In-depth analysis of some of the most popular short stories including summaries, character analysis, narrative technique, symbolism and much more.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Creepy Short Stories to Read this Halloween

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Best Short Stories to read for Halloween.

It's finally Halloween, and while some of you are gearing up for a marathon of your favorite slasher films, others may find the day better spent in a quiet location reading. For those of you who live your lives through literature, these short stories should help quench your thirst for all things odd and down right creepy. Read on for our top picks.

"Young Goodman Brown"by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Published 1835.

Witches, magicians, dark forests, it seems Nathaniel Hawthorne had all the ingredients for your typical horror film long before the genre was established on the big screen. Set in the infamous Salem, Massachusetts, Goodman Brown experiences a strange night that includes a meeting with the devil, and ends with an unexpected twist.

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"The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. Published in 1843.

Surely you didn't expect a list like this to not be graced by the master of horror himself, Edgar Allan Poe. "The Tell Tale Heart" offers you a trip into the mind of a psychotic killer through the narrator who provides a spoken account of how he meticulously executes the murder an innocent man. 

"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. Published in 1948.

Don't get too excited about the title, this is one lottery we are certain you would not want to win. This dystopian classic centers on a seemingly perfect town that has one shocking tradition for ensuring a good harvest.

"Where are you going, Where have you been" by Joyce Carol Oates. Published in 1993.

Inspired by the murders of real life serial killer, Charles Schmid Jr. (also known as the "The Pied Piper of Tucson"), this short story takes all the fun associated with being a carefree teenage girl, and turns it on its head.

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor. Published in 1955.

As if people didn't need another reason to fear road trips, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is the tale of a family road trip that takes a tragic turn after an encounter with a known criminal, "The Misfit". 

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