Classic Halloween Stories

We’re coming up on Halloween, and if there’s one thing we love here at Wordsmith Essays, it’s scary stories.  We’ve come up with a list of some of our all-time favorites to help you spend the week.  We hope you enjoy, and have a Happy Halloween!

“The Monkey’s Paw”—W.W. Jacobs

If you’ve only ever watched the Simpsons take on this classic horror story, you owe it to yourself to check out the original.  In this classic tale of horror, an elderly couple come into possession of a monkey’s paw, with a magical incantation on it that will grant it’s owners three wishes—but with hellish consequences, as punishment for tampering with fate.  A truly creepy tale that has only gotten better with age.  Read it here.

“The Body Snatcher”—Robert Lewis Stevenson

Short, and to the point, this story can still inspire chills more than a hundred years after it was first written.  Two young medical students, tasked with getting cadavers for their professor for dissections, stumble into a tale of murder, blackmail, and moral depravity.  It might be a little slow for modern tastes, but it’s an all-time, stone-cold classic by the writer of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and Treasure Island.  While those two might be better known, this short story is the absolute, all-time favorite of one of our editors, and he shouted at me until I put on this list, so here it is!  Enjoy!

“August Heat” – W.F. Harvey

Our third and final classic horror story is a tale of suspense and foreboding from one of the turn of the century’s most eminent macabre and horror writers.  Two men, complete strangers to one another, get a glimpse of the future, implying one of them will be murdered, and the other will be the murderer.  Short, sweet, and to the point—an all-time classic, which can be read here.

Stop by Wordsmith Essays’ order page to make sure all the frightening typos and spooky bad grammar is erased from your essay before you submit it, and have a great Halloween!


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