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October 29, 2018

Michael J. Seidlinger's Playlist for His Novel "My Pet Serial Killer"

My Pet Serial Killer

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Michael J. Seidlinger's novel My Pet Serial Killer is inventive and surprising, one of the best literary horror novels of the year.

Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:

"This thoroughly unsettling novel is a cut above other serial-killer stories."

In his own words, here is Michael J. Seidlinger's Book Notes music playlist for his novel My Pet Serial Killer:


One of the most common responses to my book, My Pet Serial Killer, recently released by Fangoria, is that it reads a lot like a movie. This wasn’t an accident. One of the goals of writing the novel was to capture the filmic pace and language, the sort of ebb and flow that causes the reader to scan the page like how a viewer would a panning shot in a film: Your eyes seek detail and find horror in the subtlest details. So you bet when I set out to write this, I had a playlist which I imagined would complement some of the book’s most important scenes. The following playlist contains what would be the proverbial official soundtrack to the film adaptation, should money be no issue and fantasy be the name of the game. Thank you for reading.

Death Grips – Blackjack
Amnesia Scanner – AS Crust
Crosses – Bitches Brew
Michael Barr – Dark Kid
The Veils – Swimming with the Crocodiles
xxyyxx – DMT
Year of No Light – Tocsin
Everything in Slow Motion – Bad Season
Set to Stun – Staria I: Amadeus Rise!
The Black Queen – One Edge of Two
HEALTH – Hard to Be a God
The Midnight – Vampires
Death Therapy – Slow Dance (with Death)
Trifonic – Parks on Fire
White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
Oneohtrix Point Never – We’ll Take It
Grails – Self-Hypnosis
The Blank Theory – Martyr
Rolo Tomassi – Rituals
LANY – The Breakup
Sidewalks and Skeletons – Feel Nothing
Blood Command – Ctrl + Alt + Delete
Darkest Hour – With a Thousand Words to Say But One
No Devotion – Night Drive
Ho99o9 – Kill All Rats
Trevor Something – Mind Games

Michael J. Seidlinger and My Pet Serial Killer links:

the author's website

Heavy Feather Review review
PANK review
Publishers Weekly review

Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for Falter Kingdom
Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for The Fun We've Had
Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist by the author for The Strangest

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