I always like to read horror fiction in the month of October. Here are some great creepy short stories that are available in the public domain. I’ve made the titles into links.

1. M. R. James: ‘Count Magnus’

2. F. Marion Crawford: ‘The Dead Smile’

3. H. P. Lovecraft: ‘Dagon’

4. Guy de Maupassant: ‘The Horla’

5. Peter de Niverville: ‘The Petting Zoo’

6. Algernon Blackwood: ‘May Day Eve’

7. Edgar Allan Poe: ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’

8. Edith Wharton: ‘Afterward’

9. W. W. Jacobs: ‘The Monkey’s Paw’

10. Sheridan le Fanu: ‘The Murdered Cousin

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