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— from Mary Shelley to M. R. James —

by M. Grant Kellermeyer

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31 Classic Horror Stories Every Fan Should Read in October: A Literary Advent Calender for Halloween

Why should Christmas have all the fun? Oldstyle Tales proudly presents a literary advent calendar for your favorite season. Each day has a writer along with the best known work and a link to a lesser known, deeply Halloweenish story that we recommend. And hey, if you're ambitious try reading the masterpiece AND the lesser known story. But be warned: reading 62 horror stories by masters like these can have adverse side effects on your mental health -- so beware!

October 1 – H. G. WELLS.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Red Room.”

This year read “The Magic Shop.”

(Click the underlined links to read the stories!)

October 2 – E. F. BENSON.

Known for “The Bus Conductor.”

This year read “The Other Bed.”


October 3 – ROBERT W. CHAMBERS.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Yellow Sign.”

This year read “The Messenger.”


October 4 – ALGERNON BLACKWOOD.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Willows.”

This year read “The Kit-Bag”

October 5 – BERNARD CAPES.

Known for "An Eddy on the Floor."

This year read "The Thing in the Forest."

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October 6 – WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Voice in the Night.”

This year read “The Whistling Room.”

October 7 – RALPH ADAMS CRAM.

Known for “The Dead Valley.”

This year read “No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince.”

October 8 – W. W. JACOBS.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Monkey’s Paw.”

This year read “The Toll-House.”

October 9 – H. P. LOVECRAFT.

Known for “The Call of Cthulhu.”

This year read “The Curse of Yig.”

October 10 – M. R. JAMES.

Known for “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come…”

This year read “Wailing Well.”

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October 11 – FITZ-JAMES O'BRIEN.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “What Was It?”

This year read “The Lost Room.”

October 12 – OLIVER ONIONS.

Known for “The Beckoning Fair One.”

This year read “The Cigarette Case.”

October 13 – EDGAR ALLAN POE.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “Fall of the House of Usher.”

This year read “Berenice.”

October 14 – BRAM STOKER.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “Dracula.”

This year read “The Squaw.”

October 15 – F. MARION CRAWFORD.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Upper Berth.”

This year read “For the Blood is the Life.”

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October 16 – RUDYARD KIPLING.

Known for “The Phantom Rickshaw.”

This year read “At the End of the Passage.”

October 17 – GUY DE MAUPASSANT.

(You can find our annotated, illustrated collection of his best horror fiction here!)

Known for “The Horla.”

This year read “The Spectre.”

October 18 – J. SHERIDAN LE FANU.

(You can find