Crescendo of Darkness from HorrorAddicts.net Press.
“Become the Music” by H.E. Roulo
A cellist would do anything for her child, even give up music, but that might not be enough to stop a curse from consuming her baby.
Heather shares her thoughts about her story with us below.
The Brutality of Music
By H.E. Roulo
It’s easy to forget that when we sing, hum, or hear a soundtrack, we’re experiencing the power of music. If a soundtrack is good, my dog will understand something important is happening on screen and look at the television. For suspenseful parts, she’ll stand and growl, even when nothing menacing appears visually. That communication with another species happens at a level beyond a spoken command. She understands the intent of the music.
Have you been transported by music? Heard people claim they’re transformed by music? What if the apparent latent power in music were real? It’s possible music binds the world together across language barriers and species, perhaps even at a metaphysical level. This forms the premise of my short story “Become the Music.”
In a wild rural area, where more things are possible, a musician draws something new into existence with her playing. She wouldn’t be able to put her power into words, but music doesn’t require that. Unfortunately, that new entity’s potent mix of music, power, and possibility becomes a curse. What she’s made can’t exist alongside the casual musical brutality of our everyday world.
In a world where we can record and play music anywhere, we are casual about a powerful force that can heal, create, and transform. Emotion coded into music reaches deep into the subconscious. How can such a potent force become the simple everyday buzz and background to our lives? Are we made numb by the ubiquity of music? What happens to someone who isn’t?
Something that can be primal or civilizing, evocative of the human condition, and communicate with an infinite number of people who don’t speak the same language, can also be debased into throwaway notes given no care or notice. Wacky childrens’ toys chime on shelves. The music of the current generation’s rebellious prime becomes the background of a supermarket. These highs and lows—without bias for genre so much as intent—became the focus of my story.
In my Crescendo of Darkness story, the musician’s life is upended. Music becomes a threat. Seeking escape, she drives to a remote location seeking peace, solitude, and most of all silence.
Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Let music unlock your fear within.