Had your fill of reading scary books? How about listening to an audiobook version of a horror story? Listening to a trained and skilled narration of spooky and strange events can make the experience more scary than silent reading, and add immensely to the fright factor.
Here are a few audiobooks available on Overdrive that can guarantee you a terrifying listen. Even if you have read a physical copy of one of these books before, you may find listening to them may affect you on a whole new level.
See if you are brave enough to listen to these eerie and spine tingling books with the lights off!
This is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world where people are being driven to deadly violence by a literal glimpse.
At the center is a mother with two young children and she has to brace for major difficulties to flee to a safer place. She takes a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers band together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies run low, they are forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now. The journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing—and too earth-shattering in its implications—to be forgotten. Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and, inevitably, of savagery and death. Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story like none you’ve ever read before.
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
This quintessential horror novel follows investigator John Montague and his assistants, shy Eleanor and obstreperous Theodora, into the supposedly haunted Hill House, where Montague hopes to find conclusive evidence of the paranormal.
When 14-year-old Marjorie Barrett is diagnosed with schizophrenia and all treatments fail, her parents turn to a priest who suggests exorcism as a cure for the girl’s mental illness. With their finances in jeopardy, the Barretts also agree to have their ordeal televised in a new reality show, The Possession. But nothing is as it seems, which becomes all too evident 15 years later, when the younger Barrett daughter, Merry, agrees to be interviewed about what really happened in her New England home.
A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror. Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend..Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. Then Christopher vanishes. For six long days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt (narrated by Vanessa Johansson)
In this psychological horror and suspense story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes.On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. An eerie, disturbing story of one of our perennial fascinations—witchcraft in colonial America.
Vic’s motorcycle and her talent for finding lost things leads her to tangle with child-abductor Charles Talent Manx. Manx enjoys showing off his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, with the vanity plate that reads “NOS4A2,” but the children he takes for joyrides into Christmasland don’t return home again. Years after she first encounters Manx, Vic finds herself tracking him down once more, in pursuit of her lost son.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (narrated by Bahni Turpin)
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.
Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.
Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.
With her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches—a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women. Moving in time from today’s New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and the France of Louis XIV, from the coffee plantations of Port-au-Prince to Civil War New Orleans and back to today, this is a huge and sprawling tale of horror.
More horror themed audiobooks await you in Hoopla’s large sized collection!
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian