You may have outgrown trick-or-treating in the traditional sense, but these audiobook recommendations are the perfect way to treat yourself to thrills and chills in honor of Halloween.
First up on our listening list is Susanna Clarke’s magical best seller, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Set at the very beginning of the 19th century, listeners are introduced to an England in which most people believe magic to be long dead, that is, until Mr Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Shortly after Norrell’s revelation, another magician comes forth—the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. The two join forces in the war against France, but Strange’s fascination with dangerous forms of magic threatens to destroy their relationship (and more).
The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston, read by Marisa Calin
With The Return of the Witch—the sequel to her breakout debut novel, The Witch’s Daughter—Paula Brackston offers another bewitching tale of love and magic set against an intriguing historical backdrop. After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan and that she must protect the girl she has come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since their first encounter, Tegan has traveled the world and learned from all manner of witches. However, her skills are no match for Gideon’s dark, vengeful power… Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all? It’s just not Halloween without witches!
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker, read by John Lee
We’ve saved the real scares for last, so turn back now if you’re intimidated by the things that go bump in the night. The Scarlet Gospels takes Clive Barker fans back many years to the early days of two iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: Detective Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes and his formidable—intensely evil rival—Pinhead, the priest of hell. This audiobook is bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, meaning those looking for a true horror story will not be disappointed by this epic tale. Barker’s horror makes your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories.