Playlist: July 2023

Playlist: July 2023

Playlist: July 2023

The Hot Vampire Wants to Devour You

This month’s playlist is inspired by the vampires I’ve been writing lately.


The first is Kilgarrah Abaddon, a scarified vampire necromancer, who finds himself in London, paying off a debt to Heaven’s Fury when dozens of corpses rise from the Thames. He wasn’t expecting to find himself a boy.

Victorian Vampire Daddy is rolling out in my subscription (Night Library tier) and features a hefty dose of spice.

The second is Ransom, a Protean vampire, who can take the shape of whatever he likes. I’m still working him out, but he’ll feature in the Pirates of Siorai series. I’m currently writing book two.

The third is Taryn Macleod (below), the modern day vampire prince in my Ream exclusive serial, Earth Render (Cascade at Fever tier). This is a polyamorous romance suspense with four men and one woman (not reverse harem). I’m only a few episodes into this, but there has already been some sexy times between Taryn and his faithful vaewolf.

You can find my Ream subscription here.

sexy vampire in a neon nightclub

So Damn Into You – Vlad Holiday

Belgium To Bordeaux – Canteen

Kiss Me Harder – Jordan Fiction

Want You So Bad – The Vaccines

Hit Me Right – Johnny Goth

Heroin Song – Jadu Heart

Tonight You Are Mine – The Technicolors

The Antidote – St. Vincent

But You – Alexandra Savior

Serpents – Sharon Van Etten

Liquid Reign – Dark Stares

beetlejuice chill – Life After Youth

Dracula Teeth – The Last Shadow Puppets

Fire of Love – Jesse Jo Stark

I’m Having Sex Tonight – GRLwood

Bad Things – Summer Kennedy

You Know Me Too Well – Nothing But Thieves

Plug in Baby – Muse

Take Me To Church – Hozier

Holy Ghost – BØRNS

Lady in the Wall – Danny Knutelsky

skins – The Haunting

Maniac – Phoebe Green


Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums – A Perfect Circle

Playlist: June 2023

Playlist: June 2023

Playlist: June 2023

For Love. For Pride.

This month’s playlist is inspired by Pride.


Telling myself not to get maudlin over Pride has become an annual event.

When I was fifteen, a gay man was beaten to death in the park opposite my school, and the thing I remember about that the most is that people talked about it like it was inevitable. Inevitable that someone should feel so incensed by the existence of gay men that they felt justified in killing them.

We can tell ourselves we’ve come a long way, and I guess we have in a lot of ways, but there are still people all over the world who believe queer people don’t deserve to live. In 2023, there are still people who show themselves up as the worst of humanity. It makes me sad, and it makes me sick.

There is nothing as brave and beautiful as queer people celebrating their existence in the face of the hatred still being slung at them. If you’re reading, I’m so fucking proud of you.

I’m not getting into the people I lost during the AIDS crisis because it was one of the worst times of my life and I’m not ready to put it out there. After thirty years, I’m still not ready.

This is the reason I waited until July to post this here. The playlist has been live on Spotify since June 1st, but I knew this post would get dark, and I didn’t want to spoil the vibe of the music.

It is truly a celebration of the lives we all should have been allowed to have, and a hope that the world will become a safer place for the generations of queer kids to come because they deserve better.

Make sure they get it, eh?

Happy listening!

Pride flags and silhouettes at sunset
New York Pride 1974. Parents holding placards. Man in foreground holding a sign that reads "I'm PROUD of my Gay Son."

Dance The Night – Dua Lipa

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande

Gimme More – Britney Spears

MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Girls Like Girls – Hayley Kiyoko

Strangers – Halsey, Lauren Jauregui

She Keeps Me Warm – Mary Lambert

The Antidote – St. Vincent

She Likes Girls – Metro Station

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Y.M.C.A. – Village People

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

Going Back to My Roots – Odyssey

I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

Dancing Queen – ABBA

Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk

Firework – Katy Perry

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Starships – Nicki Minaj

Young Love – Eli Lieb

Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith, Galantis

Be Alright – Ariana Grande

I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry

What the Hell – Avril Lavigne

Let There Be Love – Christina Aguilera

Rhythm Is A Dancer – Breathe Carolina, Dropgun, Kaleena Zanders

Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King

Side To Side – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

About Damn Time – Lizzo

Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry, Skip Marley

Never Be the Same – Camila Cabello

People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson

Rise – Jonas Blue, Jack & Jack

Levitating – Dua Lipa

My My My! – Troye Sivan

Wings – Little Mix

Good as Hell – Lizzo, Ariana Grande

After the Afterparty – Charli XCX, Lil Yachty

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Good Ones – Charli XCX

Euphoria – Loreen

Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen

I’m Good (Blue) – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha

Playlist: May 2023

Playlist: May 2023

Playlist: May 2023

Of Blood & Oil

This month’s playlist is inspired by my latest release, Of Blood & Oil, which is book three of my Not the Same River series.

It follows Violet as she goes from gobby orphan to treasured warrior in six books.

A hunted portrait. A twisted duke. An embarrassing crush.

When a hunted portrait arrives at the priory for safekeeping, Violet makes a disturbing discovery or two about her immortal neighbour. And an unwelcome one about herself.

As the resourceful Penhaligons try to figure out what’s so special about the painting, a sinister duke makes a bold move in his bid to claim it. But the painting is not the only thing he’s after.

Can Violet and the Penhaligons outwit the duke and bargain their way to victory? Or will they learn that they’re not the only ones with betrayal in mind?

This book features a vampire who doesn’t know where his trousers are, a stray nephilim, judgemental goats, and an MC who hasn’t quite got a handle on romance.

Happy listening!

Gothic Christmas witch with amber eyes and fiery red hair

Coloring the void – M83

Anachronism – Crywolf

Colder – Edwin Raphael

Angel’s Song – Arlo Parks

Under My Skin – SPC ECO

Speak Loud – Trills

Call Me What You Like – Lovejoy

From Eden – Hozier

Hypnotic – Zella Day

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Neptune – Sleeping at Last

Milk & Honey (Alt Version) – Billie Marten

I Found – Amber Run

Breathe – of Verona

Blood//Water – grandson

Litost – X Ambassadors

Illuminate – WILDES

Monster – Half Moon Run

Make It Holy – The Staves

Moon Begins – Florist

Pay – Ramsey

Heavy in Your Arms – Florence + The Machine

Swell – Twin Caverns

You Made Me Human – Richard Wells

Your Name – Lissom, Julien Marchal, Lowswimmer

Playlist: March 2023

Playlist: March 2023

Playlist: March 2023

All the Ghosts

This month’s playlist was inspired by the Netflix series, Lockwood & Co, and a short story for members of the Th1rt3en Club that I’ve just finished writing.

It features Simeon Fable, the ghost who writes a column in my newsletter, and his ex-husband as they unravel the mystery of the resurrection of a boisterous corgi.

With their friends, Cecilia and Pride (a moonlighting vampire and an unassuming god, respectively) they uncover an unregistered necromancer misbehaving in London, a plot to kill a king, and an ancient vampire with a grudge. And ghosts. All the ghosts.

If you haven’t already, you can join the club using the form in the side bar (scroll down for the purple form if you’re on mobile).

You’ll also receive the prequel novella for my series, Not the Same River. Navigate to the Books or Not the Same River sections in the menu above for more information on the series.

Happy listening!

Gothic Christmas witch with amber eyes and fiery red hair

Special Death – Mirah

Ghosts – James Vincent McMorrow

all the good girls go to hell – Billie Eilish

Walking with a Ghost – Tegan and Sara

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Gus Black

Love Like Ghosts – Lord Huron

Your Ghost – Kristin Hersh

Two Ghosts – Harry Styles

Misguided Ghosts – Paramore

Ghosting – Mother Mother

Sex with a Ghost – Teddy Hyde

Psycho Killer – The Wrecks

Where is My Mind – Safari Riot, Grayson Sanders

Holy Ghost – BØRNS

Ghosts – Fanfarlo

Ghosts – Hooded Fang

Ghostride – Crumb

Werewolf Heart – Dead Man’s Bones

The Ghosts of Beverly Drive – Death Cab for Cutie

Where is My Mind (Piano Rendition) – The Blue Notes

Rue des trois frères – Fabrizio Paterlini

Playlist: February 2023

Playlist: February 2023

Playlist: February 2023

From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings

This playlist was inspired by From Tangled Roots Come Twisted Wings, book two of my debut series, Not the Same River, which released on all major online retailers at the end of January.

Navigate to the Books or Not the Same River sections in the menu above for more information on the series.

Happy listening!

Gothic Christmas witch with amber eyes and fiery red hair

Touch – Daughter

Oxytocin – Billie Eilish

Demon – Sad Night Dynamite, Moonchild Sanelly

I Must Cry Out Loud – Mother Mother

Stakes – Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Faux – Novo Amor, Ed Tullett

Murky – Saint Mesa

Torches – X Ambassador

Dangerous Game – Klergy, BEGINNERS

Play with Fire – Sam Tinnesz, Yacht Money

You Made Me Human – Richard Wells

Temples of Our Gods – M83, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese

SkyWorld – Thomas Bergersen, Two Steps from Hell

Singularity – Elephant Music

Muddy Waters – LP

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Sam Tinnesz

Despicable – grandson

Made for the Battle – UNSECRET, GAITS

I’m Sending You Away – M83, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese

Outro – M83

Time – Mikky Ekko

Marigolds – Kishi Bashi

Resolutions – Scott Buckley