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 Raven,

Knight of the Shadows

The Realm of Nightmares and the Macabre

You have stepped into a world that greets you with the screams of the tortured souls of the damned.  In the distance, terrified shrieks of innocent lives will guide you on a path of a cursed fate and the possibility of a grim demise.  Face your inner demons, confront your nightmares, become at one with the shadows lurking within you.  Do not fear the darkness, for there are many creatures that find sanctuary within the embrace of the night.  It hides them from those that would show ruthless scorn under an unforgiving light.  Death, decay, a world of creatures lurking in the darkest of sanctums, step into a realm that welcomes you as predator or prey.  The strongest among you will find allies in the unlikeliest of forms, dangers that will test what little courage remains in your heart, or your venture into the macabre shall end in an infernal eternity for those who do not heed my warnings. Walk among the gravestones of those who have come before you, read of their tales of glorious triumph and woeful failures. Explore worlds shrouded in darkness, where a single spark of light is a beacon of hope in an unforgiving existence.

One will live. One will die. Choose life or death. Or the decision will be made for you.

 

Demons break through mortal flesh. Dolls once playthings for children spring to life with vicious intent. The dead of animal and human alike lash out in malevolent wrath. A multitude of horrors are inflicted upon Avita as she is forced to choose before it's too late.

 

Why do they have to die so I can live?

Who or what is doing this to me?

Is there a way to escape?

How did I get here?

Where am I?

Speak to

Me.

 

The spirit of a murdered princess is in need of noble warriors to free the cursed soul of her father.  An ancient sorcerer seeks aid in stopping his son who is determined to exterminate all sentient life.  What they find is Nathaniel and Sebastian, a pair of con artists and thieves, that wants nothing to do with acts of heroism.

Did destiny make a mistake in choosing these two? 

Probably, but it’s too late now. 

Sebastian, Nathaniel, and Zoe had thought that their days of heroism had come to an end.   Having survived the cursed soul of an ancient king and the wrath of a maleficent sorcerer, they have found sanctuary within a city shrouded in mystery.  However, their journey has just begun.

Psychic vampires, feeding upon memories, transform their victims into horrid abominations.  Wolves that take human form hide within human civilizations.  Spirits of the dead haunt the living as ancient sorcery guides the final days of the Age of Shadows.  There is no haven to turn to.

So much for the quiet life.

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David, a blind oracle who can predict the future, has gathered hunters from around the globe to confront a growing threat upon Earth. A vampire nation has taken control of much of the world, extending its influence throughout the nations dominating the modern era.

A mage, a warrior, and a werewolf strike out against immortal opponents. A scientist, a paladin, and a druid struggle to find a way to reverse vampirism. An elf works alongside animated corpses of a necromancer and his loyal assistant.

The races of the human born will be forced to choose sides as a global war begins. 

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Geoffrey is the last descendant of a mage shrouded in legend. He has been tasked by a jinn that is both his mentor and companion to explore the world of the human born races to find the fragments of his ancestor’s staff. 

From the crypts of the Greek Empire to a modern-day Camelot defended by vampire hunters, he races against time to reassemble this ancient artifact. Without it, the world will fall prey to the return of a malevolent spirit.

Fables, folklore, and mythology become reality as those who wield the power of magic alter the course of history.

Music often inspires scenes, helps mold the tone of a narrative, and in some cases, defines a character. What follows is a collection of songs that I believe to be the soundtrack to each of the novels revealed here in the Realm of Nightmares and the Macabre.

 

Click on each image for a link to hear each song.

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Bones : By Mr Ms

For the novels : Age of Shadows

There is something eerie about the one of this song that sets the tone for the two part book set. The lyrics creates this visceral image in the mind that draws in the audience to think about a mortal body and an immortal soul. This combination of setting the mood and creating this feeling of intense horror and potential awe inspiring evens to take place is ideal for both books. Each novel has its own set of events, building on what came before, weaving through this world in which its set. This song does a great job creating a feeling of what that journey would be like.

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Control : By Helsey

For the novel: Eclipse of the Sun

The lyrics of this song along with the tone it sets is a perfect opening for the movie based upon this book. Mentioning of shadows and monsters, this feeling of terror creeping up on you that starts out the song is perfect for the horror elements of the novel. I picture the opening credits with this song playing while images of this world, this horrific reality that is like a land decaying due to the damage done to the living creatures, both human and animal alike, but also the landscape. The whole somber tone of the song is perfect for the book.

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Dear X : By Disciple

For the novel: Prisoner of Silence

I have always felt that this a powerful song describing what it feels like to be inside the mind of someone struggling with depression, fueled by anger and self loathing. Its so empowering, acknowledging that these elements that are so negative are something that is comfortable, familiar, like a friend to someone who suffered through these experiences. To overcome that feeling of being trapped by these psychological elements plays a huge role in this book. The main character reacts to everything with anger, hatred, distrust, and yet must learn to let go.

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I Believe : By Christina Perri

For the novel: Prisoner of Silence

It's hard to think of a song like this involved with a psychological thriller that is this horror novel. However, when I first began writing the book, I refused to write it without knowing the ending. It's rare that ever know an ending to a book when I first begin it, I like being surprised along with the audience. However, I had to know going into it, was it worth it? What's the point of it all? This song embodies that ending and resonates with me when I think about it playing during the final credits of the movie based upon the novel.

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In the End : By Veil Brides

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

There is a general tone to the music I have chosen for both books in the Age of Shadows set. I like this Gothic punk approach, where its either haunting or this feeling of energy with a harsh tone to the music. I think of this song as the closing credits of this novel, a direct reference to how the book ends. I won't give it away, but it definitely creates this enthusiastic energy along with a hard rock edge to it. I think of it as cap on a series of songs that set the feeling for the movies based upon the two books. 

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Iron : By Woodkid

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

There is this incredible, mind blowing concept of a final confrontation near the end of the book. I picture this song playing while scenes of that confrontation involving all the main characters throughout the war that they are engaged in plays out before the eyes of the audience. I would love the same person who did the artistic beauty that is the visual delight which is the music video to this song. It's brilliant and having that style of cinematography would not only pay homage to the original music video, but create a spectacular scene in the movie.

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Mad World : By Unsecret

For the novel: Blood Oath

The song sets the tone for the entire Human Born series as a whole. The world in which this series takes place is this amazing blend of modern day, the world as we know it, intertwined with magic, advanced technology, monsters, fantasy creatures, practically anything your imagination can come up with, it exists in the day to day lives of the people who exist in this realm. I feel that this song sets the stage and establishes a tone for not only Blood Oath but the whole series. Underneath the surface of what is "normal" is the fantastic at every turn.

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Meet Me on the Battlefield : By Svrcina

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

There is this incredibly large scale war that occurs at one point in the novel and when I listen to this song, I think about that event. There is nothing optimistic or hopeful about this war. Going into it, the protagonists believe that there is no way they'll not only survive, but stop the one responsible for the battle. This song reflects the gritty, dark, hopeless feeling that those involved with a war must feel. I think it would be a great song to play with a montage of tragic events showing that what is happening is messy, deadly, and there may not be any survivors.

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Paint It, Black : By Ciara

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

This is the theme song for a character introduced in the second book of the Age of Shadows set. She is a vampire mutant, in a world where vampires become these grotesque, inhuman looking monstrosities, she is one of two individuals that mutated instead of becoming one of these creatures. I picture her introduction to the movie with this song, approaching the City of Shadows. People moving about stare at her due to her unique appearance and the lyrics of the song fit her reaction to them so beautifully and set the tone for her character ideally.

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Revolution : By Unsecret

For the novel: Blood Oath

"The Earth hungers for blood..." Instantly I was caught up in this song the first time I heard it. This phrase is perfect for a world where vampires have integrated themselves into all aspects of modern society. In my mind there is scenes of vampires being revealed throughout all aspects of society, corporate executives, world leaders, even random low level employees attacking innocent people in secrete. Then it reveals a series of scenes of vampire hunters, people fighting back, protecting potential victims from this threat. An ideal opening to a movie.

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Shatter Me : By Lindsey Sterling

For the novel: Prisoner of Silence

This is one of those songs that I'm fully aware of the source behind the artist's reason for creating it. It is a reflection of something that happened in her personal life and this is how she reveals her feelings on the subject matter. I thought it was perfect for this novel in that the main character is enduring such horrifying hardships. In the video, she's a doll trapped, wanting to break out. This visual representation of what Lindsey went through would fit into this novel so well.

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Take it All : By Ruelle

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

When I think of music for any of my novels, I consider that they set the mood. This has a somber, growing strength to the tone of the music which is perfect for the novel. After the first book set up the world and the journey begins for the characters, the audience in a movie entering the sequel will be wondering, where is this going to take us next? As new characters are introduced and new threats exposed, the audience need to feel like they are delving into a dangerous, harsh reality that Nathaniel, Sebastian, and Zoe cope with on a daily basis.

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Thriller : By Michael Jackson

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

The reason that this song is included in the soundtrack to this particular book began with the casting Nathaniel and Sebastian. Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd are both into being silly off camera and enjoying the experience of making a movie. The idea of their off screen antics inspired this idea of what if members of the cast, antagonists and protagonists alike, recreated parts of the video during the making of the movie based off the book. Chris and Paul joking around with Alicia, who plays Zoe, while walking through the set of the City of Shadows. It would be a way to let off some of the stress of making a movie and to bring that fun back to the experience of creating something special. It would play after the ending the movie, during the credits or as a bonus material thing that would pop up as a potential advertisement for the movie. I think it would be hilarious and seeing people in full costume from the movie doing Thriller, would be epic! 

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World On Fire : By Les Friction

For the novel: Silhouette of the Moon

The song is intense, emotionally charged and creates this tone that is perfect for the opening of the movie based upon this book. I picture scenes from the previous movie, Part 1 of 2, displayed to fill in for those who didn't see the first one. Also, its a perfect reflection of a major story element to this novel where there is a powerful vampire that has arrived in a region to provide aid to the locals. I thought to myself, what if Dracula was attempting to be a noble soul? What if the most powerful vampire of that world wasn't the villain, for something far worse was.

© 2017 by Matthew Allen Dickerson

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