short horror stories for teenagers

Phew. It’s just the secretary, Miss Pepperdine. She tells Miss Bertrand that she needs to borrow one of her students “for just an eensy second” and with a smile way too peppy to be on anyone’s face on a day like today she beckons to you. You gulp, slowly rise, and shaking from head to foot, walk out of the classroom. As you follow her down the hallway towards the principal’s office, you hardly dare think what could have happened. Miss Pepperdine is only called upon to escort kids to the office during horrible circumstances. Clickety- clack, her shoes say as they walk purposefully towards the office door.
Coming out of the door is your school’s psychologist. A severe, businesslike woman, she looks back into the office and says, “I’m sorry sir, but I am not qualified enough to handle an issue as serious as this. As she walks past you, she fixes you with a stare filled with a mixture of pity and horror. Miss Pepperdine claps her hands together and with an overly cheery smile, says, “well, I guess this is your cue!” and ushers you through the door.

short horror stories for teenagers, Language Skills Abroad
A man is driving home late in the night when he spots a girl asking for a hitchhike. The pretty girl is dressed in a beautiful white dress. The man offers her a ride and they strike up an interesting conversation. He drops the girl at her home.
He hides the body inside a wall in the house and when the police investigation begins he takes careful steps. On the day of closing the murder mystery, the police hear a loud crying sound from one of the walls. The police start breaking down the walls of that room and discover the rotting body of the dead wife.

short horror stories for teenagers, Language Skills Abroad
“When I was younger my two siblings and I would spend summer weekends away at my cousins’ house. Their house was in this region that was pretty isolated and full of farmlands. I remember one day, when I was maybe 8 or 9, it was particularly hot. Their house didn’t have A/C. While the temperatures cooled down at night it was still uncomfortable. I was sleeping in my older cousin’s room with my little sister and I woke up in the middle of the night because it was too stuffy. I decided to go sleep out in the living room because I had remembered that my aunt opened the windows and sliding glass door, so there was at least a breeze and circulation. I don’t know how long I was asleep but I remember waking up what seemed like seconds later. Before I opened my eyes I had a feeling that someone was watching me. I was facing the couch and when I finally opened my eyes I saw a little girl sitting across from me. She wore a dress that looked like it was from the 1890s and was brushing her long, wavy hair. She was a bit transparent but had a gold tint because of the street light that was shining in on her. I blinked and she put down her brush in her lap, smiled at me, did a little wave, and mouthed ‘hello.’ I immediately shut my eyes, shot up, and ran back to my cousin’s room. I remember only being able to fall asleep because I convinced myself that it didn’t happen.
2. The ghost Marvin

short horror stories for teenagers, Language Skills Abroad
The couple drove on for a good while and, to pass the time, the husband turned on the radio. The couple heard a news report about an escaped lunatic, considered very dangerous, who should not be approached under any circumstances. The description matched the hitchhiker and the couple looked at each other, clearly shocked, but happy nothing bad had occurred.
Just before the clergyman fell to sleep later that night, he remembered the beautiful emerald ring on the finger of the woman he had laid to rest. Wanting the ring and thinking no one would find out, he went downstairs, unlocked the lid, opened it, and tried to pry off the ring. It would not budge. He ran and brought back a file to cut the ring off her finger. When that did not work, he severed her finger and pulled the ring off. As he left, he turned around to pick up the iron lid, and screamed at the top of his lungs. He dropped the ring and ran. The woman had awakened, was moaning, and held her severed finger towards him with an evil smile on her face.

short horror stories for teenagers, Language Skills Abroad
Coming in September is this incredible-sounding collection of classic Edgar Allan Poe stories, retold through the voices of YA authors. Not only do we get to have riffs on the tales, but the stories those retellings are based on will be included. Poe is a horror staple, and this collection promises to be one that will introduce and/or deepen readers knowledge of his work.
One of the titles selected for this year’s Summer Scares program for the YA category is a collection of short stories—Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke—and it led me down a path of curiosity for what else was out there for teen readers who love the format. Find these excellent YA horror short stories below in a variety of anthologies.