[Free Audiobook] The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke [Historical True Crime Horror Podcast Tie-In]

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by [Aaron Mahnke] is a standalone tie-in companion in the Lore series of supernatural-themed true crime and horror podcasts, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for October and is narrated by the author himself. The Lore (now adapted to a TV series) features scary non-fiction, presenting true crime in a dramatic horror story fashion, themed around historical cases which often have links to superstitious and supernatural elements, as well as investigating spooky local folklore beliefs in their own right.

This tie-in companion spotlights the dark side of human nature and beliefs, exploring incidents such as the 19th century Mercy Brown case of alleged vampirism rooted in panic over tuberculosis in Rhode Island, a supposedly enchanted doll which was the inspiration behind the Child’s Play franchise of horror films, accounts of both real-life and folkloric cannibalism, séances, and other intersections of crime and superstition featured in the podcast, adding bonus materials.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on October 31st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October, and is narrated by Simon Vance. NB: This is a different reading than the Penguin Random House audio version offered last month.

The novel was originally published in 1818 and was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster. The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide throughout October, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper [Classic Historical Adventure]

The Last of the Mohicans by the late James Fenimore Cooper is is the 2nd novel in the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy of historical adventure fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for September, and is narrated by William Costello. This was originally published in 1826 as The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 and has been adapted repeatedly to many different media over the centuries, including the popular film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

The novels takes place in the formerly Iroquois areas of mid-late 18th-century New York, starring the frontiersman Natty Bumpo, known by various nicknames to the European settlers and local Native Americans. This story is set during the Seven Years’ War when France and Great Britain were battling over America, and sees Bumpo as part of a caravan transporting a Colonel’s daughters to safety at a Fort, only to be caught up in the conflict as new rivalries and old wounds cause them to become a target for revenge.

Offered worldwide through September, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for September and is narrated by Jim Weiss. The novel was originally published in 1818 as Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster.

The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide until just before noon Eastern Time on September 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobook] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [Classic Sci-Fi Adventure]

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by the late French author Jules Verne, a pioneering figure in 19th century proto-science fiction, as well as being one of France’s literary greats, is a 19th century classic science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for August, and is narrated by Michael Prichard. It was originally published in 1870 as Vingt mille lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin, remaining a highly-popular and influential, much-adapted tale worldwide for well over a century.

The story stars the international cast of an expedition to hunt a rumoured giant sea monster, which turns out to be the amazingly advanced submarine of the mysterious Captain Nemo, who takes them upon a thrilling underwater tour of the hidden ocean depths.

Offered worldwide through August, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free Audiobook] Into the Woods by Tana French [Award-Winning Irish Mystery/Suspense]

Into the Woods by Ireland resident expat American author Tana French, who has been referred to as “the First Lady of Irish Crime”, is the 1st novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series of contemporary police procedural murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for August and is narrated by Steven Crossley. The novel won four awards in the Best First Novel category, including the 2008 Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony Awards, and is being offered to help promote the author’s upcoming standalone thriller, The Witch Elm, released later this year.

The series is set in Ireland, and alternates cases spotlighting the various detectives in the Dublin Murder Squad. This first case has psychological suspense thriller elements, and follows two detectives who investigate a girl’s murder, whose death seemingly has links with one of the detectives’ pasts which may provide clues to solve the crime.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on August 23rd, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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