Top Ten Tuesday: Free Horror Stories

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Happy (almost) Halloween to everyone in the Top Ten Tuesday community!

This is my favourite holiday of the year by far, so the end of October always has a few posts on this topic on my site.

If you feel the same way about this season, here are some free horror stories you can read online to get into the spirit of Halloween.

1. The Bongcheon-Dong Ghost” by Studio Horang

This is a comic strip about a ghost looking for her baby.

2. Candle Cove” by Kris Straub

Everyone has a favourite childhood show, but not all of them are as unique as Candle Cove.

3. The Bog Girl” by Karen Russell

Is anyone else in the TTT community fascinated with bog bodies? I read as many non-fiction articles and books about them as I can find, but fictionalized accounts of them are interesting, too.

4. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates

There are some disturbing themes in this tale, so click carefully if you hate violence (implied or actual). But I loved the character development in it, especially once the protagonist realizes just how few choices she’s been left with.

Potion in the foreground. Skull and lit candle sitting on a book in the background. 5. “Redcap” by Carrie Vaughn.

If you like dark fairy tales, definitely give this one a try.

6. Hello Moto” by Nnedi OkoaforΒ 

Anything in life can be turned into something frightening if it’s described in the right way. In this case, it’s wigs!

7. “Shiva, Open Your Eye” by Laird Barron

The writing in this short story was simply beautiful. I also enjoyed who the author chose to be the protagonist. Let’s just say it might not be who you’re expecting.

8. Glashaus” by Madeline Gobbo and Miles Klee

There’s nothing scarier than an old-fashioned haunted house.

9. A Guilty Conscience” by Nicholas GordonΒ 

If you get scared easily, this is the best thing on my list to read. It’s much less intense than everything else I recommended.

10. eyes i dare not meet in dreams” by Sunny Moraine

Finally, this tale should only be read by people who don’t get scared easily. And, yes, the title was not capitalized on purpose. That’s how it’s supposed to be written.


96 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Free Horror Stories

  1. I love Halloween, but I hate scary…explain that paradox! So, thank you for the list of stories, but I want to sleep at night more than I want to read these, so I will be skipping them. There are many, many folks who love scary and will greatly appreciate these, I know.

  2. Great take on this week’s freebie, Lydia! I’m a total chicken so I don’t know if I’d read any of these (that last one especially already has me picturing scary things I don’t want to be picturing!) but I do admit to being curious lol maybe when I’m feeling a little daring (or am taking a break at the office surrounded by people and sun) πŸ˜‚

    My TTT post

    • Thank you! And don’t worry about it. Some of the stories I linked to are pretty intense. “A Guilty Conscience” might be a good one to try if you can handle just a little bit of fright. πŸ™‚

  3. I love your list! The Bog Girl is one I need to go and read because you’re not alone – I find bog bodies fascinating, too. There’s a great poem by Seamus Heaney called “The Bog Queen” that you might like, and Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall is worth reading, too.

  4. Great spin on the TTT Lydia! This scaredy cat has never any of these books and probably never will lol!!!

  5. I’ve read Dracula and Frankenstein–both way better than I expected. Terror/horror are not for me! I do not enjoy being scared! East of Eden’s Cathy Ames gave me nightmares for weeks!

  6. Free stories for a TTT freebie! I see what you did there… πŸ˜‰

    Great idea for a topic, too! I love that there are lots of places to read fiction for free online, but I haven’t yet compiled all of my favorites into one spot. I’ll have to keep this in mind for a future TTT freebie.

  7. Bog bodies are definitely fascinating. Our local museum brought in a Bog Body exhibition at one point. Absolutely amazing.

    And really really fascinating for more than just the preservation of the bodies. Textile historians must just go wild for new discoveries πŸ™‚

    Going to have to remember to go read that story!

    • Wow, that must have been an amazing exhibit to see! Yeah, bogs preserve all sorts of things that would normally disintegrate long before our scientists and historians could do anything to document them. The textile historians must have loved what they saw.

    god that creepy pasta ruined my life. it’s terrifying!! you did such a great job with this prompt.

    I’ve always avoided reading The Bongcheon-Dong Ghost” but…I’m feeling brave today.

  9. Thank you for this list! I don’t think I’ve read any of these, so now I need to check them all out. Just in time for Halloween πŸ™‚

  10. Fun twist you put on this past week’s topic, Lydia. Who doesn’t enjoy finding a fun little story online, especially if its of our favorite holiday? I’m all about cozy and seasonal (Christmas) reads right now because of some upcoming blog content I’m going to post. It’s a little early yet, but I’m still enjoying. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit!

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