Horror Audiobooks

Lost Hearts

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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by M R James
24 minutes, 24 seconds
Unabridged Ghost Story
1895

MR James

An early ghost story by James about a kidnapper/dabbler in the occult who has a keen interest in removing the hearts of children. You’re welcome. Performed by Susie Berneis.




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The Haunted Dolls’ House

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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by M R James
29 minutes, 53 seconds
Unabridged Ghost Story
1923

MR James

Probably the most famous of the ghost stories of M R James. Commissioned by Queen Mary for her doll house library, which is still on display at 1:12 scale in Windsor Castle. Performed by Susie Berneis.



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When the World Was Young

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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by Jack London
38 minutes, 6 seconds
Unabridged Horror Short Story
1910

Jack London

“And then the thing happened–the thing unthinkable and unexpected.” London’s speculative story about the frightening, dual nature of man.

Read by William Coon.


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The Masque of the Red Death

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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by Edgar Allan Poe
16 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Horror Story
1842

Poe

What’s a Prince to do when his people are dying of plague? Why, wall himself off with a thousand other nobles and throw a masquerade ball, of course!

Silly prince. Doesn’t he know he’s in an Edgar Allan Poe story?
Narrated by Alex Wilson.



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The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
27 minutes, 01 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Science Fiction
1835

Poe

What happens when you hypnotize a person in the moments before he dies? The story that began as a hoax (it was first published without the “fiction” label) is one of the first modern science fiction tales.

Narrated by Alex Wilson.


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Young Goodman Brown

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
38 minutes, 54 seconds
Unabridged Short Fiction
1835

Young Goodman Brown

A puritan confronts witches, the devil, and his own morality in the spooky, Salem woods in this classic American short story.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
54 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1839

Poe

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all…”

Disease (vampirism?) and decay of both man and stone (do they share a soul?) in the master of the macabre’s famous tale. Includes Poe’s poem “The Haunted Palace” with musical accompaniment.

Performed by Alex Wilson.


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A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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by Charles Dickens
2 hours, 47 minutes
Unabridged Classic Novel
1843

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the classic tale of curmudgeon Ebeneezer Scrooge and the visitation of three ghosts (four if you include Marley) in the run up to Christmas. Read by James Spencer.

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The Black Cat

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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by Edgar Allan Poe
33 minutes, 22 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Mystery Fiction
1843

Poe

“Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?”

Poe’s classic horror tale about intoxication, murder, and a most mysterious cat. Read by Alex Wilson.

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A Bite of Bierce: Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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by Ambrose Bierce
1 hour, 14 minutes
Unabridged Story Collection
1891, 1894, 1909

Ambrose Bierce

Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune narrate five stories by Bierce, full of vivid characters, precise and evocative language, surprises and suspense.

An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge
A life, flashing before the eyes, and a miraculous escape from certain death, suddenly becomes–something else entirely. Bierce’s strangest and most famous fantasy. A French film adaptation of “Owl Creek Bridge” won the Academy Award for short film in 1963, and also became the hightest-rated episode of The Twilight Zone.

Staley Fleming’s Hallucination
The ghost of a Newfoundland dog with a white forefoot–and hungry for revenge!

The Damned Thing
A wild, ferocious animal determined to drive a man off his land-or or drive him insane, once he realizes the strange truth about the danger he faces.

Diagnosis of Death
A doctor whose incredibly accurate diagnoses are not at all conducive to a long and healthy life.

The Boarded Window
A window forever boarded up; a love forever gone.

Written a century ago, these stories still capture the imagination with vivid, precise language that bites–and may even draw blood. This Freshwater Seas production presents these five classics performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune, with subtle musical underscoring to enhance and enrich Bierce’s words.

Note: The podcast includes only “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” All five stories are included in the downloadable bundles.

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Originally for sale on June 21, 2005, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.



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