October is a great time to dive into some spooky literature since things tend to wind down around and stabilize around this time. Just for my readers, I have 31 classic horror works listed below -- almost all accessible online (free reading). You'll find everything from poems, short stories, novellas, and novels listed below.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Short story. 1820, American.
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs. Short story. 1902, American.
Hell House by Richard Matheson. Novel. 1971, American.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Novella. 1886, British.
The Phantom Coach by Amelia B Edwards. Short story. 1864, American.
The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft. Short story. 1929, American.
Dracula by Bram Stoker. Novel. 1897, British.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Poem. 1845, American.
The Furnished Room by O. Henry. Short story. 1906, American.
The Vampyre by John Polidori. Short story. 1819, British.
The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood. Novella. 1910, British.
The Sorcery Club by Elliot O'Donnell. Novel. 1912, British.
The History of Magic by Eliphas Levi. Dissertation. 1860, French.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Novel. 1891, British.
Halloween by Robert Burns. Poem. 1786, Scottish.
A Tale For Halloween by Loretta Ellen Brady. Short story. 1920, American.
The Bogey-Beast by Flora Annie Steel. Short story. 1922, British.
The Hanging Stranger by Phillip K Dick. Short story. 1953, American.
William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe. Short story. 1836, American.
The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey. Alternative religious perspective. 1966, American.
Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft. Short story. 1928, American.
The Witch’s Head by H. Rider Haggard. Novel. 1884, British.
The Magic Bed-Knob; or How To Become A Witch In 10 Easy Lessons by Mary Norton. 1943, British. PURCHASE.
A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson. Novel. 1958, American.
The Mummy by Anne Rice. Novel. 1989, American. PURCHASE.
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin. Novel. 1990, American. PURCHASE.
Wagner The Wehr-Wolf by G.W.M. Reynolds. Novel. 1847, British.
Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. Two-Act Play. 1808, German.
The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. Novel. 1933, American. PURCHASE.
Invasion of The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. Novel. 1954, American. PURCHASE.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Novel. 1959, American.
When reading any of these pieces of literature ask yourself why it's scary. Also, who would you cast for the roles? Which work is the scariest and why?