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Monthly Recommendations
Crime fiction,  Random,  Short stories

5 FREE SHORT STORIES TO UP YOUR HALLOWEEN READING GAME

Halloween is almost here and I’ve decided to publish Bodies in the Library‘s Monthly Recommendations a few days early. The reason? To up our spooky reading game a bit with some classic and free short stories.

Each of the titles below provides access to a free and legal source from where to download the short story, so read without guilt!

Monthly Recommendations

Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman book cover

  • A horror story inspired by Perkins-Gillman’s real-life traumatic treatment of her post-partum depression.
  • Perfect for: Fans of experimental fiction

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe book cover

  • A gothic American classic always worth a re-visiting.
  • Perfect for: Fans of 19th-century literature.

The Monkey’s Paw by W.W Jacobs

The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

  • One of the most terrifying tales I’ve read and certainly one that has been widely revisited.
  • Perfect for: Those who long for more (but don’t stop to think about what it entails).

 

The Birth-Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Birthmark by Nathalie Hawthorne book cover

  • Another American classic with a woman at its centre.
  • Perfect for: Fans of highly scientific/medical sci-fi.

Patient Zero by Tananarive Due

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  • I’m always rooting for contemporary writers, so here’s one.
  • Perfect for: Forensics/CSI fans.
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