10 Shorter, Sharper Stories For A Quick Hit of Horror
Minimalism is a mode of horror that tends to get overlooked. Horror, by its nature, is usually a maximalist thing, especially the vast and lurid excesses of subgenres like “hardcore” horror and splatterpunk. Even the dense and lavish fantastical realms of folk horror and gothic horror pull out all the stops and use every tool at their disposal to scare you. But there are still plenty of short, effective horror stories for when you might be strapped for time or just don’t feel like getting into a longer work.
Here are ten compact tales of terror, upsetting as they are brief, guaranteed to terrify or unnerve you in four pages or less. And since I’ve been known to over-write (just look at this intro), I’m going to try to introduce you to each of these stories in just two sentences. So without further ado: