Great Classic Horror Stories


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dracula by Bram Stoker (and The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs for the Audible exclusive)

Read by: Clive Hayward, Derek Perkins and Alison Larkin

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Over thirty hours of great classic horror is brought to haunting new life by three A-list narrators whose performances are nothing short of electrifying.

“At once terrifying and heartbreaking” raves AudioFile Magazine about Clive Hayward’s Earphones award winning reading of Frankenstein that starts the collection. “Both narrators are outstanding” says AudioFile about Audie award-winner Derek Perkins and Earphones award-winner Alison Larkin’s narration of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Yellow Wallpaper.

Frankenstein was born when Mary Shelley entered a competition with poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley to see who could write the best horror story. Read by Clive Hayward.

The Signalman, a ghost story by Charles Dickens was influenced by a fatal train accident he survived, though he was haunted by the event. Read by Derek Perkins.

Carmilla is Le Fanu’s tortured, powerful, female vampire who set the stage for so many vampires to come, including Dracula. Read by Alison Larkin.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde grew out of a horrifying nightmare Robert Louis Stevenson had one night in Bournemouth, England in 1886. Read by Derek Perkins.

The Yellow Wallpaper sprang from a catastrophic nervous breakdown Charlotte Perkins Gilman had following the birth of her daughter. Read by Alison Larkin.

Dracula by Bram Stoker is the quintessential vampire horror story which set out many of the conventions modern fantasy writers still embrace. Read by Clive Hayward.

The Monkey’s Paw by W W Jacobs A supernatural short story. Read by Clive Hayward.

About the Narrators:

Clive Hayward is an acclaimed British actor. On TV he co-starred with Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect. He has also performed in countless plays with the National Theater, and has many West End and tv credits. His award-winning recording of Frankenstein is paired with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, also from Alison Larkin Presents.

Derek Perkins With an Audie Award and ten AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards to his name, Derek is an A-list narrator at the top of his game. His recording of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is paired with The Night Before Christmas, narrated by Alison Larkin.

Alison Larkin is an actress, comedienne, bestselling novelist and the multi award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks. She appeared on Broadway with the National Theater. Her autobiographical novel The English American won her the first of several AudioFile Earphones.


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