6 Crime and Horror Audio Books that Will Scare You Senseless

October 20, 2010

1.       It (Unabridged) by Stephen King.  The undisputed master of horror and suspense does some of his finest work in this chilling tale of seven childhood friends who must come together years later to fight the evil that threatens their hometown.  With actor Steven Weber to narrate, the many characters (including women, monsters, and an unforgettable clown) are brought to life to terrorize anyone courageous enough to listen to all 44 hours.

2.       The Exorcist (Unabridged) by William Peter Blatty.  If you were frightened by the movie, prepare to be left shaking in your boots by one of the bestselling horror novels of all time.  Based on a true story of the disturbing demonic possession of a young girl, this terrifying tale of invasion and corruption, crises of faith, and the sacrifice necessary to expel evil might just leave you afraid to turn off the lights.

3.       The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection (Unabridged) by Edgar Allan Poe.  Chock full of creepy tales like “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Telltale Heart”, and “The Pit and the Pendulum”, lovers of gothic horror are sure to get their fix.  But to make it even better, each macabre narrative is voiced by none other than masters of cinema and horror Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price (the latter starred in more than one movie version of Poe classics).  Delight in one or two tales by candlelight or listen to the whole collection, as is your wont.

4.       The Inhuman Condition by Clive Barker.  The horror and gore of the writer who introduced the world to cenobites is nicely tempered by the unexpectedly low and lilting voice of Dillinger Steele in this collection of five short stories.  Barker uses the tools of his trade well, with foreboding, suspense, and unpredictable terror leaping out at you with every syllable, whether the story pertains to a laboratory experiment or a couple in bed.  Barker’s weird aesthetic will shake you to your very core.

5.       Pet Cemetery by Stephen King.  This novel was voiced by a number of actors (with the inclusion of sound effects) for BBC radio, making it a bit more interesting than some audio books that rely on only one narrative voice.  Supposedly the only story this famous author ever wrote that actually scared him, it follows a family that moves into a house set near the site of a pet cemetery (and a mysterious Indian burial site).  With a howling, growling, wind-whipping soundtrack to add tension, this is a one-of-a-kind listening that will take only three hours to get through.

6.       Dracula by Bram Stoker.  Told through a series of personal journal entries and newspaper articles, the exploits of the infamous bloodsucker are made all the more real and terrifying.  There are actually two audio versions of this classic that may appeal to listeners.  The first is the BBC radio version which uses several voice actors and a number of sound effects to enhance the tale.  The second was done for radio by none other than Orson Welles (who infamously shocked radio listeners with his compelling broadcast of War of the Worlds that left many thinking the United States was under attack by aliens).  If you can find the latter version, it is well worth a listen.

Sarah Danielson is a writer for Seduction where you can find great tips and advice about the art of seducing your partner.

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