Horror Stories

Dive into some creepy reads with a selection of horror stories to scare any reader.

TYSO | Nine-Twelve

Nine November, 2019 The candles I light are brilliant, but their glare is nothing compared to my fire. They’re stalks are stuck firmly in the

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Tais Teng

Angel fishing in Laputa

Where we went on our holidays #22 On our last day in Madeira, we heard from a cleaning lady that Laputa, the famous flying city,

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Fiction
Samantha Lazar

Molly’s Lake

It was finally Saturday and time for the Lake Swim . We would swim all the way to Bragoneer Dock, get Oreo cookies, and swim back :

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Gothic
Adam Dodds-Wade

The Town Called October

The wind whispers in your ear, “Nothing here for you to fear.” But your instincts are to live, not die and you know the live

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Carol
Joshua Seagraves

Finally Making it Big – Carol 89

[Transcripts taken from video recordings made by the victim, towards the end of iteration.] [Video 1: Update video] Hey everyone, it’s Carol! I wanted to

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#escape
Evan Bond

Come Back to Me 

The table spread out before me was a platter of breakfast food fit for a king. Eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee, grits, pancakes, and much

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Murderer Among Us

    The mind can be a beautiful thing. Full of creativity and purpose. Some people seem blessed with optimism while the rest of us

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death
Jason Boyce

The Letters Appeared

1 It was September 3rd, 2019, when the first letter arrived at Shelly Anne Durst’s Virginia home, a quant little one level brick rancher. Exactly

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church
Pablo Luciano Gomez de Mayora Garcia

A church in the Woods

I find comfort in listening to my own steps. Dry leaves crack under my shoes; their sound muffled by the moistness of the moss below.

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Cosmic Horror
Sebastian Alonso

Madness

Most of us walk through this world with our eyes closed Unaware of the creatures that lie unexposed Destroying our mental fortitude so they can

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camera
Katie Marie

SnapShot

The wall of heat hit me hard as I opened the door to the department store and stepped inside. I kept moving forwards, stepping under

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Body Horror
Tonya Moore

Tribute

Rastaman gone astray, the devout artist had adopted flesh for his canvas. Everything about him was dark, including the curl of his brows. Including his

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Creepy Stories
Fezan Javed

Whispered Secrets

All my life, I will never forget that dreadful night. It is seared into my memory…irrevocably and permanently. They say we are made by what

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Two Hundred Years Ago

Two hundred years ago, in a.n Irish village, an entire village dragged Jessica Allen out of her house and beat her senseless. “Kill the witch!”

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Dark Fiction
Patrick Moloney

One Hell of A Trick.

When David his manservant brought the breakfast tray, he snatched the morning paper from him before he could even place the tray on the table.

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Carol
Joshua Seagraves

A Weird Feeling – Carol 28

[Transcript is based around multiple sheets of paper found at the riverbank following the end of the iteration. Theorized to be dated shortly after the

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litfic
Blake Talton

The Portal

The portal opened on a Tuesday morning. It arrived suddenly, without notice. Sparks licked the concrete walls of the alleyway. Roaches scattered beneath the golden

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addiction
A. A. Moore

Drain Away: Chapter IV

“Wake up, bastard.” Light writhed through the planks that were nailed to the windows. Static pulsed through the pop music on the box radio, and

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death
Evan Bond

Out of Room

She stood on the wooden dock staring out at the wide river before her. A thick fog had rolled over the surface of the water.

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blood
William Mangieri

You Can’t Question the Dead

You can’t question the dead. Son, of all the things I’ve learned from being in this business, that’s at the top of the list. Once

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family
Ben Matthews

Birthdays (Part 1 of 3)

My mother died on the 17th of July 2019. At least, that’s what I thought then. I stood by her grave, the ever dutiful grieving

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The Man at the Bus Stop

The stiff, old man sat down on the bench and watched the various people passing by the bus stop. His eyes followed a frazzled-looking woman

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forever
Alex Onorato

Eternity

I saw the soul-sucking ordinariness of my generation destroyed, How I mourned the everydayness. Does the everydayness make you shiver? does it? Why would you

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heaven
D.C. Briley

The Train

The train is coming, hear it chugging, hear it chugging. The train is coming, hear it chugging, hear it chugging. I’ve always hated that song.

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Creepy
Dennis Mombauer

The Desert of Haunted Tongues

The night was dark and empty, no moon floating over the ragged desert hills, not even stars; no bird calls, no crickets, no wind. The

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friendship
Antoinette McCormick

The Dispossessed – Part 3

III. While a bath warmed my body, it didn’t improve my mood. “Maybe you should reconsider his offer,” said my fiancé, Amanda. She sat on

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beast
Wofford Lee Jones

The Tentacled Deep

“Oh. My. God!” Cassie exclaimed in her valley girl accent. “It’s, like, soooo close you can reach out and touch it. Rad.” “Yeah, that’s the

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Alex Onorato

The Phantom

Upon the solid forest a great phantom form, Stately with a livery with its pallid glare, Remembering the strange sense of the ancient grace, Looking

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alien
William Mangieri

The Black Spot

It grows on you. I saw the black spot on my pressure suit when we came back in at the end of shift. I thought

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Fear Itself

What had changed? Yrla sat with her eyes fixed on the road in front of the dashboard. The sky above the road was grey and

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competition
Tim McDaniel

Getting Ahead in Business

 Graeme Wood turned the newspaper to Local News, folded it, and smoothed it flat on the plastic table in front of him. The waitress passed

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It Waits Behind Me

It wasn’t always where it is today, but it’s always been there. Behind me. Mom and dad, they never said anything about it, maybe they’ve

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Her Eyes

I can not count the ways her eyes beguile me. How brilliantly they shine from the hanging light. So blue in color I feel as

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nicu trifoi

 Phone numbers

It’s no secret that a number of superstitions are found in most cultures around the world. In China, for example, the number 4 is associated

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action
Khalin Ikner

The Devil’s Rain Part 4

“Oh. Thank you,” Joseph said hesitantly as the kid hurried back to his spot with his siblings. Joseph and Marko walked away awkwardly in silence,

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The Pain

With sadness, she realized they needed some time apart. They had been together for years, they had been so much in love he moved in

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The Missing Face

I’ve lived in this little town with my girlfriend, Sarah, for nearly three years. It’s a nice place. Good neighbors, for the most part. I

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ladybugs
Brittany Johnson

Ladybugs in November

“What you think it mean?” Shorty asked and Martin just shrugged. “Don’t mean nothin’. They come like this ever’ year.” It was a certain kind

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addiction
A. A. Moore

Drain Away: Chapter II

Lori’s eyes were as dull and flat as two nickels in a gutter. Her lips were pressed into a thin, tight line, an expression that

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Sweet Baby Girl

It wasn’t long before the services were over, and everyone started to leave. Tears of blackening grey flowed down the cheeks of women as crystal

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darkpoetry
Brittany Johnson

The House That Never Sleeps

I’ve been here before In the house that never sleeps It used to sit at the end of a dirt road Sick and alone Kids

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Nolan Fancher

The Demon Trickster

Elementia is a wonderful, beautiful, and dangerous continent. The continent is split up into 8 regions. The regions are the Wendwoods, the Dune sea, the

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The Marionette

“What an ugly, creepy marionette,” I said to Suzanne, the thrift shop employee. It had a white painted face with red lips and black eyes

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mystery
RS Bradley

The Door

It had been there for as long as she could remember. Solid. Sturdy. Impassable. A piece of wood—she didn’t know what kind—with panels carved into

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dark
Dennis Mombauer

The Dust Bathynaut

The rift divides the land in two halves, but neither of them is interesting. It is the rift itself that calls to people, entices them

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cursed object
Antoinette McCormick

The Price

The tiny brown barn with the pitched roof didn’t look real at first. It looked like someone squeezed the sides of a normal barn together

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dark fantasy
Taylor Pawley

Sawyer’s TaleChapter One

(This is a serialized novel. A new chapter every month.) “Right this way ma’am,” the Priest opened a large wooden door and led the way

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Creepy Stories
Fezan Javed

Under the Trapdoor

We lived in the suburbs at the time. A small community where everyone knew each other. I could not have been more than fifteen years

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Creepy
Evan Bond

Watcher

He had been seeing it for weeks, now. That same mutilated face that stared at him with its twisted, lipless smile. Crooked, rotting teeth pointed

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#clover
Ankita K.

Heart wrapped in clovers

Interviewer (Walks in): Hello, hope you’re having a graceful day. Patree is happy to welcome you to its glorious establishment. The boy (Shaking hands): Hello

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death
Saim Khurshid

 A MAN WITH A DEAD STARE

Warning: Might not be suitable for the faint-hearted The night was dark and stormy, the road flooded with water. It was around 9:00. I was

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HOOT

Having the house to yourself when you’re a kid feels like a blessing from on high. The authoritarian dictators I call mom and dad have

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coping
Nicholas Bagley

Demons

What lies in the shadows will forever capture our minds—skirting the border of reality and imagination. Things that are just out of reach of modern

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comedichorror
Josie Dorans

Allie Bedeviled – Chapter 2

“Ooof. Shit. Ouch. Damn,” I collected myself from the graceless sprawl of my landing and took inventory by feel in the unrelenting darkness. “Yep, hands

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Eerie
Patrick Moloney

Lucky Joe.

Lucky Joe! That is what everyone knew Joseph white as, and in truth, he was lucky beyond most people’s expectations. During active service he had

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cars
Evan Bond

Lucky Number Thirteen

There she was. As beautiful as he remembered. The sparkle of the black paint had faded over the decades, but he recognized his girl anywhere.

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conspiracy
Christina Nordlander

Chooser of the Fallen

Maria sat by the computer on the varnished side-table and dad lay curled up in the couch watching some discussion program she couldn’t focus on.

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TYSO | Thirteen-Epilogue 

Thirteen November, 2019 My hot pink collared button up—of a thick fabric so soft but well formed on the arms and shoulders—the one I wore

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THE FRATERNITY

Maureen is a witch.  It was no news, everyone knew. Adults avoided her while children were terrified of her. Maureen lived just at the end

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From the Swamp

I never thought much could be worse than travel by boat. That was until I was sat for days upon a train. Still, somehow I

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creative writing
M.T. Wilfred

The Creature With Human Wings

“His wings spanned fifteen feet. He was kept in captivity—like an animal—as if he wasn’t human.” His wings spanned fifteen feet. He was kept in

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dark fantasy
Daniella Cressman

The Ghost of Anne Lawyers

John Henry had killed Anne Lawyers long ago. They were in a graveyard, both mourning their loved ones, and he’d shown up with a gun

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death
Tim McDaniel

The Carrion Monster

    O amiable, lovely death! Thou odoriferous stench! sound rot- tenness! Arise forth from the couch of lasting night Shakespeare, King John III “I

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Chris Fox

The House Sitter.

I saw the ad in the newspaper and knew it was just what I was looking for. I’m pretty sure everyone at one time or

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Chris Fox

The Horrors of Time Travel.

We’re heading into a new, utopian age of progressive enlightenment, or so the media said constantly. I called bullshit because I’d spent my life watching

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blackcat
Charlotte Rodricks

Shadow Cat

The shadow cat watched from its vantage point as Skylar whipped her head around, her ponytail slicked from all the sweat. To her horror, there

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acceptance
Maggie Knott

What Waits in the Shadows

A crackle of thunder reverberated around the inside of the barn, rattling the doors and shaking the dust covered boxes littering the floor. Desdemonda clenched

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Chinese tea
Colin Devonshire

Tea Junction

“I’m gasping for a cuppa,” said Angie. “We will not have your usual,” Suk answered. Angie was the new girl at Pert Exports, she brewed

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Domestic Violence
A. A. Moore

The Radio Game

“It’s going to be worse today.” The voice came out of the darkest corner of the pantry in a sinuous almost-whisper, and Dierdre’s eyes widened

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blood-sucker
Wofford Lee Jones

New to the Neighborhood

Jonathan Raines slowly awoke from a deep sleep to severe pressure on his bladder. It was screaming for him to release the vast amount of

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adult
Patrick Moloney

Hungry Enough.

Annie gripped the receiver so tightly her fingers had gone numb; she held her breath as she listened to the ringing. Her heart pounded in

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Adult content
Patrick Moloney

Halloween Homecoming.

The suburban streets were awash with color, rivers of gold, brown and red, carpeted the pavements to ankle depth. Smoke rose ramrod straight from the

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castle
L B Dezine

Intrusion, Part III: Learning to Feed

                            Has scenes of explicit sexuality that are meant for readers aged 18+. I wake up naked and alone in a single bed. My flesh,

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sci-horror
A. A. Moore

Excerpt: XM Apocalypse 

Rosae torched the end of her cigarette and wondered how long it would take for her companion to realize just how badly she’d fucked up.

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zombie
Tim McDaniel

Taken, One After Another

 Chad still hadn’t returned by morning. We all knew he’d been taken, just like Sandy. That was the way it was, ever since the dead

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adcock
Glenn Hovis

The Sculptor’s Last Work

Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash Chris saw black trees whipping past the windshield, illuminated by the Corolla’s two headlights. It crashed into the guardrail.

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alternate realities
Evan Bond

I Found Willing Candidates 

It’s always been my dream. Ever since I was young, I would write short stories for my friends. They weren’t any good but I was

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candlelight
Amy Christie

Gone to the Realm of Ghosts

You shout no words come out, are you trapped underwater or can you see the living without touching their days? Emotions pass through you they

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Audra

I can never get over the feeling of raindrops. It was settled and tranquil with its sound of a peaceful drop as it hit the

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