Do you have a teen that loves horror movies? TV mysteries? Dark humor? Get them reading with this list of short fiction with dark themes for teens.
- Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
- The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
- The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
- A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
- The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
- The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- Showdown by Shirley Jackson
- Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
- The Landlady by Roald Dahl
- The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Washington Irving
- Was it a Dream? by Guy de Maupassant
- The Flowers by Alice Walker
- Click-Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm (the originals)
- The Money’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
- The Wives of the Dead by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Each of these pieces of short fiction with dark themes for teens I used frequently in my high school English classroom. They are engaging, suspenseful, and teen thriller junky approved.
What is your favorite dark short story? Are there any you think should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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