IMG_5527 Johan Christian Clausen Dahl. 1788-1857. Vue du chateau de Pillnitz. View the castle Pillnitz. 1823. Essen Folkwangmuseum par jean louis mazieres Via Flickr : Johan Christian Clausen Dahl. 1788-1857. Vue du chateau de Pillnitz. View the castle Pillnitz. 1823. Essen Folkwangmuseum
Camren: Whoa, what’s up with you, Blue! You look like you’re half-dead! June: Yeah, you look like you haven’t slept at all. Blue: That’s because I haven’t. Honestly, half-dead isn’t too far off. I feel like I could fall over any second now.
Camren: Err, is a pool party really the best place to be going when you can hardly keep your eyes open? June: Drowning seems like a terrible way to go. Blue: I’m not gonna swim. Just… sit off to the side or something. It seems silly to miss out on a party with everyone just ‘cause I’m a little tired. June: Pfff, haha, you’re a better person than me. I would’ve kept on sleeping. Camren: Yeah, same. Blue: Thanks for the support, guys.
Originally, I was going to post this sometime around last Halloween, but here I am, late as usual. Fancy a chilling Valentine’s Day?
This is a masterpost of short stories that I find creepy, crawly, unnerving, or just plain scary. These are also a choice cut of my personal favorites. Obviously, your mileage will vary. But if you enjoy reading macabre little stories that aren’t from Reddit Nosleep for once, hit this list up!
The list is adapted from Flavorwire’s 50 Scariest Short Stories list as a starting point. There will be short descriptions as well as trigger warnings for each story if I think some things require mentioning, but I obviously can’t tag for every trigger so exercise caution where you tread.
A lot of love went into this post; I wrote every description by hand myself, no copy-pasting here! So if you do want to reprint the list, please give me some credit. If you have more to add to the list, please message me.
Without further ado:
The Veldt, by Ray Bradbury. A sci-fi story featuring a futuristic home, with a futuristic nursery that can change its decor into anything the children desire: Wonderland, a lush jungle, a hot desert savannah. But the parents, George and Lydia, don’t seem to love it as much as their kids do.
The Specialist’s Hat, by Kelly Link. Remember Link’s name, she’ll appear on this list several times. Her writing style is whimsical, mind-bendy, and frankly quite weird, but in the best way possible. Here, a pair of identical twin girls who live in a large castle decide to play Dead, a game of their own invention. The rules? “One. Numbers are significant. […] Two. The twins don’t play the Dead game in front of grownups. […] Three is the best and most important rule. When you are Dead, you don’t have to be afraid of anything.”
The Wish, by Roald Dahl. One of Dahl’s lesser known stories, and quite underrated, in my opinion. A young boy plays the classic “the floor is lava” game on a large colored carpet, with an added twist: not only are the red parts burning coals, the black parts are slithering, venomous snakes! However, the game gets way more intense than the boy would like.
Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman. (TW: CANNIBALISM, MILD CHILD SEXUALIZATION, AND GORE) Come on, we all knew a Gaiman story would be on this list. A spin on the classic Snow White tale, it reimagines the tale from the Queen’s point of view in his usual haunting, beautiful prose. What if Snow White wasn’t the innocent damsel in distress? What if she was something more horrible, the thing that lurks in the shadows, pale, white and hungry?