Do you enjoy a scary read or two in October? I do add a little horror to the mix during the Halloween season, and I think audiobooks can even make the reading experience scarier. Sometimes the really scary ones make me a paranoid listener, where I’m looking over my shoulder during the suspenseful season. But I’m a scaredy cat so I keep my horror listening to the daytime hours. Here are 13 haunting listens to watch out for this month:
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich read by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson – This is one creepy listen! The premise of the book is eerie enough- a deadly fire killed five teens twenty years ago, and one teen is still missing, and a diary sheds new light on the case. But the audio takes the story to spine-chilling new heights! The multi-format storytelling includes emails, therapy sessions, diary entries, and interviews and I bet it’s really cool to follow in the print edition. However, the audio production really ups the scare factor! There is spooky music that ramps up the suspense, and when there are taped interviews or phone calls it sounds like they’re really happening. You will be scared out of your wits listening to this one!
The House by Christina Lauren read by Elizabeth Louise, Deacon Lee – This is my first YA listen from this writing duo and I am quite intrigued with this love story / haunted house premise. The House is about Delilah, a girl who falls for Gavin, but his (living, breathing, haunted) House wants to keep them apart. Beware of nightmares if you decide to listen in your own house before bed!
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs read by Kirby Heyborne – The final installment of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children is finally out so you can binge listen to the whole spooky trilogy. Vintage photographs enhance the book text but audiobook listeners don’t need to miss out- you can download a pdf to refer to as you listen.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke read by Robbie Daymond, Emma Bering, Nora Hunter, Jorjeana Marie, Julia Whelan, MacLeod Andrews – This horror anthology features stories from some of the most popular authors in YA. If you don’t have a lot of time but want to listen to something scary this audiobook is the ticket. Each story draws inspiration from a classic film, song or book.
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly read by Kim Bubbs – This book goes on sale Halloween week (10/27) and since I’m number 30-something on the hold list I’ll enjoy this one post-Halloween. But since it’s a mystery, it has a long shelf life. In this 19th century thriller a girl investigates her father’s mysterious death.
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe read by Jesse Bernstein, Kathleen McInerney – A filmmaker becomes enchanted with a girl he meets at a seance. Sounds like a good ghost story!
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle read by Colby Minifie – Every year in October, one Irish family gets dangerously accident prone. Strange things happen to this family and the circumstances are sometimes deadly. They tempt fate and hold a Halloween party in a haunted house- what could happen?! This audiobook is stellar. The narrator’s Irish accent helps to set the scene and she conveys the perfect tone for this haunting story. I couldn’t stop listening.
Locke & Key by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez read by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez and Stephen King (there are over 50 narrators in all in this full-cast audio!) – I must admit I hadn’t heard of this one until I saw it as a free download on Audible. (It’s free until Nov. 4) And as an Orphan Black (Maslany) and OITNB (Mulgrew) fan I couldn’t resist this one. Locke & Key is based on a graphic novel series but I bet the full cast dramatization will make it an awesome listen.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware read by Imogen Church -In this psychological thriller, Leonora is a reclusive crime writer who reluctantly goes out with an old friend and things go very badly. I like to listen to psychological thrillers and the sample makes me believe this will be an addictive listen.
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon read by Cassandra Campbell – This thriller is about secrets, sisters, and a scary, supernatural mystery. I’ve heard good things about this author but this will be my first listen. Sounds intriguing!
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent read by Gabra Zackman – I find carnivals kind of creepy so Metzger’s Menagerie with its cast of mythical creatures takes me out of my comfort zone. But that’s what Halloween is for, right?
Flesh by Kylie Scott read by Elena Wolfe, Ray Chase – I love Scott’s Stage Dive series but I’ve never read her zombie duology. This erotic romance series just premiered in audiobook this month!
The New Hunger: a Warm Bodies novella by Isaac Marion read by Candace Thaxton – I read this Warm Bodies prequel novella years ago but it’s getting new life now with a new publisher and audiobook. It’s the perfect time to catch up on this series because Warm Bodies sequel, The Living, will release July 2016!
Are you listening to anything scary this month? Let me know the scariest audiobook you’ve ever listened to!