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  • Published: 19 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761343025
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 30 min
  • Narrators: Jennifer Vuletic, Caleb Finn, Soup
  • RRP: $22.99

Archives of Despair




From the chilling mind of Caleb Finn comes a collection of ten stories to haunt your thoughts and fuel your darkest fears.

You have been given access to secret files buried deep within the archives. Disturbing stories never meant for the light of day.

Stories of evil grandparents and unsettling homework.
A string of deaths, seemingly unrelated.
Walls squirm, as if alive.
A cursed wish comes true.
Ordinary people behave oddly, even family and your closest friends . . .

These stories share a common fate. All the children are met with tragedy.

Coincidence?
Or could these nightmares be connected by something more sinister than you dare to imagine?

A dark and chilling mystery awaits.

Find the answers, before he finds you.

  • Published: 19 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761343025
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 30 min
  • Narrators: Jennifer Vuletic, Caleb Finn, Soup
  • RRP: $22.99

About the authors

Caleb Finn

Caleb Finn is Australia’s most-followed male content creator, with over 17 million fans worldwide. Known for his cinematic short horror films, Caleb is inspired by film, digital culture, body horror and liminal spaces. His fascination with creepypastas, urban legends found in the corners of the online world, motivated him to write his own collection of scary short stories. He documents his parenthood journey on his TikTok channel to millions of followers.

Caleb lives in Melbourne with his partner and young child. Archives of Despair is his debut novel.

Adam Parata

New Zealand born, Melbourne based artist Adam Parata is known for his atmospheric and thought-provoking work. Drawing inspiration primarily from life and the complexity of the human experience, Adam's handling of visual storytelling can be described as a dance of both literal and abstract forms to communicate simple and complex messages. This sensitive approach to handling form, detail, light and texture is where the magic lives, and it’s through these focused sensibilities that Adam is able to create drama, story and atmosphere in his masterful work.


Adam finds working with darker themes to be most thought-provoking, and what interests him the most about illustration is its ability to tell stories, share and communicate at scale.


For me, the work should ideally transcend itself and become a portal to a story, an experience, another world, another time.
This is the power of the arts; it's like magic.


Growing up studying the masters, watching films, playing sport, obsessing over video games and building huts in the countryside of New Zealand has no doubt informed Adam's work. But it's this merging of a curious country boy feeding on the offerings of a modern city that continues to grow the fruits of Adam's labour.

Awards & recognition

Aurealis Awards

Shortlisted  •  2023  •  YA

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Archives of Despair by Caleb Finn

OUT NOW: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/archives-of-despair-9781761341694 From the chilling mind of Caleb Finn comes his debut collection of ten stories to haunt your thoughts and fuel your darkest fears. You have been given access to secret files buried deep within the archives. Disturbing stories never meant for the light of day. Stories of evil grandparents and unsettling homework. A string of deaths, seemingly unrelated. Walls squirm, as if alive. A cursed wish comes true. Ordinary people behave oddly, even family and your closest friends . . . These stories share a common fate. All the children are met with tragedy. Coincidence? Or could these nightmares be connected by something more sinister than you dare to imagine? A dark and chilling mystery awaits. Find the answers, before he finds you. From TikTok superstar Caleb Finn, a horrific masterpiece for readers aged 15+.

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