The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.
~ Mary Roberts Reinhart

Here at Tell-Tale Press, we hope to entertain you with quality stories from talented writers around the world. Some stories may include graphic violence, erotica, or both. They have been indicated as such before the story begins. Thank you for joining us, and happy reading!


Five stories, five mysteries to solve. Christmas won't be the same after you read these clever, insightful, smart, and sometimes quite witty stories. We're very excited to be able to begin The Case Files series with some incredible talent who understand the nuances of mystery and how to have fun with it.

Our first publication of stories will be available to read right here, for free, starting on December 20 at 12:15 am, MST. Just come to this page and click on the title of the story of your choice. They will be numbered in the order we chose for the digital anthology, but you're welcome to read them in any order you wish.

The stories will also be available in digital format on Amazon for your Kindle. The price is only 99 cents. A great gift for those friends and family who like a bit of horror to slightly taint their holidays.

We'd love to see your comments on the stories, so please feel free to let us know what you think by using the Comments section after each story…

The Shed Chamber by Laura E. Richards

Unknown original publication date.
Posted here as assumed to be public domain.


“Well, I once answered an advertisement in the Farmer’s Friend, girls, and I have always been glad I did. It was that summer when father broke his arm and the potato crop failed, and everything seemed to be going wrong on the farm. There were plenty of girls to do the work at home, and I thought I ought to get something outside to do if I could. I tried here and there, but without success; at last my eye caught a notice in the Farmer’s Friend, just the same kind of notice as that you are speaking of, Lottie: ‘Wanted, a capable, steady girl to assist in housework and take care of children. Address, with references, A.B.C., Dashville.’ I talked it over with mother, and she agreed with me; father didn’t take so kindly to the idea, naturally; he likes to have us all at home, especially in summer. However, he said I might do as I pleased; so I answered the notice and sent a letter from our pastor, saying what…

The Red Room by H.G. Wells

First published in The Idler magazine, March 1896.
Posted here as assumed to be public domain.


“I can assure you,” said I, “that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.” And I stood up  before the fire with my glass in my hand.

“It is your own choosing,” said the man with the withered arm, and glanced at me askance.

“Eight-and-twenty years,” said I, “I have lived, and never a ghost have I seen as yet.”

The old woman sat staring hard into the fire, her pale eyes wide open. “Ay,” she broke in, “and eight-and-twenty years you have lived, and never seen the likes of this house, I reckon. There’s a many things to see, when one’s still but eight-and-twenty.” She swayed her head from side to side. “A many things to see and sorrow for.” I suspected these old people were trying to enhance the spectral terrors of their house by this droning insistence. I put down my empty glass on the table, and, looking about the room, caught a glimpse of myself abbreviated and broadened to an im…