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13 Scary Short Stories for HALLOWE’EN!

skullarticle 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
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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
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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
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A great scary read from the Jekyll and Hyde writer.

4. Premium Harmony by Stephen King
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Stephen King fan? Why not give this a quick read… if you dare.

5. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The famous poet proves he writes ghost stories just as well.

11. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
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One of those ghost-in-an-English-country-house stories, but written by Oscar Wilde.

12. The Alter of the Dead by Henry James
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& finally…

13. Say Cheese and Die! by RL Stine
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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!

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