HorrorAddictsCon: Jeri Unselt on Prog Rock and Horror

On Progressive Rock and Horror

by Jeri Unselt 

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a fan of progressive rock and almost everything that is horror. When I first started podcasting, I wanted to do a show that combined both loves, however everyone I knew at the time kept saying it was a bad idea and that it wouldn’t work. So, I gave it up and started The Adventures of a Walker Dependent Music Fan podcast.

It was months after that I started my two year journey of podcasting my story, Inner Demons. For those who haven’t listened, the podcast is about a group of psychic researchers who investigate an incident inside a known haunted house called Hawley Manor that claimed the lives of a progressive rock band. I wasn’t expecting anything, but to my surprise, I received a lot of good feedback and was deeply honored to have some big names in the industry give me a story so far segment.

Since then, I have wondered if there are other examples of prog rock and horror going together. I asked around and people told me about a group called Goblin. They were mostly known for the soundtracks of Dario Argento movies, a big example is Emz’s favorite film, Suspiria. Another example is former Yes keyboard player, Rick Wakeman, who scored the soundtrack for the 1981 film, The Burning. While it’s not really horror, Keith Emerson scored the music for the Sylvester Stallone movie, Nighthawk.

It’s really nice to know prog rock and horror can connect. As a matter of fact, I do have a podcast in mind that I hope to do to look deeper into this subject. Stay tuned.

Jeri Unselt is a native of Colorado who has been writing stories ever since childhood. She started podcasting her first novel, Inner Demons, in 2008. The print book will be released in 2012 alongside a podcast prequel, Inner Demons: Turmoil. She is a member of the Wicked Women Writers, has been featured on several HorrorAddicts.net episodes, and will be in the up-and-coming Wicked Women Writers anthology.  To find out more about Jeri, go to: www.jeriunselt.org

4 thoughts on “HorrorAddictsCon: Jeri Unselt on Prog Rock and Horror

  1. Hehehe I love the cover of The Burning. And you know I’m a fan of Goblin. I’ve always wondered what “Progressive Rock” really is? I’ve read the definition on Wikipedia, but I’m still not clear. How do you define prog rock? Do you know just by listening? I’m interested in your definition.


  2. Someone once explained prog to me by examples of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Wall” by Pink Floyd. I could see Pink Floyd and Queen as working well in horror. When it comes to podcast, Jeri, I say podcast what you love and someone else is bound to connect with it. Heck, if nothing else, more essays on Horror Addicts, right Emz?


  3. Great podcast Jerri. I just started it. I love Prog Rock. Where I live we have a local radio station(wmse.org) and they have a show on Sunday nights called Planet Prog, whenever I listen to an insturmental on that show it always seems to make me think of a horror movie or a horror novel I’ve read. In other words I think Prog rock and Horror go well together.


  4. Pink Floydd doing a horror score I can see perfectly. They would be good with that. Queen? I don’t really see their music going as good with horror. But then maybe it’s just because I’m familiar with them more with 1980’s Flash Gordon movie and their hit of that same year (I believe it was) “Another One Bites the Dust”. And oh yeah! let us not forget “A Funny Little Thing Called Love” (the best in my opinion, at least it’s my favorite). And then “We Are The Champions” of the earlier half of the ’70s which that particularly one I could never get into (for some reason it just had a little too depressing of a tone to me, which is kind of ironic due to the title), but it was a hit. Other than those, I don’t really know a lot about their other stuff. I’d be interested in checking out some of their other songs that I haven’t been as familiar with to see how well they might go with a horror soundtrack, though.


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