Schrader's Chord: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Tales of monsters and anything that goes bump in the night has always caught my attention when it comes to reading stories. Growing up in the Yakima Valley and in the PNW, I would hear ghost stories about Shorty, the residential ghost at the Capitol Theatre, to Jake the Alligator Man in Long Beach, Washington. I have never had any personal experience of anything like ghosts or any zombie outbreaks thankfully but I know I can always find a good book to get a bit of thrill into my life.

Schrader’s Chord by the talented author Scott Leeds is a horror movie lover's cup of tea. I found this book while scrolling through Goodreads and automatically put an order in to get my hands on this spooky tale. Our tale takes place in Seattle where Raymond Remick has died a mysterious death. His son, Charlie comes back home to take care of family affairs and finds out that he has inherited his fathers record store and four records that supposedly open the gates to the land of the dead. Once Charlie and his friends play these records, the dead begin to rise and it is up to them to get them all back to their final resting place.

Schrader’s Chord is the debut novel by Scott Leeds and he has been a horror and music fan his whole life. I read an interview of his on where he spoke about where the inspiration came from for Schrader’s Chord. He spoke of working at a Toys ‘R’ Us and listening to a four record album by The Flaming Lips and that is where he got the idea for the four cursed records. I think Scott Leeds is an amazing author and I am looking forward to any other work he puts out some day in the future. 

I find it funny to think about how growing up as a child, I was not one for anything scary until I got older. I remember once that my parents took me to the Seattle Zoo and I was afraid to go see the bears swim because it was in a dark area and I was afraid that something would pop out and snatch me. Today, I will read anything about being snatched up by something scary in the middle of the night. Schrader’s Chord has easily become one of my favorite books and had me on the edge of my seat long into the witching hour.

— Nikki Maples


Heart-Shaped Box meets The Haunting of Hill House in Schrader's Chord, Scott Leeds's chilling debut about cursed vinyl records that open a gateway to the land of the dead.

I told you they were real.

After his estranged father’s mysterious death, Charlie Remick returns to Seattle to help with the funeral. There, he discovers his father left him two parting gifts: the keys to the family record store and a strange black case containing four antique records that, according to legend, can open a gate to the land of the dead.

When Charlie, his sister, and their two friends play the records, they unwittingly open a floodgate of unspeakable horror. As the darkness descends, they are stalked by a relentless, malevolent force and see the dead everywhere they turn.

With time running out, the only person who can help them is Charlie’s resurrected father, who knows firsthand the awesome power the records have unleashed. But can they close the gate and silence Schrader’s Chord before it’s too late?

About the Author

SCOTT LEEDS lives in the Pacific Northwest. Schrader's Chord is his first novel.

Praise For…

One of USA Today's "Best horror books to read this spooky season"

“You’ll be looking over your shoulder as the pages fly in this hauntingly riveting debut. With gorgeous prose and chilling twists, the terrifying but heartfelt core of this family-centered ghost story seals Leeds as a powerful new voice in horror. Don't miss it.” —E.G. Scott, internationally bestselling author of The Woman Inside

Scott Leeds truly has an ear for fear. Any reader who cracks this cursed book open is doomed to devour it in one sitting like I did. Now I hear ghosts wherever I go.” —Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters

Scott Leeds knows music. He writes it true, and he writes it with grit. Then he somehow mixes all that knowledge and passion with a riveting, scary story and makes it sing. Schrader’s Chord isn’t just a compulsive read: it’s horror rock’n’roll.” —Wendy N. Wagner, author of The Deer Kings and The Secret Skin

“A powerful debut, simultaneously scary, haunting and emotional. Schrader’s Chord proves that Scott Leeds has a promising future as a horror writer.” —Grimdark Magazine

Schrader’s Chord builds with more twists and turns than your favorite prog rock epic, before reaching a phantasmagoric, surprisingly heart-tugging climax. But perhaps what’s most remarkable about Leeds’ debut is, for all its ghosts and corpses, how thoroughly it thrums with life.” —Nat Cassidy, author of Mary: An Awakening of Terror and Nestlings

“Take High Fidelity down the Highway to Hell and you may find yourself trapped in the twisted grooves of Schrader’s Chord. Leeds orchestrates a pitch-perfect debut that will spin you right ‘round into its haunted depths before cranking the horror up to eleven.” —Brian McAuley, author of Curse of the Reaper

“The ghosts and other spectral evocations are gruesomely imaginative, making for a rousing rock ’n’ roll grand guignol.” —The Toronto Star

“Recommended for fans of the show True Detective and Lovecraftian fiction.” —Booklist

Schrader’s Chord delights in the ghoulish and the bizarre. A dark and demonic debut.” —Leopoldo Gout, author of Piñata

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250232076
ISBN-10: 1250232074
Publisher: Tor Nightfire
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 448
Language: English