My Favourite Classic Horror Short Stories

 Happy Spooky Season Readers, 

Earlier this year I became slightly obsessed with listening to old ghost stories on audible. It was so easy to just put on a classic horror audiobook anthology that I just seemed to burn through them. I have notices with old books people complain the stories aren’t “scary” enough you have to remember these ghost stories were written as far back as 1800’s and times where different.

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The Room in the Tower by E.F. Benson

Year Published: 1912

Page: 26

Plot: After many years of experiencing a strange and recurring dream, of an unseen, unidentified terror lurking in a room at the top of a mysterious house, our narrator is disturbed to find that his nightmare appears to be crossing over into real life...

The Beast with Five Fingers by W.F. Harvey

Year Published: 1919

Page: 33

Plot: A well off English bachelor receives a legacy from his uncle. This includes the uncle's very large library and a box containing something that used to belong to his uncle. The box has air holes in it. It is not a rat or other small mammal for his collection, but it is something still alive; something very malevolent and something very evil.

The Vampyre by John William Polidori

Year Published: 1819

Page: 72

Plot: John William Polidori’s The Vampyre is both a classic tale of gothic horror and the progenitor of the modern romantic vampire myth that has been fodder for artists ranging from Anne Rice to Alan Ball to Francis Ford Coppola. Originally published in 1819, many decades before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and misattributed to Polidori’s friend Lord Byron, The Vampyre has kept readers up at night for nearly two hundred years.

The Body-Snatchers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Year Published: 1884

Page: 22

Plot: Medical school students Fettes and Macfarlane are charged with the unenviable task of receiving and paying for the institution’s research cadavers. When Fettes recognizes the dead body of a woman, he saw alive and well just the day before, he suspects murder. Macfarlane, however, insists that the authorities would never believe they had nothing to do with her death. Reluctantly, Fettes agrees to keep quiet, but soon regrets his decision when another familiar corpse turns up—and takes on a life of its own.

The Judge's House by Bram Stoker

Year Published: 1891

Page: 24

Plot: A scholar takes up residence in the former home of a judge with a very evil reputation. He finds the place infested with rats, but it suits his purposes... until one of the rats grows too bold, and the scholar realizes the horror he's stumbled into.

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