Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields) will be composing and performing original music for the 1925 Tod Browning film The Unholy Three, starring Lon Chaney. Joined by accordionist and novelist Daniel Handler (A Series of Unfortunate Events), and viola player Pinky Weitzman.

Tod Browning best known for his films Dracula and Freaks brings you the tale of “ A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.”


Stephin Merritt releases albums under the band names the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes. Merritt has written and recorded eleven Magnetic Fields albums, including his popular 1999 album, 69 Love Songs. Merritt and the Magnetic Fields performed as part of Lincoln Center's 'American Songwriters' series and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 'Next Wave of Song'. Merritt composed original music and lyrics for three music theater pieces directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. In 2008, Merritt composed music for the Off Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, for which he won an Obie Award. Merritt composed the score for the academy award nominated film "Pieces of April" (dir. Peter Hedges). He composed incidental music for the HarperCollins' audio books of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and for Neil Gaiman's Coraline. Merritt created and performed a live score for the 1916 silent version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and for Tod Browning's 1927 film The Unknown, both at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. In 2014, Merritt released a book of poems, 101 Two Letter Words, about the tiniest words in the Scrabble dictionary, illustrated by Roz Chast.  In 2017, Merritt released his latest Magnetic Fields album, 50 Song Memoir, on Nonesuch Records. Additional information can be found at

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