Tuesday 6 October 2020

Spooky Stories from BBC Sounds

Amanda Kennedy


October is the best month for spooky stories and ghostly goings-on! As BBC Sounds has a great selection of seasonal audio-drama for Halloween, I thought it would be timely to showcase my favourites for your aural pleasure.

All of these audio dramas are available to listen online from the BBC Sounds website (I've linked the titles to their appropriate page), or you can listen/download to your digital device using the BBC Sounds App.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

I'm currently listening to this serialised drama of James' gothic classic in preparation for the release of The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix!

This spine-tingling novella about a governess and two children on a haunted estate is read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett.

Weird Tales

Weird Tales is an ongoing series of intimate and chilling plays. Currently there are three seasons, with a handful of serialised plays in each. The most recent is Night Terrors by Lizzie Nunnery:

The pressure's getting too much for clever clogs Victoria. She can't sleep at night. She has nightmares. But it's okay because they're just bad dreams.

Until one day the dreams become terrifyingly real...

The Whisperer in Darkness

Inspired by Lovecraft's novella of the same name, this audio drama blends horror and sci-fi in a modern re-telling:

Henry Akeley, an ex-student from Dr Eleanor Peck’s folklore and witchcraft course, has gone missing, and Heawood and Kennedy decide whether or not to investigate. But first, there are threads to tie up from their last mystery podcast 'The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward.'

All ten episodes are currently available, plus additional content including the duo's previous adventure: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The classic Gothic masterpiece, based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson,  in which a doctor experiments with the duality of human nature, and in doing so creates a monster.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The original Gothic monster story, which I'm sure needs no introduction! 

This complete audiobook contains 24 chapters and is narrated by Shaun Mason.

The Hotel

The Hotel is a series of interlinked short stories by Daisy Johnson (author of Sisters and Everything Under). At the time of writing, only the first three (of fifteen) short episodes have been released, with a new episode available each Monday.

By far, this series is my favourite! The Hotel is creepy, unsettling, and deeply delicious!

What are your favourite spooky audio stories?

Do you have a favourite spooky story on BBC Sounds or elsewhere? Be sure to let us know in the comments section or tag me on Twitter to share your choices with further readers!

Amanda Kennedy / Book Blogger, Writer & Editor

Amanda is a lifelong learner and book lover who lives in the North of England with her family and several cats. She writes book reviews, literary news and bookish articles here on All My Pretty Books.

To learn more about Amanda's own work, visit her personal website.


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