With Halloween a few weeks away, it’s the perfect time to read some creepy short stories. Here are some of my favorites:
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs – A haunted monkey’s paw gives this family whatever they wish for…with a twist.
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates – A creepy guy shows up at her house. What should Connie do?
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor – A family road trip goes horribly wrong.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe – A murderer is haunted by guilt.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson – A seemingly normal small town turns out to have a dark secret.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – A confined woman descends into madness.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle – A woman’s twin sister dies under sudden and suspicious circumstances.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – A mysterious beast causes some suspicious deaths. This one’s actually a novel, but I had to include it because it’s so terrifying.
My new story collection, PALE HEARTS (now out in Kindle and paperback), has a few stories that are Halloween-worthy. In “The Grechtzoar,” Jimmy has to hunt the dangerous monster that killed his best friend. In “Unhanding,” John’s hand is stolen by an imposter. Mysterious disappearances, vacant houses, and a possible kidney haunting round out the generally creepy atmosphere. Check out my new events page to attend an upcoming reading!