Question of the Week: Reading Music

One of the most common questions in author interviews is, “What music do you write to?” Don’t worry. I’m not going to lay my recent choices on you today.

However, I have fond memories of taking a book to the stereo, slapping on the headphones, and lying on the floor to read and listen. Because I’m so very old, I don’t even remember my teenage tracks for reading, say, Zelazny’s Amber novels or Howard’s Conan stories (although I bet the latter involved some big symphony stuff like Holtz). I bet there was something Celtic on the stereo when I read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld or The Mists of Avalon.

One of the few things I don’t like about audiobooks, my preferred medium for “reading” these days, is that I can’t easily listen to music at the same time.

What albums, songs, or genres of music do you choose to accompany your reading? Here’s the important part: What playlists do you recommend for particular books or genres?

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  1. For classic horror: Midnight Syndicate, Ordo Funebris, Trobar de Morte, Something Wicked this Way Comes OST, American McGee’s Alice OST, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust OST, Trans-siberian Orchestra (at least some of their darker, more theatrical pieces)

    For traditional fantasy: Mediaeval Baebes, Loreena McKennitt, Two Steps From Hell, LotR OST, Red Sonja OST (this is one of Ennio Morricone’s least known works), Narsilion, The Witcher OST, eRa, Globus, Corvus Corax, Dead Can Dance

    For contemporary horror and urban fantasy: The Cult, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Rosetta Stone, The Merry Thoughts, Inkubus Sukkubus etc.

    For sci-fi: I don’t read that much sci-fi, but Abney Park while reading steampunk is a must for me. But if I did read more sf, I think I’d probably go for something along the lines of Tron:Legacy OST.

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