Horror Stories

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

Joshua Seagraves

My Favorite Song.

 When my favorite song’s playing, everything else in the world seems to wash away. When my favorite song comes on in my head, all of

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Insomnia

I’m on my side, awake and lucid, yet my eyes remain shut. I am painfully awake. Sleep came easy before, like a dog to my

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Revenge of the mermaid

The mermaid languished around lazily watching from the corner of her good eye, as the boys played on the banks of the lake. She resented

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The Codex File — Chapter 1

The flick-knife snapped open with frightening ease, its serrated edge glinting in the light of a passing street lamp. The weapon was standard issue for

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camping
Derrick Heisey

Antlers

It wasn’t until breakfast on the third day that Gerald gazed into the knotted black eyes of a birch tree and thought that he might

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home ownership
Donald J. Bingle

Blind Spot

“I’m standing in the back yard now.” Aaron checked the bars on his cell phone; the signal was strong. “You have to fly out here

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The Stone House

Sylvia and Lauren stood at the mansion gate and took turns daring each other to go in first. Each Halloween, the house 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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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

Thirty Minutes or Less. 

David hung up the phone and looked at the clock. “Thirty minutes or less,” he said enthusiastically. With anticipation, he went into the kitchen and

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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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Contemporary Fiction Contest
Samantha Lazar

When the Chimes Did Not Ring

I waited, holding my breath at the mail slot. I thought I would hear the crunch of Stefan’s gait up the gravel driveway, my cheek

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Joshua Seagraves

Was Water Always Orange?

December 2nd Was water always Orange? Trust me, I know, crazy way to start a conversation. Might as well have just said ‘Hey I’m totally

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horror
Amanda Steel

Sins of the Past

Sylvie took the last stride, stretching out her right leg so far that she almost missed the step. She stumbled into the church, looking around

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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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ghosts
Derrick Heisey

Cold

It was Tuesday that he had decided to do it after the homecoming dance. He would go to the party at the Sweet twins’ house

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crime thriller
Jesmal Jalal

REFLECTION

“Albert, Albert! Are you there ??” cried the walkie-talkie. I opened up my eyes slowly. I reached the receiver while still resting my head on

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Give Us Barabbas!

A short work of religious horror by international best-selling author Stuart Thaman. My church always went overboard during Lent. There was a running joke among

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adventure
Dennis Mombauer

Halls of Silt and Seawater

“That’s exactly what I imagined. Isn’t it great?” Ben and his friends looked down the dunes, over the beach and the rolling waves, crashing against

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Drain Away: Chapter III

“You can see me!” the teenager in the mirror exclaimed. “You can see me, can’t you?” Sharon stared at the girl’s outstretched arms, and at

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litfic
Blake Talton

I think, wolf wolf wolf

I want him before he wants me. I am twenty-three years old and sipping mint juleps from red plastic cups when I see him. His

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nosleep
Blake Talton

Lumberjack

The forest grew lush and heavy. Rumors spread of the creature that lurked within the groves of thick oak and wild pine. People vanished overnight—never

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Blue Eyes

The man with the dog collar came the other night, standing sweating at the door, thin black hair plastered across his head. Me Mam has

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The Masque of the Red Death

The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal—the

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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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aliens
William Mangieri

The Body

I hate hospitals. Hate everything about them. At the moment, I was hating the incessant, rodent-like scratching of the pens of that ridiculous contraption they

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Chris Fox

Acceptance is Everything.

The day I killed my best friend, I was pretty nervous, but as I plunged the knife through her throat, I decided killing someone was

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First Time

I heard my dad call from downstairs. “Tony! Your girlfriend‘s here!” I rolled my eyes: Dad didn’t seem to get that just because a girl

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Burnt midnight oil

That was our exam night. My friend Laura and I had planned to study together. Laura stayed with me after classes. I lived in an

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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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Drain Away: Chapter I

Sharon’s bloodshot eyes sprang open at the sound of a snapping window shade. She jerked upright out of her tomb of blankets, her heart slamming.

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house party

There’s this girl I used to know. Not a friend, mind you. Just someone I used to run into on the endless circuit of small

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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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Doomed souls
Tais Teng

Crossing guard at the Styx

Two men are walking the road beside the River of Forgetfulness. One is clad in the habit of a humble Dominican. His head is shorn,

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Imposter among me

Almost the sun was down for four hours; the phone rang in the control room. “I killed two intruders,” said a shivering female voice, and

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Domestic Violence
Shae Wednesday

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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acting
Nathan Nish

We’ll Be Seeing You, Then

Jacob’s room was hot as sunlight settled the remaining hours of a late afternoon. He hunched over his computer. Over the last couple years, every

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Fiction
Samantha Lazar

Shannon Leaves Home

A short story The sign made Shannon gag. The fact that her dad was so proud of being able to erect the damn thing, with a

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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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The Fratton Road

“You want a bag?” “No, thank you–” Adam grabbed the egg & cress sandwich and bottled Frappuccino “–cheers!” “Cheers,” the cashier responded with a broad

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THE FETCHER

John, Rupert, and Blake were taking their usual route through the park on their way home after class when they saw the old man again,

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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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Close Call

Sally never considered her surroundings very much. When she got home from school it was always straight to her room. Her dad would have let

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The Ghastly Guest House

            Four friends plan for a picnic on holiday and encounter an unprecedented incident in their life. It was a

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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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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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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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Virus ( 50 word horror story)

“So tasteless!” remarked he. She was furious. “What! Me?” “No,” her date explained. “All these dishes are so tasteless!” She smiled, her tongue still remembering

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The Splitters

My town is a strange one. It’s called Split City, though it isn’t much of a city rather than a small town, and nobody outside

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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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adventure
Ankita K.

Those guys are doomed

I cannot express how conflicted I used to feel. As if things were happening on their own. As if my presence did not make any

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adultury
William Mangieri

Dredging Things Up

“Jeez, Cheryl – I haven’t been seeing anyone – just you.” And I had thought this was going to be a simple, sweet autumn picnic.

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