Some scary stories include "Beyond the Wall" by Ambrose Bierce, "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Thing on the Doorstep" by H.P. Lovecraft. These classic stories make great reading for Halloween or any other time of the year.
Although Ambrose Bierce is one of the best-known American short story writers of the 19th century, he's not commonly associated with horror. "Beyond the Wall," however, shows Bierce as a master of the scary story, and this classic tale of mysterious tapping emanating from inside the walls is one of his finest stories.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most-notable practitioners of the scary story, and for good reason. His tales of supernatural horror created the blueprint for many modern scary stories. "The Pit and the Pendulum," one of Poe's best-known tales, de-emphasizes the mystical in favor of an account of the tortures endured by a prisoner of the Spanish inquisition.
H.P. Lovecraft is another of the most-notable horror writers, and his Cthuhlu mythos, the fictional universe in which many of his works take place, forms the backbone of his body of work. "The Thing on the Doorstep," is a part of the Cthuhlu mythos, and Lovecraft's grisly tale of body possession, murder and life after death is a classic story that makes for a chilling read.