The deepest, darkest corners of the internet are filled with strange things. If you’re looking for something to send a shiver down your spine or make your hair stand on end, you may just have come to the right place. I know that whenever I’m in the mood for something a little spooky, I go to the one and only place for it — Reddit! Yes, this forum is filled with two-line (or even less) horror stories and some of them are truly terrifying. Don’t believe me? Well, then you’re in for a treat.
Rather than having to scour the weird and wonderful world of Reddit for yourself, I’ve done all the hard work for you. Here are some of the spookiest, scariest short stories that you will ever have the pleasure (or not!) of reading.
15. What was that?!
We’ve all been there, right? You’re taking a peaceful dip in a pool or, indeed, in the sea. You’re away with the fairies and really enjoying some much-needed time-out for once. It’s nothing short of bliss. And then, the unthinkable happens. Suddenly, you feel something brushing against your leg and it seems to be moving of its own accord. How on earth is this happening? What the hell is this thing?
Just kidding… We haven’t ALL been there. But still, it’s fun and kind of spooky to imagine just how scary that would actually be. What would you do in that situation? How would you react? Would you hide from the thing? Would you scream? Would you try to swim away? In the end, you know that there is no escape from the thing because you’re all alone now.
14. Never forget…
You’re going to need to take a leap with me on this one. Close your eyes. Now, imagine the very worst thing you could ever do. I don’t mean cheating on a test or stealing something from the grocery store. Oh no. I am talking about the absolute worst thing you could ever do — the thing you’re even scared to think bout in case it changes you in some fundamental way. Look into your darkest mind and pull out whatever it is that’s hiding there. There it is.
Imagine you’d actually done that. How would you feel? You’d never forget, right? No matter how much you willed yourself to move on and live a somewhat normal life, your secret would follow you. Hell, in the end, it would likely end up destroying everything you love.
13. Can anybody else hear this?
Of course, even when we’re alone, we have to question if that’s the case. Sometimes, when you sit at home and no one is there, can you hear things? The idea of hearing voices is something that’s truly terrifying to many of us for a whole load of reasons. After all, how much can you really trust your own mind? Are you sure that everything is as black and white as it appears to be right now? Or do you think that it could be playing some little tricks on you now and then?
What’s even scarier is what the voices say to you when you’re alone. What do they tell you? Do you trust them? Do you believe what they say? Do you trust yourself anymore? These are all the questions that you need to ask.
12. There is NO monster!
Does this sound like denial to anybody else out there? When you’re a parent, your kids will always have fears. It’s a natural, normal thing. Since you’re the adult here, you need to make sure that you calm their fears. That’s your job. You have no other purpose now and you know it. So, no matter what you may think, you need to convince your kid that everything is okay.
Still, deep down, you know that there very much are terrible things out there — scary things. Things that you just can’t control. It doesn’t matter how much you tell your kid otherwise, you can’t protect them from everything that the world has out there. It’s just that very thought that keeps you awake at night. You know the truth and no matter how much you say otherwise, it haunts you.
11. Frosty… Is that you?
Now, we all know that snowmen are supposed to be adorable. They’re a symbol of the festive season — an emblem of all that is good in the world. But still, even the best things in life can turn out to be somewhat evil when you don’t pay close attention to them. Think about it. Many things that are meant for children are actually very creepy when you set them in another context. Most people realize this but they never like to admit it to anyone. After all, it sounds kind of… weird.
Can you imagine how scary it would be to make a snowman with someone and see that it’s moved? It would be absolutely terrifying! This is one of the weirdest and freakiest thoughts ever. It’s the kind of thing that, once you think about it, you will never forget.
Now, personally, I don’t find the idea of vampires all that scary. I know that I’m in the minority here, which is why I’m including this freaky little story. Imagine waking up to find that a vampire has bitten you. Eek. It would be the worst thing ever. I mean, aside from the ultimate pain here, you’d have to think of the consequences of what had just happened. After all, we all know what happens when a vampire bites you, right?
According to mythology, when a vampire sinks their teeth into your skin, they can do two things. They can either drain all your blood from your body. Yikes. Or, on the other hand, they can inject you with some poison that makes you just like them. So, if you wake up with a bite, you are a vampire!
9. Do you see that too?
I’m guessing that in this situation, there’s no one else in the house. Seeing the baby rocker move on its own could mean only one thing — the house is haunted. That would be scary enough if you were just alone in the place, but wait a minute… What if you had a child? How could you protect them from the unseen? It’s honestly every parents worst nightmare. There would be nothing they could do to help their little one and, frankly, that’s an awful thought!
The more you think about this story, the freakier and weirder it gets. Who would want to rock a baby that’s not their own? What kind of tormented, demented ghost would do such a thing? What problem does it have with you or your child? There are just so many endless questions to ask, but you will never, ever get an answer. And, in the end, that’s the scariest thing of all.
8. Not everything is what it seems!
Here’s one for all the people out there who are scared of spiders. Imagine that you saw a whole wall of spiders crawling all over the place. It would probably be one of the worst days of your life. When there’s that many of them, there’s just no way of escaping them. You can’t run away, because they are everywhere. They are all around you. They will find you. They will start to crawl all over your skin! Eek.
Spider haters around the globe are certain to find this whole thing a little too close to home. It’s the sort of thing that you won’t fast forget. Of course, we all know that this kind of thing never really happens. People don’t really walk into a room and see that’s it’s covered in eight-legged freaks.
7. What are you going to do?
Let’s just say, for the sake of argument here, that this person (i.e. you, in the story) is not faking paralysis. After all, why would anyone fake something like that? That would just be downright strange and you know it. So, let’s say that they are not.
Imagine all of the ways that the doctor may want to ‘prove’ that the person is faking it. I’m certain that your mind will wander to some pretty dark places in the back of your head. After al, surely it would take some weird, bizarre forms of torture to make the person move. Perhaps the doctor would start out slow and easy. But then, after a while, they would go all in. They’d need to go seriously far to make someone move a little when they just can’t do that.
6. Don’t let it catch you!
Most of us have nightmares about someone or, indeed, something chasing us. Much of the time, the weirdest thing about that is the fact that you don’t know who or what the thing is. You just know that it’s up to no good. You know that when it catches you, something truly terrible will become of you. It doesn’t matter how you know that, you just do. It’s fact. But wait… What if you did know what the things was? What if you knew what it wanted?
Having seen what it had done to your family, you would need a way out. All you’d want is a way to get away from it. No one wants to meet their end by being devoured by a monster. I think it’s fair to say that we all have that in common.
5. Wait just a minute…
Now, stalking is no laughing matter. The idea of someone breaking into your home and taking photos of you as you sleep… Well, that’s just about the worst thing in the world. It’s enough to send shivers down your spine. It’s enough to make you never want to sleep again. It’s the kind of thing that will slowly make you feel awful the more and more you think about it. Luckily, it’s the sort of thing that most of us will never have to endure and that’s the only solace you can take here.
Still, can you picture how awful it would be to find that your phone was full of pictures of you sleeping? It would be quite a revelation. What’s more, that’s not where the scary stuff starts and ends. There’s something else to think about. What if the person who took the pictures wanted you to find them?
4. Where’d he go?!
How would you feel if this happened to you? Imagine waking up and suddenly needing water. It’s not too strange. I often wake up at night and fancy a fresh glass of water! So, picture just that scene. You stumble out of bed and wander down the stairs. Then for a split second, you see something that you never wanted to see. There’s someone in your home. An intruder. They are right there. They look surprised to see you. They expected you to sleep through the whole damn thing, but you didn’t.
But they don’t just stay there. Oh no. In a second, the man disappears. Poof. He’s gone. There’s nothing you can see there now. But you’re sure that he was there. You didn’t imagine it. You couldn’t have. You were so sure, but now…
3. Too scared to even scream!
Again, we come back to children. Why is it that they always end up in horror stories? Perhaps because they are strange. They are too young to know about the scary things that the world has to offer. That’s just how it should be. They want to live a ‘normal’ life and be happy. And you, as their parent, want that for them too. You want to protect them from all the creeps and ghouls in the world. You want to make sure that they are okay.
So, imagine seeing your child scream. Or, at least, just contort their face into the position to scream. But nothing comes out. You wouldn’t know what to do. You wouldn’t know how to handle it. All you could do is scream for them and let it all out. But still, you know, it would do no good.
2. When you can’t sleep
Eek, you really need to prepare yourself for this one. Imagine lying in bed, trying to relax. Imagine trying to do your best to take your mind off the thing that’s bothering you. You can’t. There’s nothing you can do to change it. You can feel it. Every time you move, the pain gets worse. You just can’t cope with it. It’s making you feel crazier and crazier all the time. It’s what’s keeping you awake at night and you ca no longer take it!
You don’t know how you lost them or where they went. You can’t remember what happened. All you know is that one day they were gone forever. Now you can’t close your eyes. You can’t blink. You simply can’t sleep. Your eyes are drier than ever and there’s nothing you can do.
1. Something’s not quite right
Now, none of us expect our reflection to be different. In life, it’s one of the only things on which you can count. You can always be sure that your reflection will smile back at you when you smile; that it will laugh as you laugh. It will do just what you do for one obvious reason. It IS you. It’s just your image reflected back to you. It’s nothing more than that, right? Wrong!
What if your reflection was so much more than that? What if it had its own presence? What if it moved independently of you? You may think that this could never, ever happen, but you wait and see. The very next time that you look in the mirror, check out what happens. You might just see something that you will never, ever be able to forget.