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The Raven
Edgar Allen Poe's most
famous poem about an unexpected winged visitor.

The Masque of
the Red Death

Another of Poe's infamous pieces about a mysterious
visitor wearing a red mask--a visitor who brings nothing but woe and despair to this party.

The Legend of
Sleepy Hallow

Irving Washington's great tale of the headless horseman.

The Ghost Story
This story is by Mark Twain. It's an unusual ghost story.

The Bottle Imp
One of Robert Louis Stevenson's best tales. It's abou(14,000)

The Mortal Immortal
Another Mary Shelley masterpiece. (5,000)

Dark Spirit of
Desart Rude

Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem about a strange entity so lost and all alone! (300)

Turn the Screw
By Henry James. This is the full-length version of James novella. It's long but presented in a plain white printable page for your convenience. So read and enjoy this classic ghost tale. (46,000)

The Tomb
H.P. Lovecraft's tale about a young man's exploration into a strange tomb. (3,000)

The Tree
H.P. Lovecraft's tale about a tree, but not just any tree. This one holds some heart jolting horror. (3,000)

The Screaming Skull
This story is by F. Marion Crawford. It is a haunting tale about a skull with a personality. (13,500)

The Tale Tell Heart
Another of Poe's masterpieces. But don't read it if you have a bad heart. You wouldn't want your ticker to stop--permanently!(2,200)

The Haunted Palace
More Poe! This one is his poem about a haunting...but who said only houses can be haunted. Poe shows us that even a palace can be full of ghosts. You wouldn't want to spend a night in this joint! (250)

The Vampiress
This poem was written by Lord Lytton. Hey, he did't just write, "It was a Dark and Stormy Night..." Give the guy a break! He wrote some really good stuff too! This poem, about a vampiress, is a prime example. It's extra especially horrific. So read. Read! (368)

The Vampyre
By John Polidori. If you like vampires, you certainly can't miss this story. Make sure those windows are locked tonight, vampires seem to have a way of flying inside at night for a little nibble.(8,600)

The Spirits of the Dead
By Edgar Allen Poe. Another of Poes tale about death to give your Christmas that extra special dark touch.(173)

The Pit and the Pendulum
One of Poe's sharpest tale! (2,200)

More Poe! This poem reflects one of Poe's greatest fears--being alone. The author just couldn't stand being alone, especially at night...too many inner demons perhaps.(170)

The Vampyre
This poem was written by Lord Bryon. It looks like everyone was trying to get in on the vampire action. Well, if you like vampires, you must read this one. It will really shut the lid on your coffin.(126)

The End, the Sketch Book, the Spectre Bridegroom, A Traveller’s Tale
Another of Washington Irving’s delightful tales about a bothersome apparition. It seems that Irving had haunting on his mind. The poor man must have been tormented by restless spirits. Well, you certainly must read this one if you want to keep up with your literary horror reading. (5,600)

Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard
A touching elegy written by Thomas Gray in 1804. If death is on your mind, maybe you’ll find this poem comforting. (982)

The Foresaken
This short yet touching poem was written by William Wordsworth. This poem is about a very troubled soul. If you’re troubled as well, you might relate to it oh, the wondrous work that came from the dismal, darker days of the past. (126)

Ah, Are You Digging
on My Grave?

A colorful, comical poem by Thomas Hardy. This poem is about love and grave digging. Read it if you have a bone to dig. (241)

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Anonymous, Horror: A True Tale

Arnold, H. F. The Night Wire

Atherton, Gertrude The Bell in the Fog
Atherton, Gertrude The Striding-Place
Atherton, Gertrude The Dead and the Countess
Atherton, Gertrude The Greatest Good of the Greatest Number
Atherton, Gertrude Death and the Woman


Balzac, Honore de La Grande Breteche
Balzac, Honore de The Elixir of Life
Balzac, Honore de The Succubus

Bellamy, Edward To Whom This May Come

Benson, E. F. The Room in the Tower
Benson, E. F. Mrs. Amworth

Bierce, Ambrose A Baby Tramp
Bierce, Ambrose A Diagnosis of Death
Bierce, Ambrose A Jug of Syrup
Bierce, Ambrose A Psychological Shipwreck
Bierce, Ambrose A Resumed Identity
Bierce, Ambrose A Tough Tussle
Bierce, Ambrose An Heiress from Redhorse
Bierce, Ambrose An Inhabitant of Carcosa
Bierce, Ambrose An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Bierce, Ambrose Beyond the Wall
Bierce, Ambrose The Boarded Window
Bierce, Ambrose Chickamauga
Bierce, Ambrose The Damned Thing
Bierce, Ambrose The Death of Halpin Frayser
Bierce, Ambrose The Devil's Dictionary
Bierce, Ambrose Fantastic Fables
Bierce, Ambrose Haita the Shepherd
Bierce, Ambrose The Haunted Valley
Bierce, Ambrose John Bartine's Watch
Bierce, Ambrose John Mortonson's Funeral
Bierce, Ambrose The Man and the Snake
Bierce, Ambrose The Middle Toe of the Right Foot
Bierce, Ambrose Moxon's Master
Bierce, Ambrose The Moonlit Road
Bierce, Ambrose The Night-Doings at "Deadmans"
Bierce, Ambrose One of Twins
Bierce, Ambrose One Summer Night
Bierce, Ambrose The Realm of the Unreal
Bierce, Ambrose The Secret of Macarger's Gulch
Bierce, Ambrose Staley Fleming's Hallucination
Bierce, Ambrose The Stranger

Blackwood, Algernon An Egyptian Hornet
Blackwood, Algernon A Victim of Higher Space
Blackwood, Algernon The House of the Past
Blackwood, Algernon The Willows

Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna The Ensouled Violin

Brown, Charles Brockden Weiland's Madness


Clarke, Marcus The Haunted Author

Collins, Wilkie A Terribly Strange Bed

Connell, Richard The Most Dangerous Game

Crawford, F. Marion For the Blood is the Life
Crawford, F. Marion The Screaming Skull
Crawford, F. Marion By the Waters of Paradise


Dickens, Charles The Haunted House
Dickens, Charles The Signal Man
Dickens, Charles The Trial for Murder


Edwards, Amelia B. The Phantom Coach


le Fanu, Sheridan Green Tea


Gordon, George (Lord Byron) Fragment of a Novel

Gibson, William Agrippa


Hardy, Thomas The Three Strangers

Hawthorne, Nathaniel Rappaccini's Daughter
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Minister's Black Veil


l'Isle-Adam, Villiers de The Torture of Hope

Irving, Washington The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Irving, Washington Wolfert Webber, or Golden Dreams


Jacobs, W. W. The Monkey's Paw

James, M.R. A School Story
James, M.R. The Ash Tree
James, M.R. Canon Alberic's Scrapbook
James, M.R. Casting the Runes
James, M.R. Count Magnus
James, M.R. Lost Hearts
James, M.R. Mezzotint
James, M.R. Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad
James, M.R. Number 13
James, M.R. Rats
James, M.R. The Treasure of Abbot Thomas

Jerome, Jerome K. The Dancing Partner


Kipling, Rudyard They


Lovecraft, H.P. The Alchemist
Lovecraft, H.P. The Beast in the Cave
Lovecraft, H.P. Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Lovecraft, H.P. The Cats of Ulthar
Lovecraft, H.P. Celephais
Lovecraft, H.P. The Crawling Chaos
Lovecraft, H.P. Dagon
Lovecraft, H.P. The Doom That Came to Sarnath
Lovecraft, H.P. Ex Oblivione
Lovecraft, H.P. Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family
Lovecraft, H.P. Herbert West: Reanimator
Lovecraft, H.P. Hypnos
Lovecraft, H.P. The Lurking Fear
Lovecraft, H.P. Memory
Lovecraft, H.P. The Music of Eric Zann
Lovecraft, H.P. The Nameless City
Lovecraft, H.P. Nyarlathotep
Lovecraft, H.P. The Picture in the House
Lovecraft, H.P. Poetry and the Gods
Lovecraft, H.P. Polaris
Lovecraft, H.P. The Statement of Randolph Carter
Lovecraft, H.P. The Street
Lovecraft, H.P. The Terrible Old Man
Lovecraft, H.P. The Tomb
Lovecraft, H.P. The Tree
Lovecraft, H.P. What the Moon Brings
Lovecraft, H.P. The White Ship

Lytton, Bulwer The Haunted and the Haunters
Lytton, Bulwer The Incantation


Machen, Arthur The Great God Pan

Maturin, Charles Robert Melmoth the Wanderer

Maupassant, Guy de The Horla

Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener

Murray, Louisa Mr. Gray's Strange Story



O'Brien, Fitzjames My Wife's Tempter
O'Brien, Fitzjames The Golden Ingot

Onions, Oliver The Beckoning Fair Ones

O'Donnell, Elliot Banshees

O'Sullivan, Vincent When I was Dead


Poe, Edgar Allan The Angel of the Odd
Poe, Edgar Allan The Assignation
Poe, Edgar Allan The Balloon-Hoax
Poe, Edgar Allan Berenice
Poe, Edgar Allan The Black Cat
Poe, Edgar Allan Bon-Bon
Poe, Edgar Allan The Business Man
Poe, Edgar Allan The Cask of Amontillado
Poe, Edgar Allan The Colloquy of Monos and Una
Poe, Edgar Allan The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
Poe, Edgar Allan A Descent into the Maelstrom
Poe, Edgar Allan The Devil in the Belfry
Poe, Edgar Allan Diddling
Poe, Edgar Allan The Domain of Arnheim
Poe, Edgar Allan The Duc De L'Omlette
Poe, Edgar Allan Eleonora
Poe, Edgar Allan The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Poe, Edgar Allan The Fall of the House of Usher
Poe, Edgar Allan Four Beasts in One
Poe, Edgar Allan The Gold-Bug
Poe, Edgar Allan Hansphaall
Poe, Edgar Allan Hop-Frog
Poe, Edgar Allan How to Write a Blackwood Article
Poe, Edgar Allan The Imp of the Perverse
Poe, Edgar Allan The Island of the Fay
Poe, Edgar Allan King Pest
Poe, Edgar Allan Landor's Cottage
Poe, Edgar Allan The Landscape Garden
Poe, Edgar Allan Ligeia
Poe, Edgar Allan Lionizing
Poe, Edgar Allan Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.
Poe, Edgar Allan Loss of Breath
Poe, Edgar Allan The Man of the Crowd
Poe, Edgar Allan The Man That was Used Up
Poe, Edgar Allan Marginalia
Poe, Edgar Allan The Masque of the Red Death
Poe, Edgar Allan Mellonta Tauta
Poe, Edgar Allan Mesmeric Revelation
Poe, Edgar Allan Metzengerstein
Poe, Edgar Allan Morella
Poe, Edgar Allan Morning on the Wissahiccon
Poe, Edgar Allan Ms. Found in a Bottle
Poe, Edgar Allan The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Poe, Edgar Allan The Mystery of Marie Roget
Poe, Edgar Allan Mystification
Poe, Edgar Allan The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Poe, Edgar Allan Never Bet the Devil Your Head
Poe, Edgar Allan The Oblong Box
Poe, Edgar Allan The Oval Portrait
Poe, Edgar Allan The Pit and the Pendulum
Poe, Edgar Allan The Power of Words
Poe, Edgar Allan A Predicament
Poe, Edgar Allan The Premature Burial
Poe, Edgar Allan The Purloined Letter
Poe, Edgar Allan The Raven
Poe, Edgar Allan Scenes from Politian
Poe, Edgar Allan Shadow - A Parable
Poe, Edgar Allan Silence - A Fable
Poe, Edgar Allan Some Words with a Mummy
Poe, Edgar Allan The Spectacles
Poe, Edgar Allan The Sphinx
Poe, Edgar Allan The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether
Poe, Edgar Allan Tale of Jerusalem
Poe, Edgar Allan A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
Poe, Edgar Allan The Tell-Tale Heart
Poe, Edgar Allan The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazade
Poe, Edgar Allan Thou Art the Man
Poe, Edgar Allan Three Sundays in a Week
Poe, Edgar Allan Von Kempelen and His Discovery
Poe, Edgar Allan Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Arm in a Sling
Poe, Edgar Allan William Wilson
Poe, Edgar Allan X-ing A Paragrab

Polidori, John The Vampyre

Post, Melville D. The Corpus Delicti


Quincey, Thomas De The Avenger



Saki (H. H. Munro) The Open Window
Saki (H. H. Munro) Sredni Vashtar
Saki (H. H. Munro)
Saki (H. H. Munro) The Background
Saki (H. H. Munro) The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope

Shelley, Mary The Mortal Immortal

Smith, Clark Ashton The Beast of Averoigne

Stephenson, Carl Leiningen versus the Ants

Stoker, Bram The Judge's House
Stoker, Bram Dracula's Guest


Thakeray, William Makepeace On Being Found Out
Thakeray, William Makepeace The Notch on the Ax

Tieck, Johann Ludwig Wake Not the Dead




Wells, H. G. A Dream of Armageddon
Wells, H. G. The Cone
Wells, H. G. The Country of the Blind
Wells, H. G. The Diamond Maker
Wells, H. G. The Door in the Wall
Wells, H. G. Filmer
Wells, H. G. Jimmy Goggles the God
Wells, H. G. The Lord of the Dynamos
Wells, H. G. The Magic Shop
Wells, H. G. Miss Winchelsea's Heart
Wells, H. G. A Moonlight Fable
Wells, H. G. Mr. Brisher's Treasure
Wells, H. G. Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation
Wells, H. G. Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland
Wells, H. G. The New Accelerator
Wells, H. G. The Star
Wells, H. G. The Stolen Body
Wells, H. G. The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost
Wells, H. G. Teh Truth about Pyecraft
Wells, H. G. The Valley of Spiders

Wharton, Edith Afterward

Wilkins, Mary The Lost Ghost
Wilkins, Mary Luella Miller
Wilkins, Mary The Shadows on the Wall
Wilkins, Mary The Southwest Chamber
Wilkins, Mary The Vacant Lot
Wilkins, Mary The Wind in the Rose-Bush





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