Think Spooky Stories, and most likely, you think Edgar Allan Poe. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19th, 1809, Poe became famous as a short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor. Author of such psychological terror classics as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and too many others to list, Poe also invented the detective story with The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Learn more about this literary pioneer at poemuseum.org.
Frankenstein (or more accurately, Frankenstein’s monster) has appeared in many iterations over the years, but don’t miss the chilling original of Marry Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus. Did you know that this masterpiece was born out of a writing challenge? Try your hand at writing the next horror classic with these fun writing prompts from Screencraft: 101 TERRIFYING HORROR STORY PROMPTS. If that prompted a desire to read something you can really get your teeth into, try Dracula by Bram Stoker. Plenty of frights fill the pages of Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Learn more about the “The True History Behind ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’” from Westchester Magazine.
Thanks to Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org), you can access all these works for free. Click on the links below to read or download these famously terrifying tales.
Contents: The Unparalleled Adventures Of One Hans Pfaall, The Gold-Bug, Four Beasts In One—The Homo-Cameleopard, The Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Mystery Of Marie Roget, The Balloon-Hoax, Ms. Found In A Bottle, The Oval Portrait
Contents: The Purloined Letter, The Thousand-And-Second Tale Of Scheherazade, A Descent Into The Maelstrom, Von Kempelen And His Discovery, Mesmeric Revelation, The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar, The Black Cat, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Silence—A Fable, The Masque Of The Red Death, The Cask Of Amontillado, The Imp Of The Perverse, The Island Of The Fay, The Assignation, The Pit And The Pendulum, The Premature Burial, The Domain Of Arnheim, Landor’s Cottage, William Wilson, The Tell-Tale Heart, Berenice, Eleonora
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