Blessed be, b*tches!
To be honest, this list began as a sweet throwback to some of the short fiction from our middle school English textbooks that spooked and delighted our tiny, hormonal brains. But because everything is creepier in quarantine, it became a list of dangerously talented horror writers who tap into our overwhelming, buried fears for our own humanity in the face of society's collapse. Some are short short stories and some are works of nightmare fiction that you can't stop reading.
Enjoy your time locked in your house with these haunting reads.
"Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due
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You know that two sentence horror story that generally goes like this: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."
"Patient Zero" is like that, only longer and vastly more horrifying in its specificity and realism. Also, "the last man" is a 10-year-old boy who lives in a lab and just misses everybody who stops coming to visit him.