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The crowd murmured as the rope was placed around the victim’s neck. It was at that moment the boy started crying. ‘Mummy, do something. I don’t want to die.’
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
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Johnson has always been fascinated by spiders.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
The forest looked ethereal in the light from the moon overhead. Ghostly, eldritch, like Dave had stepped into another world. The branches swayed with a slight breeze, and the leaves rustled out a mellifluous harmony.
- Length: 15 pages
- Age Rating: 18
5 Stars
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Welcome to the horror short story section at east of the web. Find this month's featured stories above. You can browse the horror library by subgenre or search it for a title, author or keyword. Clicking on an author's name lists all their stories along with further information and links. Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices.
Top Short Stories
The forest looked ethereal in the light from the moon overhead. Ghostly, eldritch, like Dave had stepped into another world. The branches swayed with a slight breeze, and the leaves rustled out a mellifluous harmony.
- Length: 15 pages
- Age Rating: 18
5 Stars
Mrs. Henshaw, grey-haired and ancient before her time, resting her rheumatic twig fingers in her pinny lap, sat facing a large wall mirror and rocked the gloom away.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
The ground shuttered. The earth split. And foul gases, detritus, and splintered rock erupted into the jungle like spew from a volcano. And the worm inched closer to the world above, the open air and the scorching humidity of the Brazilian rainforest.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
Grandma Mason had taken guardianship of Joey after his parents perished in an unspeakable tragedy earlier that year. Joey had been devastated by the loss of his parents and came to rely heavily on his grandma.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
Henry pours more coal onto the hearth as a gust of wind rattles through the cracked window frame. She’s almost an hour late. He’s half tempted to leave a one-star review on her website, but he knows it won’t make a difference, not after tonight.
- Length: 14 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
The crowd murmured as the rope was placed around the victim’s neck. It was at that moment the boy started crying. ‘Mummy, do something. I don’t want to die.’
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
It hadn't occurred to Seb not to come, to ignore the unexpected and frankly bizarre bequest. It was too late to turn back now...
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
My office opens the earliest on the square, before the newsagent, the butcher, the café, or the florist. My clients tend to wake early if they have slept at all.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
Laura used to wonder if all this planting of bodies would ever make anything grow. Then, one night, just as she finished a grave, she found it did.
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
I get this a lot. People get embarrassed talking about the supernatural. I expect people from his world, with their neatly trimmed front lawns and house prices, to worry about making fools of themselves.
- Length: 25 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
Top 20 Short Stories

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