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    19 Short Stories That People Claim Are The Most Disturbing Ever Written

    Short and not-so-sweet.

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What is the scariest and/or most disturbing short story you've ever read?" and they did not disappoint. Here are just a few of the short stories that are guaranteed to give you nightmares in 100 pages or less:


    1: Given the nature of this post, there are some disturbing descriptions and mentions of graphic imagery, so reader discretion is advised.

    2: There are SPOILERS AHEAD for several of these short stories!

    1. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

    2. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

    3. "Harold" from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

    4. "Skullpocket" from Wounds: Six Stories From the Border of Hell by Nathan Ballingrud

    5. Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman

    6. The Demon Lover by Elizabeth Bowen

    7. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

    8. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

    9. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    10. "The Frolic" from Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti

    11. The Landlady by Roald Dahl

    12. "Harrison Bergeron" from Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

    13. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates

    14. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

    15. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

    16. The Pear-Shaped Man by George R.R. Martin

    17. Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch

    18. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

    19. And finally, "Guts" from Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

    Now it's your turn! What short story terrified you the most?! Share the title, the author, and a little bit about the story itself in the comments below!

    Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.