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.


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