Horror Stories

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

bed
Adam Dodds-Wade

A Note From a Ghost

 I don’t mean to alarm you, but you’re sleeping in my bed. It’s where I was axed and laid a week dead. Now I don’t

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Fiction
Pam Reeder

Rugarou in the Bayou

You better be good or the Rugarou gonna come for you Photo by Marloes Hilckmann on Unsplash Mama always told us if the Rugarou come

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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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Jon Paolo Silvala

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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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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adventure
Catherine Jordan

Chocolate Factory Lottery

By Catherine Jordan I thought a candy factory tour would mean chocolate and sugar awesomeness. I poked my tongue into the five cavities I have.

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The Sweeper of Flies

My name is Jimmy McCall, and I sweep the floors at St. Christopher’s. It’s a hospital with all kinds of things. There’s a ward for

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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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dark
Donald J. Bingle

Protest Seen

It wasn’t my fault. I was just minding my own business when it happened. I mean, really minding my own business. I was just walking

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death
Rowen Veratome

An Unconventional Occupation 

It’s no use. I rubbed that smattered vase until it shone new, planted seeds in the snag, and patched that mocking absence in my shoe.

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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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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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Adult content
Patrick Moloney

Christmas in the Forest

Old George looked in the mirror as he fixed his woolen scarf tightly around his neck; it was getting colder by the day. He paused

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The Ghastly Guest House

            Four friends chalk out a plan for a picnic on holiday and encounter an unprecedented incident in their lives.

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Then You Start Over | Four

October, 2019 Claudia looks absolutely at peace with her head laid against my embroidered couch pillows. Lilith seems interested and gently reaches out a leaf

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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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mermaids
Josie Dorans

JOEY LESTER VS. THE DEVIL

Joey Lester crept up on the water like it was a living thing. His ratty tennis shoes stepped with considerable success over twigs and slid

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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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The Game

Rob showed Sarah the mysterious video game he’d found at the flea market. The cover proclaimed that it was haunted. Playing along correctly would summon

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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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alternate reality
April Douglas

A Date with Death

I suspect most people finding themselves in my situation are pretty emotional. It’s not every day you find yourself alternating between staring down at a

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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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Adult content
Patrick Moloney

An Urban Nightmare.

This is only a short-term thing Marion told herself for the hundredth time since leaving the squat, it is just until I get a break

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creative writing
Şimal Yurtsever

THE FAMILIAR SCENT

Some things never change. Every time he goes on a business trip, something unfortunate happens to Joshua like it’s destined. This time, his car broke

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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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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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doppelganger
Yelyzaveta Tretiakova

The Horror

I couldn’t sleep. Maybe it was the late dinner, maybe it was the stress from exams. It didn’t matter. I kept rolling over, unable to

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no one gets out alive
Tonya Moore

Space Age Mermaid

Sulily sleeps suspended inside a transparent, cylindrical womb filled with luminous blue fluid. Her suit sticks to her body like a second skin. Knobby nodes

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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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death
Justin Turner

Death Waits

Death Waits — This was it, the final moment of life. It was fascinating how after everything I did and survived that I would pass

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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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creepy children
Ryan Saladino

Thank You, Ms. Mallory!

Ms. Mallory didn’t speak a word the whole way there. It wasn’t that she was nervous, oh no, in fact, quite the opposite– she fidgeted

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Thorns

When I dream, I am many things, but I am never human. Last night, I was a baby squirrel, dying slowly on the thorn of

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#women
Hannah McVey

Betsy

   I clutched the frayed end of the baby pink blanket. I instinctively ran my thumb over and over the worn fabric. I was small

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Luis Garcia

The Spirit

“Not again,” I sighed. The sky, which had been cloudy just moments before, was now a flat crimson canvas, pulled tight over the Earth like

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#futuristic
Antoinette McCormick

The Dispossessed – Part 6

VI. I covered the distance from ramp to door in what felt like a single bound. My hands were shaking so hard they almost couldn’t

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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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A Fight Over Hotdogs

So my wife and I had this big fight and she’s sleeping in a hotel with my toddler tonight, and the house is empty, and

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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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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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The Farm

Elswyth didn’t have to be woken that morning. Her eyelids went up, and just a moment later she was able to kick her way up,

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Blood In Aisle 3 

A powerful winter storm swept through the city, causing power outages and dumping massive amounts of snow on the streets, burying vehicles and leaving residents

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nosleep contest entry
A. A. Moore

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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alternate
Tim McDaniel

Prince Morris

 His suicide attempt failed again that morning. That was no surprise; just like everyone said, Morris Sukenik was a loser, couldn’t do anything right. But

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ghosts
Sherry McGuinn

Scraps

I stand at the sink licking blueberry muffin batter off my fingers I gaze out at our majestic Autumn Blaze maple tree in our back

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Khalin Ikner

The Devil’s Rain Chapter 1

The Devil’s Rain was unlike anything Joseph had ever witnessed before. Even in some of his most nightmarish dreams, the terrors that the rain brought

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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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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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Abandoned
J. Jmz.

The Baby Next Door

No… calling the police didn’t help. It was when we heard the baby next door crying again. “He cries all night long”, we told them.

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Alone

The house was quiet. Which was something you had gotten used to until the scratching started up again at its regular 4 AM time. You

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Adult content
Patrick Moloney

Rules of the Forest.

He hated that room above anything else he could ever remember, everywhere he turned in that accursed room his eyes would fall on yet another

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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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Come to Me

After dark, Aatun heard them. Knew she wasn’t supposed to be outside, but the cabin was a short walk away and the night sky was

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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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Crime
Patrick Moloney

Offerings to the Crow God.

The sharp pains in his stomach had receded now only to be replaced by a strange gnawing sensation as if his inners were attempting to

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The Male Gaze

He’d never looked at me like that before. In seven fucking years together, I’d realized Luke had never looked at me like he actually wanted

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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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grief
Rachel Redfern

97 Days

Day 40 I decide to order the cape. A cheap, synthetic velvet from an online mega-store with free shipping and 10% off if I order

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The Axe Murder House

Well before chronic executioners and mass killings had turned into a lifestyle, two grown-ups and 6 kids were seen as fiercely killed in their beds

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adult
Patrick Moloney

Ghosts of Christmas Past.

Peter stood polishing glasses and facing the big ornate mirror behind the optics, he found his eyes were continuously drawn to the man at the

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firstperson
Brittany Johnson

Your Forever Girl

The chair’s been empty for years. None of you know I’ve stuck around—how could you? Perhaps you’ve felt me as a icy chill pass over

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The Red Zombie Scare

The Chinese government grew tired of the arrogance of the United States, so they decided to remedy the problem. They infected American POWs with a

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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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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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Convention
Tim McDaniel

Children of the Nightcap

 Yuri loosened his tie even more and gratefully accepted the drink from the waitress. Stupid company policy, to wear suits and ties on all business

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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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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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Or Current Resident

by Brad Foster, Copyright 2016 It came in the mail. Just a plain, glossy white square addressed to you…Or Current Resident. Tossing it through the

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Home Alone
Wofford Lee Jones

Iced

Abby sat on the couch with her feet tucked under her while she tapped away on her cell phone. The only light brightening and dimming

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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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Small Talk

The sitter called that morning to say she was sick. Something about her stomach having a headache, or some made-up illness. Still, Vivian wished her

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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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