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10 Stories from Our Archives to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

October 28, 2019

Art by SmokeLong Quarterly

Conjured by Meghan Phillips

We’ve published our fair share of creepy stories. Here are ten tales and a playlist to get you in the mood (whatever that mood is) for this spookiest of seasons:

Something’s not right. Something is watching from the tree in the yard. Someone is tapping at the window. Feeling itchy? Paranoid? These stories are for you.

The Noises from the Neighbors Upstairs: A Nightly Log by Amber Sparks

Bone by Didi Wood

Relationships are complicated. Sometimes the people we care about the most are the ones that know exactly how to hurt us.

Aftershave and Soil by Leonora Desar

Dark Little Spaces by Sam Burns

Werewolf by Garrett Biggs

If being a person in 2019 isn’t scary enough on its own, these stories take inspiration from current events to truly terrifying effect.

Flyover by Jen Julian

History by Maia Jenkins

More tender than scary, these stories remind us that we can be haunted in more ways than one.

A Place You Know by Chloe N. Clark

Sometimes My Father Comes Back from the Dead by Steve Edwards

Popcorn by Andrew Mitchell



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Next Date to Join: January 1!

On September 1, SmokeLong launched a workshop environment/community christened SmokeLong Fitness. This asynchronous community workshop is happening right now on our dedicated workshop site. If you choose to join us, you will work in a small group of around 10-12 participants to give and receive feedback. Each Monday, you will receive a new writing task (one writing task each week) designed by the senior editor team of SmokeLong. The core workshop is asynchronous, so you can take part from anywhere at anytime. We are excited about creating a supportive, consistent and structured environment for flash writers to work on their craft in a community.