Horror Stories

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

Spooky Halloween Stories

Read some of your fellow authors' spooky stories to start your Halloween weekend.

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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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Clay Vermulm

The Greatest Enemy: Part 3 

Ishiro awoke to a flaming shaft of pain erupting up from his abdomen. He writhed across Niko’s bed onto the cold, softwood floor, twisting and

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death
Kelson Hayes

The Dead Have Arisen!

THE DEAD WOOD Winter, 1E194 The Nardic tribesmen trudged through the thorns and brambles that grew upon the forest floor, hacking and slashing at the

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Dark Fiction
Evan Bond

The Stranger

He was tired of the dingy motels. The rotten smell of must and social decay stung his nostrils. There was no sadder place for someone

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flash fiction
Michael Robert

The Generosity

After 17 years as a crewman of The Resolution, it took two mutinies for Stevens to assume command. His reputation proceeded him. The ship was

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Cellarella

There once was a young girl whose mother was gravely ill and whose father was an arrogant asshole. He did not care about the woman

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family
Ben Matthews

Birthdays (Part 3 of 3)

I took my time before going back to her house. It held no interest for me. I’d only lived in it for the last few

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Eta George

The Knight’s Wife – Contents

Sweethearts and Wives, Image © Samuel E Waller (1850–1903) What’s this story about? The Knight’s Wife is an eight part short web novel. Set against a

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Crime
willow hewett

The Night Stalker

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The street seemed eerie and deserted as I made my way towards my apartment, which was situated on the other end of town. I had

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Capitalism
Tim McDaniel

Meet the New Boss

 “And then over at Hower and Drake, I learned how to play bocce – that’s this game with balls, kind of like bowling – and

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The Humans in the Walls

Mats had been climbing on the gravel rampart with Johanna and Tiffany, now that the trucks had left and there wasn’t anyone there to tell

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The Bravery Club

Linn waited while Efraim sat crouched in the rainy road, holding the earthworm. The worm was so long, it always hung a bit off the

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folklore
Reina Cruz

AfterWorld Part 4

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When a teenager is trapped in a land of the dead, she discovers that ghosts are the least of her worries. Begin with Part 1

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Reflections on Hermit’s Wood

It was always ridiculous to believe that anything nefarious took place in Hermit’s Wood. The absurdity of the accusations didn’t change, even after Angeline Ramirez

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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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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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Cosmic Horror
Reina Cruz

The Lake House (Part 2 of 5)

The Santos siblings went to the lake for a relaxing escape, but by the end of their trip, it’s a race to escape the vacation

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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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Delicate Minds Think Alike

The pure white sails flailed in the sea breeze as the sun set below the horizon, casting an orange and purple sky. The sea waves

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Do you believe in ghosts or spirits?
Walker Ikard

ARE SPIRITS OR GHOSTS REAL? 

People have been talking about spirits or ghosts, since the beginning of time. There have been so many accounts of spirits seen all around the

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#Supernaturalfiction
Brittany Johnson

The Black Wood

You awake in the black dead of night with blood under your fingernails and scratches on your chest. Your lips are swollen and throbbing, you

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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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Sinking

It was the habit of Martin Law to get up from his desk and take a quick walk around the office at night. There wasn’t

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Lady in the Leaning Tree

do you know her?                                   tree?
                                                                     that woman in

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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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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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Black magic
Colin Devonshire

Here I Am

The bus rumbled like an empty stomach. We missed the bus stop by ten yards. It did stop. I got off alone. I didn’t wave;

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Eminence Grise: Part 1

If the red slayer think he slays, Or if the slain think he is slain, They know not well the subtle ways I keep, and

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death hotel
Colin Devonshire

Everything Ready?

‘Everything was ready for the ritual. What have you done?’ Mr Kirkwood asked. ‘Sir, I don’t feel right about this,’ Khun Daw answered. ‘You may

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Vision’s Prisoner

Whither go ye, nameless wizards, with robes out-reddening the sunset gleam? – We fare to find the jars of Solomon and liberate the imprisoned genii.

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Krasue
Colin Devonshire

Solid

“So, what do you think of the new house?” “It’s old.” “Yes, but look, character dribbles out of the teak.” “Has it got Wi-Fi?” “Not

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action
Donald J. Bingle

Options

“This was a mistake,” yelled Dave as he stared out the window at the dark, lurching shapes gathering even faster than the gloomy clouds on

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Walkey walkey

The Dead of Night

Image by Author John startled awake. The salt of cold sweat lingering. A blanket of fear permeates the air, clinging to the skin; adsorbable. The

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Bad neighbours
Colin Devonshire

And You Said…

“Time for bed, young lady.” “Ow mum, it’s too early,” answered Maew. “You have exams tomorrow, only two more days, then you are on holiday,

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Stench

[TW: Self-Harm, Mild-Violence/Gore] I had to shove a pair of scissors up my nostrils the other day, As there was a lingering, longing smell that

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Creepy
Natalya Monyok

The Nun

Sister Amelia entered Father Annalis’s study room with a group of her fellow nuns. It was nearing the end of the academic year for the

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Siren Of Trees

Come little ones,To woods and hide,Don’t be afraid,You’re safe inside. Don’t look behind,Just walk on by,Plug your ears shut,Don’t hear them cry. They don’t love

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Dracula
Tim McDaniel

Her Vampire Lover

 “But I am a creature of the night,” Justin said. “And you – you’re a child of the sunlight. The sun I can never again

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The Eyes In The Night

Look out over your bed, In the nothing by the door, And you will find a chilling sight, The eyes in the night.  They

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Chloe Longstreet

We’re Coming For You

“Come here, swim with me.” Darioush smiled suggestively at Emily as he stripped off his clothes. “But we just ate! What if we get a

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Fiction
Robin Honigsberg

The Renter: A Short Story

Kelly Swain shook Harris Mason’s hand across the white-marbled table. “Welcome to your new home. I hope you’ll be happy here.” She slid a document

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dark
Calina Muresan

Boardgame Night

Silence. What a divine sound. There it was a small, wooden cabin surrounded by all kinds of trees that were now blanketed in untouched snow.

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horror
Michael Robert

In The Foothills (Story Cubes #4)

Nestled in the foothills of the Front Range sits a compound. This compound has sprawling concrete walkways connecting the various buildings and cages. Buildings dotted

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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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Dog
Tim McDaniel

New Trick

The phone rang. Actually, it didn’t ring. It played that stupid “Who Let the Dogs Out” song. Jesse had made it do that, had downloaded

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The Separation

Her throat hurt. The pain had stitched it up so that she couldn’t swallow. Her mouth was dry of saliva either way. She tasted something

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#Halloween
Robin Honigsberg

House of Evil

She first met him crossing the street. He accidentally bumped into her, muttered, “I’m sorry,” and hurried on. But she saw him look back at

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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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#Halloween
Donald J. Bingle

The Test of Thirteen

“Bloodroot, nightshade, pond scum, a live tadpole, and fresh guano. Put into a large kettle with two quarts of fetid rainwater and heat while intoning

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For the Guy Who Has Everything

Concept by ChockaBlock The electronic signature pad turned his name to a stubby spatter of ink. The postman turned back and continued down the cul-de-sac

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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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Children
Colin Devonshire

Hla

Hla was born with a cleft palate, doctors fixed that, but no doctor could cure her mind. She could do most things; driving was one.

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divorce
Tim McDaniel

The Pertinent Unobit

 The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. Its cooling effect, however, was lost on Richard. Bernard von Leiter. What

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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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Animal communication
Tim McDaniel

There are Ways

 The new researcher arrived just as Jennifer finally got the chance to sit down with a cup of coffee. Cleaning out the chimp section was

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Bad children
Colin Devonshire

Cheers, God

“I am a lucky boy. We have a strong Wi-Fi connection today. I can watch my favourite series.” “That’s great, you enjoy it. Do you

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bacon
Donald J. Bingle

Buzz on the Street

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( 2 Reviews )

“G’night, boss,” called out Gretchen as she used one liver-spotted hand to snatch up the cane hanging off the edge of her desk. She slung

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The man eater

She missed her pet. Silent tears streamed down her face as she clutched her locket which encompassed a picture of the deceased pet. All the

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The Compulsion

That summer Tova spent more time out of the house, because when autumn came around she would be moving to Stockholm and university. She walked

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evil child
Tim McDaniel

Social Studies

Emma Cook, nine years old in her overlarge overalls and blonde pigtails made dirty by a day’s play out by the pond – well, more

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bad father
Colin Devonshire

We Need Rain

“Get up! What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Puyai shouts as he shakes his daughter. “Dad, it is hot, what do you want

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Fiction
Pam Reeder

The Willing Wear Black

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( 1 Reviews )

But are you ready to be willing?… Photo source: PhotoPea The roar of the pistol was deafening and the kick knocked it from my hand.

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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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Slabbed Maris

Maris stepped outside in the stadium and felt the world narrow. The detox, hours of looking down into the toilet bowl, dad’s still upturned face

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Creepy
Natalya Monyok

The Stranger in the Mirror

Rayna sat in front of the mirror removing her makeup and wondered who she would discover underneath. The white paint came off her skin in

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alien
Tim McDaniel

Requisitions

Message Received 0843 – 14/3/2228–E Source: Colony LKe2289-P3 T-Port Materialization Point: 52/120/0 Requisition List Follows  14 Collapsible Extenders, 4-meter, Blue (Houseguest)  6 Entertainment

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The Midnight Librarians

I. Terry Jervis was awake. He’d begun to doubt he’d ever sleep again. Each time he closed his eyes, his mind conjured up a series

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monolog
Christina Nordlander

Tiled Corridor, Underground

Wait. Don’t go. That’s good. Do you hear me clearly? I suppose you can hear me wherever you are. This communication, it’s not sounds. But

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All Undone

Rashida watched the lights of the corner stores pass by, shying away from her boyfriend’s touch. She toyed with a braid, rolling it between her

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Demon
Christina Nordlander

Katabasis

When Julian opened the door to the men’s room with its red stall doors, there was only one guy in there. He stood leaning his

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Dark Fiction
Evan Bond

Beside the Dying Fire

Sitting next to the orange glow of a crackling fire Felix Leon glanced over his shoulder. Somewhere far off in the woods, a twig crunched

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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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murdermystery
Brittany Johnson

Lone Star

“Don’t you see it?” Abby cried suddenly, and the table fell into silence. She looked around from face to face with pleading, tear-flooded eyes. They

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christmas horror
Evan Bond

The Man Dressed as Santa

“It looks like we have another gift for you, Miranda,” the jolly sounding man dressed as Santa said. “Go ahead, open it up. I’m sure

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child
Saim Khurshid

Choice

Cover by https://twitter.com/Default_Mistake?t=T13ESBEGBtvjBI7D7QrJBA&s=08 The night was a cliche dark and inside the hospital, where only a few months ago, Darlene had given birth to a

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