Scored to Death 2

More Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers

Available November 30, 2020

Other titles by J. Blake Fichera

Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers


  • 492 pages
  • 6x9 paper
  • Silman-James Press
  • 9781935247234

“A fascinating and entertaining deep dive into the creative process of some of the genre’s most talented composers. Blake asks all the right questions. . . . I couldn’t put it down.”
—Jamie Blanks, director, Urban Legend and Valentine

“J. Blake Fichera’s interviews with horror’s top composers combine a journalist’s penetrating curiosity and attention to detail with a fanboy’s infectious enthusiasm—and the combination is irresistible for lovers of film, film music, and our beloved genre. If you lie in bed at night wondering about the deadly dangers of ‘temp love’ or Richard Band’s first guitar—or even how composers approach the challenge of creating music for killer dolls—this book is for you.”
—Don Mancini, writer-director, creator of Chucky (Child’s PlayBride of Chucky, etc.)

“Playwright William Congreve wrote, ‘Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.’ And I’m certain if any of the composers in Scored to Death 2 were tasked with ‘soothing a savage breast’ in a scene, their score would do so. In this book, these remarkable artists reveal their influences, approaches to a scene, and secrets that make us care, worry, tense up, and scream in terror. Their music takes us into our minds’ darkest realms. They are the magicians who make what is invisible to our eyes visible to our imaginations.”
—Tom McLoughlin, writer-director, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesOne Dark Night, and Sometimes They Come Back

Following in the spirit and style of Scored to Death (2016), his popular first book of interviews with horror music greats, J. Blake Fichera’s Scored to Death 2 collects 16 brand-new, info-packed, terrifyingly entertaining interviews with renowned composers who have provided the music for some of horror’s most revered films, film franchises, and TV shows, including Get OutUsMartinRe-AnimatorThe Walking Dead, Puppet Master, SawCreepshowDay of the DeadA Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Evil DeadArmy of DarknessDark ShadowsBurnt OfferingsThe TerminatorThe Serpent and the RainbowRingKiller Klowns from Outer SpaceAudition, GhouliesHappy Death DayIt FollowsGretel & Hansel, and many more!

Interviewed are composer-director-producer John Harrison and eminent scary-good composers Michael Abels, Richard Band, Charlie Clouser, Brad Fiedel, Joe LoDuca, Donald Rubinstein, John Massari, Bear McCreary, Craig Safan, Kenji Kawai, Holly Amber Church, Koji Endo, Robert Cobert, Rob, and Disasterpeace, all bookended by a Foreword by writer-director Eli Roth and an Afterword by composer Christopher Young.

J. Blake Fichera

J. Blake Fichera has taught film studies at the State University of New York at Purchase and has contributed as a writer and interviewer to several noteworthy film and music-related publications and websites, including Video Watchdog magazine,,,, and American Blues News. He has been a professional film/television editor and producer since 2001 and cohosts the film-themed podcast Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers. He is also a gigging musician in the New York City area and a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee. He lives in Manhattan.