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Scary Halloween short stories are frighteningly good fun to share with friends and family. These stories are great to tell during parties, or you can simply curl up by candlelight and enjoy a spooky tale on your own. You can venture further into the macabre with the remaining tales presented just for this spooky holiday. Later, it was converted to a private residence. The sprawling red-clapboard home has welcomed many families in its almost four-hundreds years, yet some people have felt very unwelcome indeed.

One night just before Halloween, Ann came to the old inn to babysit for the Armstrong family. The three little girls had done their homework and were already in their pajamas and ready for bed. The Armstrongs left for their dinner engagements.

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Around nine o'clock, with all three girls tucked safely into bed, Ann settled in front of the television to watch a movie. About fifteen minutes later, Ann suddenly felt chilled to the bone. She set her cola on the end table and checked the thermostat.


The room temperature was set to 70 degrees, and she could hear the oil burner chugging along in the basement. A few minutes later, she heard heavy footsteps on the stairs leading from the kitchen to the second floor. The footsteps seemed to be coming closer. Ann checked the kitchen and the hallway. It was even colder back there than in the living room. Nobody was there. She shook her head and went upstairs.

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All three girls were sound asleep. She returned to the living room. It's on Channel 4 now. She sat back in the chair. With a shriek, Ann pulled the plug from the television.

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Armstrong found her upstairs, curled in her afghan, asleep at the foot of the children's beds. Gloria and her friends Sarah and Megan enjoyed riding their horses through the woods next to the riding stable. Many of the old timers at the stable warned them not to pass Black Woods at night on horseback. The haunted woods often spooked the horses - as well as the riders.

One particularly beautiful night close to Halloween, the girls rode out further than they intended. The crisp leaves crunched under the horses' hooves, and the girls spent more time than usual exploring an unused trail. The sunset faded, and the girls suddenly realized they would have to pass by Black Woods in pitch darkness.

The horses knew the path and picked their way carefully through the woodland trail. As they came to the fork in the trail that led left past Black Woods toward the stables or right towards the road, all three horses balked and refused to turn left. She shivered.

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Gloria persisted. It's too dangerous. Besides, we're almost back. We just have to get through Black Woods. Sarah and Meg had already turned their horses and headed towards the road. She urged her horse forward. As they rounded the last turn into Black Woods, an eerie glow suddenly lit the path in front of her. Gloria urged her trembling horse forward.

As she turned the last corner through Black Woods towards the riding stable, the glow became stronger and centered on a huge, lightning-struck oak tree. On the trunk of the tree a woman's face appeared. She glowed with a white light as her lips moved. Gloria kicked her horse, but the horse needed no urging. He flew through the woods and stopped at the stable door trembling in fear. The next day, one of the stable owners, Tommy, stopped by while Gloria groomed her horse. Tommy had heard that Gloria had ridden alone through Black Woods after dark, and so close to Halloween.

As she curried her horse, Gloria worked up her courage and asked, "Tommy, why do people say we shouldn't go into Black Woods at night? Running late, he hopped on his sister's bicycle and pedaled toward his friend's house. He turned down the lonely side street skirting the woods that he and his friends used as a short-cut through town. He shrugged off the creepy feeling someone was watching him as he neared the darkest part of the street and sped through as fast as he could.

One of the horror heavyweights, but I wanted to make sure everyone was exposed to it. Has an unsettling feel, like a bad dream you sort-of remember. Possibly ghost-written by H. This is gonna weed a few people out. Benson or M. James instead, no one will blame you. Speaking of M. I keep a complete collection of his stuff this one, in fact - it's a beautiful little thing, hardback and just a bit bigger than a Gideon Bible beside my bed in case I need some get-back-to-sleep reading.

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This volume is also good -- it's got all of James's stories, plus a whole lot more, including several of the authors posted here. This one, in particularly, might make you afraid of doing your laundry…. A couple decide to stay at their vacation cabin past Labor Day, and… no one ever does that. And neither should they. A grave robber finds he has some very nasty competition.

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Nothing pretty about this punch-in-the-face pulp story, but it touches on several primal fears with no mercy given, and does it with style. You know how your medicines have an expiration date? Ye godz. If you liked Stephen King's "Grey Matter" you might be ready for this.

Another one I was surprised and overjoyed to find online. Didja know the Game of Thrones guy did horror? Well, he does, and he will bother you.

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Maybe you can figure it out. But, creepy it is. Then he finds a real little girl who looks exactly like the painting and becomes so enamored of her that he wants to adopt her. The past and present seem to converge. For those who like their horror quiet.

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A ship is visited by a rowboat from a nearby island, whose occupant refuses to be seen. If you have time, you can read a whole novel by Hodgson online, The House on the Borderland , about a guy battling weird pig-men who come out of a hole under his house. Eventually time stops and the world dies for a while as centuries pass in minutes. But since everybody finds snails pretty icky, I betcha it will! Another one I was surprised and happy to find online. Try not to picture it too hard…. Find out how wrong you can be! Marion Crawford. I read this when I was far too young to be reading it in the classic Great Tales of Terror and The Supernatural , which I nagged my mom to buy me when I was about five — everybody needs this book in their house, it should be mandatory and it messed me up good.

Oh, man, the madness in this story… it stays unsettling no matter how many times you read it. An obsession with the wallpaper — and a woman she thinks is creeping behind it — drives her to madness. Chilling every damn time. A student moves into an apartment where the previous residents hung themselves from a bar in the window.

In the first, a couple of smartypants ghostbusters insist on spending the night in the ruins of a haunted castle and end up facing far more horror than they bargained for.