Here are some of the stories in my Creepy Classics “playlist” ... in case you’re curious, or want to make a request, or are looking for some good reading.
For many of these stories, you’ll find a link to be able to read the story online (depending on whether it’s still copyrighted or if it’s in the public domain). For more information or to purchase a book containing the story, check out the "find it on Amazon" links or click the book covers.
(And if you do want to buy any of these books, please use my links – it doesn’t change your price, but it does give me a small cut through an affiliation with Amazon. Thanks!)
A few of these can also be found on my first Creepy Classics CD, so you’ll see links to audio samples and purchase information for CDBaby.com and iTunes.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
A mad fixation on a glass eye leads to late-night murder, and the killer is happy to tell you how he did it – just don’t think that he’s mad
Man from the South by Roald Dahl
A never-fail cigarette lighter, a meat cleaver, and a finger are among the elements of a hotel bar bet that gets horribly out of hand. The basis for a classic episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft
When the village undertaker is trapped overnight in a tomb full of coffins, can he escape before his horrifying fate catches up with him?
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
A man is wakened from dreams of his lost love by a raven, knocking to be let in. But is it just a bird, or does it bring a message from beyond the grave?
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
During the Civil War, one man races for his life, just steps ahead of the hangman’s noose
The Magnum by Jack Ritchie
Since the mysterious bottle of champagne appeared, none of the club members have died – even though many are over 100 years old
De Mortuis by John Collier
When the aging doctor pours new concrete in his basement around the same time as his philandering younger wife disappears, his well-meaning friends start to put two and two together. Also adapted into an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
The Open Window by Saki
The lady of the house keeps those French windows open late into the evening – still waiting for the ghost of her husband to return home
Breathing Method by Stephen King
An old doctor reminisces about one stand-out case, that encompasses the primitive state of pre-natal care in the ’40s, the attitudes about single mothers then, and one grisly miracle he’ll never forget
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
Suspense and humor abound in this tale of a man buried alive, and stone-cold revenge
Shatter Proof by Jack Ritchie
When he finds out the man in his room is a hired killer, the wealthy narrator makes the most of his remaining minutes
The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce
The dead man’s diary speaks of an ongoing battle with a mysterious and unseen creature – but is that really what killed him?
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
A man may have 3 wishes granted on the withered paw – but he’ll wish he never touched it
The Man of Science by Jerome K. Jerome
"Suppose a man died with the dearest wish of his heart unfulfilled," asked Jephson. "Do you believe that his spirit might have power to return to earth and complete the interrupted work?"
The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service
A creepy/funny tall tale of a dying man's wish and a debt unpaid, in the frozen wastes of the Alaskan Gold Rush
No Such Thing as a Vampire by Richard Matheson
In old Romania, the beast returns night after night, and the wife grows weaker and weaker as the servants search high and low for its coffin. Will the husband's refusal to believe spell the end for his wife?
The Interlopers by Saki
Decades of hatred between two rival clans in the Carpathian Mountains comes down to this one night, when two men must work together or kill each other
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
A fable of a time of plague, when a far-off prince thought that he and his favorites could seal themselves away in a castle, and cheat death
The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome
The kindly old inventor only wanted to make a perfect dance partner for the girls ...
Button, Button by Richard Matheson
Push a button, receive $50,000 ... and someone you don't know dies ... well, what would you do?
Just a few more suggestions for your reading pleasure: