is both a film and a studio album by Finnish metal band Nightwish, who are my favourite band in the world and the inspiration for my non de plume Nemo Evermore.
In 2011 Nightwish released their seventh studio album Imaginaerum alongside a film of the same name (2012) featuring the music from the album.
It’s a spooky album: the cover is an abandoned theme park.
It’s a spooky, creepy, scary film: an elderly musician falls into a coma and, reverting to a child, fights his dementia represented by a creepy talking snowman, and other scenes involve a man committing suicide and a gothic Snow White singing while the musician’s daughter saws open his head and removes his memories…
But ever since I first listened to the album, I’m always led to think about particular books during particular songs.
So here we go. My Halloween themed Top Ten Tuesday post is:
Ten Books To Read Inspired By Nightwish’s Imaginaerum
- Taikatalvi – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This song is in Finnish but the title means ‘Winter Magic’.
- Storytime – Peter Pan by JM Barrie
I am the voice of Never, Never Land
The innocence, the dreams of every man
I am the empty crib of Peter Pan.
- Ghost River – Hereafter by Tara Hudson
He will go down he will drown drown, deeper down
The river wild will take your only child
- Slow Love Slow – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This deep sigh coiled around my chest
Intoxicated by a major chord
Do I love you or the thought of you?
- I want my tears back – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Where is the wonder where’s the awe
Where’s dear Alice knocking on the door
Where’s the trapdoor that takes me there
Where the real is shattered by a Mad March Hare
- Scaretale – Fever by Lauren DeStefano
“Ladies and gentlemen
Be heartlessly welcome!
To Cirque De Morgue
And what a show we have for you tonight!”
This is an instrumental song and has no lyrics.
- Turn Loose the Mermaids – Waterfell by Amalie Howard
The mermaid grace, the forever call
Beauty in spyglass on an old man’s porch
The mermaids you turned loose brought back your tears
- Rest Calm – Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Every little memory resting calm in me
Resting in a dream
Smiling back at me
The faces of the past keep calling me to come back home
To caress the river with awe
- The Crow, The Owl and the Dove – Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule
Fan made video that won 1st place in a fan contest
A crow flew to me
Kept its distance
Such a proud creation
I saw its soul, envied its pride
But needed nothing it had