Horror Stories


James Van Pelt

Eight Words

Dec 28, 2018 · 2,721 words (10 minutes)

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Love

Because I’ve written ghost stories, I'm often asked during panels at conventions if I've ever seen a ghost. At first I said that I didn't believe, but inevitably that meant that someone would wait in the hall to earnestly tell me of their encounters with ghosts. Now, I say I don't believe in flying saucers, but I want to see one. To see a flying saucer, an alien spaceship, would open the universe to possibilities that don't seem to exist. Seeing a ghost would do the same thing. JVP

silhouette photo of person standing on door frame

Alan Baxter

The Seven Garages of Kevin Simpson

Dec 27, 2018 · 3,653 words (14 minutes) · 1 like

Fantasy Horror Strange

A podcast original at Pseudopod back in 2011, here's the full text of the story. A horror yarn about the things we're left, the legacies of the past, and possible futures we may not have chosen for ourselves.


Tim McDaniel

Taken, One after Another

Dec 25, 2018 · 729 words (3 minutes)


Sometimes, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, it's necessary to leave your hideout and look for a place of lasting safety.

man leaning on frosted glass panel door

Deborah L. Davitt

The Maze in the Sea of Voices

Dec 22, 2018 · 4,754 words (18 minutes)

Horror Science Fiction

A crew of three aboard a small dirigible floating above the liquid oxygen sea of a distant ice moon find signs of alien life--and one of them must come to realize how isolated she's become from humanity, as she reaches out to encounter the unknown.

Waves along the coastline of the Maldives

Tim McDaniel

Squamous and Eldritch Get a Yard Sale Bargain

Dec 21, 2018 · 3,424 words (13 minutes)

Fantasy Horror Humor

You can find arcane and dangerous tomes in unlikely places... but if you take such a book home, be careful how you treat it!


Alex Pearl

Supply and Demand

Dec 20, 2018 · 4,828 words (18 minutes)

Horror Strange

A small-town doctor notices something is amiss with the local pizza joint. CAUTION: PIZZA HORROR.


Stephen Dedman

Upon the Midnight Clear

Dec 20, 2018 · 3,901 words (15 minutes)


Merry Christmas!


James Van Pelt


Dec 20, 2018 · 888 words (4 minutes)

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Strange

I worried that this story would bother my more Christian friends. No one said anything, but I get the occasional suspicious look. Someone told me once that the way to write a science fiction or fantasy story is to look at who the science fictional or fantastical change impacts the most. What bigger change has occurred in the world that could rival the Christmas story? JVP

moon phot

Tim McDaniel

Social Studies

Dec 20, 2018 · 1,738 words (7 minutes)


Bad things are happening in the neighborhood -- accusations, break-ups, death. And at the center is a nine-year-old girl who is really good at social studies.


Tim Hawken

Black Christmas

Dec 18, 2018 · 1,150 words (5 minutes)


A Christmas ghost story to get your spine tingling.