10 Must Read Horror Stories | Scary Shorts and Full Length Books

Since January 2017, people spent over 54 million minutes reading horror stories on Wattpad. We don’t track data on the hours of sleep lost as a result of reading those hair-raising tales, but we’re sure it’s a lot.

The 10 horror stories below are some of the most widely-shared online. Dim the lights, shut the blinds, and enjoy these chilling, nightmare-inducing stories.

Strange Yarns

This 2016 Watty Award winning anthology includes a collection of short horror stories. Writer Josh Saltzman specialized in comedy, but proves here that a good scare, like a good joke, is all about timing.

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Strange Yarns is a ball of tangled tales. Twisted, knotted, and intertwined. Like Tales of the Crypt, the Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. Strange Yarns is not just a collection of ghastly tales, these are yarns, and yarns are sewed together. Follow the yarns and see the grand design... think of this as an evil quilt.

Hide and Seek

As the cover alludes, this story is not for the faint of heart. Writer @Ms_Horrendous has quite the reputation for horror. She’s a member of both the Wattpad Stars Program and horror collective, The Cryptic. Explore this take on the classic haunted house trope.

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When you enter the house, you follow the rules, you play the game...

My name is Emily. I thought it was a normal, abandoned house. I thought she was a normal girl. I thought we'd play a normal game of hide and seek. Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong...

Puppet Boy

What’s scarier than a loss of control? Perhaps being turned into a human puppet. Canadian writer @Zombies examines this terrifying concept in her breakout work.

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"My beautiful Puppet Boy and my beautiful Puppet Girl."

A teenage boy and girl find themselves trapped in the lair of a crazy man obsessed with human puppetry.


The Folveshch

There’s a reason that folk tales endure the test of time: good scares are worth sharing.  Writer Finn H.Arlett is an active member of the Wattpad community and manages the Paranormal Community in his spare time.

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In 1922 my Papa told me of a faceless entity that lurks amongst us in our isolated slice of Russia. The locals have kept this horror alive for a century, though the only ones who claim to have seen the Folveshch have succumbed to a life of sightless silence.

Project Aspire

Fans of Science fiction will love this twisted take on space exploration. This book was written collaboratively by Wattpad writers Taran Matharu, Jason Kucharik, Stephen Landry and Penegrin Shaw.

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A team of astronauts crash land on a primitive alien planet, millions of lightyears from earth. Hunted by savage megafauna and native tribes, they must band together to survive. What they discover there will change everything they know about what it means to be human.

Knee Deep

Ethan James is an award winning videogame scriptwriter who’s worked on some of Ubisoft’s biggest titles, including Assassin's Creed. His short story was featured in Wattpad’s Top Horror stories reading list.

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In this horror short, a father and son must come to terms with their tumultuous history, devastating family loss, and a past that will not stay buried. Memories are slippery, violent things and lying to one's self can be deadly.

The Dentist and Other Short Terrifying Tales

Screen Queen Kelly Anne Blount is a prominent horror story writer on Wattpad and member of our Stars program.  This collection of shorts will show you why.

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The Dentist and Other Short Terrifying Tales is a collection of petrifying short stories created to make you tremor with terror and question everyone you've ever met! You never know when a monster might be living right next door...


What, you thought we’d leave out zombies? Fans of flesh-eating Z’s will love this breakout work by M.F Wahl. Off of Wattpad, M.F contributes to the popular horror site, Dread Central.

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Humanity's war against the living dead has been lost. In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, the living fight fiercely for what little they have.

In this hell-on-earth Casey, armed with a baseball bat, and joined by a mute boy named Alex, struggles to survive. When a man named Danny stumbles upon them, it's mistrust at first sight - but times are desperate. Danny leads them to a thriving settlement where danger lurks beneath the guise of kindness.


Writer Jesse Sprague has garnered praise across a variety of genres on Wattpad. This genre-bending story takes place in the Victorian era to put a classic twist on terror. 

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On waking up to find a dismembered arm protruding from the floor, Claudia knows her privileged life is over. Claudia cannot recall how she came to this pass. She does know she is never getting out. It is all because she is guilty of falling in love, which is a sin no proper Victorian girl would commit.

The Accidental Exorcism

Who doesn’t enjoy a good exorcism? In this Watty award winning work, bestselling author Joshua Graham provides his take on the classic horror movie trope.

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When forensic psychiatrist Abigail Lee meets a baby-killing mother who has been declared criminally insane and acquitted, she discovers something lurking beneath the surface. Something far deeper and more insidious than mere psychopathy. But can she come to terms with her own struggle with science and faith in time to confront it?

If you’re interested in devouring more scary stories, you can find additional short stories, reading lists, and recommendations by horror trope on Wattpad’s official horror profile.  

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