Book Review: Great Classic Horror Stories

Title: Great Classic Horror Stories

Author: Alison Larkin

Narrator: Clive Hayward, Derek Perkins, Alison Larkin



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and a bonus story, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.  

More than 30 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 The Strange Case 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 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 forever 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 that set out many of the conventions modern fantasy writers still embrace. Read by Clive Hayward.  

“The Monkey’s Paw”, by W W Jacobs, is a supernatural short story. Read by Clive Hayward.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2018 Alison Larkin Presents

My Review

5/5 Stars

All the great horror pieces from classic literature all combined into one awesome audiobook.

This is a must have for all fans of the genre. Even though this is a long listen, I loved it because it has a lot of stories in it. This collection has everything from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to The Monkey’s Paw and the Yellow Wallpaper. There are even a few stories in this collection that I have never heard of but enjoyed anyway.

The changing narration helped to keep the suspense alive with each alternating story, bringing the characters to life and animating the words in a way that sends chills down your spine.

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this collection. Highly recommended!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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