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Sounds Like Halloween

What does Halloween sound like? Is it all thrills and chills and spooky sounds that make sleep impossible in the dead of night? Or is it something more quiet and drawn out, an anguished sigh in the dark when you swore you were alone, or a mournful groan that lasts far too long to be human?

Our friends over at Binge on Books decided to answer that question and instead of creepy noises and spooky wailing, this year Halloween sounds like thirty-one authors from all genres reading their most terrifying scenes from books. Whether it’s high fantasy or historical romance, YA contemporary or suspense, the audio series SOUNDS LIKE HALLOWEEN proves that terror can be found in any novel especially when it’s read aloud by the authors themselves.

Featuring some big names in books, this series focuses on the darker side of the written word and is a fascinating look at what scary really means. Whether it’s talk of fantastical monsters and ghouls and goblins and ghosts, or of the very real and very chilling dark side of humanity, this series will have you spooked yet unable to stop listening.

What you can expect to find:

Fantasy writer, Charlie Jane Anders, reads from All the Birds in the Sky: With a tense and haunting scene from her Nebula award winning novel, Charlie Jane Anders terrifies readers and proves why this book (and author) are worthy of all the praise. Listen here.

SFF powerhouse, Ginn Hale, reads from Lord of the White Hell: A magical school, a debauched wielder of a mystical power, a naive adolescent who wants nothing more than to be ignored by his roommate, Ginn Hale picks out the spookiest scene from her YA fantasy novel. Listen here.

Dark fantasy writer, Linsey Miller, reads from her recent release, Mask of Shadows: Featuring a genderfluid main character, a promise to avenge a dead family, and a dark, deadly battle to the bitter end, Linsey Miller reads a snippet of her latest book and brings on the chills. Listen here.

Fantasy writer, Austin Chant, reads from his upcoming trans gothic romance, Caroline’s Heart: Giving readers a glimpse of his next work after highly acclaimed Peter Pan reimagining, Peter Darling, Austin Chant nails it with this hair raising scene. Listen here.

Fantasy writer, Malinda Lo, reads from her YA suspense novel, A Line in the Dark: The prologue from her most recent release is a lesson in psychological terror and Holly Black claims the first line got her. Listen here.

Other author readings include: Jordan Castillo Price, Anna Zabo, CB Lee, Jordan Hawk, Emma Barry, Santino Hassell, GG Andrew, Theresa Romain, Michelle Osgood, Megan Erickson, Nicole Kimberling, Christina Lauren, Daria Defore, Meredith Duran, Mary Fan, Amy Jo Cousins, FT Lukens, Whitney Taylor, Sherry Thomas, Michele Tracy Berger, Jude Sierra, J.A. Rock, Anyta Sunday, Avon Gale, Layla Reyne, and Roan Parrish.

To get yourself thoroughly spooked just in time for the holiday, check out the whole SOUNDS LIKE HALLOWEEN series on Binge on Books. It runs from October 1 – October 31.

Judith is the owner and curator of the book review site Binge on Books, as well as the boutique press Open Ink and the literary PR agency A Novel Take PR. She pens a column for Teen Vogue focused specifically on queer YA and for HEA USA Today focused on queer Romance. Judith loves to talk all things books and welcomes you to reach out on Twitter: @bingeonbooks


  • Bonnie McDaniel
    October 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Minor nitpick: “All the Birds in the Sky” won the Nebula, not the Hugo.

  • Raney Simmon
    October 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds like a spooktacular time!

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