A Gothic Fiction Playlist

Jessica Cartner is a first year BA English student at the University of Sunderland. Her interests in the Gothic are monstrous and the humane, Romantic Gothic and Victorian Gothic.

Hello everyone,

My name is Jessica. The blog admin recently inspired me to create a Gothic fiction playlist, and they provided me with this opportunity to share it with you. The pieces are not ranked, though I tried to arrange their order to make your listening a little more interesting:

Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

Perhaps a little predictable, but this 1979 number one hit was inspired by Emily Brontë’s Gothic novel of the same name. Bush’s vocals are innocent yet ghostly, and as you sing along, you may just feel like wandering around the Yorkshire moors…

Fade to Grey – Visage

With those budding synthesisers, ethereal French and English vocals, and hypnotic rhythm, this song will haunt you for many weeks to come.

Are Friends Electric? – Tubeway Army

The robotic voice and spooky content of this song is perfect for reading or writing some Gothic science-fiction.

In the Shadows – The Rasmus

The American version of the music video for this song is very interesting, where the lead singer brings a Victorian maid into the 21st century. Out of the shadows, and into the light, you may find yourself singing this at impromptu moments.

Moonlight Sonata – Ludwig van Beethoven

For something slightly more quiet, contemplative and deeply moving, you may want to listen to this piece by Beethoven. It may be a suitable accompaniment to your reading or writing of description, especially of landscape or architecture.

Ghost – Little Boots

A frightening little song, it will make you wonder if you have overlooked anybody who may be watching over you…

Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

Do you need an energetic song for the lycanthrope in your life? Look no further than this hit from the eighties!

Disturbia – Rihanna

Is your idea of a Gothic world just a bit fantastical, or dystopian, or both? This track could suit it well, and help you to focus on developing it into language just as rich as your imagination.

China in Your Hand – T’Pau

Perfect for writing about tragic heroes, this wonderful song will remind you that dreams can easily become nightmares.

Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

Got a vampire in love? Then you’ll want to listen to this track with its dizzying guitars and deep-throated vocalist, who tells a story through the lyrics he sings.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurhythmics

It may state ‘sweet’ in the title, but this track is quite the opposite in its content. The music video is just as striking as the song’s lyrics, and could be a wonderful accompaniment to a Gothic story with a focus on the human psyche.

Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 – Chopin

Featured in the 1997 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, this beautiful piece is darkly romantic. Its solemn notes are contrasted with gloriously with its light ones, making for some thought-provoking listening.

Within You – David Bowie

Bowie sang this as the Goblin King in the 1986 film Labyrinth. His raspy vocals and the dramatic instrumental combine to make a rather beautifully unnerving song.

Female of the Species – Space

Oh, those femme fatales! They will engross you just as much as they entice their fellow characters. Sing along in sympathy to this song.

I hope these songs and piano pieces can accompany your reading of Gothic fiction, or inspire you to write your own!

What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

About spectralvisions

Spectral Visions is an annual Gothic conference hosted by the University of Sunderland. It explores the dark, the decadent and the terrifying aspects of Gothic literature and language. This blog is a student-run initiative, where Visionaries showcase their creative talents and learning in short stories, poems and essays on the Gothic. You can follow us on Twitter at @spectralvisi0ns or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/uosgothic
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5 Responses to A Gothic Fiction Playlist

  1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll great mod Gothic – link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auzfTPp4moA enjoy as i do x


  2. David says:

    Nice list. I would recommend: The Doors, ‘People are Strange’; Echo and the Bunnymen ‘The Killing Moon’; Robyn Hitchcock ‘Lady Waters and the Hooded One’; and The Sabres of Paradise ‘Clock Factory’.


  3. David says:

    ‘Jack the Ripper’ by Screaming Lord Sutch (or the cover by the White Stripes) and ‘Meltin’s Worm’ by The Boo Radleys.


  4. Reblogged this on teaching aspirations and commented:
    This may be helpful for inspiring students to read or compose Gothic fiction!


  5. Laura Shal says:

    Diary Of Dreams – The Wedding is as Gothic it can get. The lady in the video reminds me of Madeline from The Fall of the House of Usher.

    Liked by 1 person

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