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22 Of The Best Free YA Horror Audiobooks

Free YA Horror Audiobooks

This post is all about 22 YA horror audiobooks to keep you spooked out for the rest of the year, for free.

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Hello, goblins and gremlins! Welcome to my little cozy corner of the web, Booked and Bewitched, where we chat about all things horror, goth, goblin core, and mystery-related!

This week we are talking about all things YA horror audiobook-related.

For those of you who don’t normally read or listen to this genre, a little information. Just like the adult horror genre, YA horror audiobooks are a genre term used to describe horror audiobooks that focus on, murders, monsters, possessions, ghosts, suspense, and overall terrifying topics wrapped up in a monstrous appearance. They are more youth-focused, but don’t let that stop you from listening to these horror gems.

So without further ado, let’s get into these YA Horror Audiobooks! And if you need more horror-themed entertainment choices. Go check out-

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1. Best YA horror books

fiction teen horror

Darcy Coates is hands down one of my favorite YA horror authors. Where He Can’t Find You, will not only freak you out, you’ll never be able to watch or read Pochinno ever again. At least not without some creepy vibes overlaying it.


read by Reba Buhr

Abby Ward lives in a town haunted by disappearances. People vanish, and when they’re found, their bodies have been dismembered and sewn back together in unnatural ways. But is it the work of a human killer…or something far darker?
She and her younger sister live by a strict set of rules designed to keep them safe―which is why it’s such a shock when Hope is taken. Desperate to get her back, Abby tells the police everything she knows, but they claim their hands are tied.
With every hour precious, Abby and her friends are caught in a desperate game of cat and mouse. They have to get Hope back. Quickly. Before too much of her is cut away. And before everything they care about is swallowed up by the darkness waiting in the tunnels beneath the home they thought they knew.

2. YA horror audiobooks free download

YA loners and outcast horror

So if you’re an 80’s or 90’s kid like myself, sleepaway camp is a whole nightmare unto itself. With that being said Teen Killers Camp by Lily Sparks is a much more modern take on the classic killer summer camp. Plus it’s a YA horror audiobook free download with your library card, so win-win.

To avoid prison, Signal signs on for a secret program for eighteen-and-under Class As and is whisked off to an abandoned sleep-away camp, where she and seven bunkmates will train as assassins. Yet even in the Teen Killers Club, Signal doesn’t fit in. She’s squeamish around blood. She’s kind and empathetic. And her optimistic attitude is threatening to turn a group of ragtag maniacs into a team of close-knit friends.

Maybe that’s because Signal’s not a killer. She was framed for Rose’s murder and only joined the program to escape, track down Rose’s real killer, and clear her name. But Signal never planned on the sinister technologies that keep the campers confined. She never planned on the mysterious man in the woods determined to pick them off one by one. And she certainly never planned on falling in love.

Signal’s strategy is coming apart at the seams as the true killer prepares to strike again in Teen Killers Club.

3. YA horror book seriesmystery teen horror

I don’t think it gets more infamous in the YA horror book series world than Five Nights At Freddy’s, or Goosebumps. Either way, both are amazing reads and audiobook choices. This one is a little different in the fact it’s the movie novelization audiobook!

The official movie novelization audiobook of the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie!
The hugely anticipated Five Nights at Freddy’s movie from director Emma Tammi starring Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games series, The Disaster Artist) hits theaters on October 27th, 2023, with a script from creator Scott Cawthon, Seth Cuddeback, and Emma Tammi. This movie novelization audiobook is a must-have for any Freddy fan! Scott Cawthon is the author of the bestselling video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s, and while he is a game designer by trade, he is first and foremost a storyteller at heart. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston and lives in Texas with his family.

4. YA horror audiobooks free

lgbtq+ YA horror

So not only is Beholder by Ryan Sala an lgbtq+ YA horror audiobook, but it’s also a fan favorite and an amazing audiobook on the whole. A must-read for a horror lover.


read by Vikas Adam

No one survived the party at the penthouse. Except for Athan.
Athanasios “Athan” Bakirtzis has made it far in life relying on his charm and good looks, even securing an invitation to a mysterious penthouse soiree for New York City’s artsy elite. But when he sneaks off to the bathroom, he hears a slam, followed by a scream. Athan peers outside, only to be pushed back in by a boy his age. The boy gravely tells him not to open the door, then closes Athan in.

5. YA horror audiobooks download

YA survival horror

So if you’ve been looking for a YA horror audiobook that gives a new ring to the zombie genre. Rot and Ruin is a great listen all the way around.



Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

6. YA anthology horror audiobook

YA horror anthology

The Gathering Dark needs to be on your listening list if you love YA horror anthologies and creepy tales of the best strange places.



These are the stories that haunt us

A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the curses and monsters lurk, refusing to be forgotten.

7. Best Ya horror audiobooks

YA mysteries and detective horror

Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie Richards takes all the things I love about Agatha Christie and horror and mixes them into this epic horror audiobook.


I know seven dirty secrets: One caused the fall. One did nothing. One saw it all. One didn’t care. One used their head. One played the hero. One was left for dead. On her eighteenth birthday, Cleo receives a mysterious invitation to a scavenger hunt. She’s sure her best friend Hope or her brother Connor is behind it, but no one confesses. As Cleo and Hope embark on the hunt, the seemingly random locations and clues begin to feel familiar.

8. YA horror fiction

YA thrillers and suspense horror

If you grew up playing with an imaginary friend like myself, All The Reasons To Be Afraid is a horror audiobook you may want to skip. Needless to say, I’m glad my imaginary friend went away peacefully.


It took months for me to trust that Rachel – the imaginary “friend” who’d hurt me as a child – was gone, and years to convince myself I was just a sick kid with an overactive imagination.
But I finally did it. I pulled it together, got well, and I never looked back.
On the day our school bus is knocked off an overpass, I’m just an average teen obsessed with becoming a professional dancer.
Now, suddenly my childhood tormentor is back and I’m on the run from Rachel and men-in-black types who want me dead.

9. Young adult horror books

YA haunted house horror

The Haunting Of Belford Manor is my favorite type of YA horror audiobook. Give me all the creepy haunted houses and more.



But opportunities for felons are few and far between and the famous Belford Manor needs a caretaker. Where others may see a spooky, crumbling estate, Marcus envisions a future for himself, where he can heal and move on. But everything isn’t what it seems, and questions about the house quickly become impossible to ignore.
Now, Marcus is entangled in a mystery older than the dirt the house is built on. Its walls pulse with a fetid horror that makes the lonely felon wish for his cell. The manor wants more than Marcus’s attention. It may very well want his soul too.

10. African American YA horror

YA African American horror

White Smoke is another amazing haunted house horror audiobook that you must listen to if you love nightmare-inducing horror.



read by Marcella Cox

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

11. Ya horror book series

YA videogame horror

Bendy is a YA horror audiobook series that every horror gaming fan needs to give a go. It does an amazing job of providing even more backstory and lore to the Bendy legend.


Something is amiss at Joey Drew Studios. First people start going missing on the job, then there are whispers in the dark, inky shadows. You don’t want to miss another thrilling young adult audio adventure from the Bendy team and fan-favorite Adrienne Kress! 

12. Psychological horror books for young adults

YA dystopian horror

Gone by Michael Grant takes some of the most loved YA horror tropes and mixes them all together to give us an epic horror ride from beginning to end.


read by Kyle McCarley

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents-unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up.

13. Must listen to YA horror audiobook

YA Horror suspense

Everyone who loves horror has to give R.L. Stine props for turning us into horror lovers as kids. Party Games is a Fear Street Series addition we all need to listen to.


Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party-the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game?

14. Horror books for tweens

YA apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic horror

I haven’t gotten the chance to read The Buried yet, but I’m curious to learn why an entire town has been forced to live underground away from sunlight.


read by Gabra Zackman

Ten years ago, disaster struck the remote town of Indigo Falls. A horrific event drove the residents underground, into shelters that keep them safe from the danger on the surface. No one speaks about what happened that fateful day, but even the youngest still remember the fear and, most of all, the searing pain when sunlight touched their skin.
Now, a handful of families inhabit this bunker together, guided by a charismatic leader named Dr. Imogen Mora.

15. Best YA horror audiobooks of all timeYA fantasy horror

So Ann Dressed In Blood is a must-listen for anyone who loves the Supernatural or is looking for a new take on the classic ghost trope.



read by August Ross

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: he kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl.

16. Scariest YA audiobooks

YA friendship horror

Sawkill Girls is a YA horror audiobook that every youth needs to encounter. It doesn’t take a lot to see that the monster on this pristine island is a metaphor for the monsters lurking in our societies.


read by Lauren Ezzo

On the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight until now.

17. YA horror audiobook series

YA Legends, myths, fables horror

So this gem is another horror audiobook for all the Supernatural lovers out there, but is way more creature-centered. If you love creatures, monsters, and cryptids you have to read Monstrumologist.


read by Steven Boyer

Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

18. Good horror books for young adults

YA Fiction Horror Thriller

Another must-read or listen in this case in the YA horror genre. A Midsummer Night’s Scream is another great R.L. Stein work that you need to listen to.


It was a horror movie that turned into real horror–three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor-and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

19. YA Hispanic & Latino horror

YA Hispanic & Latino horror

We need more lore horror like Five Midnights in all horror, but this is a fabulous start for everyone. Not only is the setting amazing, but the lore and story make it unputdownable.


Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.
If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping through Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myth.

20. Scariest ya books

YA Science fiction horror

Hands down aliens freak me clear the hell out. Bent Heavens takes all the things that terrify me in the YA horror sci-fi audiobook genre and smashes them together. Excuse me while I cover all the windows.


read by Amara Jasper

Liv Fleming’s father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that he’s dead, though that doesn’t mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.

21. Good scary books for adults

YA horror mystery

So Madness So Discreet not only takes place in asylums, a huge favorite of mine. It takes place in my home state of Ohio, within an asylum. Now I can’t say for certain, but I’m 99% sure I’ve toured the grounds and facility that this gem is based upon.


Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum. When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women.

22. Horror books for young adults

YA Fiction Action & Adventure

If you love ocean horror tales, such as sea monsters or wrecks. Fractured Tide is a must-listen for you. This one has us trapped on an island hunted by a sea monster.


Lost meets Stranger Things in this eerie, immersive YA thriller, thrusting seventeen-year-old Sia into a reality where the waters in front of her and the jungle behind her are as dangerous as the survivors alongside her.

Sia practically grew up in the water scuba diving, and wreck dives are run-of-the-mill. Take the tourists out. Explore the reef. Uncover the secrets locked in the sunken craft. But this time … the dive goes wrong.

This post was all about 22 YA horror audiobooks to keep you spooked out for the rest of the year!

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