OUR HONORARY LIBRARIAN FOR THIS COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN -- BARON WEIRWULF -- HAS DEMANDED WE RAISE THE LITERACY BAR ON THIS BLOG.
So therefore, he has recommended a handful of nicely spooky horror stories for October bedtime reading. The late lamented Horrormasters.com may be gone but it still exists in ghostly form via the Internet Archive which has saved the site and all the horror stories thereon. So here are a few of our favourite horror stories (by no means not a complete reading list) which we highly recommend for Halloween perusal. Merely click on a title and it will transport you to the story itself so you can read it online.
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by Edgar Allan Poe
THE MINISTER'S BLACK VEIL by Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE by H.P. Lovecraft
WHAT WAS IT? by Fitz-James O'Brien
THE UPPER BERTH by F. Marion Crawford
LOT NO. 249 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
OH, WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TO YOU, MY LAD by M.R. James
THE BECKONING FAIR ONE by Oliver Onions