I love reading, I love horror stories, and I've been on a Stephen King binge lately, so here are five short horror stories that will give you those pleasant scares.
The Landlady, by Roald Dahl
Many people don't realize that Roald Dahl also wrote horror as well. The twist is fairly easy to spot if you are looking but it is very well executed.
The Dunwich Horror, by H.P. Lovecraft
This is one of H.P Lovecraft's best works and its just a damn fine story at that. Also, it does not actually involve Cthulhu; most of the mythos stories don't even mention Cthulhu let alone feature him or his cultists. Cthulhu is actually a minor player in a mythos.
The Pigeons From Hell, By Robert E. Howard
This is a story that Stephen King once called the finest horror story of the century. It really lives up to it. Its just an amazing story and it's set in the Piney Woods in the Southern U.S, one of the only places on the planet whose creepiness can rival that of New England.
The Fall of the House of Usher, By Edgar Allan Poe
This has to be my favorite story by Edgar Allan Poe and for good reason. The atmosphere is both beautifully written and inherently creepy, and it's a damn fine horror story.
The Children of the Corn, by Stephen King
Before this was a cult classic horror film it was a story by Stephen King, and if there is one thing that man knows it's how to write a horror story. It's a very scary story and very well done.