Halloween Stories

The Vengeance of a Tree

Several men were gathered near the bar discussing the tidings that Walter Stedman, a laborer on Albert Kelsey’s ranch, had assaulted and murdered his employer’s daughter.

The Flayed Hand

One evening about eight months ago I met with some college comrades at the lodgings of our friend Louis R. We drank punch and smoked, talked of literature and art, and made jokes like any other company of young men. Suddenly the door flew open, and one who had been my friend since boyhood burst in like a hurricane.

The Demon Spell

One night I had been invited to the house of a friend, who was a great believer in the manifestations from the unseen world, and who had asked for my special edification a well--known trance medium. 'A pretty as well as heaven-gifted girl, whom you will be sure to like, I know' he said as he asked me.

The Old Portrait

A painter acquires an old portrait, hoping to salvage the frame for his own work. But when he scrapes down the painting, he encounters a vampire.

The Vampire Maid

A young traveler takes a room in a remote cottage and falls in love with the owner's strangely-compelling daughter.

The Pit and the Pendulum

A man is bound and cast into a pit by the Inquisition, and soon realizes that a deadly blade is slowly descending upon him.

The Severed Head

A shopkeeper gets an unpleasant shock when a physician drops his black bag.

The Ghost of Blacktail Canyon

There is a story the Colorado River guides sometimes tell about a haunted canyon where the spirits don't like intruders after dark.

The Figure in the Window

It was a funny time of night to be checking out old houses. I was pretty sure Alec was more interested in chasing ghosts than in real estate!

Haunted Sachs Bridge

I don’t know what exactly draws me back to Sachs Bridge each time I visit Gettysburg. I just know that I feel compelled to drive there and take pictures.

The Devil on Washington Rock

At first she didn't realize it was a dream. The party was crowded, the guests cheerful. Then a rumor began to circulate. The Devil was coming to the party...

The Cask of Amontillado

An enemy lures Fortunato into the catacombs of his home, and buries him alive.

The Black Cat

The cries of a black cat haunt a murderer after he conceals his wife's corpse.


S.E. Schlosser
S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.