One of the best ways to get yourself psyched-up for Halloween is to read some great collections of short and shivery tales. Grab some of these chilling collections as you read these short campfire tales of terror. Who needs character arcs and 200 page build-up when you could get more frights from a well-written anthology? Look no further than this creepy consortium of publications to satiate your autumn appetite for terror.
Haunted Nights is a horror anthology that focusses on the many aspects of the spookiest day of the year. You get all that you would typically expect from the genre and more. Spooky Jack-o-Lanterns, cult horror flicks, urban legends, gruesome night of trick or treating gone wrong and many more. This story is one of the best horror anthologies to read around the camp fire on those crisp autumn nights.
Octoberland edited by Jack Fisher
Haunted Nights edited by Lisa Morton and Ellen Datlow
The Creepypasta Collection edited by MrCreepyPasta
Scream and Scream Again! edited by R. L. Stine
Ominous Realities edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson
More Deadly than the Male edited by Graeme Davis
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
The Dreams in the Witch House and other weird stories by H. P. Lovecraft
Slices of Flesh edited by Stan Swanson
We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Damien Malfi
Psuedopod - The premier horror fiction podcast, Pseudopod is a weekly horror fiction podcast that has over a decade of shows for new listeners to binge. This podcast sets the standard for the professional readings of original works of horror fiction.
The Nosleep Podcast - This podcast assures the listener with tons of quality and quantity with over an hour of stories to listen to every week. Nosleep pulls their stories from the different corners of the internet, firsthand narratives so scary and detailed that they might even be true! Nosleep started as a project to perform stories from Reddit's r/Nosleep forum and has expanded to a wide range of talented authors and actors creating creepy content for the podcast weekly.
Knifepoint Horror - While this podcast does not post as regularly as the other two podcasts, it more than makes up for that with the quality of the horror that the stories provide. All of the stories are narrated with minimal sound effects or edited audio, just the creepy stories and the voice of the narrator. These stories tend to have a slow burn that amps up the horror as the story progresses.