The Horror Honeys: Hardcover Honey Jam - 'Monster'

Hardcover Honey Jam - 'Monster'

That night he caged her
Bruised and broke her
He struggled closer
Then he stole her
Violet wrists and then her ankles
Silent Pain
Then he slowly saw their nightmares were his dreams

I've brought up Meg & Dia before for Honey Jam purposes, because they are basically the go-to band for literature-based musical awesomeness. But best of all, they always seems to base their songs on my absolute favorite dark works of classic literature. Their song, "Monster," is unequivocally one of my favorite songs they have written, first and foremost because it is utterly badass. But "Monster" is also amazing because it is based on one of my favorite novels, John Steinbeck's East of Eden. This shocking and twisted family epic has always been known for its portrayal of the multi-generational relationship between the Trask brothers. However, Meg & Dia's song focuses on the "villain" of East of Eden: Cathy Ames, the young prostitute who shows up on the doorstep of the Trask's and upends their entire lives.

Personally, I always love an alternate point of view on a classic, but "Monster" goes deep into Cathy's psychological state and her fractured psyche. This is one of those special songs that make you want to rush out and re-read the book. Or if you are too lazy, watch the classic film. ~RH

But seriously. Read the book too.