Ready to get in the Halloween spirit? No one does horror like the classics, so we’ve compiled the eeriest, most unnerving tales Canterbury Classics has ever published. Psychological horrors, disturbing dramas, creepy creatures, and macabre confessions made in the dead of night: these six picks have everything that’s sure to spook you!
From vampires and a monkey paw to an unstoppable heart and haunting apparitions, this leather-bound collection of supernatural stories will have you turning pages long past the witching hour. Allow famous authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and Henry James to prey upon your peace of mind anytime you want to end the night with a delightful fright!
The best-loved works by Edgar Allan Poe, famous for penning many haunting tales, serve as the lines of this notebook in tiny type. This journal includes eerie classics such as “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Raven,” sure to spark the inspiration necessary for anything from daily journaling to the first draft of the next great horror novel.
Irish author Bram Stoker provided the basis of modern vampire fiction in this 1897 novel. Written as a series of letters, newspaper clippings, and diary entries, the story tells of a count named Dracula who lives a disquieting nocturnal life. When he’s stalked by vampire hunters, a battle of good versus evil ensues. Who will prevail, and at what cost?
The Headless Horseman faces off with Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a gruesome ghost story of enduring popularity that takes place during the American Revolution. It’s included—along with “Rip Van Winkle” and many other unnerving tales—in this collection by Washington Irving.
The idea for this story came to the author, Mary Shelley, in a dream she had about a scientist who had created life and was horrified by what he had made. Perhaps the first true science fiction novel, her book tells of a young scientist who decides to play God and create life in the form of a grotesque creature, with devastating consequences.
Rapunzel. Hansel and Gretel. Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. This elegant, leather-bound edition includes all our favorite fairy tales in their original form from the early 1800s. But the works collected by the Brothers Grimm are not the versions we heard as children. They’re darker, and don’t adhere to themes of “happily ever after.” The tales begin with the familiar refrain of “once upon a time”—but they end with the unexpected and fascinating!