The German existentialist philosopher Nietzsche once wrote, "Without music, life would be a mistake." I couldn't agree more.

Music in all its forms is my muse and inspiration. No matter where I am or what I doing, I try to have music playing. It is the language that everyone speaks, and with it and through it there are no barriers. Music is an emotional release and a friend who will never abandon you. Music takes you to a place that nothing else does. In praise, here are some (only a scant few) of the albums and artists who have provided me kinship in the dark, alone, while I write.

Depeche Mode: Violator, Music for the Masses, Songs of Faith & Devotion, Exciter (particularly 'Dead of Night.')

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, Fixed, the Downward Spiral, Further Down the Spiral. The soundtrack to my teenage years. I'm on my fifth copy of the Downward Spiral.

A Perfect Circle

Tool: Opiate, Undertow, Aenima, some of Lateralus

Misfts: When you're writing about serial killers, nothing compares to 'Last Caress', or any other Misfits song, for that matter.


Alice in Chains

The Distillers

Joy Divison


Hole: Live Through This

7 Year Bitch

The Cult

Sisters of Mercy

Killing Joke

Siouxsie and the Banshees

The Cure

Black Flag

The Casualties

Motley Crue

Guns 'n Roses



Minor Threat


Mad Season: Above

Jane's Addiction

David Bowie

Otep: Sevas Tra

The Crow: Motion Picture Soundtrack

Johnny Cash American Records Recordings

Pearl Jam: Ten, Vs.

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes


Leonard Cohen

Mavis Staples



Social Distortion

Operation Ivy: "All I know is that I don't know nothing!"

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Even though it has nothing to do with the murder cases, I listened to CCR's 'Green River' ad nauseum while writing the Green River killer article. It took on a whole new spooky meaning for me, especially the line about "barefoot girls dancing in the moonlight."

Patsy Cline 'Walking After Midnight': Another artist/song that is not meant to be creepy, but takes on a whole new sinister shine when I hear it. It's themes of walking alone, after dark, searching for someone, triggered something in the dark recesses of my brain.



Slayer: Because you can't write about Ed Gein without having 'Dead Skin Mask' on in the background.

Avenged Sevenfold: Music to go on a rampage to!

Along with music, I am also a fan of many different artists, from the dark whimsy of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton to the erotic otherworldliness of Dorian Clevenger and the cheesecake of Olivia deBeradinis. I am also a big fan of comic and comic-style art, particularly Brad Overstreet (check out the Vampire: The Masquerade clan books) and Ben Templesmith (see the Dark Days, 30 Days of Nights, and Hellspawn comics), and Dave McKean's Sandman work. The following are links to a few of my favorite artists.

Jeff Pittarelli

H.R. Giger

Edward Gorey

Dorian Cleavenger

James O'Barr

Olivia De Berardinis

Dave McKean

"If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light.
If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls.
I will write always.
I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you."

- Henry Rollins