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9 Terrifying Horror Stories You Need to Read Tonight

These horror stories will leave you trembling.

We spend a lot of time reading the utterly terrifying stories on Creepy Catalog. The horror fiction over there is like nothing else on the internet. So we rounded up nine of our favorite. If you don’t have nightmares after reading these creepy tales, you’re made of stronger stuff than we are.

If Your Child Sees Something Called the ‘Tall Dog’, Please Take It Very, Very Seriously

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A year after the death of the narrator’s wife, his daughter, Heather, starts talking about a strange visitor in her room. It appears at night while she’s alone. When Heather tells him that her visitor is “the Tall Dog”, he doesn’t take it seriously. But he really, really should have.

Alexa Told Me Where the Bodies Are Buried

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When Christine’s boyfriend brings home an Alexa, she is less than thrilled. After all, you’re losing a whole lot of privacy just to have something be able to play music. But then Alexa starts sharing celebrity gossip with Christine that she couldn’t possibly know yet—for a freelance writer, nothing could be better. Unfortunately, celeb gossip isn’t all that this Alexa knows.

Don’t Click on This Link—Don’t Visit This Website

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Don’t worry, this link isn’t the link you shouldn’t click on. But when the narrator of this story clicks on a link deep in the less family-friendly subcategories on Reddit, she gets more than she bargained for. And when you’re already prepared for torture, death and necrophilia, ‘more than you bargained for’ is beyond terrifying.

The Same Hitchhiker Was Waiting at Every Stop for the Last 100 Miles

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A couple decided to go on a road trip to put their love to the test—after all, there’s nothing like spending hours trapped in a car together to discover how you really feel about each other. The first sign of disagreement comes when the girlfriend wants to pick up a hitchhiker but the narrator doesn’t. Soon, things get weirder, as the hitcher appears again and again at ten-mile intervals. This eerie story will definitely leave you on edge.

I’m a Real-Estate Agent Who Sells Haunted Houses, and I Wish I Wasn’t

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  • Photo Credit: Florian van Duyn / Unsplash

If you’re anything like us, you’ve wondered about the people who sell haunted houses. Do they believe in ghosts? Do they not care that they’re dooming the purchasers? This realtor specializes in haunted houses, and you won’t believe the reason why.

Bloody Mary is Real, and She’s Extremely Dangerous

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  • Photo Credit: Public Domain Pictures

We’ve all tried out the Bloody Mary ritual. Whether or not anything paranormal happened, there’s a certain energy to the moment of calling for her through the mirror. This short story tells of a particularly harrowing incident with the spirit.

I Used to be A Clown—Trust Me, It’s Okay to be Afraid of Us

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  • Photo Credit: Stephen Brace / Flickr (CC)

Clowns are scary. It’s a simple fact. But why, exactly? Is it the face paint? Is it how much time they spend around children? In this story, we discover that the truth is more chilling than you may believe.

Something’s Off About My Boyfriend, and I’m Afraid to Find Out the Truth

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  • Photo Credit: Michael Mroczek / Unsplash

When the narrator’s boyfriend, Sam, starts acting different, she gets worried. He seems to not breathe while sleeping, his dog is acting strangely, and there are rumors of violence in the area. Can she discover what’s really going on?

In 1987 I Spent Three Weeks With My Grandparents, And I’ve Never Told The Truth About That Summer Until Now

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  • Photo Credit: Jay Wennington / Unsplash

When Jordan went to visit his grandparents in Florida, he anticipated a dull and lazy summer. But things went off the deep end when a spirit began speaking to him through an Etch-a-Sketch.

Featured photo: Alessio Lin / Unsplash; Additional photos: Henry Majoros / Unsplash, Andres Urena / Pexels, Lee Campbell / Unsplash, Atlas Green / Unsplash, Florian van Duyn / Unsplash, Public Domain Pictures, Stephen Brace / Flickr (CC), Michael Mroczek / Unsplash, Jay Wennington / Unsplash 

Published on 09 Feb 2018

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