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Revisiting Dee Snider's Awesome Halloween Soundtrack

The only thing scarier this Halloween than a Joe Arapio or Jan Brewer mask is Oculus Infernum: A Halloween Tale, a dark album of Halloween music devised by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

Anyone who has ever watched a horror film or felt the fear of walking alone at night will certainly relate to the goose bump-inducing, chilling pulse of this "soundtrack." Oculus Infernum alternately races along at heart-pounding speed one minute, drops to a frightening whisper the next and then builds into a climatic horror film-like finale. It generates a battle raging behind the eyes where each listener confronts their own fears.

"As a kid it sort of became a challenge to overcome my fears. I continue to challenge myself. I try and do scary and creepier things to freak myself out," Snider says with a laugh during a phone interview from his New York home. See also: Dee Snider Talks About His New Book, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, and New Album