Short Horror Stories

Dreadful Encounters: 25 Bone-Chilling Short Horror Stories

A thread on the popular website Reddit.com prompted users to share their favorite two-liner horror stories, resulting in an array of spine-chilling tales that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Our selection showcases the most impactful and bone-chilling stories to keep readers on edge long after reading. Proceed with caution as we present a compilation of the best short horror stories for your enjoyment.

Short Horror Stories

Scary Two Liner Stories

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.”
I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.

Scary Two Liner Stories

My daughter won’t stop crying and screaming in the middle of the night. I visit her grave and ask her to stop, but it doesn’t help.

Scary Two Liner Stories

My sister says that mommy killed her.
Mommy says that I don’t have a sister.

Scary Two Liner Stories

After working a hard day I came home to see my girlfriend cradling our child.

I didn’t know which was more frightening, seeing my dead girlfriend and stillborn child, or knowing that someone broke into my apartment to place them there.

Scary Two Liner Stories

The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams.

I sat bolt upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open.

Scary Two Liner Stories

You hear your mom calling you into the kitchen. As you are heading down the stairs you hear a whisper from the closet saying “Don’t go down there honey, I heard it too.

Scary Two Liner Stories

It sat on my shelf, with thoughtless porcelain eyes and the prettiest pink doll dress I could find.
Why did she have to be born still?

Short Horror Stories

Don’t be scared of the monsters, just look for them. Look to your left, to your right, under your bed, behind your dresser, in your closet but never look up, she hates being seen.

Scary Two Liner Stories

Growing up with cats and dogs, I got used to the sounds of scratching at my door while I slept. Now that I live alone, it is much more unsettling.

Short Horror Stories

The doctors told the amputee he might experience a phantom limb from time to time. Nobody prepared him for the moments though, when he felt cold fingers brush across his phantom hand.

Scary Two Liner Stories

When next you are completely alone, imagine you are listening to a sound of some kind. When that sounds seem to stop, you’ll know that you’ve been noticed.

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The grinning face stared at me from the darkness beyond my bedroom window. I live on the 14th floor.

Scary Two Liner Stories

After so many years of living alone in this large house, I came to a startling revelation. During this time I had closed far more doors than I had opened.

Short Horror Stories

They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap. From the main room, I begin to hear popping.

Scary Two Liner Stories

Sleep did not come to me easily that night in the cabin in the woods for the portraits on the wall only portrayed the deformed, the decrepit, and the damned. Sleep has never come easily to me ever again, for when I woke, I found no portraits, only windows.

Short Horror Stories

You were my mommy before the last time we died too,” your daughter tells you in a booming sing-song voice as she adjusts another puzzle piece.

The light in her eyes seems to go out a moment later, as she whispers to you, “it’s going to be much more painful this time.

Scary Two Liner Stories

My grandmother told me that it was a gift to see the angel of death in front of people’s houses, to know that he’d be collecting someone there soon. I thought it was a gift too, up until the day I began to see it in front of every house.

Short Horror Stories

You get home, tired after a long day’s work, and ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.

Scary Two Liner Stories

The last man on Earth sat alone in his room. Then, there was a knock on the door.

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Working the night shift alone tonight. There is a face in the cellar staring at the security camera.

Scary Two Liner Stories

Being buried alive was bad enough. Realizing I wasn’t alone in my own grave was worse.

Short Horror Stories

Yesterday my parents told me, I was too old for an imaginary friend and that I had to let her go. They found her body this morning.

Scary Two Liner Stories

I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

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They celebrated the first successful cryogenic freezing. He had no way of letting them know he was still conscious.

Scary Two Liner Stories

When I finally grabbed her in the darkness, I swam back to the surface. It never occurred to me how fast the ice could freeze over.

Short Horror Stories

“I can’t sleep” she whispered, crawling into bed with me. I woke up cold, clutching the dress she was buried in.

Scary Two Liner Stories

Do you know that weird, full-body twitch you get sometimes when you’re falling asleep? If there was a camera pointed at you, and you saw what it captured at that moment, you’d never sleep again.

Short Horror Stories

It’s been watching me for hours now… Sometimes I catch glimpses of its reflection on the mobile screen, but I dare not turn around.


Short Horror Stories Compilation

Anthologies of short horror stories have long captivated readers with their spine-tingling tales that push the limits of imagination and suspense. These collections are an excellent way to experience the breadth of the horror genre, as they feature a diverse range of authors and styles that explore the macabre and terrifying in their own unique ways. Whether it’s a twist ending, a ghostly apparition, or a suspenseful buildup that leads to a shocking conclusion, these compilations of 25+ short horror stories are sure to leave a lasting impression on any reader.

Short Horror Stories: Ending Note

I welcome readers to share their own personal short horror stories in the comments section below, thereby creating an interactive and collaborative platform for engaging in the horror genre. Additionally, I invite readers to inform us which story resonated with them the most.

The stories featured in this compilation are courtesy of the incredible contributors on the Ask Reddit forum. We encourage readers to visit the original post to explore further short horror stories and credit the original authors.

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