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Free Horror and Mystery Ebooks to Download This Month

By Sarah Mangiola March 1, 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.)

Starting this month, we’re bringing you a selection of must-read classics that you can download for free. From the original vampire novel, Carmilla, to Washington Irving’s terrifying The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 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 3/1/17. 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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Carmilla, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

One of the earliest works of vampire fiction, this Gothic horror novel was originally serialized in the magazine The Dark Blue and tells the story of Laura, her father, and the mysterious young visitor—Carmilla—who comes to stay with them. But when Laura begins to have dreams of a cat-like beast biting her on the chest, and then takes ill, she and her father begin to realize that their guest may be dangerous.

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The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan

In this mystery/thriller, set on the eve of World War I, expatriate Scotsman Richard Hannay is returning to his London home when an American stranger confronts him. The stranger claims that he has been hot on the tail of a German spy ring known as the Thirty-Nine Steps, who have plans to steal British military intelligence. Hannay is immediately plunged into a dark world of murder, espionage, and secrets, as he finds himself on the run from the same mysterious spy ring.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving

This spooky classic, written in 1820 by Washington Irving, follows Ichabod Crane on a chilling race for his life. Crane, a superstitious schoolteacher, is traveling through the gloomy glen of Sleepy Hollow when he encounters a menacing figure on a horse. The specter is none other than the Headless Horseman, with his severed head placed upon his saddle. Crane flees to a bridge adjacent to the cemetery where it is said that the Horseman cannot cross. The eerie open ending of the story will leave you restless.

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The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle

The fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel starts with Holmes receiving a cipher message from Fred Porlock, the pseudonym of one of Professor Moriarty’s agents. The message warns Holmes of the harm coming to Mr. John Douglas. But just as Holmes has deciphered the message, Inspector Macdonald arrives to tell him Douglas is already dead—setting off an investigator into his murder, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by M.R. James

M.R. James’ collection of ghost stories is actually intended for people to read aloud. James’ gothic style mixes subtle elements of horror with the supernatural, and some of his stories—including “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad,” “Lost Hearts,” and “The Treasure of Abbott Thomas,” have been adapted to radio, television, and film. It’s been over a century since these tales were written, yet they continue to evoke terror and sleepless nights in those who dare to read them.

free ebooks tortured dreams

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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IN Defiance, by John W. Mefford

Ivy Nash, a special investigator for Child Protective Services, has fought all her life for the wellbeing children. Growing up in foster homes, she knows just how tough the system can be. And when a hostage situation at a foster home reaches a fatal end for some involved, she’s determined to find out what really happened and fight for a boy who survived.

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The Sense of Death, by Matty Dalrymple

When socialite Elizabeth Firth is reported missing, detective Joe Booth calls upon Ann Kinnear and her spirit sensing abilities to help him solve the mystery. Though Ann has created a peaceful existence for herself “away from it all” up in the Adirondacks, she agrees to help and attempts to discover what Elizabeth’s husband is hiding. But as Ann gets deeper into the case, she realizes that she, too, is in danger.

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