One fun part about Halloween and October is how much creepier stories feel! I always feel more terrified of things when it is cold and foggy outside. Blame it on horror movies and mysteries if you want, but I always feel like fall is the ultimate time to read scary stories curled up by a warm fire!
Although most of the most famous horror writers are men, there were actually quite a few women writers in decades past who wrote horror stories. Today is a celebration of those women and their creepy stories!
Here are 7 classic scary stories written by women that you can read right now for free without even having to download them. Laziness for the win!
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
This classic horror tale is a little newer than the rest, having been written in 1966. It features the story of a 15 year-old girl who gets mixed up with a mysterious and charismatic stranger. This story isn’t horrifying as much, but it is pretty creepy and strange.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Of the famed The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson peppered the world with her terrifying stories- among them, this one about a small town lottery.
The Monkey Spoons by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
Published in Weird Tales in 1950, this story features the tale of three cursed spoons and three happy young people.
The Bell in the Fog by Gertrude Atherton
The Bell in the Fog was published in 1905, and it definitely bares marks of the period- but that almost enhances the creepy factor if you can imagine it taking place in Victorian times. This story has everything you want in a gothic novel: ghosts, creepy places, and fatalist choices.
The Lost Ghost by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
The Lost Ghost is a classic ghostly horror from the late 1800s. This one tells the story from the prospective of small-town gossip, which adds to the creepy factor.
The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley
I didn’t actually know for a long time that Frankenstein was written by a woman (due to my lack of care for author names, book titles, or chapter titles as a kid- I just thought they were a distraction to the real story), but this short story also showcases her horrific talents. The Mortal Immortal features a story of a man who pays the price of sanity to play God.
The Southwest Chamber by Mary Wilkins
The Southwest Chamber tells the tale of two middle-age sisters after the death of their Aunt Harriet. They begin to see suspicious things occur in the room where Harriet died. This is another interesting mix between plainspoken writing and horror- which I think some storytellers today forget to employ. If you mix practical in with scary, it makes the horror stand out all the more. This story also contains the word “fiddlesticks,” so naturally I love it.
I’ve also included this story by a man, Pigeons from Hell, simply because the title makes me giggle. Anyone that can make pigeons scary has got to be a true master of horror.
Quote Me Thursday Link Up
Now it’s time to link up your book posts to Quote Me Thursday!
Remember, you can link up any book-related post!
As always, I will feature my favorite link-up and by linking up, you agree to receive Quote Me Thursday reminders and have your post shared on Daily Mayo. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Quote Me Thursday Pinterest board (send me your e-mail or Pinterest ID if you want to be added as a contributor).
Last week, my favorite post had to be the quote from That’s What He Said over at Chapter Break. It featured one of my favorite lines from Landline, one of my favorite books about marriage! The quote is: “I love you more than I hate everything else,” which doesn’t sound romantic, but it is to me. 🙂
Just an FYI, That’s What He Said is a weekly link up on Thursdays just like Quote Me Thursday- kill two birds with one post and link up with us both next time!
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