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9 classic horror stories that will give you all the chills

These eerie and chilling tales, full of ghosts and ghouls, will give you the chills at every page turn.

Scabbit Isle

Sam sees a mysterious figure that vanishes into deserted fields beyond the town, and learns that centuries before this was the place plague victims were banished to, Scabbit Isle - a place of pure terror. Sam sets out to uncover the chilling truth, and in doing so, learns some things about himself, too. This tale of tragedy and sadness is a classic ghost story. Will Sam be brave enough to venture onto the eerie Isle to bring peace to the abandoned soul?

 

Lockwood and Co: The Empty Grave

The Lockwood series is not for the faint of heart - full of ghosts, ghouls and terrors at every page turn! In this book, the fearless team decide to risk their lives breaking into a heavily-guarded crypt. In this building full of unsettled souls, the team ignite a final, epic battle that will force them to journey to the Other Side, and face the most terrifying enemy they have ever known. Can everyone make it out alive?

 

The Demon Undertaker

Bolt your doors and do not dare to sleep! A kidnapper known as ‘The Demon Undertaker’ is on the loose committing terrifying crimes. Continuing his reign of terror he’s kidnapped Lady Grace Davenport – even a barrage of bullets could not stop the blood-thirsty ghoul from escaping in his black hearse. The question is, is he a man, or is he a vampyre? This dark tale is perfect for horror fans that love a good scare, on a cold and dreary eve….

Spook’s: The Dark Army

With a new enemy stirring in the north, Tom has to leave his home and lead an uprising against a legion of beasts: creatures of the dark intent on locking the whole earth in a never-ending winter. But something went horribly wrong, and now Tom lies cold in a grave, while those who remain are in despair. Who can now take up the battle? And how much time remains before the dark army brings the fight back to the County, and the world is changed for ever? This is the second terrifying tale in the Spook's spin-off series from bestselling author Joseph Delaney. 

Where Monsters Lie

The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water. Then strange things start happening in the village. Effie’s rabbit Buster escapes from a locked hutch, her mum disappears without trace and disgusting slugs start to infest her home. Along with her best friend Finn, Effie begins to hunt for clues to solve the mysteries of Mivtown. Could this all be connected to the legend? Is it really just a story or is there something lurking in those deep, dark waters?

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Suicide Club

This is an all-time classic by Robert Louis Stevenson and a must-read for any fans of horror. Dr Jekyll faces awful consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that changes him into the disgustingly evil Mr Hyde. This renowned story gives a deep and dark insight into Stevenson's fascination with evil. Read it, if you dare…

Tales of Mystery and Terror

From one of the world’s most renowned horror writers, come 13 stories of horror, suspense and the supernatural that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Including three of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales: The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Black Cat, this dark compilation will satisfy short story lovers who enjoy a bit of mystery and mayhem. 

Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to create intelligent life. But when his creature begins to stir, he realises he has, in fact, made a monster! A monster which, abandoned by his master and shunned by everyone who sees it, follows Dr Frankenstein to the very ends of the earth. Eeekk! This is one of the world’s greatest horror stories - if you haven’t already read it, what are you waiting for? 

The Thousand Eyes of Night

The Tangle is a long, narrow stretch of derelict land, a wilderness of weeds and rubbish with an old railway tunnel yawning blackly at one end. No-one - not even bullying Gary Deacon - dares venture far into its sooty darkness. But it is here that twelve-year-old Tan and his friends make a grisly discovery - a discovery that is to plunge them into a terrifying adventure full of sinister secrets. Another dark and chilling tale from award-winning Robert Swindells, The Thousand Eyes of Night is a tense and chilling story that will scare even the bravest of readers! 

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