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October Story Time Post 20

Water distorts sound. That’s something you figure out quickly when you live on a lake. It can be annoying, especially when your neighbors blast their music at top volume late into the night. You’re unsure of how many times you’ve made noise complaints. You just know it’s a lot.

Recently the sounds have changed. A new noise unlike what they’ve turned on top volume. One that only occurs at 3am. That sounds suspiciously like… like Happy Birthday, and Joy to the World, and Do Your Ears Hang Low, and Pop Goes the Weasel, and Music Box Dancer. As though. As though there is an ice cream truck sitting across the lake.

Still you don’t think too much of it besides the fact that the 3am noises are waking you up.

And the cops are sick of going out for noises they report are gone by the time they reach your neighbors.

But you still hear it. Even as they call you to follow up that they’ve spoken with you neighbors and there is no music. Everything changes one day when the police knock on YOUR door with a noise complaint.

“We know that your neighbors across the lake are annoying with their music keeping you up at night but fighting fire with fire is not the way to resolve this problem.”

You shake your head in confusion struggling to understand because you were sound asleep when the knock comes.

“What are you talking about?”

“The music sir. You need to turn down the music.”

You stare for a while then invite the officers inside.

There is no music. They check your appliances. They check your outside for speakers. They find nothing.

As they’re leaving a sound starts to drift lightly into hearing. The joyful yet distorted sound of Pop Goes the Weasel.  The cops frown and assure you they’ll address your neighbors for lying and trying to get you into trouble.

A few minutes later the cops are back. They explain to you that although they understand how frustrating it is to be constantly woken, it wasn’t exactly cool for you to turn up your music after they left.

“I’ve been awake still sir.” You explain, “the music is keeping me awake” You lead them once more into the house where the eerie noise still echoes.

“I’m getting real sick of this.” One cop says.

“You all will need to figure this out between yourselves.” The other adds on. “We won’t be responding to calls from this house anymore.”

You protest that it’s not fair but they shake their heads in annoyance and leave.

The music is gone for the night.

The next morning there is an ice cream truck sitting outside of your house. It’s not playing music yet you get a peculiar vibe you don’t like coming off of it. You edge around it to get to your car. Everything remains silent.

When you get home from work that evening, the truck is sitting in the same exact spot, soft playing a tune. Frustrated, you walk up towards it, ready to have some harsh words with the driver. But as soon as you get within 4 feet of the truck it blares. Sinister music, distorted despite the proximity, and chilling twist on original tunes.

You jump in shock, nearly falling as you scramble away from the sudden burst of noise.

Once you’re several feet backwards the music shuts off with a click. The silence almost as deafening as the song had been.

Grumbling you decided to leave it alone but mutter some choice words as you leave.

That night you wake to the distorted sounds of ice cream truck music. Echoing into your house from across the lack. And from in front of your house. You sneak a glance out the window, struggling not to move the curtains, and see the ice cream truck sitting in your driveway. You leap backwards as the music turns up. As though the truck had seen you.

Confused and frantic you call 911.

“Is this a true emergency” a grumpy voice at the other end of the lines snarls “or is this another one of your ice cream truck calls?”

You pause, not willing to admit it’s another call about the music but concerned about the growing closeness of the truck sitting in your driveway.

“That’s what I thought.” The operator hangs up.

At 4pm the music turns off. The truck stays in your driveway.

You call out of work, citing a medical emergency.

The truck doesn’t move.

Your neighbor calls you that night, snapping at you that if you don’t move your truck off their lawn they’ll press charges.

You hang up.

The truck now sits at your front door. Driveside door open. A dark figure stands on your porch. You can’t see its’ face but it appears to be holding an ice cream cone in each hand.

You run back to the room, slamming the door behind you, and burying your face in layers of blankets trying to block out the sound. It doesn’t work.

Instead of turning off at 4am today the songs continue to early in the morning growing more and more distorted as the night wears onwards. When the music finally stops, your impromptu earplugs doing little to drown it out, you creep down stairs.

Your front door stands open.

You call 911 again.

They don’t answer.

You call your neighbor.

They don’t answer.

You try 911 again and the phone line goes dead.

You’re alone. In a big house with an empty truck sitting in your driveway, blocking your car from leaving.

You shut the door making sure to lock it. You return to your bed and hide under the blankets. You sleep poorly, followed by dreams of a man with a gaping mouth and swirled black and white eyes. He is always hungry. Music blares out of his cavernous mouth. He follows your in your sleep, slowly, steadily gaining ground. Never stopping. Never resting.

At 3am you wake in a cold sweat. Music surrounding you until you can hear and sense nothing else.

You open your eyes slowly. Dreading what you’re going to see. At first there is nothing but darkness. You begin to relax. But still that eerie music. Those poor imitations of songs. Echo in your head.

But in the dark. A figure stands besides your bed. Outlined by flashing lights from the truck outside. Music trickles in streams from a speaker that acts as his mouth, eyes nearly hypnotic in their ever moving pattern.

The music stops.

“Would you like to make a purchase?” The question is as distorted as the music has been.

You shake your head stammering out a soft “No thank you”

“Whoops! Wrong answer!” It sings.

 …

There is a truck that sits across the water.

If you listen careful it plays its’ merry tunes.

Songs twisted to the point of incomprehension.

You must be careful not to listen too closely. You never know if the ice cream man in monitoring you too.

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Season’s Creepings, all you lovely listeners; this is your DJ of darkness over at the Symphony of Death. Once again, it’s the time of year to update the Masterpost!Now you won’t find the classic Halloween haunts here, since those scares can be had anywhere, but maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Pull out your cauldron, brew up something nice, and kick back with me!

Masters of Horror

John Carpenter

Better Check the Kids - Halloween / Put Them in the Ground (with Jim Lang) - Body Bags / Main Theme - The Fog (1980) / All Out of Bubble Gum (with Alan Howarth) - They Live! / Hell Breaks Loose (with Alan Howarth) - Prince of Darkness / Regeneration - Christine / Just A Bedtime Story (with Jim Lang) - In the Mouth of Madness

Marco Beltrami

River’s Edge - My Soul to Take / Tea for Three Plus One - The Woman in Black / Return to Blackwood - Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark / The Concert - The Eye / Love Theme - Cursed / Priest Dies - Mimic / 1m2 (Production Note) - The Substitute / Return to Blackwood - Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark / Pulled Down Deep - The Shallows / The End of Fur - Cursed (II) / Carillon My Wayward Son - The Snowman

Charlie Clouser

American Horror Story Theme (with Cesar Davila-Irizarry) / Out of the Fire - The Collection /Hello, Zepp - Saw / Theme - Dead Silence

Bernard Herrmann

Teddy Bear Wired - Cape Fear / Theme - Vertigo / Theme - Psycho / The Tomb-Sandra - Obsession / Theme - Twisted Nerve / The Kidnapping - Obsession / Marketplace Murder - The Man Who Knew Too Much

Christopher Young

Twilight Mercy - Urban Legend / The Lament Configuration - Hellraiser / Sinister - Sinister /Concerto to Hell - Drag Me to Hell / The Devourer of Souls - Deliver Us from Evil / Butchers and Bakers - Copycat / Six Demons - The Exorcism of Emily Rose / Cryptomnesia - The Gift / The Sacrifice - The Dorm that Dripped Blood / Death After Life After Death - Untraceable / Reversing Colors - The Hider in the House / Church Isn’t Church - Pet Sematary (2019)

Video Games

Room of Angel - Akira Yamaoka & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Silent Hill: The Room)
Mandus - Jessica Curry (Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs)
The Drunken Whaler - Daniel Licht (Dishonored)
Chill and Rigor - Shinji Hosoe (9 Persons 9 Hours 9 Doors)
I’m Not Edible! - Chris Vrenna (American McGhee’s Alice)
Ring Around the Rosie - Jason Graves (Dead Space 2)
Soul of Steel - Mao Hamamoto (Corpse Party)
P.T. Silent Hills Ambience
Weekly Despair Magazine - Masafumi Takada (Dangan Ronpa)
Close to Evil - Mikko Tarmia (Penumbra)
In this Wretched Place - Eipix Studios (Phantasmat)
The Nameless Game (Requiem) - Masayoshi Soken (Nanashi no Game)
Last Day - Koji Kondo & Toru Minegishi (Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask)
Welcome to Rapture - Garry Schyman (Bioshock)
Theme - Yoan Landau (Nightmare House)
Plague Blossom - Ndemic Creations (Plague Inc)
Gore Nest - Mick Gordon (DOOM)
Creepy Forest - Jason Garner & Vince Di Vera (Don’t Starve)
A Nightmare Reborn - Ramin Djawadi (Gears of War)
Before the Mirror - Maribeth Solomon & Brent Barkman (Fallen London)
Broken Vessel - Christopher Larkin (Hollow Knight)
Letter From A Friend - Carlos Viola (The Last Door)
Rata Novus - Maclaine Diemer (Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns)
The Hole at the Center of Everything - Alec Holowka (Night in the Woods)
Bury Her - Ivan Zanotti (imscared)
Devil’s Crossing - Steve Pardo (Grim Dawn)

Movies

Close to You (Carpenters Cover) - Josefine Cronholm (Mirrormask)
The Void - Stephen Price (Gravity)
Intro to Horror - Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th)
The Supper - Bruno Coulais (Coraline)
Tubular Bells (Exorcist Cut) - Mike Oldfield (The Exorcist)
Main Theme - Shiro Sato (Ju-On : The Grudge)
Main Title - Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind (The Shining)
Dark Earth - Jack Trombey (Dawn of the Dead)
The Ringtone (Chakushin Ari)
A New Swan Queen  - Clint Mansell (Black Swan)
Audition - Koji Endoh (Audition)
Roar! - Michael Giacchino (Cloverfield)
It Was Always You, Helen - Philip Glass (Candyman)
Finale / End Titles - Howard Shore (Silence of the Lambs)
A Discordant Split - Kenji Kawai (Ringu)
Funeral in Carpathia - James Bernard (Dracula: Prince of Darkness)
Name Your Poison - Christopher Lee (The Return of Captain Invincible)
The Carousel After Dark - James Horner (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
The Game Begins - Masamichi Amano (Battle Royale)
The Event Horizon - Michael Kamen & Orbital (Event Horizon)
Poison - Herman Kopp (Der Todesking)
Samara’s Song - Daveigh Chase (The Ring)
Brainerd, Minnesota - Carter Burwell (Fargo)
Number One Fan - Marc Shaiman (Misery)
Graveyard Theme - Vince Guaraldi (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)
We are the 1% - Darren Baker (The Conspiracy)
Call to Worship - Sons of Perdition (The Backwater Gospel)
Longest Night - Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption)
The Auction - Michael Abels (Get Out)

Anime

Youran - Kayo Konishi & Yukio Konda (Elfen Lied)
Aya - Mari Fukuhara (Amatsuki)
I was waiting for this moment - Yuki Kajiura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion)
Go DA DA - Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell: SAC)
A Last Flower - Asa-Chang & Junray (Aku no Hana)
White Hill (Maromi’s Theme) - Susumu Hirasawa (Paranoia Agent)
24 Hours OPEN - Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop)
Nui Harime’s Theme - Hiroyuki Sawano (Kill La Kill)
Daughter - Ichirou Imai & Kazuhisa Yamaguchi (Petshop of Horrors)
Monster - Susumu Hirasawa (Berserk)
Ake ni Somaru - Yasuharu Takanachi (Jigoku Shoujo)
Sanctus - Hikaru Nanase (Angel Sanctuary)
March of the Moving Dolls - Akira Senju (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

Other

Stay Awake (Mary Poppins cover) - Suzanne Vega
Heigh Ho (Snow White cover) - Tom Waits
Come Little Children - Kate Covington
I, Witchfinder - Electric Wizard
Brennistein - Sigur Ros
Psychobabble - Frou Frou
Sirens - SingerSen
Lose Your Soul - Dead Man’s Bones
Grisly Reminder  - Midnight Syndicate
An Echo, A Stain - Bjork
Elaine - ABBA (trust me)
Welcome Home (Instrumental) - Coheed and Cambria
The Greatest Show Unearthed - Creature Feature
Something Wicked (That Way Went) - Vernian Process
Black Water - Timber Timbre
God’s Away on Business - Tom Waits
The Wicked - Blues Saraceno
The Gravedigger - The Pine Box Boys
Lake Ponchartrain - Ludo
The Smiler - IMA Score (Alton Towers Amusement Park)
DOA - Bloodrock

Breathing Water - Inhale
Chupacabra Cha Cha - The Swingtips
Confrontation - Anthony Warlow (Broadway’s Jekyll and Hyde)
No Death - Mirel Wagner
Thick as Thieves - Natalie Merchant
Say Goodnight - Skeleton Key
The Sad Mafioso - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
What’s So Amazing About Grace? - The Paper Chase
Blood on the Blue Grass - Legendary Shack Shakers
In A Lonely Place - Joy Division
Walpurgis - Black Sabbath

Television

Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Jeff Fisher
Theme to Unsolved Mysteries - Michael Boyd & Gary Remal Malkin
The Red Room - Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch (Twin Peaks)
Suite from “The Mark of the Rani” - Jonathan Gibbs (Doctor Who)
Norma Doesn’t Approve - Chris Bacon (Bates Motel)
The Cordyceps - George Fenton (Planet Earth)
Dark Harvest Chase - Kevin Manthei (Invader Zim)
Main Theme - Robert Lydecker & Brian Tyler (Sleepy Hollow)
Blood Theme - Daniel Licht (Dexter)
Arkham Asylum - Shirley Walker & Todd Hayen (Batman the Animated Series)
The Old Mill - The Blasting Company (Over the Garden Wall)
Sleep Deprivation - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Bird Box)
Turn on the Lights - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein (Stranger Things)

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It’s almost 12 in the morning and while I was going through a drive thru, my stereo turned on by itself to a random AM station with this eerie, grainy classical music playing.

My guess is I accidentally activated my radio through the buttons on the steering wheel without knowing but I can’t help but feel cursed this Sunday evening.

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Omg K-12!

I just finished watching K-12 and I am literally so proud of Melanie it’s hard to explain. For those of you who don’t know, Melanie Martinez just released her film K-12, which she’s been teasing fans about for ages. I’m watching it again with friends on Saturday, but the soundtrack is so good I can’t. The song “Strawberry Shortcake” Is so so so good I started crying in the middle of watching it. But maybe that’s because I’m a super fan but anygay, go check it out. The dedication and work put into this work of art is just ♡(*´ω`*)/♡ anyway, sorry, excuse me for being a weird fan lol. How was your day? ♡

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