I could hear the waves lapping viciously against the rocky slope as the fog moved in and the seagulls were baying loudly against the incoming tide. I could feel the salt licking my face as I was driving up through the breezy, chilly air of the coastline. A quick glance at my GPS told me I was about an hour south of Newport, Oregon. It had been a beautiful day so far on my drive … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 01 – The Haunting of Heceta Head
Short Horror Stories
From cosmic horror, gothic tales to frightening urban legends we love short horror stories. We've been collecting and writing them for years now. We have horror authors from all over the globe contributing to our collection.
Short horror stories based on urban legends are where we source most of our writing from. Our encyclopedia of supernatural is an archive of supernatural lore to inspire our writers and scare our readers. From haunted lighthouses to mummified loggers we are searching the world for the best horror lore to bring to life.
We have one ongoing series "Anna Byrne" inspired by supernatural hunters around the world, this story follows Anna as she learns about her past, investigates paranormal lore and follows in the footprints of the great ghost hunters before her.
Our stories are also available in print regionally with our atlas of lore series. The first edition related to Oregon is available now. learn more about Atlas of Lore Oregon.
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Urban Legends: The Curse of Lafayette I looked up at the loft in my father’s study, my eyes burned from a lack of sleep, but if I was ever going to get broken in to some of the insane notions that my father spoke about the night before this was how I should do it. I felt his hand grasp my shoulder and the kiss he gave me on the back of my head, as he encouraged me to do the … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 02 – The Burden of a Witch’s Son
I remember when I was younger, I must have only been five or six--I was sitting next to my father in the auditorium at the local University and I was watching my old moosehide boots as I swung them back and forth, playfully trying to hit the floor with my toes. My father lovingly draped a blanket over my lap, I think he mumbled something about, "in case you get chilly." I … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 03 – The Boy, the Beast, and the Kayak
I twitched awake, I felt the unsettling warmth of sweaty palms, and my heart pounded in my chest as I gasped for air. It was the week following the winter Solstice and it was colder than it had been all year; the skies above my cabin were entirely void of cloud cover and had the clearest view of the milky way. Clear skies during the darkest parts of winter would always have a … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 04 – Finding the Bokor
It was a nice walk from the corner store to the cemetery I had marked on my map, it was so alien to see grass that was still green this time of year, and the sun beat down through the thick humid air. I reminded myself to not get used to the length of the days down in the lower forty-eight, it would just make me miss the sun that much more when I got home. Walking through what … [Read more...] about Anna Byrne: Chapter 05 – Night of Resurrection