10 Very Short Horror Stories That Are Quite Scary

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Here are ten short horror stories that prove you don’t need lots of words, just the right ones, to scare the crap out of someone. Enjoy!

10. Something in the Closet

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If you’ve ever thought there was a monster in your closet (Who remembers that story? Well, actually it was called There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, but you get the picture.), this two-sentence horror story is for you… or maybe not:

“The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams. I sat bolt upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open.” -Reddit user jmperson

9. Do You Hear What I Hear?

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We all hear strange noises in our homes. Sometimes, it’s the wind causing a branch to scrape against the window. Sometimes the house is old and it’s simply “settling.” And, then there are those times when he hear voices or other eerie sounds. Here’s one of those stories:

“For years, we heard the little voices and footsteps of the ghost children in our old farmhouse, and we got used to them. Then one day they went quiet, which should have been our own cue to leave.” -Reddit user gorillasaurusrexx

8. Can Someone Hit the Lights?

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After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is come home and do more work. And, while the task of turning on the lights may not seem like hard labor to some, it can feel that way to someone who’s entire body aches from working hard all day. It would certainly be nice if they had someone to turn on the lights for them, right? Maybe not. Check out this short horror story from a former Reddit user.

“You get home, tired after a long day’s work and ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.”

7. Evil is Afoot

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Dr. Natalie Dautovich, environmental scholar for the National Sleep Foundation and assistant professor of counseling psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, says that poking your feet out from under the covers will help you sleep better at night. But, if you were to read this horror story just before going to bed tonight, you might think twice about that feet thing:

“You’re laying in bed and with your feet dangling out of the covers. You feel a hand grab your feet.” –Reddit user HesusMendez

6. Not-So-Routine Procedure

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Many people are afraid to go under the knife–and rightfully so. There’s always the possibility that something could go wrong, as is the case in this horror story:

“I breathe in the gas and count back from ten to get my tonsils removed. ‘Looks like little Timmy is finally going to get a new heart, and I get a new car,’ I hear the doctor say as I fall into the void.”

Talk about frightening! This story will definitely make you take a second look at your chart before undergoing any procedure.

5. It’s Alive

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Okay, so who remembers the movie Mannequin? It was a great film. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, the story goes like this: Artist Jonathan Switcher bounces from job to job, including one where he assembles mannequins. He eventually takes a job as a department store window dresser, and one of the mannequins he assembled is on display in the department store’s window. The mannequin comes to life at night, but only in front of Jonathan. To everyone else, she appears as a mannequin. The two fall in love, get married (after the spell put on her turning her into a mannequin is broken) and live happily ever after. Now, there’s nothing scary about that movie, but if it were to happen in real life, there isn’t a person on earth who wouldn’t be afraid. With that said, here’s a two-sentence horror story about mannequins from Reddit user Mikeyseventyfive:

“They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap. From the main room I begin to hear popping.”

4. The History Lesson

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You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their browser history. Guess that’s why some people are so quick to erase it. But, what if by chance you happened to be snooping around and found something disturbing like this in your partner’s browser history:

“When I checked his browser history, I found the search: ‘How to poison my wife.’ So I threw down the water bottle he’d just handed me.”

Yikes, that was a close one!

3. Seeing Double

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Shadows can be so much fun–kids enjoy seeing their own shadow on the ground on sunny days, and they love making shadow puppets in the dark. And, of course they love it when the groundhog sees its shadow. Six more weeks of winter translates into school snow days for them.

And, then there’s the expression “scared of his/her own shadow.” You know the type. Perhaps you’re one of those people yourself. And, if this horror story has ever happened to you, then you have every right to be afraid of your own shadow:

“She wondered why she was casting two shadows. After all, there was only a single light bulb.” –pgan91

2. The Roses

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Red roses are said to represent true love. And, what woman doesn’t love getting roses? Especially on Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter. But, this one-sentence horror story shows us that there are some times when getting flowers from your significant other might just be a tad bit on the frightening side:

“I’d always loved red roses, but I am scared of them now; specially the ones that mysteriously appeared on my table, minutes after I had put them on the grave of my dead husband.” –Quora user Anangsha Alammyan

1. The Accident

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According to Quora user Betsy Riley, the following is a true story:

“I slowed down for the car accident and saw the vehicle was identical to the one I was driving, and the body EMTs were pulling out of the car was wearing a dress identical to one I had hanging in my closet–a dress I had bought on vacation several states away years before and had never seen in any local stores.”

Talk about an eerie experience! If I wasn’t dead at that point I probably would have died of shock.


Good night, and sweet dreams. Bwahaha.