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