It's no surprise that a novel about demons and vampires has a lot of harder music, a lot of rock and metal. Rob Zombie and a few others of the sort occupy a healthy amount of my playlist, but the thing about The Paladin is that not every moment is about killing undead.
The people, the characters within The Paladin, are deeper than just their job. Some are really gung-ho about killing undead, sure, but it's important to remember that motivation and character is more than just the mission. Songs like Yoko Kano's Call Me, Call Me are perfect for when I'm exploring the internal strife and conflict in characters. Characters like Reagan McCarthy (first three chapters are on the front page!) hide a lot of stress and despair behind strong appearances. Even Jonathan has his share of internal struggles that a song like Call Me Call Me can really help me tap into.
If you're a fan of this song and don't know what Cowboy Bebop is, I highly recommend you check it out. I'm in the middle of watching Firefly and I don't think it's a stretch to say that it shares a lot of similarities with that show. It's a space western, but, really, all the sci-fi stuff is just a backdrop. The characters, their real struggles outshine any laser pistol fights or spaceship shenanigans. Hopefully, like both these fine shows, my characters in The Paladin will outshine their backdrop, too. Songs like this give me the inspiration to make sure I'm doing just that.
See you around, Space Cowboy.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.