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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Based on the nineteenth century’s most infamous crime, a novel that asks: How do you recognize a serial killer?
One damp November evening on Marylebone Road, a couple sitting in silence hears a knock at the door. Mr. Sleuth enters, seeking “quiet rooms” to rent. He bears no luggage, save one nearly empty leather bag, and his demeanor is odd, to say least. The beautiful sitting room on the second floor interests him not at all, but the obsolete gas stove on the underfurnished third floor is exactly what he has been looking for. Best of all, he wants to pay a month’s rent in advance. Mr. and Mrs. Bunting believe that the new lodger is a godsend—until a dark fear grips their hearts...
The House on the Borderland
In rural Ireland, two travelers stumble upon the ruins of a lakeside home. Inside, they discover a diary detailing the terrible final days of a man known only as the Recluse. A scholar who bought the house for its isolation, the Recluse is plagued by strange sounds and terrible hallucinations soon after he moves in. And just when he thinks that the horror is finally over, the real nightmare begins.
The Invisible Man
Cursed by his own invention, a brilliant scientist is driven to a life of crime in this groundbreaking novel
On a frigid night in a remote English village, a visitor inquires about a room. The innkeeper welcomes him, filling the hearth with a roaring fire, but no matter how warm the room becomes, the traveler will not remove his coat or the scarf that hides his face. If he did, he would disappear.
The invisible man is Griffin, a brilliant scientist who tested a new invention on himself and found it worked far too well. He has come to the country in a last-ditch attempt to return himself to normal, but will soon be driven back into the night, and to the very edge of madness.
A Book of Remarkable Criminals
This classic study profiles serial killers, gentleman murderers, and every stripe of madman in between
The chilling case of H. H. Holmes, who killed his business partner and three of the man's children in 1894, is but one of the true crime tales contained in this remarkable work. Author H. B. Irving understood the public’s lurid fascination with murder, and in this seminal study he shows readers the many faces of evil.
A gothic tale of a cursed aristocratic family and two brothers vying to claim its dark legacy
On a visit to the Sussex town of Rye, Queen Elizabeth I found herself captivated—and soon seduced—by a penniless young shepherd named Colin Stanier. According to family legend, their encounter was orchestrated by the devil himself. Centuries later, Raymond Stanier is the rightful inheritor of the family mansion and fortune. But his younger twin brother, Colin, who bears a striking resemblance to the portrait of his namesake, is willing to lie, seduce, and perhaps even kill to take the family seat for himself.
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