But music can change outlooks, set mood, and in general give you something to look forward to. Even if it is
But de Vilo’s music is addictive. The Dublin spawned musician is a BCFE Rock School graduate and has been described by The Bite, alternative and goth magazine as “The love child of Marilyn Manson and Amanda Palmer.”
One of my favorite songs was “Personal Satan”. The tune is catchy and I found myself humming it later in the day. Makes me think of a background track over a film montage of a woman getting dressed for a date with the dark lord.
Add to that “Crazy for You”. Seems like it could be a run-of-the-mill romantic song until you get to the lyric about eating her lover’s heart in puff pastry. Well, that’s one way to get him inside of you.
Her album Songs From the Stalker Point of View takes a sympathetic, almost longing look at the deranged, conjuring up thoughts of ruined castles and maidens fleeing across misty moors.
Find Venus De Vilo, The Voice of Horror, Queen of The Pumpkin Patch and her music here: https://venusdevilo.bandcamp.com/music
If music isn’t enough, Venus also has horror comics and calendars for sale on the merchandise tab of her Bandcamp page.
Follow Venus on her Facebook page and check out a few videos and pick up some of her music. Uptempo guitar strumming with alternative horror lyrics: stalking, cannibalism, and other darkness. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines. It’s from the song, “Bubbleglum”:
“Misery like bubbleglum/ I brought enough for everyone…”
I may start adding a playlist to the end of my stories and books in 2015. If I do, Venus de Vilo’s music will definitely be front and center.