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Music to Write Horror By – Long Claws by @JS_Peek


The music below were pieces I used as back ground for various scenes in Longclaws and Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed. I used others as well but these are my go to list for background when I am writing specific types of scenes.

For instance, the scene in Longclaws where Deputy McFarland is moving along the riverbank trying to avoid the creatures is life or death for both McFarland and his family which is trapped by the flooding waters. There is one place for him to cross. And old fallen tree that links the river’s shores atop of shallow gorge above the raging water. As the clouds thicken and the fat rain drops begin their plop, plop sound, every step could be his last. The tension and suspense in this scene were created created while Carmen Barunda and the Predator sound track played in the background.

When I reread these books I often think I hear the music playing along for the scene I’m reading at the time.

Music that inspired Longclaws

Alien sound track
Predator sound track
Carmen Barunda
Sounds of Nature: Thunderstorms
Theme from Jaws

Theme from The Twilight Zone

Zulu sound track
The Exorcist sound tack
Psycho sound track


Music that inspired Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed

Close Encounters of the Third Kind sound track
Star Wars series sound track
Secret Agent Man
James Bond series sound tracks
ET sound track
Cincinati Pops Orchestra Thriller Concert
The Thing sound track
Men In Black series sound track


About Steve Peek

Music to Write Horror By - Long Claws by @JS_Peek

Steve began writing full time in 2012. Though he wrote and managed to have a couple of books published during his life, something clicked a few years ago and now, for better or worse, he sits at his table researching and writing about things that interest him.

Steve's forty year career in the game industry allowed him to travel extensively and explore histories and myths of peoples and places. He loves all things ancient and digs deep into lore and enigmas.

His books on Amazon include:

Your Money or Your Mustard
Alien Agenda
Coyote Dreaming
The Game Inventors Handbook

In addition to writing, he works in a vegetable garden trying not to be herbicidal, walks in the woods with a rescued dog and gathers imaginary eggs from a few cut-out, wooden hens.

He appreciates the magic of life and the interconnection of all things.


Music to Write Horror By – Long Claws by @JS_PeekLong Claws
Series: Stone Gates Trology #1
by Steve Peek
Pages: 298
on December 3, 2007
Genres: Horror
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Their world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death. 

This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow them only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld – a world filled with slow, defenseless prey. 

The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world –hungry for prey. 

Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan’s merciless onslaught. 

Mankind’s legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws.

Also in celebration of the tour, Longclaws is 99¢, grab it while you can!

Don’t forget to also Grab Alien Agenda on Amazon.

Steve is on tour between 12th and 26th July – you can check in with tour central here, and please check back each day to read more fascinating thoughts by this eloquent and interesting author.


Tour arranged by The Finishing Faires

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