20 Best Horror Audiobooks That Will Give Sleepless Nights

Horror audiobooks that will haunt you in your sleep as well as your waking hours? Yes, this is exactly what this list is all about. Without further ado, 20 best horror audiobooks of all-time are listed in a rundown below: –

20 Best Horror Audiobooks The Spooky List 😉

1) Infected by Scott Sigler

Listen on: Audible,
Narrated by: Scott Sigler
Run Time: 11 hours and 24 minutes
Genre: Horror Fiction, Thriller

Infected: A Novel

About Audiobook: This book is quite certainly the goriest listen on the list. Filled with violence and vulgarity, it is a realistic saga which takes the listener on a terrifying yet enjoyable ride. The main plot revolves around an alien disease that is driving people crazy. In what appears to be an ode to several shows like the X-Files series, the book has a bunch of interesting crime investigating characters in the mix. All in all, an intriguing mystery with loads of gory moments is what Infected by Scott Sigler is about.

About the author: Scott Sigler is the best-selling author of sixteen novels, six novellas and a dozen other short stories. He is also an avid podcaster who narrates most of his work on his podcast as well.

Pros: Clever twists to the usual horror themes. Lots of violence for horror fiction lovers.

Cons: The gore might be too much for some.

Ratings: 4.6/5

Don’t lose reality on what you have seen when you have seen very little- Scott Sigler

2)The Fireman by Joe Hill

Listen on: Audible,
Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
Run Time: 22 Hours and 19 minutes
Genre: Horror Fiction, Suspense

The Fireman

About Audiobook: Written by the son of Stephen King, this book is certainly on par with most of the King’s (horrific) masterpieces. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Fireman is a nerve-wracking horror on the worldwide epidemic of spontaneous combustion that is blowing off mankind to ashes. Intense situations give rise to improbable heroes as the ruthless Cremation Squad who destroys those infected by the deadly spore.

About the Author: Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by his pen name Joe Hill is an American author and a comic book writer. He has around 7 published novels along dozens of short stories and comic books to his name.

Pros: The story promises a variety of scary as well as emotional sequences.

Cons: The run time might be quite long for some. The story is also a bit on the slower side.

Ratings: 4.3/5

Death is a raw deal for narrative junkies – Joe Hill

3) Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Listen on: Audible, Kobo, and HooplaDigital
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Run Time: 9 hours and 8 minutes
Genre: Horror, Doomsday

Bird Box

About Audiobook: The debut novel by Josh Malerman that has been aptly turned into a major Hollywood production is another post-apocalyptic horror fiction. Bird Box is a gripping listen with people being driven to deadly violence by a literal glimpse. At the center is a mother with two young children who has to brace major difficulties to flee someplace where her family might be safe. The journey and the horrific events it led to forming the narrative of this audiobook.

About the author: Josh Malerman is an American short story writer, novelist and singer/songwriter for the band The High Strung. He has 6 novels and a bunch of other writing works to his credit receiving the Michigan Notable Book Award for Bird Box.

Pros: Extremely horrific and gripping. The narration is top-notch as well.

Cons: The insane hype outshines the book.

Ratings: 4.6/5

Man is the creature he fears – Josh Malerman

4) Misery by Stephen King

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
Run Time: 12 hours and 21 minutes
Genre: Psychological thriller, Horror


About Audiobook: This number-one bestseller by Stephen King is quite worthy of being read by horror lovers and the general public alike. The tale of an obsessive fan who stalks and manipulates her supposedly ‘favorite’ artist has been done many times but the amount of horrific detailing and psychological thrill is unparalleled in Misery.

About the author: Stephen King is an American author with books published in an array of genres. His 58 books have sold more than 350 million copies along with his six non-fiction books and 200 short stories. King has been described as the ‘King of Horror’.

Pros: Has a great psychological undercurrent to it. Extremely well-written.

Cons: None, whatsoever.

Ratings: 4.9/5

Writing does not cause misery; it is born of misery – Stephen King

5) The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Run Time: 8 hours and 7 minutes
Genre: Time Travel, Horror

The Dinosaur Four

About Audiobook: The Dinosaur Four is a time travel fiction that is spiced by with its intense plot elements and the horrific depiction of human nature. A seemingly regular café is transported way back 67 million years into the past along with everyone inside it. What follows is a scary ordeal at the hands of mystic creatures such as dinosaurs as well as deception from one of the group members. Will they survive is not the question but who will is when listening to this horror audiobook.

About the author: Geoff Jones lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. He has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado.

Pros: Great narration by the award-winning narrator, Nick Podehl.

Cons: The adult themes might not be suitable for everyone.

Ratings: 4.6/5

You thought you saw something? Because I know I saw a Tyrannosaurus-fucking-rex – Geoff Jones

6) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Listen on: Audible and Kobo
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Run Time: 6 hours and 39 minutes
Genre: Doomsday, Tragedy

The Road

About Audiobook: Pulitzer Prize winner, The Road is an extremely disturbing account of a father and a son who are trying to live through the destructive times. The book is quite bleak with a stream-of-consciousness by the author that makes it such a highly-rated audiobook. The storyline although cannot be classified as horror is nevertheless highly harrowing and miserable.

About the author: Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Blood Meridian, was on Time magazine’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language books published since 1923. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and post-apocalyptic genres.

Pros: The audiobook is rich with emotional undertones.

Cons: Quite slow and also predictable.

Ratings: 4.7/5

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past was real – Cormac McCarthy

7) World War Z by Max Brooks

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, Rob Reiner, Mark Hamill, Alfred Molina, Simon Pegg, Henry Rollins, Martin Scorsese
Run Time: 12 hours and 9 minutes
Genre: Horror fiction, Satire

World War Z

About Audiobook: World War Z is an apocalyptic fiction that in essence feels too real and relatable. The depiction of a zombie war as it rages down on humanity is stark and realistic. The cast of the audiobook is a class in itself with stars ranging from Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese to Mark Hamill.

About the author: Max Brooks is an American actor and author. Maximillian Michael Brooks, his real name is also a lecturer at the Modern War Institute at West Point, New York.

Pros: The story and plot are both solid. The story is realistic.

Cons: A multi-narration cast might be an issue for some.

Ratings: 4.8/5

Sometimes you find your path, sometimes it finds you – Max Brooks

8) The Mountain Man series by Keith C. Blackmore

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Run Time: 27 hours and 48 minutes
Genre: Horror Fiction

The Mountain Man Omnibus: Books 1-3

About Audiobook: The Mountain Man books (1-3) is set in a world where the undead highly outnumber the living. A common man, Augustus Berry lives a nonchalant existence as he waits for the undead to cross into his side of the mountain. The environment all around is riddled with corpses and scavengers who scrounge hungrily for the living. The books follow Augustus as new difficulties and nightmares affect him and the existence of the last few living.

About the author: Keith C. Blackmore writes mostly Heroic Fantasy and Horror stories. He currently lives in Newfoundland, Canada.

Pros: Highly-gripping

Cons: None

Ratings: 4.8/5

Too bad a person couldn’t pick who they shared the apocalypse with – Keith C. Blackmore

9) Run by Blake Crouch

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Run Time: 8 hours and 36 minutes
Genre: Thriller

Run: A Thriller

About Audiobook: Run by Blake Crouch is a labeled as a page-turning thriller but the contents warrant it a well-deserved position on the horror list as well. A string of murders starts happening one day randomly and what it leads to is nearly ten-fold increase in killings for the next day. In just a span of 5 days, the whole country is on the tenterhooks as people are being killed preceding by the announcement of their names on the radio.

About the author: Best known for his Wayward Pines trilogy, Blake Crouch is an American author with 14 novels published. His Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into the highly-acclaimed television series Wayward Pines.

Pros: A nerve-wracking thriller to the core.

Cons: Not enough of gory moments.

Ratings: 4.2/5

There is no decent place to stand in a massacre – Blake Crouch

10) Origin by J.A. Konrath

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Run Time: 8 hours and 27 minutes
Genre: Suspense, Horror

Origin: A Technothriller

About Audiobook: A linguist who can speak 30 different languages is picked by the Secret Service and taken to a top-secret facility in a desert. The task that he has to do is to translate words from an ancient demon. Several other characters like a molecular biologist, priest try to figure out the creature from their perspective. But suddenly, the tables turn where the life of anyone and everyone on Earth is in danger.

About the author: Joseph Andrew Konrath is a writer of mystery, thriller and horror genre novels. He is a big advocate of self-promotion and self-publishing for authors and writers. Konrath has won the 2006 Bob Kellog Humanitarian Award and the 2004 Derringer Award for Flash Fiction.

Pros: Terrific narration. Keeps you on the edge-of-the-seat at all times.

Cons: Some of the characters are described extensively without any significance.

Ratings: 4.7/5

We don’t know the Devil’s side of the story because God wrote all the books – J.A. Konrath

11) Jaws by Peter Benchley

Listen on: Audible, Kobo
Narrated by: Erik Steele
Run Time: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Genre: Nautical fiction, Horror


About Audiobook: Jaws is the story of a shark that preys upon those who visit a small-town resort. It also depicts the attempts by three men who are hell-bent on killing it.

About the author:  Peter Benchley was a screenwriter, ocean activist and author. Benchley is known for the bestselling novel Jaws and co-writing its highly successful film adaptation with Carl Gottlieb.

Pros: Fascinating account of the mid-1970s US society.

Cons: Too much of backstory derails the suspense at times.

Ratings: 4.4/5

Odds might be good, but the stakes were prohibitively high – Peter Benchley

12) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Listen on: Audible, Kobo
Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
Run time: 19 hours and 41 minutes
Genre: Horror, Occult fiction


About Audiobook: Another of Joe Hill’s horror fiction makes the list and aptly so as NOAS4A2 is a vicious tale of supernatural beings. The plot revolves around a woman who is trying to shield her son from a deadly killer who will go any distance to target him.

About the author: Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by his pen name Joe Hill is an American author and a comic book writer. He has around 7 published novels along dozens of short stories and comic books to his name.

Pros: The narration by Kate Mulgrew is phenomenal.

Cons: The run time is a tad too high.

Ratings: 4.5/5

Fantasy was only a reality waiting to be switched on – Joe Hills

13) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Scot Brick
Run Time: 15 hours and 10 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Techno-Thriller

Jurassic Park: A Novel

About Audiobook: The Jurassic Park movies are a classic as is this book by Michael Crichton. Science and suspense come together in this dinosaur-crazy fiction to create a perfect horror listening. The movies are frightening but the details and scientific explanations of the book are even more spine-chilling.

About the author: With more than 200 million copies sold and a dozen books that have been adapted into movies, Michael Crichton was a highly successful author, producer, and director. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York.

Pros: The suspense is compelling.

Cons: The narration is lacking at times on this one.

Ratings: 4.7/5

The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us. – Michael Crichton

14) Alien: Out of Shadow by Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson,
Run Time: 4 hours and 28 minutes
Genre: Sci-fi, Horror

Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama

About Audiobook: This Audible Original is set between the movies Alien and Aliens. The character of Ripley is the epicenter again as the crew of her ship forays to fight a vicious alien life-form.

About the author(s): Tim Lebbon is a British horror and thriller writer. He was born in London. Dirk Maggs is a freelance writer and director working across all media, principally known for his work in creating audio dramas and radio movies.

Pros: The book is a reverting audio drama with compelling narration.

Cons: There are a few inconsistencies in the story.

Ratings: 4.6/5

“In space, no one can hear you scream”

15) IT by Stephen King

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Run Time: 44 hours and 55 minutes
Genre: Horror


About Audiobook: This classic #1 bestseller is a terrifying listen, to say the least. The story follows seven close friends who are terrorized by Pennywise, an entity who can disguise itself to exploit the fears of its prey.

About the author: Stephen King is an American author with books published in an array of genres. His 58 books have sold more than 350 million copies along with his six non-fiction books and 200 short stories. King has been described as the ‘King of Horror’.

Pros: Highly terrifying. Pennywise is extremely haunting.

Cons: A child sex scene has got some flak.

Ratings: 4.8/5

We lie best when we lie to ourselves – Stephen King

16) The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Run Time: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Genre: Horror

The Elementals

About Audiobook: Set in the Victorian era with exquisite houses, accents, and character, The Elementals is a haunting tale like non-other. An entity that has tormented the families for generations makes a comeback to kill again.

About the author: Described by the author Stephen King as “the finest writer of paperback originals in America today”, McDowell was an American screenwriter and novelist. He is known for co-writing the screenplay for the movie Beetlejuice with Tim Burton.

Pros: Intensely horrifying, solid plot and storyline

Cons: None

Ratings: 4.9/5

It’s bad when the dead talk in dreams – Michael McDowell

17) Pines by Blake Crouch

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Run Time: 8 hours and 33 minutes
Genre: Psycho-thriller


About Audiobook: Two federal agents have gone missing in the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Secret agent Ethan Burkes arrives to locate them but his arrival is marred by a violent accident that makes it clear that all is not well in the town.

About the author: Best known for his Wayward Pines trilogy, Blake Crouch is an American author with 14 novels published. His Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into the highly-acclaimed television series Wayward Pines.

Pros: Well-done story.

Cons: The protagonist is a bit underdeveloped.

Ratings: 4.4/5

They say all art- whether books, music, or visual- is a reaction to other art –, Blake Crouch

18) Whispering Corridors by Ambrose Ibsen

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Run Time: 5 hours and 15 minutes
Genre: Horror, Paranormal Fiction

Whispering Corridors: A Ghost Story

About Audiobook: Two college students Eric and Lydia think of a plan to put together a documentary about the supernatural. Armed with a camcorder, they arrive at the supposedly haunted house on Kenwood Drive only to realize that they have three days to save their own lives from the Upside-down man.

About the author: Ambrose Ibsen is a writer writing in the paranormal fiction, horror, and the science fiction genre. Apart from writing, he likes coffee that is brewed strong. All of his books currently are available as e-books.

Pros: Horror concepts are remarkable.

Cons: The story seems run-of-the-mill at the start.

Ratings: 4.5/5

There is nothing more unforgivable than ruining the natural flavor of coffee with sugar, if you ask me – Ambrose Ibsen

19) The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Run Time: 15 hours and 4 minutes
Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Thriller

The Girl with All the Gifts

About Audiobook: A girl Melanie is kept in a cell where the doctor calls her ‘our own little genius’. There on she is collected for class by a Sergeant who keeps her at gunpoint as two other officers strap her to a wheelchair. Melanie loves school but for horrifying reasons, everyone around her is just too afraid.

About the author: Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has also recently completed a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and is the current writer on Marvel’s X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four. 

Pros: The twists and surprises are quite well-done.

Cons: None

Ratings: 4.7/5

You can’t save people from the world, there’s nowhere else to take them. – M.R. Carey

20) The X-Files by Chris Carter

Listen on: Audible
Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis
Run Time: 4 hours and 4 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Suspense

The X-Files: Cold Cases

About Audiobook: Following after the end of the highly-acclaimed and popular tv show, The X-Files, this audiobook details several more of the iconic cases. Narration by the original cast in their respective roles as the ghastly truth about extra-terrestrials and monsters is being hidden from the people.

About the author: Chris Carter is an American producer, director, and writer known for creating the cult-classic tv series such as The X-Files, Millennium, and The Lone Gunmen. Born on October 13, 1957, in Bellflower, California, Chris Carter has a net worth of $200 million all thanks to his various works and credits.

Pros: Highly entertaining with great narration

Cons: Might need a bit of content for those new to the series

Ratings: 5/5

I want to Believe – Chris Carter


So, these were the 20 best horror audiobooks of all-time. Comment down below if your personal favorite has been missed and spread the horror!

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