Audiobooks

Reblogged from Valancourt Books:

The audiobooks in our horror line have really been taking off and we're excited to announce we will have several more coming out soon, including two Michael McDowell titles! Scroll down for descriptions of our current releases and visit our website for more information.

 

 

Blood Secrets (1978) by Craig Jones
Performed by Caitlin Davies

 

“Chill-hungry readers can enjoy the nicely knotted domestic tension and aroma of undefined evil that first-novelist Jones fabricates so well.” - Kirkus Reviews

 

Craig Jones’s critically acclaimed first novel, the Edgar Award-nominated Blood Secrets (1978), was a bestseller when originally published and has since been acknowledged by many critics as a masterpiece of modern Gothic fiction.

 

All Souls’ Night (1933) by Hugh Walpole
Narrated by Matt Godfrey

 

“All these [tales] are excellent and ‘The Silver Mask’ an absolute masterpiece, so eerily inexorable in its development that it should be as famous as Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ or Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘​The Yellow Wallpaper.’ ” - Michael Dirda, Washington Post

 

Hugh Walpole (1884-1941) was one of the most popular and prolific English authors of his time, best known for his historical fiction and novels for boys. But it was in the field of the macabre and supernatural that Walpole was at his best, and this collection of sixteen tales contains many of his finest, including the classic werewolf story ‘Tarnhelm’; the oft-anthologized ‘The Little Ghost’; ‘The Snow’, a chilling story of vengeance from beyond the grave; and perhaps the highlight of the collection, ‘The Silver Mask’, which one critic has called ‘a masterpiece, a classic example of how a tale can be truly terrible and ghostly with no ghost and only the wispiest hint of the supernatural.’

 

Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977) by Bernard Taylor
Narrated by Matt Godfrey

 

“My favorite ghost story ... at once manages to be both moving and extremely unsettling ... there isn't anything that beats it.” - Charles L. Grant 

 

A chilling story that builds slowly and inexorably towards its shocking climax, Bernard Taylor's Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977) has been recognized as one of the finest horror novels ever written.

 

Antique Dust (1989) by Robert Westall
Performed by two-time Audie Award winning narrator R.C. Br​ay

 

‘Marvelous M. R. Jamesian-style ghost stories’ - Michael Dirda, Washington Post

 

‘Dealers are undertakers of a sort. When a man dies, the undertaker comes for the body, and the dealer comes for the rest. I deal in dead men’s clocks, pipes and swords. Passing through my hands, they give off joy, loneliness, fear . . . I have known more evil in a set of false teeth than in any so-called haunted house in England.’

 

Burnt Offerings (1973) by Robert Marasco


Performed by two-time Audie Award winning narrator R.C. Br​ay

 

​“Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House . . . is the best, without question, but . . . my nominee for runner-up in the category—and a damned close runner-up at that—is Burnt Offerings . . . near brilliance . . . [a] disturbing tale, and one which comes highly recommended not just to fans of the genre but to the general reader.” — Stephen King

 

The basis for a classic 1976 film adaptation and an acknowledged influence on Stephen King’s The Shining, Burnt Offerings is one of the most original and scariest haunted house novels ever written.

 

The Elementals (1981) by Michael McDowell
Performed by two-time Audie Award winning narrator R.C. Bray

 

“The finest writer of paperback originals in America.” - Stephen King

 

“Surely one of the most terrifying novels ever written.” - Poppy Z. Brite

 

​A haunted house story unlike any other, Michael McDowell’s The Elementals (1981) was one of the finest novels to come out of the horror publishing explosion of the 1970s and ’80s. Though best known for his screenplays for Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, McDowell is now being rediscovered as one of the best modern horror writers and a master of Southern Gothic literature.