Short, Scary Stories

It’s a busy time of year. So much to do with the school year underway, the days getting shorter, the weather cooling off, the holidays almost upon us. Here are bunches of very short, scary stories to squeeze into what little time you have to read. Maybe just jump into bed and read a short story or two to help you fall asleep.

Good luck with that.

Short scary stories from Reddit 

Abraham’s Boys, by Joe Hill

How to Talk to Girls at Parties, by Neil Gaiman

The Doll, by Daphne du Maurier

Nightcrawlers, by Robert McCammon

Premium Harmony, by Stephen King

Sunbleached, by Nathan Ballingrud

The Third Bear, by Jeff Vandermeer

The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire, by Poppy Z. Brite

How to Get Back to the Forest, by Sofia Samatar

Bog Girl, by Karen Russell

Hello Moto, by Nnedi Okorafor

His Face All Red, by Emily Carroll

Rattlebag, by Neil Gaiman


What are your favorite short stories?

October Author Birthdays

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Some October author birthdays!

Natalie Savage Carlson (The Family Under the Bridge, Runaway Marie Louise)  10/3

Molly Cone (Come Back, Salmon) 10/3

Marilyn Singer (Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color, Several Kinds of Silence) 10/3

Robert Lawson (Ben and Me, They Were Strong and Good, Mr. Revere and I)  10/4

Munro Leaf (The Story of Ferdinand, How to Behave and Why)  10/4

Donald Sobol (Encyclopedia Brown series) 10/4

Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy, Suzuki Beane)  10/5

Gene Zion (Harry the Dirty Dog)  10/5

Thor Heyerdahl (Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island)  10/6

Lee Kingman (Pierre Pidgeon)  10/6

Alice Dalgiesh (The Courage of Sarah Noble, The Silver Pencil)  10/7

Barthe DeClements (How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues?)  10/8

Frank Herbert (Dune)  10/8

R.L. Stine (Goosebumps series) 10/8

Johanna Hurwitz (Busybody Nora) 10/9

James Marshall (George and Martha, Miss Nelson is Missing!) 10/10

Arna Bontemps (God Sends Sunday: A NovelYoung Booker: Booker T. Washington’s Early Days)  10/13

Lois Lenski (Phebe FairchildOcean-born Mary) 10/14

Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest)  10/16

Ed Emberley (Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawing Book; Go Away, Big Green Monster)  10/19

Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon)  10/20

Ursula LeGuin (The Compass Rose, The Wizard of Earthsea)  10/21

Marjorie Flack (Angus and the Ducks, The Story About Ping)  10/23

Steven Kellogg (Pinkerton & Friends, The Pickle Plan) 10/26

Enid Bagnold (National Velvet, The Chalk Garden) 10/27

September Author Birthdays

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Some September author birthdays!


Edgar Rice Burroughs (TarzanJohn Carter of Mars)  9/1

Lucretia Hale (The Peterkin Papers) 9/2

Syd Hoff (Danny and the Dinosaur, Sammy the Seal, many other children’s books, political cartoons, and books for adults)  9/3

Anthony Browne (Willy and Hugh, Willy and the Wimp, Bear Hunt)  9/11

Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Tales of the Unexpected)  9/13

William H Armstrong (Sounder)  9/14

John Steptoe (Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Mother Crocodile)  9/14

James Fenimore Cooper (Last of the Mohicans, Leatherstocking Tales)  9/15

Tomie DePaola (Strega Nona, Bill and Pete, Oliver Button is a Sissy)  9/15

Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal)  9/15

H.A. Rey (Curious George, Katy-No-Pocket)  9/16

Vicki Cobb (Science Experiments You Can Eat, Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life) 9/17

Miska Petersham (7 Stories for Wide-Awakes; A Story Book of the Things We Wear: Wool, Cotton, Silk, Rayon)  9/19

H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau)  9/21

Taro Yashima (Crow Boy, Seashore Story)  9/21

Jane Curry (Back in the Beforetime, Mindy’s Mysterious Miniature, Abaloc series)  9/24

Wilson Rawls (Where the Red Fern Grows, Summer of the Monkeys)  9/24

Paul Goble (Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story; The Boy and his Mud Horses)  9/27

Bernard Waber (Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; The House on East 88th Street)  9/27

Kate Douglas Wiggin (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm)  9/28

Stan Berenstain (The Berenstain Bears series)  9/29

Edgar D’Aulaire (Norse Gods and Giants, Trolls) 9/30

August Author Birthdays

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August author birthdays! Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know so I can add it!

August 1

Herman Melville

Amy Friedman

Madison Smartt Bell

August 2

James Baldwin

Isabel Allende

Beverly Coyle

Holling C Holling


August 3

PD James

Leon Uris

Marvin Bell

Mary Calhoun

Walter Kirn


August 4

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Knut Hamsun

Mary While Calstom


August 5

Guy deMaupassant

Conrad Aiken

Wendell Berry


August 6

Lord Alfred Tennyson

Norma Farber

Piers Anthony

Barbara Cooney


August 7

Garrisson Keillor

Betsy Byars


August 8

Sara Teasdale

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Valerie Sayers


August 9

John Dryden

Philip Larkin

Daniel Keyes

Johnathan Kellerman

Seymour Simon

Pamela L Travers


August 10

Suzanne Collins


August 11

Alex Haley

Andre Dubus

Joanna Cole

Don Freeman


August 12

Edith Hamilton

William Goldman

Walter Dean Meyers

Gail Parent

Ruth Stiles Gannett


August 14

Russell Baker

William Kittredge

Alice Provensen


August 15

Sir Walter Scott

Edith Nesbit

Stieg Larsson

Mary Jo Salter

August 16

Wallace Thurman

William Maxwell

Charles Bukowski

Diana Wynne Jones


August 17

Ted Hughes

VS Naipaul


August 18

Paula Danziger

Brian Pinkney


August 19

Samuel Richardson

Ogden Nash

James Gould Cozzens


August 20

HP Lovecraft

Jacqueline Susann

Jeff Brown


August 21

XJ Kennedy

Robert Stone

Arthur Yorinks


August 22

Dorothy Parker

Ray Bradbury

Annie Proulx


August 23

Edgar Lee Masters

Robert Irwin

Melanie Rae Thon


August 24

Jorge Luis Borges

Jean Rhys

AS Byatt


August 25

CHarles Wright

Lane Smith

August 26

Christoper Isherwood

Julio Cortázar

Barbara Ehrenreich


August 27

Theodore Dreiser

CS Forster

Ira Levin

William Least Heat-Moon

Lisa Yee

Suzy Cline

Ann Rinaldi

Sarah Stewart


August 28

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sir John Betjeman

Janet Frame

Rita Dove

Robert Duvoisin

Allen Say

Tasha Tudor


August 29

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Preston Sturges

Karen Hesse


August 30

Mary Shelley

Virginia Lee Burton

Helen Craig