Free eBooks for Halloween

By Jason Boog 

As Hurricane Sandy swept through New Jersey, Halloween celebrations were moved to November 5th. To celebrate, we are re-running 25 free horror books that you can download right now for your eReader, smartphone or tablet. Follow the links below to read.

If you want to help with hurricane relief, you can donate money to Red Cross disaster relief right now. You can also make an appointment to donate blood to the Red Cross.

In 2010, novelist Neil Gaiman created the “All Hallow’s Read,” literary holiday, a night to give someone you love a scary book. The writer explained the new tradition in the video embedded above–here’s more from the official site:

Obviously, we support bookshops and authors, but more than that, this is about making a holiday tradition of book-giving. So feel free to give second-hand books or books from your own shelves. And feel just as free to buy a beautiful new book from a small independent bookseller, or from online or… look, there’s no wrong way to buy a book. You can even gift it to their Kindle … If you do not know what scary book to give someone, talk to a bookseller or a librarian. They like to help. Librarians will not mind even if you admit that you are not planning to take out a book, but instead you are going to buy one and give it to someone.

Top 25 Free Horror eBooks on Project Gutenberg

1. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

4. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

5. The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs

6. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

7. The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori

8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe

9. Varney the Vampire by Thomas Preskett Prest

10. The Monk; a romance by M. G. Lewis

11. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

12. Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker

13. Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

14. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

15. Wieland: or, the Transformation, an American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown

16. Edgar Huntly by Charles Brockden Brown

17. The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker

18. The Beetle by Richard Marsh

19. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck

20. The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker

21. The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce

22. The Damned by Algernon Blackwood

23. The Parasite by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

24. Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier

25. Curious, if True by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell