Each year, our social media feeds are filled with news of the latest books in horror, true crime, and paranormal. So many chilling new books come out each year—and our TBRs are often stacked with delectable spooky books by the latest emerging authors. We truly are in a golden age of horror fiction.
But sometimes we're in the mood for something older—books that have stood the test of time. These are the classics that are the most disturbing. They’re strange and unnerving in uncanny ways—often calling us back to something old and ancient and unsettling.
Every month, we’re bringing you a selection of free books to read that are perfect for lovers of all things spooky, mysterious, gruesome, strange, and macabre.
The Four Just Men
Amidst global upheaval, four determined individuals, Manfred, Gonsalez, Poiccart, and the skilled Thery, commit to ensuring justice prevails by eliminating powerful wrongdoers involved in heinous crimes. The British foreign secretary, Sir Philip Ramon, becomes their target due to his Aliens Political Offences Bill, which endangers honest revolutionaries by expelling them to corrupt homelands. After a public request for the bill's withdrawal is denied, the Four Just Men initiate their ingenious plan to confront Ramon and address the political threat.
The Complete Short Stories
Who doesn’t enjoy the surreal tales of American master Edgar Allan Poe? This ultimate collection includes iconic classics like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum," alongside lesser-known masterpieces such as "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Devil in the Belfry." In addition to Poe's Gothic horror, readers will delight in the introduction of his brilliant French detective, C. Auguste Dupin, and discover new pleasures in his dark comedy and early science fiction narratives.
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Meet Horne Fisher, a detective with a unique approach—while he always finds his man, revealing the crime's solution poses a dilemma, as it may worsen the situation. Fisher's strength lies not just in deductive abilities but in his knowledge of the ruling class's dirty secrets, exposing how the wealthy manipulate the government and bend the law to their advantage. In The Man Who Knew Too Much, Fisher applies his special skill to unravel diverse mysteries, from a missing coin to framing an Irish prince, showcasing G. K. Chesterton's prodigious wit and keen observations.
News arrives from Australia proclaiming the death of the notorious Ringer, believed to have been found in Sydney Harbor. However, the reality unfolds differently, as it is the Ringer's sister whose dead body is found in the Thames River—while under the care of Maurice Meister, a London lawyer. With vengeance on his mind, the Ringer resumes his vigilante activities, posing a challenge for Inspector Wembury of Scotland Yard, especially since Meister is now working for the socially prominent family of the woman Wembury loves, adding a layer of complexity to the pursuit.