Horror Short Stories Books

A Is for Antichrist: A-Z of Horror

Happy birthday...

A boy's 16th birthday is a special occasion. It's a time where he becomes a man. It's a time that brings many changes.

But Isaac's 16th birthday brings him more changes than most. He is not quite himself, and suddenly his friends don't seem so much like friends anymore. By the end of the party, Isaac will not just change from a boy into a man, but into something else entirely.

Growing pains can be hell...

From best-selling author of horror & suspense, Iain Rob Wright.

Cold Sweats and Vignettes

"The Steal" - A thief is hired by a collector to acquire an occult artifact....

"Crash" - A hard landing on an alien planet....

"Collision" - A world-changing incident at the Large Hadron Collider....

"The Fall" - A London gangster finds himself in a bad situation....

The Doll

The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker's daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll's past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit.

Alien Species Intervention: Books 1-3: An Alien Apocalyptic Saga (Species Intervention #6609)

Warning*** This series honestly reflects the brutality of our world. If you are a sensitive reader, this is NOT for you.*** Contains violence.*** ( NO violence towards animals).Alien Species Intervention #6609, is an alien apocalyptic saga spanning 200 years from the Prohibition to the distant future. It encompasses tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and acts of unspeakable violence. When you think you've figured it out . . . WHAM! You won't see it coming. Thriller, horror, science fiction and fantasy all in one, the series is a gripping psychological exploration of how the inherent greed and evil of man is dooming planet Earth and its inhabitants.

In Baby, the prequel to the Species Intervention #6609, Netty is a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a prominent citizen during the Prohibition years in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist husband, traveling back to her parents' farm, where she rescues an enigmatic and damaged creature named "Baby" with whom she falls in love.

Netty and Baby find happiness and fulfillment until a handsome Italian stranger, Wil, comes into Netty's life, creating a tense love triangle made more fraught by Netty's struggle to hide the bizarre and wondrous changes to her body caused by loving Baby. Baby's miraculous healing powers on the nature around them can't be ignored either. The heart-rending and astonishingly brutal climax to their story comes as all three face challenges that ultimately lead to transcendence and the discovery of a new world that promises resurrection.

Echo

2033. One hundred years have passed since the birth of Baby's miraculous offspring, Echo. The United States has evolved to a point of politically driven economic collapse.

An abused mother escapes with her two sickly children, Scotty and Abby, from the tenements of Short Hills to the farmland of Sussex County. There she unites with a Latino family who has provided a loving home to Jose, a young Costa Rican boy who has been traumatized by murder and kidnap.

The two families find themselves the subject of the psychotic attention of Armoni, a soul damaged beyond redemption, as their lives become entwined with Echo's, who is intent on thwarting the efforts of the heinous people who prey on the lives of other creatures. And as the insidious miscreant, Armoni, tracks them down, bringing brutality and violence to all, Netty recruits a heartbroken Abby to mount a mission to rescue the wildlife of Earth before despicable events bring on the specter of Armageddon.

In Armageddon Cometh, the third book in the Alien Species Intervention #6609, Abby plans to abduct the wildlife at the Big Cat Sanctuary under Netty's guidance by enlisting the help of the charming Italian yacht captain, Cobby, even though this leads to the exposure of hidden changes to her body. Despite her love for Jose, she draws closer to the charming Cobby when Jose departs on his own mission to find his adopted family.

At Bird Key, young Scotty embarks on a romance with the troubled rich girl, Chloe. As strange connections and revealed identities collide with political intrigue and murder, a traumatized Chloe and Jose scramble in a frantic dash to escape, wildlife and all, to Tampa Bay. Joining them are Kenya, a sassy and striking pregnant black girl, and Peter, their trusted attorney, who has been left scarred and emotionally ruined by their nemesis, Armoni. In the climax and chaos of the escape ahead of cops and devastation from the sky, it soon becomes clear that Scotty might be the mysterious "One" as foretold in an omen.

Warning: Alien Species Intervention #6609 contains violence that a sensitive reader may find confronting.

House of Justice: A Horror Short Story

Halloween only comes around once a year, and the Justices do it right. They turn their house into a museum of torture, sectioning off each room with a velvet rope. The exhibits are so terrifying that the local amusement park asks them for their secret. It's quite simple, actually. And four lucky--or unlucky--fans get to find out what it is first hand.

Apocalypstick

A Kindle Top 100 Free Book in Anthologies and Short Stories

If a man's behavior suddenly and inexplicably changes, it is probably because of a woman. Or rather, the man's perception of a woman. The two stories in this book explore the dark paths set by male leads and the warped lens through which they view the opposite gender.

Killing Tiffany Hudson: This post-apocalyptic science fiction tale follows a heroic, but guilt-ridden young man, mutated by an alien plague. Contrary to his policy of avoiding cities, he battles his way into a monster-infested Manhattan to rescue a young woman from an imminent, and probably very messy, death.

Finding Home: Part paranormal horror, and part psychological thriller, this creepy story puts you in the blood spattered shoes of deeply disturbed man on a quest for the perfect home and family, as he tries to escape the control of man bent on his destruction. Can he ever find the "normal" life he so desperately craves, when the man he is fleeing only exists in his head?

Sliced and Diced: A collection of dark and twisted short stories

A collection of 17 dark and twisted tales that will entertain, scare, shock, and disturb you.

Stories include a serial killer on the hunt for his next trophy, ghosts on a murderous reunion tour, a jealous girlfriend killing her boyfriend's beloved pet, a ghost bride, and a demon tormenting a nun.

Author Joan De La Haye presents an assortment of narratives; some have been previously published in acclaimed anthologies, while others have never seen the light of day. All are sure to provide thrills and chills but are best read with the lights on.

Monster in the Mirror and other Short Stories - Includes Extended Previews of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb and The Little Wooden Chair

Includes two free additional short stories. That's three great short stories for younger readers.

Could there be a hidden room somewhere in your house? And just what would you find lurking there?

Nate, his little sister, and best buddy Dan, stumble upon a hidden room during a sleep-over. What they find inside is anything but friendly.

Includes the bonus short story: Steven, Space Stowaway (originally published in the June issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk).

When Steven's Mom leaves for a mission to Mars, he's determined to come along. Even if he has to sneak onboard.

Just one problem: he gets caught. And the Captain has a particularly unpleasant way of dealing with stowaways.

Includes the bonus short story: Bloody Marcy.

When a game of Bloody Mary goes terribly wrong, someone might just die.

Praise for Monster in the Mirror:

"This short story is small and sweet. It's creepy and has a feel of Neil Gaiman's Coraline to it. That eerie, childlike innocence mixed in with horror and suspense. It's a great read, and I really enjoyed it." - YA Books Reviewed

"A very good short story. Written in an eerie enough way to make (you) to look over your shoulder and avoid mirrors for awhile." - Tricia Bennett, Author

"Wow! Excellent short story. Well written and very easy to read. I didn't get bored at all. I also liked the song and the ending was awesome." -B. Marie, Smashwords

"This is such a cute book! I loved the characters and everything else about it! Great Ghost Story and pretty creepy too. Definitely worth reading." -Laura F.

"One really good book, I love it ...it got better and better each minute, first good, then great, then excellent, then awesome, then scary, then done." -Toilit L.

About the Author

M.J.A. Ware, known as MJ to his friends, lives in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains with his wife and two daughters. When not writing about aliens, monsters and ghosts, he runs a company where he designs award winning video arcades. He's currently polishing his latest novel, Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb, about friends who take on an army of the undead, armed with nothing but Super Soakers--filled with zombie killing juice.

Previews:

Five Chapter Extended Preview of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb:

When life gives you lemons, kill zombies--turns out lemon juice neutralizes the undead.

Best friends Nathan & Misty return home to discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town & everyone's fled--except a small horde of zombies.

Even with the help of the town geek, they'll need more then lemonade-powered Super-Soakers; they'll need the Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb.

Eight Chapter extended preview of The Little Wooden Chair:

Maggy's grandfather knows he'll be dead by the time she's born. The only gift he can afford is one he makes with his own hands.

As he finishes the little wooden chair, he has no idea that his gift will not only be her protector and companion, but it will teach her the meaning of Love.

Hotel Z: A Short Story

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Just One Day

The engineer awoke to the sound of the failing air conditioning, knowing four things above all else. He knew exactly who would be beating a monotonous rhythm on the door, he knew that he had to kill them, he knew that they would already be dead and rotting, and he was painfully aware that they would not be alone...

Just One Day is a short sci-fi/horror story by Jacob Prytherch, author of The Binary Man, Heal The Sick Raise The Dead, and the Cuts of Flesh series.

For updates visit https://www.facebook.com/jakeprytherch and 'like'.

Main website - jakeprytherch.wix.com/main

Grave Clouds: & Other Dark Tales

Horror visits a small village on Christmas Eve as a twisted man hunts an old enemy. A dark night of suspense and romance turns sour when a brother crashes the party. Meanwhile a surrounded graveyard sees two lovers say a final goodbye.

This collection of short stories blends horror, humour and fantasy, examining the very best and worst humanity has to offer.

"Certainly different. Some might say controversial." - Linda Daunter, Adjudicator - Writelink Xmas Chillers 2010

"Hilarious!" - ABC Tales 2013

Pulp Dummy Dreadful: Tales to Make You Scared and Depressed

Seven tales of dread, of wicked individuals, sinister entities, and strange happenings.

Tales unsuitable for children, the fainthearted, and oversensitive, emotional types.

Tales to make you scared and depressed.

"THE MAGIC OF MR. AND MRS. CRUFF" While little Lucy's mommy and daddy fight and throw stuff at each other, she hides in her room and talks to friendly shadow people, who give her all the junk food she wants.

"DUWENDE" In exchange for booze and smokes, the mystical, tiny man grants Santiago a wish. When it comes, Santiago isn't thrilled. He's disgusted.

"SOUL BURN" The powerful new drug is only sold to "special individuals" and Dominic is one of them. He soon experiences the mind-blowing trip, but it totally isn't rad.

"THE ME" Kurt receives terrifying text messages...From himself?

"ASLEEP FOR SERENA" The girl of his dreams. The girl he only knows in his dreams. The girl he truly loves. Rob will finally meet her.

"NO WAY, MAN" Janet's daughter is distressed and won't stop crying. "No way, man," the three-year-old keeps saying, "no way, man." What does it mean?

"THE GUMMY WORM GIRL" She's a horridly deformed enigma and she loves gummy worms. She's about to change a candy store employee's life.

Pulp Dummy Dreadful.

Some bastards won't go to hell soon enough.

Hear Me: A psychological thriller.

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Punishment has a Voice.

Joana and Goncalo are married. But their marriage is far from perfect.

The tragedy of their daughter's death has pushed them apart, to the point that they can barely communicate.

Yet Joana and Goncalo are still married.

Then the Voice appears, a voice that only Goncalo seems to hear. Convinced their dead daughter is reaching out to him from beyond, Goncalo becomes obsessed with decoding the Voice's message.

An obsession that forces both of them to confront the real forces that keep them together, and what they truly felt about each other and their daughter.

And the truth behind the Voice will push them towards a fate they never wanted, and could never have guessed.

Joana and Goncalo are married.

For now.

A Thousand Fiendish Angels: Stories Inspired By Dante's Inferno

Three short stories inspired by Dante's Inferno, linked by a book of human skin passed down through generations. ** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **??? Sins of the Flesh: When the mutilated corpse of a wealthy author is discovered, the police officer sent to investigate finds a curious diary amongst the occult objects at the scene. Will he uncover the author's secret at the ruined chapel, and can he pay the price that it demands?

??? Sins of Treachery: On the death of their Grandfather, twin brothers Simon and Gestas are left a map covered in alchemical symbols that could lead them to great wealth and power. But they find more than they expected in the frozen wastes of the Arctic north ...

??? Sins of Violence: In a brutal post-apocalyptic world, a young girl is about to be taken to The Minotaur for a Blessing that will end her innocence. Can her sister gain access to the fortified city of Dis in time to stop the ritual and avenge her own lost youth?

"Hide under the covers when you read these three stories. Each one is just as macabre than the one before it ... the evil in these stories is very hungry." Betsy S on Amazon review

??? More books by J.F.Penn: The bestselling ARKANE series of books in order:Stone of Fire #1 - previously published as Pentecost

Crypt of Bone #2 - previously published as Prophecy

Ark of Blood #3 - previously published as Exodus

One Day In Budapest #4

Day of the Vikings #5

Gates of Hell #6

One Day in New York #7

??? Other books by J.F.PennDesecration, London Psychic #1

Delirium, London Psychic #2

A Thousand Fiendish Angels - Short stories inspired by Dante's Inferno.

??? Want more adventure? Download a free book: JFPenn.com/freebook

If you love dark short stories, download a sample or buy A THOUSAND FIENDISH ANGELS now.

When the Lights Go Out - Ink Slingers' Halloween Anthology

A collection of twenty-five short stories just in time for Halloween. Enjoy thrills, chills, and mysteries. Meet ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters everywhere from dark city streets to the English countryside. Scares lurk in the most unexpected places and, when the lights go out, no where is safe and no one will be spared.

Indefinite Fear: A Short Horror Story

A dark, psychological story of 1700 words.

Janie is a troubled young woman who struggles with her own past and future when she discovers that her mother has terminal cancer.

But what is it that Janie's so scared of? And can Nan's red rug save her?

The Good Neighbor

Connor Callahan is a good neighbor. He is always keeping a watchful eye out for trouble and is quick to lend a helping hand when needed, especially when it comes to his neighbor, Mr. Obolensky. The old man is falling apart in these latter years of his life, and there's no one else around to help him. Connor is happy to fill the position. But even with almost daily interaction with the old man, how much does Connor really know about him? He is soon to find out how different a person can be when they are behind closed doors...

Midnight Symphony: Tales of the Macabre and Supernatural

Midnight Symphony, the music of the night composed of macabre sonnets and ghastly rondos cherishing the supernatural. This collection is a volume of grisly tales serenading the occult, the mysterious, and the gruesome. It's an exploration of experiments gone wrong, spirits seeking vengeance, deep conspiracies, and secrets that best remain undiscovered. Midnight Symphony contains eight tales dipping into all forms of the unknown and unexplained.

Mask of the Macabre

Four short tales of Victorian terror, each bound to the other by a chilling thread.



The date is January 10th 1866 and the snow is falling thick on the blood soaked streets of a murderous London...



Mask of The Macabre - A travelling magician appears with a gruesome show. But what secret does it hide?



Doctor Harvey - Bethlem lunatic asylum's newest patient has a story to tell, but how will he tell it to his doctor?

Memento Mori - A photographer is given a mysterious assignment with disturbing consequences.



The New Costume. - The entertainer discovers a new string to his bow and gives the finest performance of his career.

(13,000 words in total)

Outpost: A Short Horror Story

A remote fishing trip in the Canadian wilderness promises relaxation and fun for four friends.

But after catching a fish that should have been released on a secluded lake, the horror truly begins.

And something has followed them back to the Outpost.

Free Five

Five Flash Fiction horror pieces, all under 1000 words.

Each piece also includes a brief afterword from the author with a bit of background on where he got the idea for the story.

A little insight into the life and mind of a horror writer.

Approx. 7000 words (roughly 28 pages)

Includes:

- "The Professional Crier"

The tears of high school outcast Penny Circe can bring back the dead. At least temporarily.

- "I Spy With My Little Eye"

Anthony Monsano has gone through hell to finally find himself in possession of the round box. The question is, what's inside?

- "Run, Rabbit. Run."

Pete Cantrell hates jackrabbits. Unfortunately, his home is surrounded by them. And something else as well.

- "The Death He Expected"

A group of boys on a midnight, full moon trip to an Indian burial site get more than just a practical joke.

- "Another Oldie But Goodie"

Retirement home resident Margaret Daniels is hearing music that no one else can hear, a song she hasn't heard in almost 50 years.

The Seance (Jinn Series Book 1)

Do the dead speak?

Would you contact him? Frank isn't here and Eleanor his widow wears a mask of coping. The abyss of loneliness drowns her, she can't live without him, this isn't life she merely exists. Questioning whether their life together was a beautiful lie?

Sorrowful Eleanor takes extreme measures because she needs their love to survive. Eleanor needs to believe. Her actions have consequences, she doesn't know them yet but she will soon find out.

Buy the seance (first story) in the Jinn Series.

Other books in the Jinn Series:

1) The Seance

2) The Crush

3) Magician's Assistant

4) Devils Daughter

5) The Egyptologist

6) Confessions of a Witch

7) Possessing Asya

Night Night : A Short Horror Story

A short horror story of 3600 words.

On Monday night Faye finds that her mattress is broken. She doesn't know how it happened, it was fine the night before.

When she buys a new mattress from a backstreet bed shop, awful things she could never have imagined begin to emerge. Things that make her flesh crawl.

Can she possibly make a horrific situation work to her advantage? Or is the cosy life she was used to over for good?

Madeline (A Short Horror Story)

A shed full of macabre secrets... A wife gone crazy...A nine-year-old girl that must die.

Jonah fights for his life while trying to stop his deranged wife from killing their daughter in the name of the Lord.

Sometimes, the Devil truly is in the details.

**Warning: Madeline is a short HORROR story not intended for anyone who may be offended by graphic language or scenes of violence. Please, don't read this story if you are squeamish or easily offended.

And The Sea Called Her Name

Born a poor lobster fisherman's son on the stark, Maine coastline, Jason Kingsley has always struggled with becoming more than what his father intended for him. After meeting and falling in love with the beautiful Delphi Arans, he feels his destiny has finally been fulfilled.

Their joy is unrivaled, something he's only ever dreamed of.

But soon disturbing events begin to invade the couple's life, and Jason starts to doubt the nature of their relationship as well as his sanity.

As his world unravels around him, Jason comes to realize that some secrets are better left untold, and others are worse than death itself.

*Note* Short story, approximately 15,000 words.

What Grabs You

Unknown to Mark, something horrible has found its way through the plumbing and into his toilet. He is about to find out what true terror is.

Dead Man's Chair

An old man at a bar warns Adam Davis that his girlfriend is going to die. Adam ignores the man, figuring his words to be nothing more than the drunken ramblings of a crazed stranger. But Adam soon finds himself back at the bar, searching for the old man and the answer to the question...

Why did his girlfriend die?

Until Death: An Afterlife Novelette

When Michael, a young successful businessman dies, he finds that he is still able to talk to his wife Tamsin. He discovers that there are consequences to still 'being around' and endeavors to find out what they are to stop them before it's too late.

The Willows

Eenie, Meenie

Shades

An eclectic collection of spine-tingling, gut-churning, irreverent, dark, fantastical, and sometimes downright hilarious short stories by the Edgar-nominated author of Dust and Amber Fang. Produced and narrated by Edgar Lloyd with a special appearance by Amber Dawn. Slade's writing style has shades of Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, William Gibson, and Ry Cooder. And he has an eye for odd details and macabre situations that are all his own.

Stories include:

"Virtual Dragon" - in the future, Kung Fu movies will rule the box office and wars will be fought over the proceeds.

"Jesus Busts a Bronc" - a special appearance by Jesus at a small town rodeo. A miracle? And what is Judas doing there?

"Snow White and the Seven Elves" - how to win the kingdom and look good while doing it.

"Garbage Day" - One never knows what's really in the garbage.

About the Author:

Arthur Slade was raised on a cattle ranch in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and he caught the writing bug at an early age. He started with poems, moved on to short stories, then graduated to novels. He is the author of 19 best-selling books, including Modo: Mission Clockwork, Dust, and Amber Fang. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada.

Visit him on the web at http://www.arthurslade.com.