4 More Spooky Stories to Get You in the Halloween Spirit (part 2)

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Halloween is right around the corner, and here at Owl Eyes we are huge fans of the spookiest time of year! We’ve been reading some of the most haunting stories in the public domain in preparation for this month, so we’d like to share some of our favorites with you. Let’s take a look at part two of this ongoing series. Here are four more of our favorite spooky stories to get ready for the Halloween season!

1. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.

A woman suffering from postpartum depression is prescribed a “rest cure.” Unable to read, write, work, entertain herself, or spend time with her newborn child, she begins to fall apart. We read her secret diary, written in a stream-of-consciousness narrative style, and watch as she slowly descends into insanity.

Although it's far from the typical Halloween ghost story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a chilling narrative based on the author’s own experiences that will make you question the the reality of even the mundane things around you.

Our spookiness rating: 8/10

2. The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley

but, oh! the weight of never-ending time—the tedious passage of the still-succeeding hours!

In a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Tithonus, “The Mortal Immortal” traces the story of Winzy, a young man who drinks an elixir of immortality. At first, Winzy is in a state of pure bliss. However, when everyone he loves begins to die, he descends into a hell of tedium, isolation, and psychological torture.

For those looking for some real scares this Halloween, forget the monsters and enter instead into this labyrinth of existential terror.

Our spookiness rating: 7/10

3. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.

Told from the first-hand account of a man who claims he is not mad, “The Tell-Tale Heart” is ripe with dark deeds, fearful superstitions, and cold-blooded murder. Readers interested in a thorough and powerful spooking will enjoy watching the narrator’s mental condition deteriorate to the point where he finally admits to the deed—and begins to tear up the floorboards.

Our spookiness rating: 9.5/10

4. The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs

He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow.

On a dark and stormy night, the White family is visited by Sergeant-Major Morris, a British soldier recently returned from India. Morris piques Mr. White’s curiosity when he shows off a magical, wish-granting monkey’s paw, a souvenir from his travels. Morris casts the paw into the fire in disgust, warning the Whites not to tamper with it. When Mr. White retrieves the paw and decides to tempt fate, he gets more than he wishes for.

With its suspenseful mood and twist of black magic, “The Monkey’s Paw” is the perfect story to spook you on a dark October night.

Our spookiness rating: 10/10

Have you read any of these texts? Which is your favorite? Stay tuned for next week's spooky story suggestions!

Happy reading!