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For Adults: Short Scary Stories That Will Terrify You (Creepy & True!)

Do you love true scary stories? What about ghost stories that actually happened? Or maybe you want to read something dark and creepy?

Of course you do!

We know this because we love them too.

Since we're like you, we know you want to lose yourself in the kind of stories you can read quickly but will make you stay up all night long...

Read the scariest true ghost stories...if you dare.

...partly because you're caught up in the story and partly because you're too scared to sleep!

You're in the perfect place right now because we created this page for two reasons:

  1. To give you the best true scary stories for adults
  2. To scare the living hell out of you

Note: There are a LOT of stories here, so we've broken them down into sections - so you waste less time searching and enjoy more time reading. To make it even easier for you, here's a few quick tips:

  • Each section is collapsible. To see the stories within the section simply tap or click the collapsible "Read the..." header. To hide the stories, just tap or click the collapsible header again.
  • As you scroll down the page you'll see an arrow icon in the lower right section of your screen. Tapping or clicking the arrow icon will automatically bring you back to the top of the page (this is especially helpful on mobile screens - no more flicking your finger a million times to scroll back up).
  • We are constantly adding new stories. So bookmark this page and check back often!

With that said, I hope you're ready,  because you're about to discover the scariest short stories that can be found online - and perhaps anywhere!

- Updated 10/22/2019

Beware: True Ghost Stories, Creepy Tales, and Paranormal Horror Lurk Within

True Scary Stories That Will Give You Nightmares


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From terrifying bedtime stories to stories to tell around a campfire, here are the scariest tales you'll find on the internet - and they are all true.

You have been warned.

Read the Scary Stories

Real-Life Ghost Stories That Will Make You Sleep with the Lights On


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From evil spirits to terrifying poltergeists, read ghost stories so dark and real you may never sleep again.

Do you dare?

Read the Ghost Stories

Intensely Creepy Stories That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

Intensely Creepy Stories That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

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It doesn't matter if you're young or old, these creepy stories will burrow under your skin and scar your psyche.

Prepare to be highly disturbed.

Read the Creepy Stories

True Horror Stories That Will Make You Piss Yourself


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Grab your crucifix, clutch your rosaries, and say your prayers while you read these true horror stories.

Warning: These are not for children. Adults only.

Read the Horror Stories

Seriously Spooky Stories That Will Make You Lock Your Doors


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Want to freak your friends, and yourself, out?

Read these spooky tales with the lights off. And remember, if it sounds like "something" is outside your door, don't worry...

There is.

Read the Spooky Stories

Paranormal Stories That Will Make You Feel like You're in the Twilight Zone


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From paranormal mysteries to frightening phenomena, when you read these stories you'll lose track of time.

And your mind.

Read the Paranormal Stories