Horror Stories to Read Online

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The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane (1858) by John Quidor

Besides the scary costumes and huge amounts of candy, Halloween is not complete without curling up and reading a spooky story. And you can’t go wrong with these selections, especially since they are free. Enjoy a good scare with these haunting classics:

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Rediscover (or discover for the first time) why this “legend” is such a popular favorite during Halloween time.

 

 

 

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Considered to be on the scariest Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles will have you reaching for your nearest bed spread.

 

 

 

 

Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle

With or without Holmes, Doyle knows how to bring the “creepy” factor and he doesn’t disappoint with this short story.

 

 

 

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The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell

Think Gaskell was only known for industrial fiction, like North and South and Cranford? Gaskell also became very popular for her ghost stories, which were published in Charles Dickens’ magazine, Household WordsThis story will spook you and entertain you at the same time!

 

 

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The Dream Woman by Wilkie Collins

I fell in love with Collins’ writing when I read The Woman in White. If you haven’t gone mad for Collins, why not start with this short novella? Let the spookiness and its mysterious nature watch over you.

 

 

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Even years after my first reading of this short story, it still both spooks and astounds me at the same time. There are not enough words to describe how great this is! A terrific read for this Halloween.

 

 

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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

No list is complete without a pick from the literary prince of darkness. Besides The Raven, this is one of my favorite works from Poe.

 

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