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Books You Don't Want to Read in the Dark

A collection of horror and thriller novels, sorted from adult to YA, that we can't recommend you listen to at night... but who are we to stop you?!

Where You End

A Novel

By: Abbott Kahler
Narrated by: Megan Tusing & Samantha Desz
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

“A very dark and intriguing thriller where one cannot rely on memory. After lies are uncovered, the twins still must work together to survive a cult. The pacing and character development are excellent and will keep you turning the page. Read more

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Lay Them to Rest

On the Road with the Cold Case Investigators Who Identify the Nameless

By: Laurah Norton
Narrated by: Laurah Norton
Length: 13 hours 20 minutes

Take a fascinating deep dive into the dark world of forensic science as experts team up to solve the identity of an unknown woman by exploring the rapidly evolving techniques being used to break the most notorious cold cases. Fans of true crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Law and Order know that when it comes to “getting the bad... Read more

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The Collector

By: Laura Kat Young
Narrated by: Sam Dastor
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

A frightening dystopian horror novel in which grief is forbidden and purged from the mindSorrow is inefficient. It’s also inescapable.Lieutenant Dev Singh dutifully spends his days recording the memories of people who, struck with incurable depression, will soon have their minds erased in order to be more productive members of society.At night... Read more

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Where the Dead Wait

A Novel

By: Ally Wilkes
Narrated by: Joshua Riley
Length: 15 hours 46 minutes

A “wonderfully chilling” (Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author) polar gothic about a Victorian explorer in search of his lost shipmate–and redemption–from the Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of All the White Spaces.

William Day should be an acclaimed Arctic explorer. But after a failed expedition, in which his remaining men... Read more

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Maeve Fly

By: CJ Leede
Narrated by: Sosie Bacon
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

"This is gory and brutal and beautiful and painful and terrifying and a pure delight." —Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author

“Leede’s words and narrator Sosie Bacon’s voice imbue Maeve with thought-provoking realism and earnestness, even as her violent acts become more savagely creative.” - Library Journal

A provocative debut...
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The Beast You Are

Stories

By: Paul Tremblay
Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Xe Sands, Ewan Chung, Graham Halstead, Helen Laser, Jorjeana Marie, Joy Osmanski, Keith Sellon-Wright, Kirsten Potter & Neil Shah
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

A haunting collection of short fiction from the bestselling author of The Pallbearers Club, A Head Full of Ghosts, and The Cabin at the End of the World. Paul Tremblay has won widespread acclaim for illuminating the dark horrors of the mind in novels and stories that push the boundaries of storytelling itself. The fifteen pieces in this... Read more

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Camp Damascus

By: Chuck Tingle
Narrated by: Mara Wilson
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

“Neverton is home to the only gay conversion camp in the country to boast a 100% success rate: Camp Damascus. God-fearing Rose Darling knows all about the camp from the commercials starring the charismatic Pastor Pete Bend. But when Rose starts coughing up flies and getting flashes of a life she doesn't remember living -- and a girl she doesn't... Read more

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Leech

By: Hiron Ennes
Narrated by: Abigail Thorn
Length: 13 hours 7 minutes

“This book slowly builds your sense of vertigo by combining body horror and gothic family drama. To find oneself empathizing with a parasite only heightens the sense of dis-ease. I’m still reeling. Read more

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Old Country

By: Matt Query & Harrison Query
Narrated by: Juliette Goglia & Kiff VandenHeuvel
Length: 12 hours 44 minutes

In this terrifyingly twisted thriller, a young couple discovers the horror held within their newly purchased dream house.
 
It’s the house of their dreams. Former marine Harry and his wife, Sasha, have packed up their life and their golden retriever, Dash, and fled the corporate rat race to live off the land in rural Idaho. Their breathtaking... Read more

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Jackal

A Novel

By: Erin E. Adams
Narrated by: Sandra Okuboyejo & William DeMeritt
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

RECOMMENDED BY GILLIAN FLYNN ON THE TODAY SHOW A young Black girl goes missing in the woods outside her white rust belt town. But she's not the first—and she may not be the last. . . .

“I read this thriller that is Get Out meets The Vanishing Half in one night.”—BuzzFeed

“Extraordinary . . . A terrifying tale of fears and hatreds generated by... Read more

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Tell Me I'm Worthless

By: Alison Rumfitt
Narrated by: Nicky Endres
Length: 8 hours 32 minutes

“The haunted house at the center of the novel is old. It carries a history of violence that has painted its walls both literally and metaphorically with blood. In the contemporary moment of the novel, Alice and Ila are torn—struggling to live their lives while still haunted by the brutally traumatic experience they shared a few years before. In... Read more

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Whalefall

A Novel

By: Daniel Kraus
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

Whalefall, by Daniel Kraus, is based on a ridiculous premise - a skinny little scuba diver is swallowed by a huge sperm whale. Also, the first couple of chapters are kind of slow going. So why am I recommending this book? Because it is a rollercoaster of a story. Jay Gardiner's estranged father commits suicide by drowning himself. We know it's... Read more

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things

By: Iain Reid
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Length: 5 hours 22 minutes

“With his debut novel, Reid sets an extremely high bar for all future psychological thrillers. The entire story takes place in little over 24 hours as Jake and his girlfriend travel to meet and have dinner with his parents. Narrated by the unnamed girlfriend, something unsettling surfaces early and builds with the passage of every page. ... Read more

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All the White Spaces

A Novel

By: Ally Wilkes
Narrated by: Scott Turner Schofield
Length: 14 hours 13 minutes

A Bram Stoker Award nominee

“Some of the best survival horror we’ve read in years, with a uniquely menacing adversary at its heart.” —Vulture, The Best Horror Novels of 2022
“Epic.” —Esquire, The 22 Best Horror Books of 2022

Something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding...
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The Monk

By: Matthew Lewis
Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
Length: 14 hours 58 minutes

A masterpiece of gothic fiction, The Monk is a cautionary tale of madness, horror, lust and despair. Father Ambrosio, the most pious and venerated monk in all of Madrid, is held as a paragon of virtue. But after thirty years of study and prayer, evil thoughts begin to permeate his mind. As two plots cleverly converge, torture, murder, incest,... Read more

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The Hunger

By: Alma Katsu
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes

“As a child I was obsessed with the Donner Party. I went to the museum and read all about them, but never imagined something as twisted as THE HUNGER. Katsu's reinvention of the history is complex, meticulous, and a perfect metaphor for the white man's obsession with manifest destiny and the terrorism that was inflicted on Native Americans. I... Read more

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism

A Novel

By: Grady Hendrix
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

“Hey you got your horror tribute to the 80's in my Meddling Kids! Well you got your horror tribute to Scooby Doo in my Best Friend's Exorcism! Two great books that go better together! My Best Friend's Exorcism is one of my new favorites. It's got 80's pop songs, it has a demonic tapeworm, it's got scares, it's got heart; everything you could ever... Read more

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The Only Good Indians

By: Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

“I am a person who doesn’t like to be scared. This book left me a little spooked, but in a way that made me smile because it’s so powerful and because the book’s so-called monster has good reason to be so. Stephen Graham Jones’ writing is rhythmic and cool, funny and tender, sometimes ruthless. This work of literary horror is about Blackfeet and... Read more

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Nettle & Bone

By: T. Kingfisher
Narrated by: Amara Jasper
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

From Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes an original and subversive fantasy adventure.

This isn't the kind of fairytale where the princess marries a prince.
It's the one where she kills him.


Marra never wanted to be a hero.

As the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter, she escaped the traditional fate of princesses,... Read more

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The Turn of the Key

By: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

“Ruth Ware is back and at her dazzling best with The Turn of the Key. This arresting tribute to Henry James set in modern-day remote Scotland posts a nanny in a ‘smart house’ with several recalcitrant children and a garden full of poisonous plants. Who do you trust when everyone seems to be hiding something? Readers will be reading with all the... Read more

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