I basically made a random choice of stories by Poe, James and King, because they have all written some really scary stuff.
I have tried to include some variety, so you will find a mixture of horror, suspense, scary and creepy stories, some paranormal or supernatural, some psychological, others fantastical. I make no claims as to their being the best of anything, merely that they would make good Halloween reading.
- “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M. R. James. Ghost story.
- The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs. Magic. A hoary old classic of the unexplained that still has the power to frighten.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Another classic, this one about the evil that lurks in the hearts and minds of man.
- Sometimes they come back by Stephen King. Ghosts/demons. Not the scariest of King’s stories, but scary enough.
- A Return to the Sabbath by Robert Bloch. I couldn't pass an opportunity to include one zombie story.
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A terrifying account of a woman’s descent into madness.
- The Man and the Snake by Ambrose Bierce. A psychological suspense story.
- Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe. Horror. While not one of his best, I have always found this story very creepy.
- Being by Richard Matheson. Aliens. Evil ones.
- The Tall Woman by Pedro Antonio De Alarcón. Supernatural, ghost, demon or omen.
- Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker. Paranormal, spooky, werewolf.
- One Happy Family by John S. McFarland. Monsters. While this story is a prime example of prejudice against "hillbillies", it is also very creepy indeed.
- The Deacon of Dark River – Icelandic folk tale. Ghost story. I will be posting this one here at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.