The Dream

The Dream is a scary story for kids about a girl who has a nightmare in which she meets a creepy woman with black hair and black eyes. It is based on a tale recounted by Augustus Hare in his autobiography. A version of this story appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


Lexi Morgan had a dream. She was walking up a dark staircase and when she got to the top, she walked into a bedroom. The bedroom carpet was made up of large squares that looked like trapdoors. And each of the windows was fastened shut with big nails that stuck up out of the wood.

In her dream, Lexi went to sleep in the bedroom, but during the night, a woman with a pale face, black eyes and long black hair slipped silently into the room. She leaned over the bed and whispered, “This is an evil place. Run away while you still can.” Then the black haired woman grabbed her arm. Lexi Morgan woke up with a scream and lay awake the rest of the night, shivering and shaking with fear.

In the morning she told her landlady that she had decided not to go to Kingston after all. “I can’t tell you why,” she said, “but I just can’t bring myself to go there.”

“Then why don’t you go to Dorset?” the landlady asked. “It’s a pretty town, and it isn’t too far.”

So Lexi Morgan went to Dorset. Someone told her she could find a room in a house at the top of the hill. It was a pleasant-looking house, and the landlady there, a plump, motherly woman, was nice as could be. “Let’s look at the room,” she said. “I think you will like it.”

They walked up a dark, carved staircase, like the one in Lexi’s dream. “In these old houses the staircases are all the same,” Lexi thought. But when the landlady opened the door to the bedroom, it was the room in her dream, with the same carpet that looked like trapdoors and the same windows fastened with big nails. “This is just a coincidence,” Lexi told herself.

“How do you like it?” the landlady asked.
“I’m not sure,” Lexi said.
“Well, take your time,” the landlady said. “I’ll bring up some tea while you think about it.”

Lexi sat on the bed staring at the trapdoors and the big nails. Soon there was a knock on the door. “It’s the landlady with tea,” she thought.

But it wasn’t the landlady. It was the woman with pale face and the black eyes and long black hair. Lexi Morgan grabbed her things and fled.


  1. Angelica Root says

    Goodness, this is just as unnerving as it was reading the book as a child. I suppose the moving picture’s made it worse a bit. xD I’m having a hard time accepting that this is based on someone’s actual experience. Not that I don’t believe it could be true, it’s just that any element of this story being even a little true makes 100 fold scarier. :c

  2. ChuckHasARottingFace says

    OMG P. That picture wasn’t scary but when it moved, it almost gave me a Heart Attack 😱😱

  3. KawaiiKohai says

    Guys don’t be so rude!!! The lady in the pic is beautiful she just forgot to put on her makeup. r00d.

  4. TayMaster says

    I find the pictures quite disturbing, but the stories are good. c: Ok… I look at the picture some and it moved! My heart stopped and I felt something in my stomach.

  5. PurpleGirlTheHorrorFan says

    I hate when these animations freak you out when you least expect it, and also, the pic isn’t THAT scary, its ugly.

  6. XamyamyX says

    WOAH the pic scared me!!! ._. Remember the first time reading this, I screamed at the pic and shut the computer down :D

  7. XxWiltedGraceXx says

    Ha, the picture doesn’t seem to like me. I pick the story and before I go down, I see the top of the picture move. I go alll the way down passed without looking to see if anyone else noticed. I go back and and stare at the picture for a good period of time, but it wouldn’t move.

  8. B-Lovely says

    I have this book and I saw this picture and thought, “Oh, I like this story, I’m gonna read it.” Then I looked at the picture for 10 seconds and was like “OMAIGAWDMDFOIDRSWAFFLESSCREEEEAAAM!!!”
    I didn’t expect her eyes to open and stare into my SOULLL.

  9. Lunadawn16 says

    Dear creepy picture,
    you almost got me!! After seeing you move i was like “OH MY GAWSH!! IT MOVES”.. so please don’t scare me like that ever again.
    The girl you almost killed,

  10. sakura says

    wow nice pic yeah ryt dat stupid scard da crap ot of my little brother now he’s crying he’s 5 haahahha da look in his face anyway da picture didn’t scare me i just looked at it then moved and just got wowed hehehe

  11. raveNCYDE says

    OMG the picture is the creepyest ever. Okay okay okay! I havent even started reading the story, and I scrolled down to where the picture is, and it moved.. and omfg! It made my heart jump! Dx

  12. BettyQueenOfScreams says

    OMFG XDDD (( just built up the courage and watched the pic)) SHE’S STARING INTO MY SOUL AND EATING IT XDD

  13. BettyQueenOfScreams says

    what happens to the pic? XD I read fast and I wasn’t looking at the pic too long and now I don’t want to

  14. TheKillerBunnyGirl says

    that is like…. AWESOME ! although i wouldn’t really like t be opening ma bedroom door n seein her infront ! i mean srsly…. hav ya seen the picture ?…

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