Some of the most bone chilling books in the world were written in the last two centuries. (Just check out this list of creepy classics for proof.)
We’re bringing you a selection of must-read classics that you can download for free. From chilling ghost stories like The Turn of the Screw to the Gothic classic that inspired the works of Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, there’s guaranteed to be a book that you’ve been meaning to read for years. And now that you can get them for nothing, you’re fresh out of excuses not to pick up a copy.
In addition to these classics, we’ll update this article with other free horror and mystery books by up-and-coming authors throughout the month. (This article was last updated on 6/1/17. Prices may have changed since then.)
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Masterpieces of Mystery
From unexpected night visitors to ghosts with malignant intentions, murder and mayhem are abound in this collection of suspenseful tales from one of the first female writers of detective fiction.
The Turn of the Screw
A young governess arrives at a secluded country estate only to find herself surrounded by forces too sinister to name and haunting visions. Hailed as one of the most disturbing ghost stories ever written, Henry James’ horror masterpiece has been terrifying readers for over 100 years.
The Yellow Wallpaper
Sentenced to “rest” and sequestered in an old colonial mansion, a new mother becomes intrigued by the home’s yellow wallpaper, which seems to transform in the light. But fascination turns to obsession in this groundbreaking feminist masterpiece and psychological horror story, as her investigations lead her down a dark, twisted path to madness.
The Castle of Otranto
Terrified that an ancient prophecy will come true, a grieving father does everything he can to ensure his family castle falls to his rightful heir. Rich with spine-tingling suspense and supernatural horror, this landmark Gothic novel influenced the works of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Shelley.
The Woman in White
While walking home one evening, Walter Hartright meets the enigmatic woman in white. Though he offers his help and escorts her to safety, she tells him little about herself, and it’s only after their bizarre encounter that he learns the truth—she's just escaped from the insane asylum. A masterpiece that gave rise to the thriller genre, The Woman in White is a suspenseful tale of love lost and reclaimed, shocking twists, and cases of mistaken identity.
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