article by Evie Johnson (Prose Editor)
Happy Hallowe’en! What better way to celebrate the spookiest day of the year by settling down to a good short story? Sink your teeth into one of these spine-tingling, bone-chilling short stories by some well-known writers. Click the covers to find out more:
1. The Empty House by Algemon Blackwood
Considered one of the greatest ghost writers, Blackwood’s haunted house story is a must read for a perfect Hallowe’en.
2. A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker
Although famous for creating the world’s most famous vampire (sorry Edward), Stoker also wrote little horror gems like this one.
3. The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
A great scary read from the Jekyll and Hyde writer.
4. Premium Harmony by Stephen King
Stephen King fan? Why not give this a quick read… if you dare.
5. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
Well-known for tales of the macabre, such as his most famous work ‘The Raven’, this short story from Poe doesn’t disappoint.
6. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft
You can find a lot of Lovecraft stories online and it was hard to choose just one from such a fantastic writer in this genre. Hope you enjoy this one.
7. A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
Winner of the 2004 Hugo Award for best short story and the 2005 Locus Award for best novelette, this story from Gaiman is a Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraft Cthulhu Mythos blend that is just fantastic.
8. The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley
There’s more to Shelley than just Frankenstein. Although with the similar theme of a man wanting to play God only to find out too late the cost.
9. Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyle was famously interested in the supernatural, and has moved away from Sherlock Holmes with his spooky story about a man who resurrects a mummy…
10. The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows by W.B. Yeats
The famous poet proves he writes ghost stories just as well.
11. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
One of those ghost-in-an-English-country-house stories, but written by Oscar Wilde.
12. The Alter of the Dead by Henry James
13. Say Cheese and Die! by RL Stine
You’d be lying if you said Goosebumps didn’t scare you…
For more little frights, why not check out our tumblr site or some scary stories from our friends over at Little Fiction!