14 of the creepiest audiobooks
If you enjoy the creeping sense of dread that crawls up your spine as you immerse yourself in a thrilling, atmospheric mystery then you’re in for a treat with these creepy, scary audiobooks.
Whether we’re listening to the dark Scandinavian thriller The Crow Girl or Liz Nugent’s chilling, claustrophobic crime novel Lying in Wait, we love nothing more than losing ourselves in an audiobook for hours on end – and there’s something oddly satisfying about seeing how long we can listen without having to hide under the duvet!
Which of these brilliantly sinister, scary audiobooks will be going right to the top of your list?
14 of the creepiest audiobooks:
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund, read by Gabrielle Glaisters
This international Scandi crime sensation has to be one of the darkest, most gruesome crime novels we’ve ever come across. Prepare yourself for twist after twist, because you’ll never guess where this one is heading.
After a body is found – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks – Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible. When it becomes clear she’s hunting a serial killer, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund for help.
IT by Stephen King
It by Stephen King, read by Steven Weber
Take a trip to Derry Maine, where IT lurks in the storm drains and sewers, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread – and turning it into a terrible reality.
If you love a truly scary story, then It is the book for you – and this audio edition is beyond sinister in the way it brings the characters to life, lifting them off the page. Make sure you listen to this one with the lights on.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church
Full of menace, The Turn of the Key is a gripping, addictive and hugely atmospheric modern-day haunted house thriller.
When Rowan stumbles across the advert, it’s too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. When she arrives at Heatherbrae House, she’s smitten by the luxurious home by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is…
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent, read by Caoilfheann Dunne, David McFetridge and Lesley McGuire
Lydia lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants.
Fans of The Talented Mr Ripley will love Liz Nugent’s psychological thriller – a claustrophobic, creepy novel that picks apart the facade of the perfect family and lets you into the mind of a fixated, meticulous serial killer.
The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen, read by Hillary Huber
Rizzoli and Isles author Tess Gerritsen is back with a haunting new standalone novel that’s as chilling and creepy as they come, and perfect if you’re looking for spooky, scary audiobooks for Halloween season.
When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind. The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, read by Sean Barrett
The Snowman is one of those thrillers that is so chilling it’s guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine – and if you’re keen to read the book before you see the film then we can’t recommend the audio edition enough!
A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother’s favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole investigates he discovers that a number of women have gone missing over the years. For the first time in his career, Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.
Ghost Stories by E F Benson
Ghost Stories by E F Benson, read by Mark Gatiss
Sherlock creator and actor Mark Gatiss voices his pick of classic tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story.
E F Benson is perhaps best known for his Mapp and Lucia books – but he also penned hundreds of seriously chilling and creepy stories that will give you goosebumps. Fans of M R James, Wilkie Collins and Susan Hill will love this atmospheric, spine-tingling edition. Once you’ve listened we guarantee you’ll be desperate for more.
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor, read by Richard Armitage
Sinister, dark and seriously creepy, Richard Armitage’s first class narration will prove note-perfect for those who can’t get enough of scary audiobooks.
One night, Annie went missing. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her. And she certainly wasn’t the same. Now, eight years later, her brother is being pulled back to their hometown – because what happened to his sister is happening again…
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, read by Hannah Murray
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. Now, with a new family and a new name, surely she can be whoever she wants to be. But blood is thicker than water and she is, after all, her mother’s daughter. Can she escape the secrets of her past that keep her awake at night?
Hannah Murray’s bleak, monotonous yet gentle and soft narration captures Annie’s troubled mindset perfectly, creating an eerie and uncanny listening experience. The suspense builds with every chapter, so we promise you’ll find yourself listening long into the night.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Bird Box by Josh Malerman, read by Katharine Mangold
Josh Malerman’s terrifying psychological thriller will haunt you long after you’ve finished – and show you that your imagination can conjure up more terrifying images than your eyes ever could.
Something is out there; one glimpse of it and a person is driven to deadly violence. Only a handful of survivors remain, and they dream of fleeing to safety – but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver, blindfolded, with nothing to rely on but their wits and hearing. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Fear by Roald Dahl
Fear, ed. by Roald Dahl, read by Rory Kinnear, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Tom Felton and Kevin Eldon
Julian Rhind-Tutt, Kevin Eldon, Tom Felton and Rory Kinnear narrate this selection of deliciously dark ghost stories for adults, picked by Roald Dahl himself.
If you love seriously suspenseful, spine-chilling stories, these terrible tales of ghostly goings-on from the likes of Sheridan le Fanu, Edith Wharton and Cynthia Asquith will have you shivering with fear as you listen.
The House by Simon Lelic
The House by Simon Lelic
When Jack and Syd moved into their new house, it seemed like their dream home – so when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, they chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door. And now the police are watching them.
If you like your psychological thrillers tense and intriguing, then this is wonderfully creepy story is for you. Told from two perspectives, it’s the characters that really shine here – and the two narrators do a stellar job of capturing their personalities in their performances.
Ghost Stories by H G Wells
Ghost Stories by H G Wells, read by David McAlister
Best known for his science fiction, H G Wells was also a master of the ghost story, producing numerous tales of the Gothic, the eldritch and the uncanny.
These six stories, ranging from the humorous to the horrifying, epitomise the very best of Wells’ occult fiction.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, read by Tuppence Middleton
Henry James’ iconic ghost story tells the tale of a nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. But is the threat to her young charges really a malign and ghostly presence or something else entirely?
The book’s haunting atmosphere, tantalising ambiguity and unbearable tension make this one of the most influential ghost stories around. If you like scary audiobooks, this is sure not to disappoint.
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