This is a listing of 77 sites that legally offer free ebooks of Horror, Gothic and Ghost works.
There is a separate listing of free audiobooks in the genre
All of these sites listed have content that is legal to distribute. If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below.
This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums.
More works (non-categorized) can be found at the sites listed in the comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening on these pages:
For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see
Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for horror, ghost & gothic books. To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help: Library Information
Free Horror/Ghosts/Gothic eBooks
2020k (Horror) 313 books available for download in a variety of formats. Note: Most of the links here are working, but there are a number that lead to BookRags, which are not free anymore. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling where the link goes until you click the link. Since they did fix the issue with archive.org links, hopefully they will fix this. Thanks to Marie99 for pointing this out.
AllKindsOfThingsKill is a collection of 9 short horror stories by Robert Best available for online viewing.
AnAngryAuthorScreaming has 12 short horror stories and some poetry available for free download in DOC. Not intended for children.
Arthur's Bookshelf has a large and impressive collection of free classic ebooks sorted by Genre and then Author. The ones I looked at were either available as EPUB or PDF, but apparently some are MOBI. Very nice if you want to get started on a classic book series. This link is to the Detective & Horror genre listing.
Barnes & Noble has 15,564 free ebooks in its History genre available for free download in EPUB. These are also broken down into several sub-genres. Free registration is required. This link is to the Books>Horror genre, which had 1229 free ebooks at the time of this post. There is also a link for NOOK Books>Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror where you can use the sub-genres on the left to narrow down to horror links.
Bartleby has 57 free ghost stories culled from classic literature, folklore and myth. All are available for free reading online without registration.
Bibliotastic has 14 free newer Horror novels for free reading online without registration. Free registration allows free download in PDF, EPUB and MOBI (Kindle).
Blackwood Stories very nice collection of Algernon Blackwood horror stories available for free download in PDF without registration.
Blastr lists 33 scary stories that are free online. Since these are links offsite, download and viewing options vary. Posted on October, 2011, but all the links I checked were working.
Bookie Jar has almost 56 free ebooks in a search for Horror Free Classics category and 9 free ebooks in its Horror eBooks Free Indie category. All are available for free reading online without registration. Registration also allows free download in EPUB (Nook, iPad etc.) or Kindle compatible MOBI.
Booksie has over 5,000 writings in its Horror category. These are original works by unpublished authors. The works include short stories, poetry and novels (by chapters). All are available for free reading online without registration.
BooksShouldBeFree While primarily an audio site, they also offer links to the print versions of the many classic horror and ghost novels featured. A very nice collection.
BookYards (Horror) 72 novels available for download in pdf format.
Calibre Open Books has 8 free ebooks in its Horror/Paranormal category. Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite. These are recent works, not classics
ClassicHorrorStories has a very nice, and large, collection of classic short horror stories for online viewing.
Daily Free Books (UK) monitors Amazon (UK) for its daily free offerings. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit). They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only). They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed. This link is to the Horror genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords. There were 167 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.
Daily Free Books (USA) monitors Amazon (USA) for its daily free offerings. They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit). They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only). They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed. This link is to the Horror genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords. There were 200 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.
DailyLit has 10 classic horror novels and a collection of ghost stories. These are emailed in installments for daily reading.
EastOfTheWeb has close to 100 free horror short stories available for free reading online.
eBooks@Adelaidehas a small collection of works in its horror category as well as some works in its Gothic Novels collection. All are available for free reading online or free download in EPUB or Kindle.
eBooksFreeNet has 10 free classic novels in its Horror category available for free download in PDF.
eBooks On Everything has free 9 ebooks in its horror listings, available for free download in PDF without registration.
eBookTakeaway has 17 free classic ebooks i n its Horror genre available for free download in pdf, html or ebook text.. Also biography and book download listings for individual popular authors.
EdgarAllenPoeSocietyofBaltimore offers free reading online of the Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (a comprehensive collection of e-texts of all of Poe’s writings, from the original sources and with multiple versions as revised during his lifetime).
ePubBooks has about 25 classic novels in its Horror category as well as 5 free classic novels in its Ghost Stories category and 21 free classic novels in its Gothic Fiction category. These are all available for free download in EPUB. There are links to download in other formats, but some of those are to pay sites.
eReader Love monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings. This link is to their Horror genre listings and at the time of this post, there were 105 free ebooks listed.
eReaderPerks monitors free releases at Amazon (as well as for Nook and Kobo) and has very good category listings. This link is to their Horror genre free ebook offerings. Offers email updates. Thanks to Lorie for this listing. Subscribers can now get customizable, genre-specific emails with the very latest freebie offers and the second addition is a daily list of the top 43-45 free book finds in all genres posted every morning on the homepage for a quick grab at the newest top-rated gems. (For Kindle, Kobo & Nook).
Feedbooks (Horror)(Ghosts) These are the public domain links good collections available for download in a variety of formats. The original books section also has Ghost and Horror books for free download.
FictionPress offers over 15,000 free horror works of fan fiction. Most appear to be short stories, but there are some novels in there. These are available for free reading online.
Figment has over 13,000 free works with the tag Horror. All are available for free reading online without registration. These are original works from unpublished authors.
Foboko has 4 free unique ebooks in its Horror-Gothic genre listing. All are available for free reading online without registration. Download in PDF, TXT, MOBIPocket, EPUB or direct download to Kindle after free registration. There is a 5 book download limit per month for free members. I have received no spam from them.
Free Audio Books while primarily an audiobook site, they also have ebooks available for their classics. This link is to their listing in the Horror genre.
FreeBook-S has a few hundred classic horror novels available or download in epub, mobi or pdf.
Free Books offers Frankenstein and Dracula for free download in PDF, TXT, EPUB or MOBI without registration. There is a 15 second delay and an ad before the download starts. Do not click to download from the ad, the book download will start automatically after the 15 seconds.
Free Books Hub UK monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Horror genre.
Free eBooks Blog monitors several sites for limited time free releases. Most of the listings are from Amazon, but there are other sites also listed.
Free eBooks Daily monitors Amazon (USA UK CA) for limited time for free ebook offerings in the Horror categories.
Free eBooks.net (Horror/Gothic) 48 books available in pdf or html.
FreeOnlineNovels has another unique collection of horror novels. There are about 50 novels available for download in pdf.
Free Read Feed (UK) has over 5,000 free ebook listings from Amazon (UK). They monitor recent free offerings as well as showing some that are always free. Like their USA counterpart below, the site offers sorting by genre, time offered, length and popularity. This link is to the Horror listings, which has 293 free ebooks at the time of this post. Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.
Free Read Feed (USA) regularly posts, throughout the day, the limited time free ebook offerings at Amazon (USA). This is an extensive listing of the free ebook offerings, showing the genre (with option to eclude that genre or show only that genre in results) and the length of the ebook. They have some filtering options, length of ebook and date of free offering as well as a large genre listing option to exclude genres (click on Pick from a list). This link is to the Horror listings, which has 616 free ebooks at the time of this post. Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.
Gaslight offers a chronological listing and listing by Author of horror and ghost stories from the 19th and 20th century. These are offered for online viewing and were originally posted for weekly reading and discussion groups. Although it appears the weekly groups are no more, the links I checked still were working.
Georgia Download Destination has 117 free classic ebooks in its Horror genre listing available for free download in EPUB without registration. These are works from Projectt Gutenberg, but the easy layout and quick download here will appeal. You have to press the History genre link on the left as they do not allow links directly to the genres.
GetFreeEBooks has an unique collection of 36 free horror novels. Links are offsite, so download/viewing options vary.
H.P. Lovecraft.comhas an excellent archive of the works of the horror master available for free reading online.
Hundred Zeros CA monitors Amazon (Canada) for the catalog of "best sellers" free ebooks and offers genre selection and RSS feeds for the individual genres. This link is to a search of Horror.
Hundred Zeros UK monitors Amazon (UK) for free ebooks in the Horror genre.
Hundred Zeros USA monitors the "Best Sellers" free ebook list at Amazon (USA and India). They have individual genre listings and they have RSS feeds for the individual genres. They offer RSS and eMail updates. This link is to the Horror Stories genre listings.
iLove eBooks monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Horror category.
Indie Book Of The Day monitors Amazon for limited time free ebook offerings. This link is to the posts tagged Horror. Not a lot of entries here, but they do post the reviews along with some information on the writer and book.
Kobo has 23 free classic novels in its Gothics catgory for free download in EPUB.
Lovecraft Ezine has links to 3 free graphic books based upon works of H.P. Lovecraft. All are available for free viewing online without registration.
MemoWare (Horror) 257 classic horror novels for download in varying formats
Munsey's (Horror) 989 books available for download in a large variety of formats.
Munsey'sMobile has a very large collection of free books in their Horror category. There appear to be a number of different entries from Munsey's above. These are all available for free viewing online and are also available for download in PDF, PRC and ePUB.
Nobooko has over 206 free ebooks in its Ghost genre listing. Most link to Kobo and are available for free download in EPUB after free registration (no credit card needed) at Kobo. Since Kobo does not offer genre listings for its free ebooks, this is an excellent resource. There are some Smashwords links in the results also.
obooko has 38 unique works in its horror collection. Registration is required for free download in pdf.
Overdrive provides direct free downloads of 117 free ebooks in its Horror genre. Although Overdrive is generally for use with a library membership, these are direct free downloads in EPUB.
PDF Titles has over 25 free classic ebooks in a search of Horror. Despite the name of the site, these ebooks are all available for free download in a wide variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB and Kindle compatible formats. There is a large selection of sub-genre. A very nice collection with some unique entries.
ScottSigleroffers a nice collection of short stories and serialized novels for download in PDF. These are adult works. Also some audio works available for free listening at Podiobooks or download in iTunes. Thanks to MrWednesday7 (James) for this.
Short Fiction UK 600 short stories in their Horror genre for free reading online without registration. A number of stories are separated into parts, which is a bit hard to get around - easier to click on the author's name to find them all. I have enjoyed quite a few stories here.
Short Stories Free offers 6 free horror short stories for free reading online without registration.
Snick's List monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has the nice feature of separate genre listings for these free ebooks. This link is to the Horror genre free offerings.
The Book Depository has 107 free ebooks in its Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror category available for free download in PDF without registration. You will se prices listed for each of the books, but that is for hard copy. Look for the green Get Free eBook to click on and then the green Download Free eBook PDF on the book listing page.
TheLiteraryGothic has a large listing of authors of Gothic works (pre 1950) and links to online ebooks for many of them. Links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary. I found many of their offsite links to be dead, but they host a large number of eTexts for online reading (marked by a in their listings).
Thin Ghosthas the full texts of all of M.R. James's ghost stories available for free reading online.
Web-Books offers 48 free classic horror novels. These are all available to read free online or for download in WEB and WEB database. Viewing the downloads requires their Web Viewer (free) which is clean as far as I can tell.
WikiSourcehas a nice collection of classic horror works available for free reading online.
WorldWideSchoolLibrary has a good size collection of classic horror novels available for online viewing.