Listening to stories is the oldest and favorite entertainment or way to pass time for mankind. This listening to stories later gives birth to art forms like writing literature and much later to visual arts like theater and cinema. When world wide popularity of visual arts like theater and particularly cinema is increasing day by day still habit of reading stories from books or literature has not vanished from the earth. Reading stories of supernatural or horror is favorite to mankind from the day story writing has started. Several horror stories have been considered as classics.
Here Are 7 Such Classic Horror Fictions Written By Renowned Authors That Can Still Give You Goose Bumps At Night:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula written by Irish author Bram Stoker is the most famous and influential horror fiction of all time. Published in 1897 this novel tells the story of blood thirsty vampire Dracula’s journey from his homeland in Carpathians, Rumania to Victorian England. In his quest for blood Dracula is finally stopped by a group of English men led by Abraham van Helsing. The words, descriptions and incidents written in the book are so powerful and blood curdling that none written by Stoker himself after this come close to this book in quality or popularity.
The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest writers of horror or supernatural fictions. Several short stories or novellas written by him are still famous because first time readers still receive jolt when they read those. This famous story is a psychological horror fiction in which a man who has murdered a person and concealed his body under his floor suddenly confesses his crime to police who come to investigate his house. This happens because the man starts to hear the loud beatings of the heart of the murdered man from under his floor.
The Death of Halpin Frayser by Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce, the American journalist who disappeared quite mysteriously in the civil war of Mexico and never returned is one of the most celebrated writers of horror fictions in the world. The strength of Bierce lies in evoking terrific visual world of terror through words. In the Death of Halpin Frayser, Bierce conjures up the image of a forest where every leaf of a tree oozes blood. A pond in the middle of the forest is also filled with blood.
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan de La Fanu
Before Bram Stoker the vampire tale that jolted the world of literature was Carmilla by J Sheridan De la Fanu another Irish writer. This novella tells the story of a female vampire Carmilla who terrorizes a neighborhood before getting killed. Several vampire attack scenes as well as the death scene of Carmilla had directly influenced Stoker while he concocted his own tale of vampire.
The Terror of Blue John Gap by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes had written rt several short tales of horror as a part of his collection ‘ Tales of terror and mystery’. In this tale a doctor who goes to a countryside in Derbyshire, England, finds himself drawn to a mystery that is lurking in the dark of a nearby deserted mine. The local legend tells the tale of a large creature living inside it. The doctor’s determination leads him to confront the creature in the darkness which leads him to his death later on. The vivid description that Conan Doyle writes in the short story still gives creeps in the body.
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
American novelist or writer Stephen King can be called as the true descendant of horror writers like Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe etc. “Salem’s Lot is King’s answer to Dracula in which an American town in Maine comes under the attack of a vampire named Barlow. Suspicion starts to build up as townspeople start to disappear one by one and later reappear as undead. This is one of the early novels by King that still works as page turner as well as spine chiller.
The Mist by Stephen King
One of the greatest short stories by Stephen King in which a small town suddenly finds itself engulfed in a mysterious mist after the previous night’s storm. But the problem is that with the mysterious mist there come strange and horrible creatures of nightmare who are hungry for blood. King chooses to depict his tale from the point of views of a group of people trapped inside a department store.
So you want to read some spine chilling fictions of horror. Here is the list for you.