The Official Mixtape for The Breathing Ghosts!


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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No…it’s a MIXTAPE! (Well, actually more of a playlist, but mixtape sounds cooler.) Roll up ladies and gentlemen, because if you want to know what I’ve listened to whilst writing The Breathing Ghosts, what inspired some of the characters and what helped me get into their weird, wonderful, and most likely warped minds, now’s your chance! I’ve split the playlist into main characters (well, it’s been a quiet evening, what can I say?) so feel free to browse, download on iTunes and enjoy to your heart’s content. (Warning: it’s not ‘modern’, ‘on trend’, full of RnB, drum and bass, Rihanna or rap. This means that it’s probably not even cool, but I don’t care. Just saying- you have been warned.)

Rowan Oakwood

Rowan is unconventional, witty, whimsical and slightly moody. Most of the songs here represent this.

Tori Amos

  • ‘Siren’ (from the soundtrack to a modern film version of Great Expectations I think- a B side: watch here:
  • ‘Silent All These Years’
  •  ‘Bliss’ – both from Tales from A Librarian (although any Tori is awesome.)
    Amy Studt

    Siobhan Donaghy

    • ‘Ghosts’

    Amanda Palmer

    • ‘Runs In The Family’ from Who Killed Amanda Palmer?

     Stevie Nicks

    •  ‘It’s Only Natural’
    • ‘Weather With You’- from Recurring Dream

     Jethro Tull

    • ‘Velvet Green’ from Songs From the Wood
      (in honour of the green velvet skirt that Rowan wears in one chapter, which is in fact my own green velvet skirt!)

    Fleetwood Mac

  • ‘Everywhere’
  • ‘Little Lies’
  • ‘Gypsy’ (because, to roughly paraphrase Taylor Swift*, you can never ever ever have too much Fleetwood Mac.)
  • Jefferson Airplane

    The Great Society with Grace Slick

    • ‘Sally Go ‘Round the Roses’ (from the album The Great Society with Grace Slick- very smug to say that I have this on vinyl 😉 )

    Florence and the Machine

    • ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
    • ‘Drumming Song’
    • ‘Cosmic Love’- all from Lungs
    • Shake It Out- from Ceremonials


    • ‘Fire and Water’ from The Free Story


    • ‘I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’- don’t know where this song comes from in terms of album, but it’s a rock classic, and is about a vampire (played by Meatloaf himself, no less) professing his love to a mortal woman. (Check out the amazingly cheesy video!

    The Stranglers

    • ‘Golden Brown’


    • ‘Love Will Find A Way’, from The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (this sounds like a hippy new age track, but trust me, it’s one of the best prog-rock psychedelic songs you will EVER hear. I recommend the whole album- it’s genius.)

    Emilie Autumn

    • ‘Chambermaid’ from Enchant

    Angelica Blackthorne/ The Blood Witch

    King Crimson

    • ‘Moonchild’ (watch here:
    • ‘In The Court of the Crimson King’, both from In The Court of the Crimson King. (These songs really did inspire Angelica, before I heard this song there was no Angelica! Please check them out- eerie, catchy, macabre, amazing lyrics
      PP Arnold
    • ‘Witch’ from the album The King of Elfland’s Daughter

    Fleetwood Mac

    Florence and the Machine (again)

    • Seven Devils- from Ceremonials

    Florence Wintergrave


    • ‘Infrared’ from Meds
    • ‘English Summer Rain’ and ‘I Do’ from their best hits compilation

    Thora Lowe

    You can tell from her grubby band T-shirts that Thora likes classic rock, and here this is represented in some of the finest 60s-70s rock around 


    • ‘Steppenwolf’ from Astounding Sounds Amazing Music (A song about a man who thinks he’s half wolf, based on the story by Herman Hesse. Please listen to this- the album title doesn’t lie!)

    Stevie Nicks

    • ‘Cry Wolf’
    • ‘Doing the Best That I Can’, both from Through The Looking Glass

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    • ‘All Along the Watchtower’ (so much better than the Bob Dylan version)

    Florence and the Machine (yet again…)

    • ‘Howl’ from Lungs


    • ‘Cryin’ from Young Lust

    Led Zeppelin

      • ‘Kashmir’ from Mothership

    Jethro Tull

    • ‘Songs From The Wood’ (from the album of the same name)

    Mink Deville

    • ‘She’s So Tough’ (because yep, she is)

    Lynnrd Skynnrd

    • ‘Free Bird’

    Neil Young

    • Harvest Moon’
    • ‘Alabama’
    • ‘Heart of Gold’
    • ‘Keep on Rockin’ In The Free World’
    • ‘Hey Hy, My My’ – okay, pretty much anything by him, the man’s a genius…

    Janis Joplin

    • ‘Ball and Chain’ (Live)

    Kings of Leon

    • ‘Use Somebody’ from Only By The Night

    Nerissa Naughton

    Nerissa Naughton is the Goth queen of the vampire underworld, with issues and songs to match. She’s raw, emotionally complex, harsh, bitter and oh so very, very twisted. She likes classic rock, some heavy metal, 90s grunge, Goth Victoriana and anything with a guitar riff that she can strut her angsty stuff to.

    Emilie Autumn

      • ‘Dead is the New Alive’ (watch here)
      • ‘Let the Record Show’
      • ‘306’
      • ‘Gothic Lolita’- all from Opheliac (I love this Gothic-industrial, semi-Victorian, totally original album- how can you tell?) View her top tracks on YouTube here

    Placebo (again!)

    • ‘Because I Want You Too’
    • ‘Broken Promise’ (feat. Michael Stipe of R.E.M.)- both from Meds

    Linkin Park

    • ‘Faint’
    • ‘Numb’- both from Meteora

     Deep Purple

    • ‘Smoke on the Water’ (one of the best guitar riffs ever)

    Jethro Tull (I love the Tull)

    • ‘Aqualung’
    • ‘Cross-Eyed Mary’- both from Aqualung
    • ‘Hunting Girl’ from Songs from The Wood

    Brand New

    • ‘Guernica’

    The Prodigy

    • ‘Firestarter’
    • ‘Smack my Bitch Up’
    • ‘Breathe’- all from Their Law. (Also good music for visualising angsty fight scenes.)

    Siouxsie and The Banshees

      • ‘Love in a Void’
      • ‘Voodoo Dolly’ – from Juju


    • ‘Hysteria’- from Absolution


    • ‘Violet’
    • ‘Miss World’
    • ‘Doll Parts’
    • ‘Credit in the Straight World’- all from Live Through This

    Courtney Love

    • ‘Mono’- from America’s Sweetheart

    Violet Valvayne

    The songs for Violet represent her many fears and shames, which she drags around with her as her own personal albatross. They also suggest her romantic heart (‘Cosmic Love’) and her sensitive nature. Some of them (particularly ‘Body and Soul’ and ‘Opheliac’) suggest her unpredictability and a violent side which she struggles to control.

    Emilie Autumn

    • ‘Swallow’
    • ‘Opheliac’ – both from Opheliac
    • ‘Juliet’ from Enchant

    The Moody Blues

    • ‘Nights in White Satin’ from Days of Future Passed


    • ‘Going Under’
    • ‘Bring Me To Life’
    • ‘Whisper’
    • ‘My Last Breath’- all from Fallen

    Tori Amos

    • ‘Body and Soul’ from American Doll Posse

    Florence and The Machine

    • ‘Cosmic Love’
    • ‘Only If For A Night’
    • ‘Leave my Body’
    • ‘What the Water Gave Me’- all from Ceremonials


    • ‘Singing in My Sleep’- from Feeling Strangely Fine

    Edgar Valvayne


    • ‘Nancy Boy’ (enough said.)

    Virgil Valvayne

    • Of course, Virgil detests contemporary music, preferring jazz and Twenties tunes. But, if he did, he might be partial to Emilie Autumn’s ‘Dominant,’ or maybe ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads.

    Simone Gray

  • Nina Simone’s ‘Pirate Jenny’ from Nina Simone: Songs To Sing

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