Short Horror Stories that Will Scare the Scrap Out of You.
Short Horror Stories: Listen. We know it’s not October. Yea! October is awesome and appropriate for all things horror. However, for those of us with an appetite for horror year-round, note.
We need a little something to get us through the rest of the year. Thus, if you’d like scare yourself silly this instant, we have a treat for you.
We collected a group of spine-tingling short horror stories available online for your immediate enjoyment. And these are for free. See how nice we are? Don’t thank us yet. Grab a mug of something warm and settle in.
1. HOW TO GET BACK TO THE FOREST
BY SOFIA SAMATAR
Camp is fun, right? So much fun. Everybody loves the hiking, the crafts, the mixers…everybody but Cee. Cee knows there’s something more going on, that there’s something inside of them all. And she drags the other girls to the bathroom to get it out.
2. ABRAHAM’S BOYS
BY JOE HILL
Max and Rudy’s dad has a particular rule for his sons. Never be out after dark. There be vampires out in those parts. They’ve always taken their father’s word for this, having never seen a vampire themselves. Right up until they find the photograph.
BY SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA
Ramon hasn’t contacted home in over ten years, now that he’s in Vancouver and started a new life for himself. But the ghosts, and ghost stories, of his childhood have come to haunt him.
He can’t seem to get away from the old woman in white who closely resembles La Llorona, the myth that drowned her children and roams in search of them.
4. A COLLAPSE OF HORSES
BY BRIAN EVENSON
An accident has rendered our narrator quite unreliable and confused as to whether his house is growing or changing and how many children he actually has. He is half convinced the head trauma is to blame…but is it?
5. PATIENT ZERO
BY TANANARIVE DUE
Jay is a special kid—so special that his immunity to a certain virus has led to a sheltered life inside the safety of a hospital.
So sheltered, in fact, that the staff protects him from what’s really going on outside those walls.
6. IN THE CAVE OF THE DELICATE SINGERS
BY LUCY TAYLOR
A caver with a form of synesthesia who can feel sound waves embarks on a rescue mission in a cave that isn’t just dangerous because of natural elements. Not for the claustrophobic.
7. THE ASH OF MEMORY, THE DUST OF DESIRE
BY POPPY Z. BRITE
A couple in the dying throes of their relationship find themselves in an abandoned and forgotten industrial part of town, all in the name of keeping a very important appointment with a shady medical professional.
8. THIS NEW OLD HOUSE
We bought an old house, my boyfriend and I. He’s in charge of the “new” construction – converting the kitchen in to the master bedroom for instance, while I’m on wallpaper removal duty. The previous owner papered EVERY wall and CEILING!
Removing it is brutal, but oddly satisfying. The best feeling is getting a long peel, similar to your skin when you’re peeling from a sunburn. I don’t know about you but I kinda make a game of peeling, on the hunt for the longest piece before it rips.
Under a corner section of paper in every room is a person’s name and a date. Curiosity got the best of me one night when I Googled one of the names and discovered the person was actually a missing person, the missing date matching the date under the wallpaper!
The next day, I made a list of all the names and dates. Sure enough each name was for a missing person with dates to match.
We notified the police who naturally sent out the crime scene team. I overhead one tech say “yup, it’s human”. Human? What’s human? “Ma’am, where is the material you removed from the walls already? This isn’t wallpaper you were removing.”
9. THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE
I watched as my soon to be father-in-law held his daughter’s hand as he walked down the aisle. Tears streamed down his face as the wedding march that played in the background reminded him that, in a few minutes, he would be watching me hold his daughter’s hand and slipping on her ring.
He walked up to the altar and I took hold of her hand, grinning from ear to ear. It was the happiest day of my life. My bride’s father got down on his knees and started begging. “Please, I did what you asked. Just please give my daughter back. “I glared at him. “Shut up and stop ruining the moment.
If you sit back down and enjoy the ceremony, maybe I’ll tell you where I’ve hidden the rest of her body.”
Little Emily vanished last year. Now they’re pouring new sidewalks in my neighborhood, and I’ve found her name in the wet cement, written in remembrance. But it was written in reverse.
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