COUNTDOWN TO PAPER: DAY 3
Welcome to Day 3 of the “Ghost Radio: Countdown to Paper” event! Our celebration of the mass market paperback release of Leopoldo Gout’s hit horror novel Ghost Radio. And make sure to read to the bottom of the post for a chance to win some exciting PRIZES! Today Leopoldo talks about the importance of music in the novel. Take it away, Leopoldo:
Any novel that deals with radio will inevitably focus on music at one point or another. Ghost Radio is no exception. Music is at the core of the novel, and plays an important role in the lives of its main character. The characters mediate their attitudes toward love, friendship, loss and death through music.
Music also plays a role in the novel’s plot. Music is present in each important point in the characters’ lives. And at the center of the plot lies the song “Kill the Poor” by the seminal American Punk Rock band The Dead Kennedys. Some readers have been confused by the choice of this song. Unsure what it has to do with the novel’s plot and themes. I suggest those people read through the lyrics again. The song is actually deeper than its initial impact may suggest. For example, while listening again you might ruminate on the multiple meanings of the word “poor”. But the song’s basic theme is in the novel as well … if you look for it.
But in addition to using music in these direct ways, I also attempted to echo music in the novel’s structure. In many ways, Ghost Radio owes more structurally to symphonies and record albums than it does to novels. And, like a symphony or album, many of its sections offer pleasures when they’re enjoyed on their own as well as part of the whole. In fact, I suggest that if readers wish to read the novel a second time, they read the chapters in an order of their own choosing. The novel’s “exploded narrative” offers special pleasures when enjoyed this way.
Each day of this event we offer the chance to win prizes. Every winner will receive autographed copies of both the hardback and paperback editions of Ghost Radio. But they will also receive a special bonus surprise tied to the day’s theme. This could be additional books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, or maybe something even more exciting. So what are you waiting for? Enter today’s contest now.
Here’s all you need to do to enter today’s contest:
Just send an email to email@example.com, and put “COUNTDOWN TO PAPER – DAY 3″ in the subject line, and “Ghost Radio” in the body of the email. Or just use the contact form below:
This contest closes on March 13, 2010. Winners will be chosen at random, and notified the following week.
And don’t forget to check back to tomorrow for another day of this exciting event, and another chance to win PRIZES!
If you’ve missed any of the COUNTDOWN TO PAPER event you can catch up here.