As longtime readers know, I’ve developed a taste for audio dramas. So much so that I’ve started scouring the internet for ones that are available for free (legally, of course). I’ve built up such a large list of both free horror audio dramas and audio books that I thought it best to share it with you all. Just keep in mind that the content of some aren’t appropriate for all audiences…
Julie Hoverson has created an excellent web-based series of horror audio dramas that reminds me of classic old time radio shows. It’s called 19 Nocturne Boulevard and you can hear it for yourself here.
William Hart has created audio book versions of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and “Fungi from Yuggoth.” If those are to your liking, then you should definitely check out the readings of Lovecraft’s work available at the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and Yog-Sothoth.
Similarly, the Dunesteef podcast has featured a reading of William Meikle’s Lovecraftian tale “When the Stars are Right.”
Wikisource has a free audio book version of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula’s Guest” as read by Dimitri Fotopoulos. Likewise, Ray O’Bannon has audio book versions of some of his own original horror fiction available here.
Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine offers a series of free audio dramas called Rainy Night Theater at his website and famed “flash fiction” horror author Michael A. Arnzen has made several audio versions of his stories available here.
The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company has made several of their past horror and sci-fi audio dramas available as part of their official podcast.
You can find a lot of great stuff at BBC – Radio 7’s “Listen Again” section, like an adaptation of Basil Copper’s “Invitation to the Vaults.” Speaking of the BBC, here’s a vintage Gravedigger’s Local 16 article where you can find a free audio drama that ties into the series Doctor Who.
Pseudopod has free audio books, FinalRune Productions has free audio dramas like Dark Passenger and Parasymposia is a free online paranormal horror-themed audio drama.
For those of you who don’t mind samples, Dark Realms Audio lets you listen to the first chapters of their urban horror titles for free and Stephen King’s website lets you hear about three minutes of the audio drama version of “The Mist.” Is it a chilling masterpiece of “3D audio” or just a poorly-acted mess of unequal volumes and blatant product placement? Listen here and judge for yourself!
As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading or streaming from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Some downloads may not work in certain regions. Blah blah blah…
Awesome! I’m pretty burnt out with the paranormal radio I’ve been listening to, so I’m looking forward to giving these a listen!
Yes. I’m going to have to check out that Lovecraft Literary Podcast. Nice find!