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Free Classic Horror Books You Can Read Today?

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Most of us relish being terrified, but only if it’s the appropriate type of scared. Not COVID- scared. We fancy exceptional terrifying stories, the kind of nightmares we can get away from, by putting down our novel. Even though my nightmares far suppress any horror book I ever read. And I'm not exaggerating. I wish my nightmares on not even my own worst enemy. Yes, I do wish I were joking, but hardly. I simply love good classic horror books. Every book I ever wrote was one and always hit the bestsellers list. Keeping them there is the hard part.

Anyway, I have read all the books I am about to mention, and I highly suggest reading them. I don't particularly like suggesting only one horror book because there are so many great ones that I do not want you to miss out on. Also, many of us are not the same when it comes to taste concerning books in general. So, I took the liberty of transcribing some of the more favorable, and distinguished ones. 

Fortunately, their plenty of great horror books for us to read without having to spend any money on them. Here are classic horror books you can download for free right now at Project Gutenberg.


We’ve already recommended Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Hyde as fantastic science fiction books you can download. Both are fabulous classic horror stories too.

Dracula, Bram Stoker:

Bram Stoker’s, iconic Gothic horror novel Dracula is still a masterpiece of the genre. It’s accountable for numerous vampire tropes we know to this day. It’s also unquestionably horrifying for a modern audience, in an unexpected way. It tells the story of a monster who flees his home to spread a terrible disease. But don’t worry, vampires aren’t real. Are They? There have been numerous credible witness sightings regarding Vampires. So who knows. Listen, nothing surprises me these days. And I mean nothing. You can also download more of Stoker’s scary stories, including The Lair of the White Worm, and The Jewel of Seven Stars.

The Complete Works of, Edgar Allan Poe:

It’s impossible to pick just one or two of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to recommend. Arguably, the greatest horror writer ever, he 'produced' so many iconic works. So don’t pick. Read his Complete Works, which includes all-time classic short stories like “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” as well as famous poems like “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” If you want to skip “The Masque of the Red Death” right now though, we understand.

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James:

Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw has inspired countless adaptations in film, television, and literature since it was published. That hasn’t made the original story any less terrifying though. Readers are still pondering the authentic nature of evil in the classic ghost story. It makes us feel better about being trapped in our own, non-haunted homes. Everything can always be worse. When you finish, you can additionally commence working your way through James’ extensive bibliography.

The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers:

The King in Yellow was first published in, but Robert W. Chambers’ collection of supernatural short stories is just as terrifying today as it was then. And while it’s a fantastic example of early horror fiction, it also encompasses elements of mythology, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and romance. Even if you’ve never read it, you were probably already horrified by it. It sparked season one of HBO’s True Detective, which spoke of the Yellow King of Carcosa.

The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe:

A classic of the Gothic genre, Ann Radcliffe’s novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho was wildly acclaimed when it was first published, with good reason. Highlighting ruined castles, the Italian countryside, a beautiful young heroine, and an evil uncle, trying to force her into a marriage she doesn’t want. It also features strange, possibly supernatural occurrences. Something I always enjoy. And if you’re looking for a yet more sinister Gothic novel, you can also read Horace Walpole’s, The Castle of Otranto.

The Shunned House, H. P. Lovecraft:

One of the most celebrated horror writers of all-time, and perhaps my favorite horror writer to date is, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft is almost a genre unto himself. His weird “Lovecraftian” tales of monsters and madness could fill days and days with fear. Unfortunately, most of his works or not yet in the public domain. But you can still download his great novella, The Shunned House for free. It’s creepy and unsettling, and you can follow it up with his fantastic short story “The Dunwich Horror.” Both of these are favorites of mine. 

The Wendigo, Algernon Blackwood:

One of the most renowned and prodigious horror writers of all-time, Algernon Blackwood, left behind a cornucopia of creepy works. That includes his novella The Wendigo. It’s a terrifying monster story, whose influence can still be seen at any time someone goes running through the woods or snow. Yikes. And when you finish that, you can work your way through more of Blackwood’s scariest stories, which involves plays, novels, and short story collections. We highly suggest his incredible Adventures collection.

Ten Days in a Mad-House, Nellie Bly:

Not every nightmare is a work of fiction. That includes Nellie Bly’s firsthand, an undercover account of being a patient at a New York City insane asylum. What she witnessed and encountered there, was so terrifying. It led to major investigations and reforms. The book, which was taken from her series of newspaper articles, remains a journalism classic.

And reading it right now is a reminder that even though we’re all currently locked up inside too, we don’t have it so bad. Or do we?