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Spooky Stories for Halloween: Recommended Reading

Spooky Stories for Halloween: Recommended Reading

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Halloween calls for a celebration of the weird and creepy—an event designed just for us! In honor of this spooky day, we've gathered some of our favorite stories, all ranging from bizarre to spine-chilling, so that you can start the day off (f)right. 

 
 

FROM SONGS FOR DEAD GIRLS | KRISTY BOWEN

Early on, Zombie Girl loses her appendix. Her tonsils. A handful of baby teeth rattling in her mother's dresser. 

Recommended for: Zombies


 
 

ANNA MARIA'S GUIDE TO RESURRECTION | SARA SEYFARTH

Shells, stones, claw, hair, spit. Anna Maria could feel them beneath her, buried in a circle under the dead oak in her backyard.

Recommended for: Little Wiccans


 
 

CONSTANT WORTH | JON WILLER

Mrs. Worth said she was sorry about the hassle. They should have let us know sooner. They had a poltergeist. It was Arnold Worth's father's grandfather's grandfather, Constant Worth.

Recommended for: Poltergeists


 
 

HOW TO DARN A SOCK | JILLIAN KUHLMANN

The needle should be sharper than his tongue. Imagine your hand is a cat creeping under the covers for warmth, fingers whisker-tickling his toes before you strike.

Recommended for: Revenge


 
 

HALLOWEEN DADS | RYAN BRADFORD

This night is for us. We put on our masks and become Werewolves, Vampires, Skeletons, Mummies, Serial Killers.

Recommended for: Spooky Transformations


 
 

BANGED BY AN ALIEN AGAIN | DELANEY NOLAN

In that year since he'd picked me up from Earth, my alien and I were swoony in love. There are no flowers in space, there are no heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, but you could see the way he adored me.

Recommended for: Aliens


 
 

THE SAD DECLINE OF THE SIDESHOW | MARC SHEEHAN

I wasn’t looking for a shrunken aorta, but a dagger-pierced, Cupid-arrowed, sugary-diabetic-coma-inducing, burning-through-the-chest-of-Jesus, carved-into-birch-bark-with-our-names-and-a-plus-sign-equalling-forever heart.

Recommended for: Shrunken Heads


 
 

SHEBA | MAGGIE RYAN SANDFORD

When my wife and I separated, we decided to split the dog half-n-half. Lengthwise, so each of us could enjoy at least half his little face, and have only half as much shit to deal with.

Recommended for: Dogs


 
 

ADULT DAUGHTERS OF HYBRID MURDERESSES | JAN STINCHCOMB

Mom, all leather skin and cornrowed white hair, has lost her power. She is never without her oxygen tank, always slumped in her wheelchair. She chain-smokes and refuses to eat anything but insects. Nobody is afraid of her now. Her claws lie limp in her lap.

Recommended for: Deadly Mothers


 
 

A CLUE | TRACY MUMFORD

I killed Nancy Drew. She had it coming.

Recommended for: Murderous Mysteries


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