25 Two-Sentence Horror Stories That Are Actually Scary

Posted by , Updated on December 19, 2023

There aren’t too many two-sentence horror stories that are actually scary. Most are so-so or just clever enough to make you smile. But, then, there are two-sentence stories so scary, you’ll think about them for days. While novelists need hundreds of pages to freak you out, all it takes for these Reddit authors is a great idea and two-sentences to scare you half to death. Be careful, after this list is over, you might not want to go to bed with the lights off. Here are 25 Two-Sentence Horror Stories That Are Actually Scary.



She wondered why she was casting two shadows. Afterall, there was only a single lightbulb. — pgan91

two shadowsSource: https://thoughtcatalog.com/michael-koh/2013/07/40-freaking-creepy-ass-two-sentence-stories/

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

sleepingSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb92x7p/

"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." - Unknown

scary catSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/oneliners/comments/31dnf1/growing_up_with_cats_and_dogs_i_got_used_to_the/

Yesterday my parents told me I was too old for an imaginary friend and that I had to let her go. They found her body this morning. - BitterSimplicity

imaginary friendSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cbaiuat/

My girlfriend asked why I was breathing so heavily. I wasn't.

heavy breathingSource: https://imgur.com/gallery/1mNLM

After so many years living alone in this large house I came to a startling revelation. In this time, I had closed far more doors than I had opened. - namelessuser

creepy houseSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8z6c4/?utm_content=permalink&utm_medium=front&utm_source=reddit&utm_name=AskReddit

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. - jmperson

nails clockSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb91ryv/?utm_content=permalink&utm_medium=front&utm_source=reddit&utm_name=AskReddit

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. - cobaltcollapse

mom and childSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8umrl

You hear your mom calling you into the kitchen. As you are heading down the stairs, you hear a whisper from the closet saying, "Don't go down there honey, I heard it too." - comparativelysane

kitchenSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8xqdk/

They celebrated the first successful cryogenic freezing. He had no way of letting them know he was still conscious. - KnowsGooderThanYou

CryopreservationSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb91jrn/

They delivered the mannequins in bubble wrap. From the main room I begin to hear popping. - Mikeyseventyfive

mannequinSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb93qsg/

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. - skuppy

cryingSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8vxmp

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. - Unknown

Buried_alive_in_hellSource: http://justsomething.co/20-terrifying-two-sentence-horror-stories-that-make-you-hold-your-breath/

The grinning face stared at me from the darkness beyond my bedroom window. I live on the 14th floor. - bentreflection

grinSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8y6gg/

Sleep did not come to me easily that night in the cabin in the woods, for the portraits on the wall only portrayed the deformed, the decrepit, and the damned. Sleep has never come easily to me ever again, for when I had woke I found no portraits, only windows. - KeresMagnus

windowSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb900s4/

There's nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it's 1 am and you're home alone. - Wartortlesthebestest

baby laughingSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1u2en6/can_you_write_a_scary_story_that_is_written_in/cedwiuk/

The operation wasn't successful in the traditional sense since my sight didn't return, but it left me with the ability to distinguish heat signatures, at least. Three weeks have passed, and I'm still not sure how to politely ask my best friend why he's room temperature. - pentakill-lux

visionSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cbbbhr1/

They say practicing smiling in front of a mirror makes you feel happier. I wish my reflection would join along. - lordatomosk

mirrorSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cbd4pkp/

Put back the mirrors. We miss watching you. - razzliox

creepy mirrorSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cbdtfi5/

The funeral attendees never came out of the catacombs. Something locked the crypt door from the inside. — TLFMOD

catacombsSource: https://thoughtcatalog.com/michael-koh/2013/07/40-freaking-creepy-ass-two-sentence-stories/

For years, we heard the little voices and footsteps of the ghost children in our old farmhouse, and we got used to them. Then one day they went quiet, which should have been our own cue to leave. - gorillasaurusrexx

creepy houseSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cbb6r09/

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.

lightswitchSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8ugt4

The longer I wore it the more it grew on me. She had such pretty skin. - blaqkmagick

creepy smileSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb9s6gt/

I like to sing in the shower sometimes. When I got out of the last one, the fogged-up mirror read “YOU HAVE A LOVELY VOICE” — I live alone.

showerSource: https://thoughtcatalog.com/michael-koh/2013/07/40-freaking-creepy-ass-two-sentence-stories/

Neatly laid across my dining room table, I found a dull kitchen knife, a torn, crusty rag, and a flip video camera which seemed to be recording. I own none of these items.

kitchen knifeSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1iwylh/what_is_the_best_horror_story_you_can_come_up/cb8x8r4

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