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Free Horror and Mystery Ebooks to Download This Month

By Sarah Mangiola April 10, 2017

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Some of the most bone chilling books in the world were written in the last two centuries. (Just check out this list of creepy classics for proof.)

We’re bringing you a selection of must-read classics that you can download for free. From the eerie ghost tales of Charles Dickens to the classic Gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, there’s guaranteed to be a book that you’ve been meaning to read for years. And now that you can get them for nothing, you’re fresh out of excuses not to pick up a copy.

In addition to these classics, we’ll update this article with other free horror and mystery books by up-and-coming authors throughout the month. (This article was last updated on 4/3/17. Prices may have changed since then.)

Check back each month for an updated list of all the best free ebooks that thrill and chill.

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Three Ghost Stories, by Charles Dickens


The three ghost stories in Dickens’ eerie collection all have to do with terrifying hauntings. From a spirit tormenting a juror at his killer’s trial to a former homeowner’s downright creepy presence in the new tenant’s bed, these frightening tales will haunt you for days to come.

The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

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The Gothic novel that inspired the blockbuster musical tells the story of a ghost that lurks in the shadows of the Paris Opera House. And though people describe this mysterious figure differently, when people start turning up dead, the phantom is blamed. Part love story, part mystery, this classic is sure to engross you.

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

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One of the most popular and horrifying tales of all time, Frankenstein was the product of a competition amongst other greats (including Lord Byron and Percy Shelley) of who could write the best horror story. Shelley created a story out of her actual nightmares, about Victor Frankenstein and his corpse-like monstrous creation.

The Vampyre, by John Polidori

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Often viewed as the original vampire romance novel, this book follows the destruction and death Lord Ruthven—a charming vampire—causes everywhere he goes. After Ruthven is fatally injured, his dying wish to his friend Aubrey is that he not tell anyone about his death for a year and a day. But when Ruthven resurfaces in London, and is entwined in a romance with Aubrey’s sister, Aubrey realizes what he really is.

Uncle Silas, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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This psychological thriller has it all: Family secrets and sinister plots with Victorian England as the eerie setting. When Maud’s father hires Madame de la Rougierre as her governess, she finds herself in the clutches of an evil woman. And though Madame de la Rougierre is eventually dismissed, Maud finds herself once again in danger when she is sent to live with her Uncle Silas.

Tortured Dreams, by Hadena James


Aislinn Cain has been through hell and back. A survivor of attacks by two different serial killers, her existence is a real-life horror story. Now, she’s devoted herself to studying the darker side of human history. And when a new killer is using medieval torture devices to murder his victims, the authorities need her help. But can she afford to fall back into her own darkness?

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