These are 32 very short scary stories to tell in the dark

Very short scary stories to tell in the dark

What makes any story horrible is its content developed after a lot of thinking. Writing scary short stories could be fun to anyone creative and near to paranormal world. Well, here we have collected really scary short stories that will hold your breath while you read one. This post is a collection of very short scary stories and we will continue to add some more to this series. Last few stories of our collection are much larger than typical short scary stories but they hold a deep sense of horror within.

The Glass

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.

The Clock

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.


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.


In all of the time that I’ve lived alone in this house, I swear to God I’ve closed more doors than I’ve opened.

The Voice

A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs, so she got up and started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into her room and said “I heard that, too.”

The Breath

She asked why I was breathing so heavily. I wasn’t.

The Living Dead

My wife woke me up last night to tell me there was an intruder in our house. She was murdered by an intruder 2 years ago.

Midnight’s Play

I awoke to the sound of the baby monitor crackling with a voice comforting my firstborn child. As I adjusted to a new position, my arm brushed against my wife, sleeping next to me.

Revealing Dead

I always thought my cat had a staring problem – she always seemed fixated on my face. Until one day, when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.

Baby in dark

There’s nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it’s 1 a.m. and you’re home alone.

The Last view

I was having a pleasant dream when what sounded like hammering woke me. After that, I could barely hear the muffled sound of dirt covering the coffin over my own screams.

Love Forever

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

The Monsters

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.”


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.

The confused state

I can’t move, breathe, speak or hear and it’s so dark all the time. If I knew it would be this lonely, I would have been cremated instead.

The Intruder

She went upstairs to check on her sleeping toddler. The window was open and the bed was empty.

Waking up

I never go to sleep. But I keep waking up.


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.

The passed entities

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.

The phone

There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.


“I was babysitting a kid and we were watching TV in his basement. All of a sudden, he shuts the TV off and whips his head to stare at the wall behind him. He stared for a solid 3 minutes and said, “Not now.” and continued watching TV. A few minutes later he looked at the wall again and said, “I’ll see you later ok?!” I was so freaked out.”

The Closet

“Two years ago, I was looking through my school yearbook with my 5 year old cousin. When we came to the page with my Year 2 class on it, she pointed to a boy’s photo and said, “That looks just like Nicolas!” When I asked who Nicolas was she just said, “The boy in my closet” and continued to look through the pictures. I almost died.”

Kid’s short scary story

Since I was a kid, I sometimes felt a little shiver in exactly one arm or leg. All the times it happened, I would have a nightmare of that person’s death or know where it is buried if it’s in the house.

Years passed, I was 13, almost about to stop believing in ghosts. One day I went to a house of a friend of mine, I could feel something, I was starting to get pale and cold, my friend told me that I was starting to get colder than normal. I fainted, while I was there, lying on the ground, I could hear a voice telling me to open a hole under the place I was. I got really scared when my friend and his parents discovered human bones scattered under the ground.

Late night experience

It was late at night; a couple was driving to their home. Yeah it was very dark, the roads were deserted and the trees were hiding the moon. Stars appeared to twinkle even more and yes radio started making weird noises. Yes, these guys were stupid to take this lonely and empty path even if they were alternate routes CRAZY! And as usual the husband seemed happy, careless but the wife was all tensed and worried. Then THUMP!!!

The engine stopped of all the places and times right now. And luckily or as so it happens they found a cabin hidden behind the trees. It clearly appeared empty and broken and spooky like the ones in all slashed horror movies. Unfortunately for the couple, they were also stupid a helpless like the people in those horror movies. The door had cracks and scary symbols drawn on it.

The wife got all scared but the husband kept being a Macho. Suddenly a body of a girl fell near them. Providing the reaction, wife screamed her throat out. But the husband still became just a bit cautious and told her to relax. Wife trembling agreed to her husband’s command and still decided to go in. They entered the cabin, it was all dark but suddenly a flash of light on the front wall made the lady realize the Thing.

During this whole play, whole incident only one thing was Out Of Place. Unnatural and Odd – It was her non-reactive husband who did not lose his cool. But, till the time she realized this, the door was shut and only her screams could be heard.

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The Truth

Some years ago, there was an old lady that was very ill for some time , finally passing away, leaving devastated to her family, specially her husband of many, many years.Even though the doctor told everyone that she was dead, her husband kept insisting that she was alive, after a small struggle, the family was able to take him away from his wife’s body, so she could be prepared for the burial.

Back in those days, the burial plots were very simple; the body was not preserved in any way and was put inside the coffin. While everything still was getting ready for her burial, the husband kept saying that his wife was being still alive inside the coffin.

Finally the husband was given some pills and put on bed; in the meantime his wife’s burial was taking place. Later that night, the husband woke up to a nightmare of his wife trying to scratch her way out of the coffin.

He called the doctor and begs him for the exhumation of his wife’s body and he explained his nightmare. The doctor refused to do this, and the poor husband had the same nightmare all week, and all week he pledged to the doctor to see her wife’s body and make sure she was not buried alive.

The doctor finally gave in and called the authorities, so they could remove the coffin from the ground and open it. When the coffin was open, everyone saw in horror how the nails of the woman were bent back, and there were scratches inside of the coffin.

Horror Unleashed

Max was an engineering student. First three years he stayed in college hostel, but in final year he decided to move out along with his friends to a rent house. They got a house inside the rural area which fit inside their budget. Roads were not well maintained and street light there was not properly working.

Everything was going fine until one strange thing took place. On that particular weekend, two of his roommates went to their home town while remaining two stayed there. They went to movie at night which ended at 1 am.When they reached in front of their house, they found two doors of the window open, and inside it, Max saw black face staring at him.

That seemed to be a face shaped shadow seeking out of the window. A sudden shiver ran down his spines. Max relaxed himself thinking one of his roommates may have returned. After they reached the door, it was still locked.

The Grave

“Don’t ever stand on a grave after dark”, one of the boys said. “The person inside will grab you. He’ll pull you under.”

“That’s not true,” one of the girls said. “It’s just a superstition.”

“I’ll give you a dollar if you stand on a grave,” said the boy.

“A grave doesn’t scare me,” said the girl. “I’ll do it right now.”

The boy handed her his knife. “Stick this knife in one of the graves,” he said. 

“Then we’ll know you were there.” The graveyard was filled with shadows and was as quiet as death. “There is nothing to be scared of,” the girl told herself, but she was scared anyway. She picked out a grave and stood on it. Then quickly she bent over and plunged the knife into the soil and started to leave. But she couldn’t get away. 

Something was holding her back! She tried a second time to leave, but she couldn’t move. She was filled with terror. “Something has got me!” she screamed, and she fell to the ground. When she didn’t come back, the others went to look for her. They found her body sprawled across the grave. Without realizing it, she had plunged the knife through her skirt and had pinned it to the ground. It was only the knife that had held her. She had died of fright.


This is the tale of a man who was killed by the numbers. You say it was the number or a curse that took his life away. But, for him, it was a black day and a cursed number. Well, read this scary short story.

One day, when he was going home, he saw a note hanging from his side pocket, he took it out and saw a number “765” written on it. Confused, he threw it out of his pocket. He returned home, his wife had brought a statue from a monastery. It depicted a lady wearing a black veil around her. The husband became madly interested in itches searched on net. What he found shocked was a curse given to people in ancient times, to bring bad luck.

The husband did not take it seriously. The next day his daughter met with an accident, she was pregnant and unfortunately lost her baby. Depressed, the husband went to the bar at night, in hope to drink away his sorrow. When he returned home, he saw his wife in bathtub…dead by drowning.

Unable to bear the pain…he threw the statue out. Next day…after the events of night…when he was returning home…he got hit by a bus and died. The number of bus was 765 and though the statue was returned to the monastery. Little is known about the dark secrets behind the walls of monastery.

The white wristband

In Korea, when a patient is taken to hospital, a white wristband is placed on their left arm. These wristbands contain the patient’s name and information. When a patient dies, a red wristband is placed on their right arm and they are taken to the morgue.

In one particular hospital in Korea, a young doctor was working the night shift. It was around 2 AM when he finished his last operation. He was on the 5th floor and pressed the button for the elevator. The doctor was tired after a long day and was looking forward to the end of his shift. At 2 AM, the hospital was very quiet. Most of the patients were asleep and many of the nurses had already gone home.

He entered the elevator and there was just one other person there. He casually chatted with the woman while the elevator descended. The elevator stopped at the basement and the door opened. They saw an old man dressed in a white gown standing there. The old man was about to get in when the doctor suddenly slammed the close button and punched the button for the 5th floor.

“Why did you do that?” asked the astonished woman.

“I’ve performed a lot of operations”, replied the doctor. “I’ve seen a lot of people die. When a patient dies, they get a red wristband placed on their arm.”

The woman was silent.

“You saw it, didn’t you?” said the doctor. “That old man… That old man had a red wristband on his arm.”

“A red wristband…” said the woman as she raised her right arm. “You mean like this one?”

The Hitchhiker

The man was standing on the side of the road, hitchhiking in the middle of a thunderstorm on a dark and moonless night. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face. Suddenly he saw the headlights of a car approaching over a nearby hill. The car was moving very slowly, approaching and appearing ghost like in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped.

Wanting a ride real bad, the guy jumped in the car and closed the door; only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel, and no sound of the engine to be heard over the rain. Again the car crept slowly forward and guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out; he started to pray for his life, as he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into the river, and he would surely drown!

But just before the curve a shadowy figure appeared at the driver’s window and a ghostly hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again. Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve. Finally the guy, scared to near death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran to town.

Spooky Fact

Wet and in shock, he went into the nearest bar and told everybody about his supernatural experience. A silence enveloped the room and everybody got Goosebumps when they realized the guy was telling the truth about the strange car and the ghostly hand that guided it on its way. Just then, two men walked into the bar. They were dripping wet and as they took off their rain gear, they looked around the room. Their eyes came to rest on the hitchhiker.

“Look!” said one of the men, “There’s the idiot who jumped into our car when we were pushing it in the rain.”

The Babysitter

A 15 year old girl was babysitting her little sister while her parents went out to a party. She sent her sister off to bed around 9:30 while she stayed

up to watch her favorite T.V. show. She sat in her recliner with a blanket and watched until it went off at around 10:30, after it went off she turned around

in her seat to face the big glass door and watch the snow fall. She sat there for about 5 minutes or so when she noticed a strange man walking toward the

glass from outside. She sat there staring as he stared at her back. He started to pull a shiny object out from his coat. 

Thinking it was a knife she immediately pulled the covers over her head. After about 10 minutes she removed the covers and saw that he was gone. She then called 911 and they rushed over.

They examined outside for any footprints in the snow, but there were none to be found. Two cops walked into her house to tell her the bad news and they noticed a trail of big wet footprints leading up to the chair where she was sitting.The cops came to their conclusion and immediately told the girl she was very lucky because the man she saw staring at her was not standing outside, but he was standing behind her and what she saw was his reflection.

The Mexican Lady

There was a woman who went to Mexico on vacation. She got bored of hanging around the resort hotel and decided to explore the town. After doing a little shopping and buying a few Souvenirs, she happened to see a little dog trotting down a dusty alley between two buildings.

She was immediately smitten with the cute little animal and followed it. When she caught up to the dog, she picked it up and it started licking her face. The dog did not have any collar or tag so she assumed it was a stray. The animal was so adorable that she decided to adopt it.

It’s illegal to transport animals back from Mexico to the United States. But the lady was clever, she decided to take it with her and hide it under her sweaters and pretended she was pregnant.

Back at the united states, she bought the dog to her apartment and gave it a bath. She set out a little bowl of food for the dog to eat. She laid out a small blanket for the creature to sleep then went out to have some diner.

When she cam home and walked into the kitchen, she found her new pet chewing a whole through the wall. There was an oozing mucus around the animal’s eyes and it was foaming at the mouth. Afraid that her new pet might be sick,She took it to her bedroom and wrapped it up a blanket and let it sleep in her bedroom.

Spooky Fact:

The next morning, The woman woke up to find the creature gnawing on her ear. She screamed and pushed it away. She knew her pet was sick and took it to the vet.

As soon as the vet came out, the woman rushed over, carrying her pet in her arms.

“There’s something wrong with my dog” she said.

The vet took one look at it and asked'” What did you say this was?”

“I am not sure what kind of breed it is “she replied” I think its some kind of rare Mexican breed”

The Vet shook his head,”This is no dog”he said” This is just a big sewer rat”

The woman was horrified.”A sewer rat?” she cried

“yes “said the vet.” But the bad new is, it has rabies”

These were 31 short scary stories to tell in the dark. Which amongst the above is most spooky? Let us know in the comments below. Looking forward to other creepy reads? Know about the story of Mexico doll island, an island of dolls.

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