With ghost stories that stretch back to biblical times, it is clear that people have been delighting in scaring one another for a long time. Of course, it is a genre that certainly doesn't appeal to everyone, but there are still plenty of readers who love to be terrified. These days there is no shortage of movies and television shows that deliver the ghostly thrills that audiences crave, but this certainly doesn't mean that books with ghost stories are obsolete. There is still something uniquely chilling about reading a ghost story all on your own, preferably with the lights dimmed and the house quiet. Some of the best ghost stories are also still from the era before technology made nighttime a little less dark and mysterious. Let these free ghost story compilation ebooks transport you back to those days.
by Ralph Adams Cram
Black Spirits and White, by Ralph Adams Cram, was first published in 1895 and features a collection of six short stories. From a cursed Parisian house and haunted German castle to an old Italian villa, dead valley and foreboding church, these tales are sure to chill fans of the genre. Cram was an architect, which would explain why the haunting tales in this book all have such interesting settings.
by Algernon Blackwood
Long before authors like Dean Koontz and Steven King, there was Algernon Blackwood. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories is a collection of ten ghostly tales from this author and was first published in the early 1900s. Haunted houses and other creepy locales feature prominently in all the tales that are collected in this book. Anyone that needs any more convincing that Blackwood was a master of his craft should know that H.P. Lovecraft himself considered the author to be one of the "modern masters."
by Various Authors
Don't let the title fool you, Famous Modern Ghost Stories dates all the way back to 1921, but its age does nothing to diminish the impact of these tales. After a great introduction by Dorothy Scarborough, the book delves straight into stories by Algernon Blackwood, W.F. Harvey, Wilbur Daniel Steele, Ambrose Bierce and even Edgar Allan Poe.
by Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce was a very influential writer who was capable of a lot of versatility with his work. While horror wasn't his primary genre, his stories were popular enough that he was ranked with the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. The stories in this book are short enough for a quick read, but share a common civil war-era theme that make them very interesting and quite spooky.
by Montague Rhodes James
M.R. James is an author who should be familiar to all fans of ghost stories and this collection serves as a great introduction to his work. Instead of explicit horror, his writing is a lot more nuanced, which also makes the tales a lot more spooky. Readers who enjoy this book should also check out Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Part 2 and A Thin Ghost and Others, by the same author.