How do you get prepared for Halloween? Design costumes? Decorate? Watch a million scary movies?
I prefer, not surprisingly, to read – because there is nothing like a really scary book to keep you up all night with the lights on. But it is sometimes hard to devote yourself to a full-length Stephen King thriller when you are working, partaking in Doctober or Fire Drink with Me, and working on your way-rad Halloween costume. This is why story stories are the bomb. They give you a quick, powerful punch of horror that will keep you thinking (and worrying!) for days.
So, I was totally going to make my own list of favorite scary short stories for you, but Flavorwire has beaten me to the punch. They have a list of the 50 Scariest Short Stories that includes some classic favorites (Lovecraft, Bradbury) and some new talent (Russell, Gaitskill) that are sure to get your blood pumping. It is a comprehensive, frightening list despite the fact that my two all-time favorites, All Summer in a Day and The End of the Party, were not included.
What is your favorite scary story? Leave a comment below!