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Blood on Black Wax

Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl (Expanded Edition)

by (author) Aaron Lupton & Jeff Szpirglas

foreword by Mick Garris

Initial publish date
Oct 2021
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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BRAND NEW & EXPANDED EDITION! Packed with dozens of additional horror titles and containing limited edition enhanced packaging (gilded foil page edges + ribbon marker).

Are you obsessed with John Carpenter's iconic music for theHalloween series? Do you thrill to the unforgettable stabs of the Psycho score, or the pounding synths of Goblin's soundtrack toSuspiria? Do you find yourself being pulled into the hair-raising modern scores for the likes ofGet Out, Hereditary, andIt Follows?

You're not alone.

Blood on Black Wax is a defining horror soundtrack volume that spotlights iconic franchises such asA Nightmare on Elm Street,Friday the 13th,Jaws,The Exorcist,Child’s Play, and George A. Romero's “living dead” films, highlighting both the music and the amazing, often rare artwork that graces the record sleeves. It also tells the stories behind the soundtrack, from the mouths of the musicians who made them, including John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Christopher Young, Harry Manfredini, Charles Bernstein, Pino Donaggio, John Harrison, and more.

Aaron Lupton and Jeff Szpirglas, both ofRue Morgue magazine, have curatedBlood on Black Wax to reflect their own passion for the darkest slabs of soundtrack music. Their journey into the fascinating history of horror movie scores contains reviews, release details, and the wild stories about the making of both iconic classics and the strange outliers of the genre – everything from the orchestral sounds of Hammer and Universal horror, to the truly experimental albums forThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre andEraserhead, to the outlandish punk and metal songs of '80s soundtrack albums likeThe Return of the Living Dead andShocker.

Go back to your favorite horror films one more time, through the jaw-dropping, spine-tingling music that helped solidify their place in cinematic history!

About the authors

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JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the author of multiple books in the Countdown to Danger series. In addition to his choose-your-own-path titles, Jeff has written award-nominated non-fiction books and several terrifying novels and horror collections for middle-grade readers, including Tales from the Fringes of Fear and Tales from Beyond the Brain. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes books X Marks the Spot!, Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children, two cats (the cats are not twins) and one dog. In his spare time, he teaches elementary school. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at


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Editorial Reviews

Holiday Gift Guide Mentions:Fangoria, Under the Radar, Ultimate Classic Rock.

"Horror nut? Vinyl fiend? You’ve come to the right place. We’re obsessed withBlood On Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks On Vinyl, a lovingly crafted book that catalogues some of the greatest horror soundtracks of all time." –NME

"Blood On Black Waxtakes a deep dive into the history of horror movie soundtracks and the cool AF artwork that cloaks them." –Alternative Press

"What a fantastic book! This thick tome, in full glorious color, is beautiful." – Blumhouse’sShock Wavespodcast

"Blood on Black Waxis a passionate tribute to movie soundtracks and vinyl, giving a voice to the composers who deserve to be celebrated and amplified just as loudly as their memorable music." –Slash Film

"For those who possess any love whatsoever for soundtracks from the dark side of cinema, it is difficult to fully relay how comprehensive and essentialBlood on Black Waxtruly is." –Decibel

"A refreshing read and a fun addition to your coffee table." –Screen Anarchy

"Horror buffs, meet music nerds.Blood on Black Waxis both accessible and fascinating – not just for the record nerd or the horror fan, but for anyone who watchedHereditaryand found themselves thinking about the music afterwards." –The Outline

"Screams aren't the only horror movie sounds which frighten us — nothing can amp up the fear as much as the right soundtrack. And nobody knows that better than Aaron Lupton and Jeff Szpirglas, co-authors ofBlack Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl, which gives the backstories behind those terrifying tunes." –Shudder

"A beautiful looking object that is also super insightful, engrossing, and a must for any self-respecting soundtrack fan.” – Spencer Hickman / Mondo

"For the first time, an entire book dedicated solely to the rarest and wildest soundtracks and scores from every corner of the horror pantheon." –Invisible Oranges

"Blood on Black Wax is a horror music fan's dream book." –Vehlinggo

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