When two young documentary filmmakers start investigating the enigmatic death of the infamous Reed Sinclair, founder of the never-quite-made-it indie rock group The Big Carnival, they interview Reed’s former girlfriend, photographer Samantha (“Sam”) MacNamara– who tells them the story of a seeming love triangle between herself, Reed, and a frightening entity named Belle.
Belle may have simply been how Reed’s troubled mental state interpreted multiple tragedies and coincidences in his life… or she may have been a supernatural being.
As the filmmakers begin to uncover the frightening truth, Sam must face the riddle of her relationship with Reed if she wants to step into the light, away from the specter of Belle and the shadow that was cast over Sam’s life.
From the Authors:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson was kind of instrumental in the writing of Song to the Siren. I remember saying to my husband while we were re-reading Hill House (he likes to read out loud to me) that my next novel was going to be my Shirley Jackson novel, but that probably no one would realize it. I grinned at him and said, “All I need now is a plot, characters, character conflicts, settings, themes, and so on. I don’t know where I’m going, but I have a hunch that it’s going to be a good book.” About a month later, I came up with the idea of an ambiguous horror story involving what my husband calls “scares, drugs, and rock-and-roll.” Song to the Siren is about a lot more than that, too, but I don’t want to spoil anything.
I wrote the character of Song to the Siren‘s Samantha MacNamara, an older woman who is a professional artist, while thinking of Jamie Lee Curtis. I needed a narrator character that the audience would totally trust and believe, someone who was strong, likeable, and spoke in a straightforward manner, as well as a beautiful older woman with short hair, so I immediately thought of Jamie Lee Curtis.