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Top Ten Most Frightening Stories

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1mysticskeptic
Edited: Jul 18, 2018, 12:22pm

I would be interested to know what short stories or novellas truly spooked our group members.

My top ten are:

The Reach by Stephen King

Thurnley Abbey by Perceval Landon

The Companion by Ramsey Campbell

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Beautiful Stranger by Shirley Jackson

The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

Blind Man's Buff by H. Russell Wakefield

The Diary of Mr Poynter by M. R. James

Viy by Nikolai Gogol

Deadline by Richard Matheson

2orsolina
Mar 31, 2017, 10:53pm

I'll go along with Thurnley Abbey. Also, At the End of the Passage by Rudyard Kipling--that is a very unsettling story, the kind that leaves you wondering. Vernon Lee's work is worth looking for, too.

3sf_addict
Edited: Oct 4, 2017, 4:06am

The October Game by Ray Bradbury is quite chilling!

4aussieh
Oct 4, 2017, 5:15am

The Innocents by Francesca Segal

5lilithcat
Oct 4, 2017, 9:01am

Oh, Whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad, by M.R. James. I never looked at a pile of bedclothes the same way after reading it. (Actually, pretty much anything by James falls into the "most frightening" category.)

6PhilOPosia
Oct 19, 2017, 12:18pm

Aleister Crowley: The Testament of Magdalene Blair; Nugent Barker: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. Walter De La Mare: Winter; Francis Thompson: Finis Coronat Opus. Leonid Andreyev: Lazarus.