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    This is a compiled list of some of my favorite pieces of short horror fiction, ranging from classics to modern-day horror, and includes links to where the full story can be read for free. Please be aware that any of these stories may contain subject matter you find disturbing, offensive, or otherwise distressing. Exercise caution when reading. Image art is from Scarecrow: Year One.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL: tense, dread-inducing horror that preys upon the human psyche and aims to frighten on a mental or emotional level. 

  • “The Frolic” by Thomas Ligotti, 1989
  • “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson, 1970
  • “89.1 FM” by Jimmy Juliano, 2015
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1892
  • “Death at 421 Stockholm Street“ by C.K. Walker, 2016
  • “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin, 1973
  • “An Empty Prison” by Matt Dymerski, 2018
  • “A Suspicious Gift” by Algernon Blackwood, 1906
  • CURSED: stories concerning characters afflicted with a curse, either by procuring a plagued object or as punishment for their own nefarious actions.

  • “How Spoilers Bleed” by Clive Barker, 1991
  • “A Warning to the Curious” by M.R. James, 1925
  • “each thing i show you is a piece of my death” by Stephen J. Barringer and Gemma Files, 2010
  • “The Road Virus Heads North” by Stephen King, 1999
  • “Ring Once for Death” by Robert Arthur, 1954
  • “The Mary Hillenbrand Cassette“ by Jimmy Juliano, 2016
  • “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, 1902
  • MONSTERS: tales of ghouls, creeps, and everything in between.

  • “The Curse of Yig” by H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop, 1929 
  • “The Oddkids” by S.M. Piper, 2015
  • “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” by Richard Matheson
  • “The Graveyard Rats” by Henry Kuttner, 1936
  • “Tall Man” by C.K. Walker, 2016 
  • The Quest for Blank Claveringi“ by Patricia Highsmith, 1967
  • “The Showers” by Dylan Sindelar, 2012
  • CLASSICS: terrifying fiction written by innovators of literary horror. 

  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, 1843
  • “The Interlopers” by Saki, 1919 
  • “The Statement of Randolph Carter“ by H.P. Lovecraft, 1920
  • “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Pierce, 1893
  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, 1820 
  • “August Heat” by W.F. Harvey, 1910
  • “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, 1843
  • SUPERNATURAL: stories varying from spooky to sober, featuring lurking specters, wandering souls, and those haunted by ghosts and grief. 

  • “Nora’s Visitor” by Russell R. James, 2011
  • “The Pale Man” by Julius Long, 1934
  • “A Collapse of Horses” by Brian Evenson, 2013
  • “The Jigsaw Puzzle” by J.B. Stamper, 1977 
  • “The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement and then Take Questions” by David Nickle, 2013
  • “The Night Wire” by H.F. Arnold, 1926 
  • “Postcards from Natalie” by Carrie Laben, 2016
  • UNSETTLING: fiction that explores particularly disturbing topics, such as mutilation, violence, and body horror. Not recommended for readers who may be offended or upset by graphic content. 

  • “Survivor Type” by Stephen King, 1982
  • “I’m On My Deathbed So I’m Coming Clean…” by M.J. Pack, 2018
  • “In the Hills, the Cities” by Clive Barker, 1984
  • “The New Fish” by T.W. Grim, 2013
  • “The Screwfly Solution” by Racoona Sheldon, 1977
  • “In the Darkness of the Fields” by Ho_Jun, 2015 
  • “The October Game” by Ray Bradbury, 1948
  • “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison, 1967 

    how I keep myself sane during summer break.

    I think we can all agree that the mere idea of having holiday breaks from boring lectures and all-nighter study sessions sounds like heaven; although this romanticized idea of having so much free time often turns into wasted summer days, oversleeping, and basically an anti-social teenage version of house arrest. so, to help you out (or, more to help Myself) here are some things I do to keep myself busy, on a budget (kind of), and mentally healthy during long breaks from school.

  • continue your morning routine. this is important; by this I mean to basically treat your summer mornings as you would your school mornings, without the rush and alarm. brush your teeth, brush your hair, start/continue a skincare routine, get out of your pajamas and into real clothes, make your bed, make some coffee, eat some breakfast, do it with some music on, whatever you want. this keeps your mind and body into a daily routine. don’t let all your precious no-class mornings of summer go to waste!
  • savor sleeping in, but not too much. I know its super tempting to go to bed at like 2 AM and wake up the next “morning” at 12PM, but trust me, you’ll regret fucking up your sleep schedule once you actually have to set an alarm and get your ass to class next fall. I’m not saying you should force yourself to set a summer alarm (although, if you really want to train yourself this isn’t a bad idea tbh) but for the love of god, at least go to sleep and wake up at reasonable times. don’t waste your entire day!!
  • force yourself to see your friends a couple times a week, even if you really don’t want to. obviously this excludes mental health days, but I’ve found that spending time with my friends actually distracts me from any anxiety I’ve felt during the past week. I love my alone time, but human interaction is super important both mentally and physically. as college students we’re all pretty much broke, so don’t underestimate the power of free things- watching netflix at someone’s house, having a boardgame night, going to parks, you name it. as long as you’re with your friends, you’ll have a great time!
  • clean out your music library + make a playlist or two. y’all know I love a good playlist. this is something totally 100% FREE, and a perfect way to make use of your free time. delete all the stuff you don’t listen to anymore and make a few playlists of your favorite songs, or even go with playlist themes to organize your songs. it’s fun and your future self will probably thank you later for getting rid of so much audible junk.
  • get back into reading. this is something that was on my personal summer to-do list. I haven’t read a book for myself (aka not for a class) in sooo long, and let me tell you- I don’t know why I ever stopped reading. I know for a fact that once the semester starts I’ll have zero free time to read for myself, so summer is the perfect time to get into a new book or two!
  • eat your three meals a day +hydrate. I mean this. its very easy to skip/forget meals when you really don’t have any set schedule whatsoever, so plan your meals into your day. even make an alarm if its necessary. also: if you don’t know if you’re drinking enough water, you probably aren’t.
  • deep clean your room/workspace/closet. I’m super guilty for putting this off but, long breaks like summer are the perfect times to deep clean! what makes it easier for me to clean my room is to go section by section, which means not doing it all in a day (because that gets hella overwhelming and stressful, let me tell you). grab a garbage bag, put on some tunes, and pick a section to clean that day; you’ll be done with the entire space in no time!
  • outfit plan. for someone like me who has way too much in my closet and somehow still “never has anything to wear”, this is essential! set some outfits out on the floor/bed and take pics of them on your phone so that you can look back on them for some style inspo the next time you have “absolutely NOTHING to wear”.
  • find a new hobby, even if you’re bad at it. make some collages of your friends, make a scrapbook, learn photoshop, paint a little, learn how to sew, garden, cook, practice your phone photography skills… if there was a time for you to try out new things, it’s NOW.
  • make a post about all the shit you should do. I’m doing it right now. literally. you’re reading it right now. its not a bad idea.
  • if you know you have shit to do, plan it into your day! this is where the planner/agenda/bullet journal aspect comes in. having no class and no homework is not an excuse to stop planning out your day, your week, or your month. make some task lists and pencil in your dentist appointments and dates with people and whatnot; and even journal your days while you’re at it! if you’re a planner, never stop. Future You will thank you for it, I promise.