With the recent summer solstice and the moon making it’s closet approach to Earth in 18 years, thus making the supermoon the biggest full moon in years, I am also currently unable to turn off Hemlock Grove, Netflix’s Eli Roth-directed werewolf (and other monsters) series. (Some people may say that their spirit animal is a wolf. I say that one of mine is Eli Roth.) I got to thinking – this couldn’t all be a coincidence, right? Especially living up here in the woods of northern Michigan, a girl can get to wondering about the sounds she hears at night, out in the darkness among the trees…

Wolf Moon

Being a big fan of the horror genre, I was really impressed by Hemlock Grove’s take on the werewolf transformation. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart – do not go search YouTube right now for Hemlock Grove Werewolf Transformation unless you are prepared for some blood and gore, and/or if you really don’t like that sort of thing. It’s intense, to say the least. (If you do it anyway, don’t say I didn’t warn you.) I don’t necessarily connect with the gore of it all. I think I most enjoy seeing new and innovative ways to bring mythical monsters to life. Growing up, I always wanted to turn my love of fine art into a career as a movie creature creator! I love when traditional folklore gets a new spin, and when that new spin turns out to be pretty amazing.

Anyway, back to the supermoon + Hemlock Grove combo. No matter which werewolf version you most connect to, be it the original Wolf Man or Alice the Wolf Girl in vintage circus sideshows or Teen Wolf or the wolves in The Howling or the lady wolf in An American Werewolf in Paris or Twilight’s Jacob or True Blood’s Alcide or Hemlock Grove’s lupier, one factor is pretty consistent: there is a likeable human side of the character that makes you love the wolf that emerges during each full moon, too. As I got to thinking about what might be out in the dark woods outside our house, as the bright supermoon shone and Hemlock Grove played on my MacBook, I couldn’t help but wonder: what would be on Wolfy’s playlist? As you know, one of my favorite past times is making ‘mix tapes.’ And this one was just too much fun!

Photo credits: vintage Wolf Man-inspired werewolf/creature makeup; Alice the Wolf Girl; The Wolfgirl by Julianna Swaney; Winter Wolf Girl by Anne Siems; Renesmee and Jacob from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Without further ado, go get your wolf on with my mix tape,
Howl: A Werewolf Playlist spoti.fi/128HN1T

Love Song by Hooded Fang
Goodnight Moon by Elegant Too and Ambrosia Parsley
Wolf Like Me by TV On The Radio
Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys
A Lot Like Magic by Josh Rouse
The Moon of Manakoora by Les Paul and Mary Ford
Wolf by First Aid Kit
Kill Of The Night by Gin Wigmore
The Dog is Black by UNKLE featuring Liela Moss)
The Fear by Ben Howard
Skin of the Night by M83
Bad Ritual by Timbre Timbre
Pays to Know by MyPet
Dreary Moon by Big Black Delta
Hungry Like The Wolf by Vitamin String Quartet
Howl by Florence + The Machine
Sparrow and the Wolf by James Vincent McMorrow
I’m An Animal by Neko Case
Strange Times by The Black Keys
Cryin Wolf by ZZ Ward featuring Kendrick Lamar
Afraid of Everyone by The National
Tokyo – Vampires & Wolves by The Wombats
The Wolf by Miniature Tigers
The Dark Side of Indoor Track Meets by Falling Up
Young Blood by The Naked and Famous
Howl by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Furr by Blitzen Trapper
Beauty of the Dark by Mads Langer
The Wolves by Bon Iver
Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men
Animal by Neon Trees
Animal by Miike Snow
Animal (Mark Ronson Remix) by Miike Snow
The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
The Killing Moon by Greg Laswell
New Moon by The Pine Box Boys
Biting Down by Lorde
Werewolf by Cat Power

Did I miss a song that should be on Wolfy’s playlist? Drop me a line and let me know!
– Emily