13 Best Horror Audiobooks for Halloween

Halloween season is the perfect time to enjoy some great horror books. Listening to horror can be especially chilling as our imagination fills in all the terrifying details of the story. Whether you’re a horror fanatic or jumping into the genre for the first time, this collection of the best horror audiobooks will have you sleeping with the lights on for a few nights.

This list of the creepiest, scariest, and most haunting audiobooks in the horror genre has been curated with the help of Libro.fm and their community of independent bookstores. Not familiar with Libro.fm? It’s actually my favorite audiobook service because, among other things, it splits its profits with independent bookstores (read my Libro.fm review). Here are thirteen bookseller picks for the best horror audiobooks.


Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Read by Frankie Corzo.

Bookseller recommendation:

Mexican Gothic is a fairytale turned nightmare, perhaps with a nod to Jordan Peele’s Get Out. In 1950’s Mexico, glamorous debutante Noemí receives a mysterious letter from her newlywed cousin Catalina. In frantic prose, she pleads for Noemí to visit her at High Place, the family residence of her husband, an English expat whom she has grown to distrust. Upon her arrival, Noemí finds a dilapidated, mold-ridden mansion on the grounds of a former silver mine with a sickly past, upheld by a eugenicist patriarch whose suffocating surveillance would drive anyone away, if only they could leave. Woven together like a mycelial network, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest features feminist heroism and commentary on colonialism, with language and culture as secret weapons. It’s absolutely delectable.” – Mary, Raven Book Store

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Devolution

By Max Brooks. Read by multiple narrators.

Bookseller recommendation:

“Made the mistake of listening to this book before going to sleep and subsequently spent an hour after turning off my phone staring at the shadows at the corners of my room as they morphed into bigfoot. Hauntingly written and beautifully performed.” – Sam, The Cupboard Maker Books

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Hide

by Kiersten White. Read by Emma Galvin.

Bookseller recommendation:

“I gulped and gasped my way through this book as fast as I could and I still couldn’t get it all down fast enough. The Minotaur-ish monster in the maze is terrifying, the violence is all there, the narration for the audiobook is breathtaking, but there’s still so much more to this book. Kiersten White’s ghastly adult debut is as much a character study about trauma in the many forms it takes and the debt we owe to the living and the dead alike as it is about who’s going to get ‘voted off the island’ next. Hide delivers on everything it promises and more. I couldn’t breathe until I’d finished.” – Kvothe, Rediscovered Books

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones. Read by Cara Gee.

Bookseller recommendation:

“This frequently amusing and ultimately satisfying meta-horror novel follows Jade, a Native high-schooler with no friends, no extant future outside her janitorial job, and a deep love for slasher flicks, which are her coping mechanism in the face of an alcoholic father and absentee mom. Film trivia pervade the narration at every turn, but slasher newbies (like myself) will find the references easier to follow thanks to Jade’s essays, presented in between chapters. Soon enough, a series of deaths convince Jade that a real slasher cycle is starting. Is this the overactive imagination of a struggling teen? And if not, what is it? My Heart Is A Chainsaw balances its obligations to both developing real characters of the sort not seen in pulp films, and functioning as a slasher itself, one that will keep you guessing until the end. On the way there, horror tropes are used to examine Native American identity, economic inequity, and childhood trauma. If you’re into slashers, this is one you can’t afford to miss; otherwise I would suggest listening to a sample to see if the narrational style is up your alley.” – Graham, Next Chapter Booksellers

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Hidden Pictures

By Jason Rekulak. Read by Suzy Jackson.

Bookseller recommendation:

Hidden Pictures is reminiscent of the John Saul books I loved in the late 70s and 80s. As his usually did, this story includes a child and some unexplained happenings that may or may not have a rational explanation. Mallory is a 20-year-old just recently out of rehab and a halfway house for drug abuse. Her sponsor finds her a job as a nanny to an adorable 5-year-old named Teddy. Mallory is well aware that she is under intense scrutiny by Teddy’s parents, who are knowledgeable of her past history. So, when strange things begin to happen, she is at first very wary of telling them what she suspects. For those of you who shy away from mysteries with paranormal vibes be aware that there is nothing supernatural about what happens when Mallory inadvertently discovers some real truths and nothing supernatural about the totally unseen twist that the story takes.” – Nancy, Fiction Addiction

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The Hollow Places

By T. Kingfisher. Read by Hillary Huber.

Bookseller recommendation:

“I do not recommend listening to this audiobook while driving down the Pike in the dark after your shift at the bookstore because this is one of the most creepy, terrifying books I’ve ever listened to. While horror is not my usual genre, the main characters were so relatable and endearing that I had to follow them to the end. Even when I was yelling at my car speakers when they couldn’t see what was right in front of them. Kara, or “Carrot” as she is know by her uncle, is a freshly-divorced 30-something who has managed to find mostly-stable ground working and living at her uncle’s curios museum, the Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities, and Taxidermy in North Carolina. And then she finds a hole in the wall. Which leads to a hallway that shouldn’t be physically possible. Which leads to a locked bunker with a body inside. Which leads to a new world, filled with water, and bunkers, and willow trees. But of course, there’s much more than meets the eye. With more curiosity than common sense, Kara and her best friend, Simon decide to explore. And discover the meaning of the ominous graffiti they find, “Pray they are hungry.” If you, too, wish you could celebrate Halloween year-round, this is the book for you.” – Cassie, Wellesley Books

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The Last House on Needless Street

By Catriona Ward. Read by Christopher Ragland.

Bookseller recommendation:

“This one lives up to the hype. Although there are numerous points where the story is revealed to be something quite different from what it appeared, you won’t remember it just because the plot twists left your head spinning, but rather because of the fascinating, exquisitely-voiced narrators (including, yes, the gay Christian housecat) and haunting atmosphere. The audiobook is excellent — Ragland invents a convincing and unique voice for each character, and when the emotions of the story run raw, his voice carries that intensity. If you are looking for a straightforward horror story, you might be disappointed, but if you’re looking for something strange, beautiful, and unexpected you’ll enjoy your time in this house.” – Graham, Next Chapter Booksellers

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The Book of Accidents

By Chuck Wendig. Read by Xe Sands & George Newbern.

Bookseller recommendation:

“Moving back to Nate’s childhood home, it offers a fresh start for his teenage son and the perfect creative space for his artist of a wife, especially now that Nate’s abusive father is dead. It isn’t too long, however, that memories of his childhood, as well as something entirely supernatural and altogether evil, threatens to harm him and his family. The Book of Accidents is a spooky dark fantasy with the twisty turns of a multiversal thriller (quite popular for the last decade). It reads as a love-letter to all of author Stephen King’s greatest hits, including Pet Sematary, It, and The Stand, but with much more heart, hope, and love. A definite triumph for author Chuck Wendig. Both Xe Sands and George Newbern did spectacular in the narration, adjusting to the various changes in characters like champs and overall making the listening experience as smooth as butter. *Chef’s kiss*” – Nicholas, Mysterious Galaxy Books

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The Cabin at the End of the World

By Paul Tremblay. Read by Amy Landon.

Bookseller recommendation:

“Wen and her dads are taking a break from everything by visiting a remote cabin for vacation. Wen is studying grasshoppers in their yard when a man comes up and warns her that she and her dads are going to have to make a decision. And that’s about all I can tell you without spoiling the story. This book was so creepy, in a very good way. I’d classify this as horror, but very realistic.” – Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser

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The Whisper Man

By Alex North. Read by Christopher Eccleston.

Bookseller recommendation:

“A creepy, sinister, can’t-put-it-down story of a town that survives and then relives the crimes of a child serial killer. For those who love psychological thrillers (with the absence of gore but plenty of plot twists and turns), The Whisper Man is a grand ride into the minds of those who kill and those who are victims. You’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder when reading this book. Don’t stand too close to an open window…” – Helen Gregory, Maria’s Bookshop

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Slewfoot

By Brom. Read by Barrie Kreinik.

Bookseller recommendation:

“As both novelist and illustrator, Brom’s work often explores the delicate and devilish dance between monstrosity and humanity. Slewfoot, a story about a young girl, an ancient spirit, and the burgeoning magic between them, is no different. While Slewfoot is a dark tale of witchery and devilry, it is also a book that explores our connection to nature, the push and pull opposing religions, and the good and evil at the very core of humanity. With a wonderful narrator, Slewfoot is a delightfully wicked time and the perfect audiobook to kickstart your Halloween reading this year.” – Kelly, Mysterious Galaxy Books

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Wonderland

By Zoje Stage. Read by Xe Sands.

Bookseller recommendation:

“You enjoy a good horror story, but you’re tired of watching the feminine characters run away screaming just when it’s getting good. You’re so over zombies. What’s more, you love the idea that there is deep mystery in nature, maybe even magic, and you’re tired of pagan imagery being used with outdated “Satanic panic” tropes. What you really want is that feeling that comes from surfacing after the last page of a maybe-I’m-crazy-or-maybe-there-really-is-something-there, intense, suspenseful plot, to find that dawn has begun while you were reading and that the day looks strange and beautiful after what you’ve just experienced. Good thing you have Wonderland by Zoje Stage! See you at breakfast, when you too will be aching to talk to somebody about the ending!” – Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop

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The Final Girl Support Group

By Grady Hendrix. Read by Adrienne King.

Bookseller recommendation:

“A love letter to horror movie fans, full of allusions and homages to all our favorite slasher films from the 1980s, and so meta that it’s even narrated by the final girl from the original Friday the 13th. Fun, tense, creepy, and original. A great book for spooky season.”- Kevin, Narberth Bookshop

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