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A Passion For Horror

List of Public Domain Horror Stories (electronic texts)


List of Classic Horror Stories (Public  Domain) Available to Read on This Site

Listed in Alphabetical Order, by Author's Last Name

This section of the site contains public domain horror texts. 

Public domain refers to the body of creative works and knowledge in which no person, government or organization has any proprietary interest such as a copyright. These works are considered part of the public cultural heritage and may be freely used by all.

Most of the texts in this section are short stories, but there are also a few online books, along with some poetry and essays. 

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William Harrison Ainsworth

The Spectre Bride



Louisa Baldwin

How He Left the Hotel

Many Waters Cannot Quench Love

The Real and the Counterfeit

The Shadow on the Blind

The Uncanny Bairn


Honoré de Balzac

La Grande Breteche


John Kendrick Bangs

A Midnight Visitor

A Psychical Prank

A Quicksilver Cassandra

The Ghost Club

The Speck on the Lens

The Spectre Cook of Bangletop

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall


Sabine Baring-Gould

A Dead Finger

A Happy Release

A Professional Secret

Aunt Joanna

Black Ram

Colonel Halifax's Ghost Story



Jean Bouchon

Little Joe Gander



On The Leads

Pomps and Vanities

The 9.30 Up-Train

The "Bold Venture"

The Book of Were-Wolves  (non-fiction)

The Leaden Ring

The Merewigs

The Mother of Pansies

The Red-Haired Girl

The White Flag


E. F. Benson

A Tale of an Empty House

And No Bird Sings

And the Dead Spake

At Abdul Ali's Grave

At the Farmhouse

Bagnell Terrace

Between the Lights


Christopher Comes Back



Gavon's Eve

Home, Sweet Home

How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery

In the Tube

Inscrutable Decrees

James Lamp



Mr. Tilly's Séance

Mrs Amworth

Naboth's Vineyard

Negotium Perambulans

Outside the Door



Roderick's Story


The Bath-Chair

The Bus-Condutor

The Cat

The China Bowl

The Confession of Charles Linkworth

The Corner House

The Dance

The Dust-Cloud

The Face

The Gardener

The Hanging of Alfred Wadham

The Horror-Horn

The House with the Brick-Kiln

The Man Who Went Too Far

The Other Bed

The Psychical Mallards

The Room in the Tower

The Sanctuary

The Shootings of Achnaleish

The Step

The Temple

The Terror by Night

The Thing in the Hall

The Wishing-Well

Thursday Evenings


Ambrose Bierce

A Baby Tramp

A Baffled Ambuscade

A Cold Greeting

A Diagnosis of Death

A Fruitless Assignment

A Holy Terror

A Jug of Sirup

A Man With Two Lives

A Psychological Shipwreck

A Resumed Identity

A Tough Tussle

A Vine on a House

A Watcher by the Dead

A Wireless Message

An Adventure at Brownville

An Arrest

An Heiress from Redhorse

An Inhabitant of Carcosa

An Unfinished Race

At Old Man Eckert's

Beyond the Wall

Charles Ashmore's Trail

Haïta the Shepherd

John Bartine's Watch

John Mortonson's Funeral

Moxon's Master

One of Twins

One Summer Night

Present at a Hanging

Staley Fleming's Hallucination

The Applicant

The Boarded Window

The Damned Thing

The Death of Halpin Frayser

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field

The Eyes of the Panther

The Famous Gilson Bequest

The Haunted Valley

The Isle of Pines

The Man and the Snake

The Man Out of the Nose

The Middle Toe of the Right Foot

The Moonlit Road

The Night-Doings at "Deadman's"

The Other Lodgers

The Realm of the Unreal

The Secret of Macarger's Gulch

The Spook House

The Stranger

The Suitable Surroundings

The Thing at Nolan

Three and One are One

Two Military Executions


Mary Elizabeth Braddon

At Chrighton Abbey

The Cold Embrace

The Shadow in the Corner



Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Wilkie Collins

Miss Jéromette and the Clergyman

The Haunted Hotel (Online Book)

The Traveler’s Story of a Terribly Strange Bed


Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (Mrs Craik)

A Dreadful Ghost

The Last House in C---- Street


F. Marion Crawford

For the Blood is the Life

The Screaming Skull

The Upper Berth


Bithia Mary Croker

To Let



Charles Dickens

A Child's Dream of a Star

A Christmas Carol

The Black Veil

The Signal-Man

The Trial For Murder (aka To be Taken With a Grain of Salt)



Amelia B. Edwards

No. 5 Branchline: The Engineer's Story

The Four-Fifteen Express

The Phantom Coach




Elizabeth Gaskell

The Old Nurse's Story


Théophile Gautier



Victoria Glad

Each Man Kills



Nathaniel Hawthorne

Feathertop: A Moralized Legend




W. W. Jacobs

The Monkey's Paw

The Toll-House


Henry James

The Friends of the Friends


M.R. James

A Neighbour's Landmark

A School Story

A View from a Hill

A Vignette

A Warning to the Curious

After Dark in the Playing Fields

An Episode of Cathedral History

Casting the Runes

Canon Alberic's Scrap-book

Count Magnus

Lost Hearts

Martin's Close

Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance

Number 13

'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad'


The Ash Tree

The Diary of Mr Poynter

The Experiment - A New Years' Eve Ghost Story

The Haunted Dolls' House

The Malice of Inanimate Objects

The Mezzotint

The Residence at Whitminster

The Rose Garden

The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral

The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance

The Tractate Middoth

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas

The Uncommon Prayer-Book

There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard

Two Doctors

Wailing Well



Jerome K. Jerome

The Man of Science



Joseph Rudyard Kipling

At the End of the Passage
The Mark of the Beast



Vernon Lee

A Wicked Voice


J.S. Le Fanu

A Debt of Honor

An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street


Catherine's Quest

Devereux's Dream

Dickon the Devil

Dr Feversham's Story


Pichon & Sons, of the Croix Rousse

Squire Toby's Will

The Phantom Fourth

The Secret of the Two Plaster Casts

The Spirit's Whisper

What Was It?


H.P. Lovecraft

Azathoth   (Fragment)

Beyond the Wall of Sleep


Cool Air


Ex Oblivione

From Beyond


Herbert West – Reanimator


In the Vault

Literary Composition (essay)


Old Bugs

Pickman's Model


Supernatural Horror in Literature (essay)

The Alchemist

The Beast in the Cave

The Call of Cthulhu

The Descendant   (Fragment)

The Doom that Came to Sarnath

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath  (novella)

The Festival

The Horror at Red Hook

The Hound

The Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family

The Lurking Fear

The Moon-Bog

The Music of Erich Zaan

The Nameless City

The Other Gods

The Outsider

The Picture in the House

The Quest of Iranon

The Rats in the Walls

The Shunned House

The Silver Key

The Statement of Randolph Carter

The Strange High House in the Mist

The Street

The Temple

The Terrible Old Man

The Tomb

The Transition of Juan Romero

The Tree

The Unnamable

The White Ship

Under the Pyramids


Edward Bulwer Lytton

The Haunted and the Haunters



George MacDonald

Uncle Cornelius His Story


Francis Oscar Mann

The Devil in a Nunnery


Guy de Maupassant



Mademoiselle Cocotte

The Apparition

The Flayed Hand

The Grave

The Hand

The Horla


Richard Middleton

And Who Shall Say—?

Blue Blood

Children of the Moon

On the Brighton Road

Shepherd's Boy

The Bird in the Garden

The Coffin Merchant

The Conjurer

The Ghost-Ship

The Passing of Edward



Jan Neruda

The Vampire


E. Nesbit

From the Dead

In the Dark

John Charrington's Wedding

Man-Size in Marble

The Ebony Frame

The Haunted Inheritance

The House of Silence

The Mass for the Dead

The Mystery of the Semi-Detached

The Power of Darkness

Uncle Abraham's Romance


Amyas Northcote

Brickett Bottom



Vincent O'Sullivan

The Interval

When I Was Dead



Edgar  Allan Poe







MS Found in a Bottle

Shadow – a Parable

Silence – a Fable (Siope – a Fable)

The Assignation (The Visionary)

The Black Cat

The Cask of Amontillado

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Man That Was Used Up

The Masque of the Red Death

The Oval Portrait

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Raven (poem)

The Tell-Tale Heart

William Wilson


John William Polidori

The Vampyre


Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin

The Queen of Spades





Sir Walter Scott

The Tapestried Chamber


Robert Louis Stevenson

The Bodysnatcher

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  (Online Book)


Bram Stoker

A Dream of Red Hands

A Gipsy Prophecy

Crooken Sands

Dracula  (Online Book)

Dracula's Guest

The Burial of the Rats

The Coming of Abel Behenna

The Crystal Cup

The Judge's House

The Secret of the Growing Gold

The Squaw



Mark Twain

A Ghost Story





Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray  (Online Book)


Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

A Far-Away Melody

A Gentle Ghost

A Symphony in Lavender

Luella Miller

The Hall Bedroom

The Little Maid at the Door

The Lost Ghost

The Shadows on the Wall

The Southwest Chamber

The Twelfth Guest

The Vacant Lot

The Wind in the Rose-Bush






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