Have You Heard? Spooky Reads
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Have You Heard? Spooky Reads

Get in the Halloween spirit with these Spooky thrillers and horror novels from the Plano Public Library.

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Below you’ll find audiobook recommendations from the Plano Public Library. This is just a sample of the audiobooks in our collection, and you can visit a library location for assistance in finding personalized recommendations.


The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, narrated by Gisela Chípe. From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a dreamy reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico. Print / Audiobook / eBook.

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, narrated by Cara Gee. Protected by horror movies — especially the ones where the masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them, Jade Daniels, an angry, half-Indian outcast, pulls us into her dark mind when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian lake. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill, narrated by Katherine Littrell. The beautifully ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a woman’s terrified scream echoes through the room. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd, narrated by a full cast. From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret–one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Comfort me with Apples by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis Campbell. A woman who believes she is living a perfect life begins to wonder why her husband is away at work so much, and also what is in the locked basement she is not permitted to enter. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Dion Graham. To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably-priced furniture, making a life for himself and his family. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. As Ray navigates this double life, he starts to see the truth about who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Print / eAudiobook / eBook / Large print.

Rizzio by Denise Mina, narrated by Katie Leung. On the evening of March 9th, 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, was brutally murdered. This breathtakingly tense novella dramatizes the events that led up to that night, telling the infamous story as it has never been told before. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, narrated by a full cast. Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing. Print / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar, narrated by a full cast. After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. Print / eAudiobook / eBook / Large print.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, narrated by Frankie Corzo in English and Silvia Moreno-Garcia in Spanish. The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico. Print / English eAudiobook / Spanish eAudiobook / eBook.


Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw, narrated by Cissy Jones. Saddled with queenly duties after marrying her one true love, Sally Skellington wonders if she traded one captivity for another until she finds a long-hidden doorway to an ancient realm putting everything into perspective. Print / eAudiobook.

Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne, narrated by Bailey Carr. After dropping out of college, nineteen-year-old Laurel Early returns to her uncle’s tobacco farm, where she encounters a monster as well as her mother’s ghost, and soon Laureal realizes that she must tap into her own innate magic to save everyone she loves. Print / eAudiobook.

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne. When a forty-five-year-old mystery resurfaces that threatens the lives of everyone in his town, San Bernardino teenager Jim Sturges teams up with a band of unlikely heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed. Print / Playaway / DVD.

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, narrated by Jonathan Davis. When fourteen-year-old Irene Sauvelle moves with her family to Cape House on the coast of Normandy, she meets a local boy named Ismael, and the two soon fall in love. But a dark mystery is about to unfold, involving a reclusive toymaker who lives in a gigantic mansion filled with mechanical beings and shadows of the past. Print / Playaway / Book on CD.

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson, narrated by Marcella Cox. Believing her new home to actually be alive, especially when her brother almost dies, Marigold and her new blended family won’t be safe until she brings the truth to light once and for all. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, narrated by Avi Roque. Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school’s bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Darling by K. Ancrum, narrated by Angel Pean. In a modern reimagining of “Peter Pan,” Wendy Darling meets a boy named Peter on her first night in Chicago, where they run through the city’s underground and encounter a punk named Tinkerbelle, the lost boys that Peter watches over, and the frightening Detective Hook. Print / eAudiobook.

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake, narrated by Matt Godfrey. In the late 1950s in the Midwest, a serial killer has been draining their victims of blood, leaving them otherwise undisturbed in their cars and homes. When a fifteen-year-old girl is found covered in blood amidst the latest corpses, she confides only in the sheriff’s son but her story is unbelievable at best. Print / eAudiobook.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, narrated by Jeanette Illidge and Tapiwa Mugweni. At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are the only students chosen to be Senior Prefects who are also black, which makes them targets for a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on track toward valedictorian and bright college futures, but this prank quickly turns into a very dangerous game and they are at more than one disadvantage as it looks like things could turn deadly. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee, narrated by Cindy Kay. When Sirscha Ashwyn restores her best friend Saengo to life, Sirscha is drawn into the domain of the Spider King and events surrounding the Dead Wood. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.


Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall, narrated by Keylor Leigh. Neil Gaiman’s Coraline meets Stranger things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret-and the three kids brave enough to uncover it. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega, narrated by Almarie Guerra. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Print / eAudiobook.

The Girl in the Lake by India Hill Brown, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Celeste knows she should be excited to spend two weeks at her grandparents’ lake house with her brother, Owen, and their cousins Capri and Daisy, but she’s not. Strange things are happening-the sound of footsteps overhead late at night. A flickering light in the attic window. Things at the old house keep getting scarier until one evening, Celeste looks in the steamy mirror after a shower and sees her face, but twisted, different … Who is the girl in the mirror? And what does she want? Print / Playaway / eAudiobook.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes written and narrated by Christian McKay Heidicker. A collection of six connected stories that follows a group of fox kits as they fight to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. Print / Playaway / Audiobook / eBook.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, narrated by Reba Buhr. Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the “Veil” that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts. When her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world’s most haunted places, Cass is about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith, narrated by Colleen Prendergast. Thirteen-year-old Jess and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists–until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London’s supernatural underbelly and learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Print / Playaway.

The Gathering by Dan Poblocki, narrated by Dan Bittner. Some houses are more than just haunted . . . they’re hungry. Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don’t know this at first. They each think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House. Print / Playaway / Book on CD.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier, narrated by Beverly A. Crick. Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / eBook.

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Discovering her ability to see ghosts when a cruel act ends her father’s life and forces her to move in with relatives in 1920s Pittsburgh, young Ophelia forges a helpful bond with a spirit whose own life ended suddenly and unjustly. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff, narrated by Jax Jackson. Bug, a transgender boy who lives in a haunted house, tries to understand the message a ghost is trying to send him. Stonewall Book Award winner, Newbery Honor Book and a National Book Award finalist. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

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