Scary Stories To Tell

The Red Spot

The Red Spot is a short scary story about a young girl who wakes up one morning with a strange blemish on her face. It is based on an urban legend called The Spider Bite or Spiders in the Cheek. A version of this story appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

Red Spot

One night, a young girl was sleeping in her bed when a spider crawled across her face. It stopped for a few minutes on her left cheek, then it went on it’s way. When she woke up the next morning and looked in the mirror, she noticed a red spot on her cheek.

“What’s this?” she asked her mother.

“It looks like a spider bite”, her mother replied. “It will go away, just don’t scratch it.”

Soon the small red spot grew into a big red boil.

“Look at it now,” the girl said. “It’s getting bigger.”

“That sometimes happens”, her mother said. “It’s coming to a head.”

In a few days the red spot was even larger.

“Look at it now”, the girl said. “It hurts so much and it makes me look so ugly.”

“We’ll have the doctor look at it”, her mother said. “Maybe it’s infected.”

But the doctor couldn’t see the girl until the next day. That night she decided to take a nice, relaxing bath. As she lay soaking in the warm water, the boil suddenly burst. Out poured a swarm of tiny spiders from the eggs their mother had laid in her cheek.


  • That was absolutely revolting, repellent, repulsive, sickening, stomach-churning, off-putting, unpalatable, uninviting, unsavory, foul, nasty, obnoxious and odious ( i literally just searched synonyms for disgusting, even these words can’t add up to how vomit like this is)

  • I would be more concerned about having some giant spot ._. At least it would be out of my face

  • Thank god!! I ain’t an *arachnophobic*! The picture feaked me out more than the story did! But anyway it was gross and creepy!

  • That’s gross. And disgusting. And cool.

    I read a story about spiders on this site in which the spider goes into human body and seizes control of human nervous system. I can’t remember where it was but would soon get to it .

  • I just read this story on another website and wondered why the heck sfk didnt post it….
    so i was wrong..
    SFK, UR AWESOME……………….

  • Crap! can that happen? I mean how can that happen how can a spider lay eggs on cheeks? what she dead after that? anyways the pic is really scary did it happened really?
    So much question but 1 answer only: YES!

  • I remember I wanted to steal this book from someone along time ago but I didn’t….shhhh….don’t tell anyone haha.

  • Waaayyy b4 that Bloody Mary movie. Also the picture came from that book. Or one of those books. There’s like 3 or 4 of them.

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