Some of the most bone chilling books were written in the last two centuries—so we're bringing you a selection of old school reads. Best of all: You can download them for free.
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Ten Days in a Mad-House
A courageous female journalist’s classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America.
The Castle of Otranto
An immediate sensation when it was published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto is widely considered to be the first Gothic novel. Rich with romance, spine-tingling suspense, and supernatural horror, the novel profoundly influenced the works of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Shelley.
John William Polidori’s The Vampyre is both a classic tale of gothic horror and the progenitor of the modern romantic vampire myth that has been fodder for artists ranging from Anne Rice to Alan Ball to Francis Ford Coppola. Originally published in 1819, many decades before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and misattributed to Polidori’s friend Lord Byron, The Vampyre has kept readers up at night for nearly two hundred years.
The Yellow Wallpaper
A groundbreaking feminist masterpiece and one of the most exquisite horror stories in American literature.
The Mystery Mind
An action-packed tale of the occult featuring a plucky heroine, murderous devil worshippers, and the mind-bending science of hypnotism.
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