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Free Horror and Mystery Ebooks to Download This Month

Catch up with the grandfathers of horror (for free).

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. 

Note: This article was last updated on 5/1/19. Check back soon for more free books that thrill and chill! 

Buy Ten Days in a Mad-House at Amazon

Ten Days in a Mad-House

By Nellie Bly

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A courageous female journalist’s classic exposé of the horrific treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century America.

Ten Days in a Mad-House

By Nellie Bly

Buy The Castle of Otranto at Amazon

The Castle of Otranto

By Horace Walpole

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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.

The Castle of Otranto

By Horace Walpole

Buy The Vampyre at Amazon

The Vampyre

By John William Polidori

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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 Vampyre

By John William Polidori

Buy The Yellow Wallpaper at Amazon

The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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A groundbreaking feminist masterpiece and one of the most exquisite horror stories in American literature.

The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Buy The Mystery Mind at Amazon

The Mystery Mind

By Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

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An action-packed tale of the occult featuring a plucky heroine, murderous devil worshippers, and the mind-bending science of hypnotism.

The Mystery Mind

By Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey

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Published on 01 May 2019

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