I’m back from vacation, and it’s October, which means it time for me to roll out a few more labored attempts at horror music!

As I’ve mentioned on the site before, I find horror music to be one of the most difficult things for me to write. It’s partially because I love scary stuff; getting immersed in a really terrifying movie or video game and then taking a bottle of Resolve to the couch to clean up the stains of my manly fear-urine afterwards is one of my favorite things. But horror music is really subjective; what one person finds frightening sounding, another might hear as simply eerie, or even humorous. Add that to the fact that I consider myself a pretty melodic composer, but a lot of great horror music is about the atmosphere, not melodic line. So every October as Halloween gets closer I take another stab (see what I did there?) at writing in a genre I find really challenging.

Feel free to picture whatever spooky circumstances you like for this track, but when I was writing it, I had a sci-fi horror setting in mind.

No, sci-fi horror, not SyFy horror.

I find that kind of thing ridiculously creepy; space is dark, cold, and isolated. And if movies and games have taught me anything, it’s that if you work on a futuristic ship or space station in the middle of nowhere, you might as well just blow your brains out now and save yourself some time.

Seriously, if the future rolls around and your cousin calls you up and is like “Hey, dude! You gotta come on out to Totenleute Station! I talked to my manager and I think I can totally get you a job working the night shift in the cryogenics lab!” don’t. Ok? Just don’t. I guarantee you a chitinous monstrosity hollows out his brain cavity and lays its eggs in his eye sockets literally, like, four seconds after he gets off the astro-phone with you.

I’d be really interested to know how I did on this one, so let me know in the comments! Thanks!

They’re In The Walls

-Ryan