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Spooky Season

Spooky Season

If there's one thing we love here at Friendly City Books, it's Halloween. This year, we're celebrating with all things spooky and magical, starting with this playlist of some of our favorite horror and fantasy audiobooks!

Playlist Tags: Friendly City Books genre: Non-Classifiable mood: creepy season: fall season: autumn season: halloween audience: adult mood: scary mood: spooky audience: fantasy-lovers

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Yours Cruelly, Elvira

Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark

By Cassandra Peterson
Narrated by: Cassandra Peterson
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells—and told by the bombshell herself. 
 
On Good Friday in 1953, at only 18 months old, 25 miles from the nearest hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, Cassandra Peterson reached for a pot on the stove... 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

A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since the fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act … different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s...

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Payback's a Witch

The Witches of Thistle Grove: Book #1

By Lana Harper
Narrated by: Jeremy Carlisle Parker
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling New York Times bestselling rom-com by Lana Harper.

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn't been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to... Read more »

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The Shining

By Stephen King
Narrated by: Campbell Scott
Length: 15 hours 49 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting... Read more »

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Summer Sons

By Lee Mandelo
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 12 hours 37 minutes

Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.

Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later,...

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Certain Dark Things

A Novel

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Aida Reluzco
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

Certain Dark Things

“What an engrossing, vibrant, new take on vampires. Part forbidden love story, part revenge caper, part bloodbath, this is easily one of my favorite vampire stories now. I love how Moreno-Garcia creates complex social structures and vampire-specific physical attributes to heighten tensions. This divide between vampires, as well as the human-vampire rift, shines a stark light on the haves & have-nots. Moreno-Garcia is so deft at telling whirlwind stories while also presenting important social commentary. Aida Reluzco is an excellent narrator as well! Loved her narration style and tonal intonations.”

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Slewfoot

A Tale of Bewitchery

By Brom
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it.

Connecticut, 1666.

An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector.

The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil.

To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and...

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Cara Gee
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

If you enjoyed The Final Girl Support Group, then you’ll love My Heart Is a Chainsaw.

“I love, love, love Stephen Graham Jones and this latest is no exception. An incredible homage to slasher films, this book is perfect for any horror fan. And the audio is AMAZING! Cara Gee gives voice to Jade in such a way that I honestly can't imagine anyone else reading this now. It's an absolute pleasure to listen to her read this!”

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NOS4A2

A Novel

By Joe Hill
Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
Length: 19 hours 40 minutes

NOS4A2

“This audiobook is narrated by Kate Mulgrew, and she is AMAZING. A wonderfully written book - 4 1/2 stars easy. But with Kate narrating? Automatic 5. This is a story about a child who experiences something fantastic. But, like most of us, that fantasy is buried and lost in the reality of her life and adulthood. At 17, Vic goes looking for trouble and finds it in Charlie Manx. A creepy serial killer who kidnaps children and takes them to a horror land he calls “Christmas Town”. She escapes him once, but he comes back to threaten her family, and her sanity.”

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Practical Magic

By Alice Hoffman
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

Alice Hoffman's enchanting witch's brew of suspense, romance and magic -- now a major motion picture from Warner Bros.
When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest... Read more »

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Tender is the Flesh

By Agustina Bazterrica
Narrated by: Joseph Balderrama
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made... Read more »

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The Lost Village

A Novel

By Camilla Sten
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

The Lost Village

“Hearing this book described as a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Midsommar meant I could not grab it fast enough. This chilling novel, set in a remote village in Sweden, tells the story of a scrappy documentary film crew trying to find out why the entire town disappeared many years ago. The camp they set up in the town square is immediately beset with mysterious happenings that become less and less harmless. Tension mounts as they explore the mystery of where the residents of Silvertjarn went and wonder if they will meet the same fate.”

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The Last House on Needless Street

By Catriona Ward
Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

The Last House on Needless Street

“This book was creepy! Ward weaves an intriguing and disturbing tale that at every page has you internally screaming for more (and also mouthing WTF IS HAPPENING). It's weird but clever and the wrap up is unexpected in the traditional horror/thriller world (though some may begin to suspect early on). In audiobook format, this tale lends itself to a terrifying, breath-holding experience as the narrator Christopher Ragland and author Caitriona Ward leave a trail that you can't help but follow though you know there can't be rainbows and puppies at the end.”

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The Last Time I Lied

A Novel

By Riley Sager
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the... Read more »

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The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 16 hours 3 minutes

The Once and Future Witches

“Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January was my favorite book last year, so I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Once and Future Witches. This book is very different, but I adore it just as much! Set in the late 1800s in a world with a slightly alternate history from ours, women are fighting for the vote and losing. Three wayward sisters decide to challenge the patriarchy by bringing back witchcraft. Told through familiar stories twisted in new ways, this book is incredible. You will not be able to put it down, from the beautifully written introduction to the pulse-pounding ending!”

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Rosemary's Baby

By Ira Levin
Narrated by: Mia Farrow
Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

The classic novel of spellbinding suspense only the mind
of Ira Levin could have imagined.

She is a housewife -- young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor -- charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home -- a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare...

Enter the...

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#FashionVictim

A Novel

By Amina Akhtar
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

A darkly thrilling take on the fashion world―and soon to be a major television series on E!―#FashionVictim is Heathers meets The Devil Wears Prada.

Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s...

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Hollow Kingdom

By Kira Jane Buxton
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Hollow Kingdom

“This is the zombie apocalypse like you’ve never seen it before! Things go sideways when S.T. the crow’s human, Big Jim, loses an eyeball. Jim’s worsening condition propels S.T. to leave the safety of domestic life, along with the simple, slobbering bloodhound, Dennis. Together they roam the ruins of Seattle, searching for purpose in this new, Cheeto-less world. While Hollow Kingdom mostly follows the foul-mouthed, human-loving crow, Buxton also takes the occasional detour to see how other animals are coping around the world. Not only is our corvid companion a profane delight, she also manages to effortlessly capture the aloof arrogance of a cat, the wise cadence of an elephant, and even the eternal serenity of trees. Hilarious and at times surprisingly poignant, Hollow Kingdom is a must-read for anyone with a sense of humor as black as a crow’s wing.”

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Good Omens

By Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

Winner of the Audiophile Magazine Earphones Award.

The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

"Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had...

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We Sold Our Souls

By Grady Hendrix
Narrated by: Carol Monda
Length: 9 hours 1 minutes

In this hard-rocking, spine-tingling supernatural thriller, the washed-up guitarist of a '90s heavy metal band embarks on an epic road trip across America and deep into the web of a sinister conspiracy.

Grady Hendrix, horror writer and author of Paperbacks from Hell and My Best Friend's Exorcism, is back with his most electrifying novel yet. In...

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