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The Top 10 Scary Stories to Listen to This Halloween

Revive yourself with a good scare, even if it means sleeping with the lights on.

Remember the childhood thrill of spooky stories told around a campfire or whispered in the dark at a slumber party?

Sure, horror movies are great, but there's something especially chilling about a scary story told aloud. They allow your imagination to conjure images that reflect your worst fears, not a director's. After all, the possibility of the monster in the dark will always be scarier than the monster itself.

While you may not have the opportunity to swap spooky stories with your friends this October, you can get the next best thing by listening to these blood-curdling audio books. Each of these titles is available on Libby, OverDrive's one-tap reading app. Whether you're on your way home from work on a blustery October eve, or just looking for an eerie bedtime story, these are the top horror stories to check out this Halloween.

IT by Stephen King


You may have seen the movie, but this terrifying masterpiece is best enjoyed by reading or listening to the horror master's original words. Download the unabridged audio version of IT to unfold what's happening in the ominous town of Derry, Maine.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a thriller that follows five siblings from childhood to adulthood as they experience the lifelong repercussions of spending their formative years in "America's most haunted house."

The Devil In Silver by Victor Lavall


The Devil In Silver by Victor Lavall takes place in the New Hyde mental hospital in Queens, NY. The dark tale follows the abuse and horrifying experiences of the patients who reside there, promising new sets of chills for fans of the asylum-horror genre.

Hell House by Richard Matheson


Hell House by Richard Matheson is a classic haunted house tale from the 70s, only the eponymous Hell House is "the Mt.Everest of haunted houses," with one set of investigators dead set on uncovering its mysteries once and for all.

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice


Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice is a seminal read in the vampire genre. This book cemented Anne Rice as the queen of bloodlust with the introduction of Lestat and his immortal crimes.

Psycho by Robert Bloch


Psycho by Robert Bloch became an iconic story with Hitchcock's infamous film adaptation. But if you think the motel was scary on screen, give an intimate listen to the unabridged story of Norman Bates and his bizarre, complex relationship with his mother.

The Cabin at the End Of the World by Paul Tremblay


In The Cabin at the End Of the World, Paul Tremblay turns the standard home invasion horror plot on its head and takes his readers through a crazy plot of apocalypse and human sacrifice.

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix


My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix combines 80s pop culture, teenage angst and satanism by exploring the bizarre question: What would you do if your best friend was possessed by a demon?

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Kevin


Rosemary's Baby by Ira Kevin is another cult classic story on the silver screen. But the book slowly unfolds the horror of an Upper West Side Manhattanite in a closer look at the nightmare.

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson


The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is based on the supposedly true story of the haunting of the Lutz family in 1975. The terror results from overlapping family drama, supernatural thrill, and the helpless feeling of having your loved ones threatened by forces beyond your control.

Culture Feature

Drew Brees Exemplifies How NOT to Be a White Ally

The quarterback said "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country." And then he tried to apologize. And only made it worse.

Drew Brees, a man who makes literally millions of dollars for throwing a ball, has come under fire for insensitive comments he made about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said in the interview with Yahoo Finance. He clarified that this was in part because he envisioned his grandfathers, who fought in World War II, during the National Anthem. He continued, saying, "And is everything right with our country right now? No. It's not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution."

This isn't the first time Brees made it clear that he cares more for the idea of a make-believe unified America than he does for actual human lives. In 2016, he criticized Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the anthem, saying it was "disrespectful to the American flag" and "an oxymoron" because the flag gave critics the right to speak out in the first place.

Colin Kaepernick Kneeling Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest of racist police brutality

Of course, the flag's alleged ideals have been proven to only be applicable to wealthy, white men—men like Brees. Sure, his grandfathers did a noble thing when they fought under the US flag during WWII, and no one, including Kaepernick, has ever said that sacrifice isn't worth respecting. Thanks to the sacrifices of many people (including the enslaved Black backs upon which this country was built, including the scores of routinely abused Black soldiers who fought for American lives), America has offered opportunity and peace for many, many people. In particular, Ole' Glory has been very kind to men like Brees: rich, white men who still control the majority of the power and the wealth in the United States.

But what about the rest of us, Drew? What about George Floyd whose neck was crushed by a police officer who kneeled on him so casually that he didn't even take his hand out of his pocket? What about Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot for the crime of being Black and going for a jog? What about Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was murdered by police in her home in the middle of the night for a crime that had nothing to do with her? What about Tony McDade, Drew–have you heard his name? Have you heard about the 38-year-old Black trans man who was gunned down in Florida last week? Do you understand why these people's family's may harbor just a bit of disrespect for your precious flag?

Is it possible for you to realize, Drew, that your wish for "unity" is not a wish for progress, but a wish to maintain the status quo? When you call for unity under the American flag, you're talking about your flag, the flag that represents a long, sordid history of racial oppression and violence. There is no unity where there is no justice. When you say that "we are all in this together," what you're saying is that we all have roles to play in the version of society that has served you so well. For your part, you'll be a rich, white man, and for Black people's part, they'll continue to be victims of state-sanctioned murders– but hopefully more quietly, hopefully in a manner that doesn't make you uncomfortable?

When you say, "We can all do better. And that we are all part of the solution," what you mean to say is that POC and their allies are at fault. Sure, you probably agree that Derek Chauvin took it a bit too far, and you probably feel a little self-conscious that he's brought all this "Black rights" stuff up again. But when you say "all," you place blame on the victims who are dying under a broken system. And what, exactly, do you expect POC to do differently, Drew? Ahmaud Arbery was just out jogging, and still he died. George Floyd was just trying to pay a cashier, and still he died. POC and their allies try to peacefully protest by marching in the streets or taking a knee at a football game, and still white people condemn and criticize. Still the police shoot.

After much criticism, Brees did attempt an apology on Instagram, where he posted a hilariously corny stock photo of a Black and white hand clasped together. His caption, though possibly well-intentioned, made it even clearer that his understanding of the movement for Black lives is thoroughly lacking.

Highlights of the "apology" include his immediate attempt to exonerate himself from culpability, claiming that his words were misconstrued, saying of his previous statement: "Those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character." Unfortunately, Drew, white people like you are the "enemy," as you put it, because by default you are at the very least part of the problem. No one is accusing you of being an overt racist, Drew; no one thinks you actively and consciously detest Black people. But your lack of empathy, your apathy, and your unwillingness to unlearn your own biases are precisely what has persisted in the hearts and minds of well-meaning white Americans for centuries.

Next, you say, "I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the Black community in this movement." No, Drew. Just no. Black people don't need white people's savior complexes to interfere in their organizing; what they need is for us to shut up and listen. What they need is for us to get our knees off of their necks.

Finally, you say, "I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy." This, Drew, is suspiciously similar to saying, "But I'm one of the good whites!" The fact of the matter is that feeling the need to prove your allyship is not about helping a movement; it's about feeding your own ego. Not only that, but your emphasis on "ALWAYS" does a pretty good job of making it clear that you don't think you have a racist bone in your body and that you have taken great offense at any accusations to the contrary. I have some news for you, Drew: Every white person is racist. Sure, the levels vary, and while you may not be actively and consciously discriminating against POC, you have been brought up in a racist system, and your implicit biases are as strong as any other white person's. Your job now is to unlearn those biases and confront those subtle prejudices in yourself and in other white people. Maybe the first step in doing so is just shutting your f*cking mouth about kneeling at football games. Maybe you should even consider taking a knee yourself.

For other non-BIPOC trying to be better allies, check out one of these 68+ anti-racism resources.

Forbes has named the five wealthiest hip hop artists for 2015, and the results may surprise you.

In the top place it's Diddy, worth $735 million. J Lo must be kicking herself, hard.

Number two is Dr. Dre at $700 million. Even though he sold Beats for $3 billion, after taxes (and paying off investors like LeBron James) he ended up with much less.

Number three is Jay Z, with $550 million. Obviously, his combined income with Beyonce would change his ranking but that's not how Forbes rolls.

At Number four, it's 50 Cent, worth $155 million. It's a big drop from Jay's fortune but still pretty damn good. Why is 50 Cent so rich? Vitaminwater.

In fifth place, Birdman, with $150 million.

There it is. Now you are armed with some valuable information for the next awkward silence in a conversation, or when you don't know what to tweet.

You're welcome!