Category Archives: Short Stories

Trick-or-Treat Give Me Something Good to Read

In need of a Halloween thrill? Then check out this wonderfully frightful collection of scary stories. 33 scary stories to be exact. Simply click on the link below to read some spooktastic tales.

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5 Stories From “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” That Were Pure Childhood Nightmare Fuel

Thought Catalog

If you grew up in the 1990s, you knew them. They were elementary school hot commodities; usually you had to sign up on the library’s waiting list just to get your hands on a copy. Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” series was, at its heart, a repackaging of folk tales, urban legends, and campfire ghost stories — but to the wide-eyed gaze of a child in the days before the internet, these books were the holy grail of scaring yourself shitless.

Whether it was the open-endedness of a tale that really got you or the drippy, gruesome illustrations by Stephen Gammell, “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” left all the other ’90s kids horror in the dust. “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”? Creepy, but you could still sleep with the lights off. “Goosebumps”? Good for a few scares (and occasionally a few laughs) but…

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Read “A Chameleon,” a short story by Anton Chekhov


“A Chameleon”


Anton Chekhov

The police superintendent Otchumyelov is walking across the market square wearing a new overcoat and carrying a parcel under his arm. A red-haired policeman strides after him with a sieve full of confiscated gooseberries in his hands. There is silence all around. Not a soul in the square. . . . The open doors of the shops and taverns look out upon God’s world disconsolately, like hungry mouths; there is not even a beggar near them.

“So you bite, you damned brute?” Otchumyelov hears suddenly. “Lads, don’t let him go! Biting is prohibited nowadays! Hold him! ah . . . ah!”

There is the sound of a dog yelping. Otchumyelov looks in the direction of the sound and sees a dog, hopping on three legs and looking about her, run out of Pitchugin’s timber-yard. A man in a starched cotton shirt, with his waistcoat unbuttoned…

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Care for a Scare?

* Flavorwire presents their top 50 picks of the scariest short stories ever written. What’s even better? Links have also been provided to you, so you can read these spine tingling tales of terror. Enjoy the horror everyone.


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The Goblin Spider, by Lafcadio Hearn:

The Goblin Spider, by Lafcadio Hearn:

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As night advanced he crouched down under the altar, which supported a dusty image of Buddha. He saw nothing strange and heard no sound till after midnight. Then there came a goblin, having but half a body and one-eye, and said: “Hitokusai!” (There is the smell of a man). But the samurai did not move. The goblin went away.

And more from Lafcadio Hearn – In Ghostly Japan:

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The 50 Best Short Stories of All Time

The 50 Best Short Stories of All Time

Want to read some wonderful short stories? Take a trip from the comfort of your own living room? If yes, then click the link below:

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Sixteen by Maureen Daily

Sixteen by Maureen Daily

~ A short story that continues to resonate with me, regardless of how many times I’ve read it. 

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