Some of the most bone chilling books were written in the last two centuries—just check out this list of creepy classics for proof—so we're bringing you a selection of old school reads. Best of all: You can download them for free.
From a Gothic classic to an investigative journalist's time spent undercover in a madhouse, there’s guaranteed to be a book you’ve been meaning to tackle for years. And now that you can get them for nothing, you’re fresh out of excuses not to pick up a copy.
Note: This article was last updated on 4/3/18. Check back soon for more free books that thrill and chill!
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.
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The Angel of Terror
To save herself from debtor’s prison, a girl agrees to marry a convicted killer.
"The Angel of Terror is an almost formulaic crime thriller, but the brilliant characterization and unusual twists and turns make it a gripping read." —Loyal Books
The Castle of Otranto
The Gothic masterwork that revolutionized popular fiction.
"Containing a Harry Potter-like array of animated portraits, supernatural adventures in vaults and cellars and astonishing, inexplicable events." —Telegraph
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The King in Yellow
Ten twisted tales that have haunted generations of readers and writers from H. P. Lovecraft to the creators of the hit TV series True Detective.
The Turn of the Screw
One of the most disturbing ghost stories ever written, a tale of imagined danger and real dread.
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