The Peephole

The Peephole is a short scary story about a young girl who is left home alone when her father goes out of town on business.


A 15-year old girl named Donna lived with her father in a small house in the suburbs. Ever since her mother died, Donna had depended on her father for everything. They had a wonderful relationship and loved each other very much.

One morning, Donna’s father was leaving on a business trip. As they ate breakfast together, he told her that he would be home very late that night. With that, he kissed her on the forehead, grabbed his briefcase and walked out the front door.

Later that day, when Donna came home from school, she did some homework and watched some TV. By midnight, her father had still not returned so she decided to go to bed.

That night she had a dream. She found herself standing at the edge of a busy highway. Cars and trucks whizzed by at an alarming rate. She looked across the highway and saw a familiar figure standing on the other side. It was her father. His hands were cupped around his mouth and he seemed to be shouting something to her, but she couldn’t make out what he was saying.

As the traffic whizzed by, she strained to hear. Her father’s eyes were sad. He seemed to be desperately trying to communicate something to her. She could barely make out the words: “Don’t… Open… Door…”

Suddenly, Donna was awoken from the dream by a strange tapping noise.

Tap Tap Tap.

Then somebody began to ring the doorbell downstairs.

Ring Ring Ring.

She scrambled out of bed and put on her slippers. Then, dressed only in her nightgown, she ran downstairs and went to the front door.

Looking through the peephole, she saw her father’s face outside. He was staring right at her. The doorbell kept ringing insistently.

“OK, hold on! I’m coming!”, she shouted.

She pulled back the deadbolt and was about to unlatch the door when she stopped.

She looked through the peephole at her father again. Something about his expression didn’t look quite right. His eyes were wide open. He looked terrified.

She slid the deadbolt back into place.

“Dad!”, she yelled through the door. “Did you forget your keys?”

Ring Ring Ring.

“Dad, answer me!”

Ring Ring Ring.

“Dad, please! I need you to answer me!”

Ring Ring Ring.

“Is there someone else out there with you?”

Ring Ring Ring.

“Why won’t you answer me?”

Ring Ring Ring.

“I’m not opening the door until you say something!”

The doorbell kept ringing and ringing, but for some reason, her father refused to answer her desperate cries.

For the rest of the night, the frightened girl cowered in a corner of the hallway, helplessly listening to the ceaseless ringing of the doorbell. It seemed to go on for hours. Eventually, she fell into an uneasy sleep.

At dawn, she woke up and realized that everything was quiet. She crept over to the door and looked through the peephole again. Her father was still there, staring at her.

She cautiously opened the door and was confronted with a sight that filled her with unimaginable horror.

Her father’s severed head was hanging from a nail above the door.

There was a note attached to the doorbell. In crude, scrawled handwriting, it read: “Clever Girl”.


  1. Dark_Destroyer says

    Well that’s sad huh? She is now left alone in the world since her father’s dead….so that sucks for her…wonder what’s gonna happen now.

  2. Wonderkill says

    Why didn’t she called the police it must have saved her fathers life, nope she is not clever.

  3. DemonicQueenzilla says

    His spirit went into her dream and warned her not to open the door. What a hero! I would die after seeing a severed head. That’s just creepy ._. This is a sad story :(

  4. Mary Shaw says

    That was a sad story… Sorry Donna… U are stilled loved by your father… He will never forget you… Ever

  5. The Light of Lilly says

    Very good story indeed, but i would like to hear Donna’s thought about the terrorfying rings on the doorbell.

    – Trust your dreams, and always make sure who you let into the house.

  6. The Terminator says

    Jurrassic park guy!! Remember when he was about to shoot the raptor in front but there was another raptor next to him? He said The same thing.


  7. Toscary3 says

    Sad. She had no one after that. But I would be scared for the killer to come back. Hell I would open that door next time (if there would be a next time) and surprised him with a big bad…GUN. I would take my revenge.

  8. Never_saw_em_again says

    Oh so, Her Dad’s spirit came in her dream and warned her to not to open the door? And it saved her from killer.. Cool story! 8.5/10 Dream spirits

  9. MiseryGirl9 says

    Thats Sad :( and Messed up :[ How her dad was dead. but i liked the note part and the dad telling her not to open the door was probably real.

  10. godsangle2010 says

    Good story! I had to read the ending again to make sure I read it correctly. So the questions are first do you open the door to a silent parent? And secondly do you listen to what someone tells you in a dream or not?

  11. zombie_pegasister says

    Good story! I would never open a door if somebody was looking straight through the peephole! Good story!

  12. XxNightmaregirlxX says

    I don’t get it much! Oh!! The murderer said clever girl because she didn’t open the door!! Not creepy, just sad! But who did that to him?

  13. silent tounge says

    good story! :D so good i doubt i’ll ever open my door to anyone again!! hehe oh sh## someone is knocking O.o i shall answer it and hope to live!!!… (a few mins later silence is heard…)

  14. Avian07 says

    That gave me shivers down my spine and I don’t get scared easy. Really creepy! Nice read!

  15. WeavileRoxxCANDY says

    I was very much expecting her to open the door and be murdered.
    There’s so many stories that have plots like that…
    Nice that you’re changing it up a lil’ bit!:D

  16. griffin88 says

    lol this cant happen to me my door has a big glass area with lik 15 dimands to look through :P

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