Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 7:37 AM
With Halloween less than a week away, we decided to help get you into the spirit by gathering a bunch of the best scary classics you can find in Google Book Search -- everything from favorites like Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to more obscure spooky tales like Thomas Hardy's The Withered Arm or Ambrose Bierce's An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge. You'll find 26 stories at google.com/scarystories. Search the full text to find out who famously uttered "nevermore," why Van Helsing was forced to behead the "bloofer lady" and how Ichabod Crane met his untimely end in a tranquil glen called Sleepy Hollow.
The fun doesn't stop there -- if you see a "Download" button, you're free to download, save, and/or print a PDF version to read at your own pace. If you rediscover an old favorite or new story you want to own in hard copy, the "All editions" link will show you multiple editions, many of which are available for purchase.
(Please note that some of these books may not be in the public domain everywhere in the world. Where copyright status is in question, we do not enable Full View access or downloading.)