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.
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:
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…
With those budding synthesisers, ethereal French and English vocals, and hypnotic rhythm, this song will haunt you for many weeks to come.
The robotic voice and spooky content of this song is perfect for reading or writing some Gothic science-fiction.
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.
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.
A frightening little song, it will make you wonder if you have overlooked anybody who may be watching over you…
Do you need an energetic song for the lycanthrope in your life? Look no further than this hit from the eighties!
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.
Perfect for writing about tragic heroes, this wonderful song will remind you that dreams can easily become nightmares.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.