Schrader's Chord by Scott Leeds

 Review by Nikki Maples

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 Horrortree.com 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.