Ice Nine Kills’ New True Crime Book ‘The Silver Scream’ Explores Killers That Inspired Horror Icons

May 24, 2023

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: [email protected]

Heavy metal band Ice Nine Kills announces the book The Silver Scream exposes the bloodiest behind-the-scenes details of the most gruesome, shocking, true-crime tragedy of our time. Part autopsy, part grisly director’s “cut,” this is the only book with a comprehensive exploration inside the mind of America’s notorious, celluloid-obsessed rock star turned cinema-copycat murderer, Spencer Charnas.


Award–winning television reporter Roy Merkin is the only storyteller in possession of the journals scrawled by disgraced psychotherapist Dr. Ian Black. The Silver Scream reconstructs, with unflinching detail, how fiction became fact, art imitated death, and the most horrific movie murders by the likes of Jason, Leatherface, Freddy, Michael, and the rest became real.


Merkin courageously slashes open the ghoulish mind and tortured nightmares of Spencer himself, probing deeply with razor-sharp precision. Learn how the box office created so many oblong boxes. Understand why this rock n’ roll heartthrob chose to stop so many human hearts.


Inspired by Ice Nine Kills’ fifth album of the same name, The Silver Scream, pays homage to some of the great horror film classics of the last forty years. Chock-full of references and nods to films such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw, Edward Scissorhands, The Shining, and IT, The Silver Scream blends horror fan fiction and Ice Nine Kills’ style of storytelling into a unique concept all its own.





The Silver Scream is scheduled to be published in August 2023 in hardcover and e-book worldwide, with a limited-edition vinyl audiobook edition featuring Candyman actor Tony Todd. Signed hardcover + exclusive limited edition vinyl audiobook variant bundles will be available. You can pre-order your copy now.

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