Listen to these spooky stories tonight before going to bed … we dare you


'Spooky Stories For Children Who Can’t Sleep At Night' is an online audio drama anthological series. Photo: Handout

Sometimes, all you need is a good old horror story to kick back and relax. Malaysians love our spooky tales.

Find a quiet room, close the curtains, turn off the lights, put on your headphones and immerse yourself in an intimate and eerie online aural theatre experience. Just make sure nothing is lurking under your bed.

Spooky Stories For Children Who Can’t Sleep At Night (Spooky Stories) by theatre makers Hana Nadira and Ashraf Modee Zain is an online audio drama anthological series that tells mysterious and horrifying tales.

Spooky Stories, hosted by Panas Panas Theatre, premieres at midnight (April 6) on music streaming platform Soundcloud for free.

“The times we are living in are exciting but also horrific on many levels. We hope these light precautionary tales serve as a gentle reminder of the many different shapes monsters take in our society today, ” says Hana, 34, an alumni of Theatresauce’s Emerging Directors Lab.

This is a second in the Spooky Stories series. The project debuted last September on Hana’s Instagram page and Youtube channel and the two-minute long stories were based on paintings by local artists.

Intrigued by the project, Modee approached Hana in December with a proposition to continue Spooky Stories with a twist of his own. The duo brainstormed in January, completed the stories in February and recorded it last month.

Both Hana (left) and Modee want to introduce classic ghost stories to a young audience in the digital era. Photo: Hana NadiraBoth Hana (left) and Modee want to introduce classic ghost stories to a young audience in the digital era. Photo: Hana Nadira

“What inspired us to write and present these stories was hearing from parents’ experiences on how their children are growing up in the digital era.

“During our times, we grew up with ghost stories. So we thought it’ll be interesting to adapt those stories for kids now. They may not care about the Pontianak anymore like we do but if the Pontianak lives on YouTube, the kids might get scared, ” explains Modee.

“We wanted to bring back those times when we used to read Goosebumps but in an audio format, ” adds Hana.

Spooky Stories consists of five tales (short and scary!) presented in Bahasa Malaysia and English.

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This project is supported by the Cultural Economy Development Agency’s (Cendana) Create Now Funding Programme.

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