Scare yourself silly this Halloween with these classic tales of horror.
And if you’re an OverDrive e-book user you can download all of these books free via Project Gutenberg – and keep them as long as you like.
Widdershins by Oliver Onions
This collection includes the classic ‘The Beckoning fair one’, widely acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest ghost stories. Highly recommended.
Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu
Got a hankering for top-notch Gothic horror? Lose yourself in this tale that centres on a lady-loving vampire who terrorizes an unsuspecting family in nineteenth-century Austria. Experts say that this novel exerted a significant influence on Bram Stoker when he was preparing to write Dracula.
The turn of the screw by Henry James
A young governess is left in sole charge of two charming orphans. As she begins to see and hear strange things, she grows increasingly uneasy, and is swiftly drawn into a frightening battle against unspeakable evil. Forced to take action, the governess will soon discover terrible consequences.
The Wendigo and The Willows – both by Algernon Blackwood
The preeminent British supernaturalist of the 20th century, Algernon Blackwood combined elements of philosophy and modern psychology to introduce a sophistication to the genre.
The works of Edgar Allen Poe
Tales from the master of Gothic including The Black Cat, The Pit and The Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher and more.
The Lost Stradivarius by John Meade Falkner
Whilst practising in his rooms in Oxford, talented violinist John Maltravers notices a strange phenomenon: whenever a certain air is played, a mysterious presence seems to enter. Becoming increasingly unsettled, he makes a strange discovery…
The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
This dark psychological fantasy is more than a moral tale. It is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution and criminality and the secret lives behind Victorian propriety, to create a unique form of urban Gothic.