9 Websites With Scary Stories to Read Online


Maybe you’re a horror fan and can’t get enough terrifying tales of monsters, serial killers, or ghosts. You have streamed every horror movie online and you are running out of options. Why not take the time to read scary stories online?

Even if you’re a fan of horror titans like Stephen King, Clive Barker, or Anne Rice, it’s possible to find scary stories outside of the bookstore. These can be stories written by well-known authors and available as a free e-book, or stories told by little-known online writers who have unique writing skills.

Here are 9 of the best websites with scary short stories you can read online right now.

9 Websites With Scary Short Stories

If you ever fancy a scary story, you might not have time to run to the library or bookstore. Of course, you can download an e-book from Amazon or buy an audiobook from Audible. But why add that expense when you can use the sites below to read a scary tale for free?

No list of sites where you can read scary short stories would be complete without listing Creepypasta at the top. This site is filled with stories submitted by readers. These include fictional tales of hauntings, ghosts, possessions, etc. Sometimes they are told in the first person, but rest assured that the site owners only accept fictional stories.

You can use the Spooky Pasta Stories menu to browse stories by category, length, author, rating, etc. For the best stories, use either the Ranked at the top or Famous Creepypasta menu items.

If you would like to submit your own story, be sure to visit the submissions page (select Submissions in the menu). Follow the editorial guidelines and you could have your own story featured on the site!

Scary for Kids is a website that offers a wide range of scary content, aimed at children. Content on the site includes scary images, videos, games, movies, and stories.

To select scary stories in the menu to access the area of ​​the site where all these stories are collected. On this page, you can browse scary stories by categories such as Halloween stories, urban legends, ghost stories, and more.

Since this site is geared towards kids, expect some scary stories, but nothing too gory or disturbing for young children (or easily spooked adults).

The Darkest Blog takes horror news seriously. The site owner invites visitors to send in their scariest stories, real or fictional. The menu has special categories such as witch stories, ghost stories, “failed” (mind blowing) tales or scary stories about dreaming.

The site design is somewhat outdated and simple, but that’s not why you’re here, is it? You are here to be scared!

The stories here are very good. You may spot a grammar error here and there since most of them are written by newbie authors without an editor. However, that doesn’t take away from the chilling nature of the stories themselves.

Oldstyle Tales Press aims to publish critical essays on all classic horror authors like Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft. If you are a big fan of classic literature, browsing through these critical essays is actually quite interesting. However, the site also publishes “The Yellow Book”, a journal of horror and ghost stories written by modern authors. You can read the magazines in PDF format for free. Access it in the Originals section.

The first diary was published in 2014 and the last in 2017. There are no new diaries, but that means there are four years of some of the best horror stories to read for free!

Hauntu is a website run by the owners of Colle Eastern Hotel in Malaysia. They’re hosting a “real haunted house experience,” complete with actors, special effects, and more. Visit the blog section of the site to read a wide range of stories about haunted places around the world (not just in Malaysia!)

If the small collection of scary stories on other sites isn’t your thing, then you’ll love the endless supply of them available on Reedsy Prompts. This website runs a weekly writing contest, where writers submit their stories to win the top prize of $250 (or more) and be featured on the site.

Ready for the biggest collection of scary stories in the world? To select stories in the top menu and the Horror category in the left menu. There you will find a very long list (175 pages) of award-winning horror stories. Since these are the authors who took home the top prize, you can be sure that the writing will be top notch and the stories will be truly horrifying.

Housecreep is a creative way to find stories to freak you out. These are not fictional horror stories written by an online writer. No, these are real horror stories that happened in your own backyard.

Just type the name of your city or town in the search bar and you’ll see a list of properties closest to you where the site has a record of a terrible crime (usually a murder) that happened there.

These are all very short stories (usually a single paragraph), but the events they detail are no less terrifying because they actually happened.

You may already know that Medium offers a very wide range of content written by online writers. Since there are so many posts out there, it only makes sense that there are broad story categories. There are so many horror stories out there, in fact, that Medium has created several “collections” that fit the bill.

Visit the Medium Collections Page, and you’ll find story collections covering strange spiritual tales (Radical Spirits), monsters, near-death experiences, and evil (Damned Souls). Browse these collections to get your scary story fix, or just use the Medium search box to find scary stories on Medium outside of these collections.

Wattpad is both a mobile app and a website. It’s a community of writers who are all actively writing new stories and commenting on each other’s stories.

And when I say “comment”, I mean it. Readers can comment on every paragraph of every story – which alone can make for very interesting (and sometimes comical) reading.

Wattpad has an entire “horror” tag where you’ll find all the horror stories that contributors have posted. Not all of it is great writing, but you can find some really good horror stories here. Look for those that are or have been featured as paid content before moving on to free content.

Get your scary fix

Horror story fans don’t always have it easy to find entertainment. There are only a limited number of horror movies and TV shows you can stream. Eventually you will miss. Finding scary stories to read online is a great alternative that can keep you spooked during those long, dark, rainy nights when you’re looking for something scary to do.


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