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Paula Cappa | 151 comments Tales of Terror is a horror blog offering you free short stories, mostly classics but often contemporary writers' works of the paranormal and the macabre.

This week is The Dark Mother theme ...

What portal do we enter when we confront the Dark Mother?

Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend, Hell House, and Stir of Echoes wrote a short story which most readers probably haven't read: "Graveyard Shift."

It's not about a graveyard unless you consider the relationship between mother and child a very dark and underground place.

Stop by Tales of Terror Blog this week and explore what the Dark Mother is all about in fiction.

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Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural

My intention in writing Tales of Terror Blog is to explore as many short stories in horror as I can and experience a wide variety of horror authors. To date I have over 60 authors' works posted (nearly 100 short reads) for free reading. I hope you will enjoy the selection as much as I do.

I am an avid reader and a writer of horror, my preferences "quiet horror," supernatural mysteries, ghost stories, and psychic phenomena.

Please feel free to drop me a line or comment!


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Paula Cappa | 151 comments FREE read! Are you a fan of classic horror stories? Tales of Terror Blog has the number 1 romantic horror thriller. Perhaps you know the author Gaston Leroux?
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


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message 3: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Bram Stoker Have you read The Dream of the Red Hands? Tales of Terror Blog, free short story by a famous author of horror fiction. You know who that is, right?


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Paula Cappa | 151 comments Lovecraft! With all the chat about the World Fantasy Awards removing Lovecraft as their icon award figure, I thought it might be appropriate to read one of his short stories. The Tree isn't his usual fare. It's a very short story and not only supernatural but also quite puzzling. I liked it because it takes place on a mountain and, well, if you know me, you know I love the supernatural powers of mountains and summits.

Here you go. Lovecraft's "The Tree." I doubt you'll observe olive trees quite the same again.

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Paula Cappa | 151 comments Have you ever known an "inexperienced ghost"? H.G. Wells has a story about one. Kind of a funny idea, yes? You won't be laughing for long. FREE short read at Tales of Terror blog. GONE HAUNTING ... "The Inexperienced Ghost":

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Every week a classic short story of mystery, paranormal, supernatural, horror, and Gothic fiction.


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Paula Cappa | 151 comments “The soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes.”

How about a literary mystery? This short story by Edith Wharton is a special one, "The Fullness of Life." Not an especially enchanting title, but the story takes you beyond life and into death.

Take a read of this story about love, death, and the beyond.

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Paula Cappa | 151 comments Do you know a boy named Claus?

This story is not horror, but is one of the best fantasies you'll read for the holidays. An old fashioned good vs. evil tale that will ignite your childhood imagination.

Come into the enchanted forest of Burzee and meet the Master Woodsman of the World. Meet Necile who finds a baby abandoned and starving in the woods. Who is this child?

If you've not read L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, you've missed a great Christmas fantasy story.

I didn't know about Santa Claus' childhood, did you? I totally believe!

Stop by Reading Fiction this week for the FREE story, audio, and amazing illustrations by the famous Michael Hague!

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Paula Cappa | 151 comments Do you know the famous author who wrote the ghost story "Miriam"? If you've not read this short story, you've missed a fun ride into mystery and suspense by a master writer.

FREE read at Reading Fiction blog. Also 12-minute film too!

Stop by Reading Fiction Blog:

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Paula Cappa | 151 comments The Horror of the Heights by Arthur Conan Doyle “There are jungles in the upper air, and there are worse things than tigers which inhabit them …”

A line from Arthur Conan Doyle in his amazing short story "The Horror of the Heights." Sci-fi flavors for sure but no Sherlock here. I found this story impossible to stop reading. Even avid A.C. Doyle fans may have missed this one.

Read it free at Tales of Terror Blog
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message 10: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Hunting for "Smee" in the Dark.

Do you know author A.M. Burrage? Read his most famous ghost story at Tales of Terror Blog. Audio too. Free short story.

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Paula Cappa | 151 comments February is Women in Horror Month, which includes paranormal and supernatural writers. Have you ever read author Caitlin R. Kiernan? Kiernan is the author of several novels, including World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson award-nominated The Red Tree and the Nebula and Bram Stoker award-nominated The Drowning Girl: A Memoir.

Kiernan was recently proclaimed “One of our essential dark fantasy authors” by the New York Times. She has been named H.P Lovecraft’s spiritual granddaughter.

One of her short stories "House Under The Sea," published at Nightmare Magazine, is Lovecraftian inspired. You can read it FREE at Tales of Terror Blog as we celebrate Women In Horror Month and discover new voices in the dark fiction genre.

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message 12: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Need a ghost story? How about one by the famous Sarah Waters? Believing in ghosts is a tricky business, yes? In Sarah Waters' novel The Little Stranger you'll find a well-written ghost story and a literary voice that sweeps you into the fictional world.

But that's not all. This week on my blog we have one of the best short story writers, Kate Mosses' Mistletoe Bride. FREE read.

Stop by for the last week of Women In Horror Month celebration for February.

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message 13: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Snow Beings and Witchery ...
If you know author Algernon Blackwood, you know his stories are other worlds of supernatural. "The Glamour of Snow" is one of his best. FREE read at Tales of Terror Blog.
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Paula Cappa | 151 comments Hauntings at Ockram Hall in Ireland ...
Come to Ockram Hall and enjoy this Irish ghost story by the famous Francis Marion Crawford. FREE 30-minute read at Reading Fiction Blog. "The Dead Smile."
Francis Marion Crawford

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Paula Cappa | 151 comments In Fritz Leiber's short story, The Girl With the Hungry Eyes, we have a photographer and a model. What do you think a woman is most hungry for? Lust? Power? Revenge?

Stop by Tales of Terror for this free 30-minute read. Also film available (25 minutes) with James Farentino and Joanna Pettet, a Rod Serling classic from Night Gallery.

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message 16: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Ghost Story here ...
“I could produce the merest necessary flicker, like the shadow of a just-opened leaf, on his trembling, tortured consciousness.”

So says the ghost of Frances in Olivia Howard Dunbar's short story "The Shell of Sense." FREE 30-minute read and what a beautiful and haunting one!

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message 17: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Our Vampires, Ourselves
The True Story of a Vampire by Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock.

FREE read at Tales of Terror Blog, audio too!
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message 18: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments This week's short story is full of realism, mystery, supernaturalism, sanity, madness. If you've never read Anton Chekhov's The Black Monk, you are in for an extraordinary experience.

FREE read and audio
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message 19: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Joyce Carol Oates' Big Momma, free read ...

“Damn you, Violet—you are a shameless liar.”
...In her mother’s hot-vibrating presence Violet wore her sulky face. It was an airtight mask of some material like satin or silk, which she could draw down over her actual face. Like Hallowe’en.

Joyce Carol Oates' Big Momma is a wicked short story, written by a master author of the macabre.
This story is tender, emotional, and ever so creepy. A shocking ending that is sure to chill.

Read it FREE at Reading Fiction Blog
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message 20: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Ghost People

If ghosts did exist, would you hire a psychical doctor? How about Dr. John Silence?

Case #1 Psychical Invasion, Dr. John Silence
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FREE read at Reading Fiction Blog.


message 21: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments "House of the Dead Hand."
Curious title for a short story, right? The woman who wrote this story also was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Do you know her?


Read the FREE short story at Reading Fiction Blog.

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message 22: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Carnacki the Ghost Finder
“Then I heard it, an extraordinary hooning whistle, monstrous and inhuman, coming from far away through corridors to my right.”

If you are looking for a good ghost story for this season's reading for Halloween, The Whistling Room by William Hope Hodgson is a good one.

Stop by Reading Fiction Blog for a free read and free audio too.
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message 23: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments What if a clock began to run backwards? What would happen to your own personal time, do you think?

If you are looking for a fascinating and well written story for this Halloween season, you will want to read The Clock That Went Backward by Edward Page Mitchell.

FREE 30 minute read, and audio too at ReadingFiction Blog:

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message 24: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Edgar Allan Poe's "Some Words With a Mummy"
Halloween isn't really a holiday without reading an Edgar Allan Poe story. Here's one that's not as famous as the others: "Some Words With a Mummy." At Reading Fiction Blog:

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message 25: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Hawthorne Style: "Absolute Evil" a FREE short story.

Do you know Julian Hawthorne? Son of Nathaniel Hawthorne? He wrote fiction and was especially good at mysteries.

Absolute Evil is full of suspense, a short story that is well written and oh so spooky.
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message 26: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Looking for a spooky short story? Two women are standing over a corpse. The young dead man is the lover of both the women who are unmarried and aging. This is a story of an abandoned mansion and the mystical. And a secret.

FREE 30-minute read and audio:
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message 27: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Dark Fantasy Fans, this is for you. "The Truth is a Black Cave in a Mountain." FREE short story by one of the most famous modern authors in this genre, Neil Gaiman. At Tales of Terror Blog.

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message 28: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Never Poison a Witch ...
Poe said "I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat." Famous author Kelly Link has written a short story about witches and cats and I think Poe would give her a rave review.

Catskin by Kelly Link is a FREE read at
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message 29: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Don't believe in ghosts? Let the imagination of H.G. Wells bring you into The Red Room. FREE short story, 20-minute read and audio.

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message 30: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Are you in need of reading a wild yarn? The real and the unreal, swirling freely and madly about. Take a ride into darkness. Be brave. If any author can satisfy these desires, it’s Thomas Ligotti.

FREE short story and audio "Nethescurial" by Thomas Ligotti.
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message 31: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments "In the Court of the Dragon."
Black Figure, White-Faced. Ready for a neat little horror story by the famous Robert Chambers? If you loved The King in Yellow, you'll really like this. FREE at Reading Fiction Blog. Audio too.

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message 32: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Van Helsing, Not Just Another Vampire Story ...
If you are a vampire story fan, you might like this free shortie by horror writer Joe Hill. 35-minute read and audio too. At Reading Fiction Blog:

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message 33: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Author E.T.A Hoffmann loved the supernatural, sinister characters, and the grotesque elements in human nature. His fiction is astonishing with wild leaps of imagination paralleled with psychology and spectres of the macabre.

The Cremona Violin.

FREE read at Tales of Terror. Audio too.

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message 34: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Ghost stories are always on my agenda and this one, The Little Ghost, by the best selling British author Hugh Walpole is a gem of a story. A 30-minute read, this spooky tale--with its psychological elements--is a perfect entertainment for a lunch time break.

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message 35: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Got 14 minutes to read a fabulous short story?

Author Shirley Jackson wrote lots of famous short stories and novellas. You probably remember The Lottery or The Haunting of Hill House.

Here's one of her short stories, 14-minute read, "The Witch."
And 11-minute audio too.

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message 36: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Peculiar Spirit of the Skies, THE SHADOW by Edgar Allan Poe

“YE who read are still among the living; but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows.”

Read this 12-minute short story (audio too) by Edgar Allan Poe. If you're a Poe fan, this is a must read.

At Reading Fiction Blog.
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message 37: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Ghosts are considered to be manifestations of electromagnetic energies of human consciousness. This week on Reading Fiction Blog, Ambrose Bierce's short story The Diagnosis of Death takes you on a little adventure to Dr. Mannering's vacant summer home that is haunted but goes one step further.
FREE read and 10-minute audio too.



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message 38: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Looking for a scary story for Halloween? Look no further than Lovecraft's Haunter of the Dark.

This story is one of Lovecraft’s best for prowling around an abandoned church and exploring leftover cults. It is classic horror, a foreboding story, perfect for a Halloween read. The writing is 5-star with evocative images, atmospheric, and high suspense.

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message 39: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Let's make January ghost story reading month! Are you an M.R. James fan? He's the best for quiet horror and "Rats, A Thin Ghost" is one of his best if you like literary horror.

Stop by Reading Fiction Blog to read the 20-minute short story, listen to the audio, or watch the 20-minute film.

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message 40: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe, this iconic mystery writer today on January 19, the anniversary of his birth date. (Edgar Allan Poe, born January 19, 1809, died October 7, 1849)

One of his best and most memorable short stories is The Black Cat. You can read the story, listen to the audio, and watch the 18-minute film (a good one!) at Reading Fiction Blog: Black Cat Zodiac.

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message 41: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Mary Shelley’s ghost is ever-present. And we are breathing life back into her ghost in 2018.
At ReadingFictionBlog, you'll find a celebration of her works, free short stories, and the free film Frankenstein, 2004 adaptation with William Hurt. 2018 is the bicentennial of Frankenstein!

Did you know Feb. 1st is the anniversary of her death?

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message 42: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments The Messenger is a short story woven with thick suspense and told vintage style by one of the greatest horror and fantasy novelists, Robert Chambers. Read it FREE at Reading Fiction Blog. Audio too!

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message 43: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Lunaphobia or Dead-Lotus Faces?
What do you know about lunaphobia? Lovecraft has something to say on this. His "What the Moon Brings" short story is an 8-minute flash fiction that is sure to please. Stop by Reading Fiction Blog for free read and free audio.

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message 44: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Celebrate National Short Story Month by reading a short story every week! Here's a free one to get you started.

Dreaming Darkly with Charles L. Grant for Short Story Month. If you've not read Charles L. Grant yet, give him a try with his short fiction "When All the Children Call My Name." This is an intriguing story with mysterious murders and disappearances in a small town park. Grant is the star author of 'quiet horror' with Bram Stoker awards, World Fantasy and Nebula awards. He's written some 200 short stories and over 50 novels/novellas!

Reading Fiction Blog:
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message 45: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments Ray Bradbury's The Veldt

This is such a fun short story. Week Four of National Short Story Month. We are reading Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt." An adventure in the greatest of Bradbury style! Audio too by Leonard Nimoy (30 minutes). You are going to love this one.

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message 46: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments What is the quintessential ghost story of all time? Can you guess?
As ghosts stories go, can you guess which one has endured over a century and still not lost its power? It's Gothic, suspenseful, and yes there are ghosts. The author is an American writer, born in New York in 1853. The story was adapted for numerous films, an opera, and ballet, and a play.

Find out at Reading Fiction Blog:


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message 47: by Paula (new)

Paula Cappa | 151 comments This week we are reading a haunted house short story by Carmen Maria Machado. If you've never experienced this author, try this 15-minute shortie. It'll really spook you out.

‘It started so small: a mysteriously clogged drain; a crack in the bedroom window. We’d just moved into the place, but the drain had been working and the glass had been intact, and then one morning they weren’t."

At Reading Fiction Blog:
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message 48: by Rick (new)

Rick Bachman | 10 comments Paula wrote: ""House of the Dead Hand."
Curious title for a short story, right? The woman who wrote this story also was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Do you know her?


Read the FREE sho..."
I'm a fan of Edith Wharton. She wrote some good ghost stories.


message 49: by Rick (new)

Rick Bachman | 10 comments Paula wrote: "The Messenger is a short story woven with thick suspense and told vintage style by one of the greatest horror and fantasy novelists, Robert Chambers. Read it FREE at Reading Fiction Blog. Audio too..." I'll have to read more from him. I have read The King in Yellow.


message 50: by Rick (new)

Rick Bachman | 10 comments Paula wrote: "Mary Shelley’s ghost is ever-present. And we are breathing life back into her ghost in 2018.
At ReadingFictionBlog, you'll find a celebration of her works, free short stories, and the free film Fra..."


I am interested in reading a ghost story about Mary Shelley. I will look into it.


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