Window

The Window is a scary story for kids. It is based on a tale called “Croglin Grange” from The Story of My Life by Augustus Hare. A version of this story appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

The Window

Many years ago, there was an old one-story house that stood at the top of a hill. The locals called it Croglin Grange and three young people lived there… A girl and her two brothers.

One hot Summer’s night, they were all sitting out on the verandah, enjoying the cool air. They watched the sun set and as the moon was rising over the trees, they decided to go to bed.

A few hours later, the girl was lying in bed, unable to sleep with the heat. She was gazing out the window, watching the moon move across the sky when something suddenly caught her eye. She saw two small lights moving through the woods near the graveyard at the bottom of the hill. They looked like the eyes of some strange animal, but she couldn’t make out what kind of animal it was.

She kept her eyes on the woods and then something stepped out of the shadows… something ghastly. It was coming up the hill towards the house. For a few minutes, she lost sight of it. Then she saw it coming across the lawn towards her window. It looked something like a man, and yet it didn’t.

As she watched it, the most uncontrollable horror seized her. She wanted to run from her room, but the door was right next to her window and she was afraid the creature would see her. She wanted to scream, but her tongue felt like it was glued to the roof of her mouth.

She rushed to the door, but before should could open the lock, she heard a scratch, scratch, scratch at the window. When she turned around, she saw a hideous shrunken brown face with flaming eyes glaring in at her. She tried to scream, but she was so frightened that she couldn’t make a sound.

The creature broke a pane of glass in the window. Then, it reached in with long bony fingers, unlocked the window, and crawled inside. The girl tried to escape, but the creature caught her by the hair. It dragged her over to the bed, then pulled back her head and sank its teeth into her throat. She let out a blood-curdling scream and fainted.

When her brothers heard her scream, they rushed to her room but they couldn’t get in because the door was locked. By the time they managed to break down the door, the creature was gone. Their sister was lying unconscious on the bed, bleeding from the wound in her neck.

While one of the brothers grabbed a towel and tried to stop the bleeding, the other took off after the creature and chased it down the hill. The thing fled through the moonlight, taking enormous strides and soon he lost sight of it near the graveyard. The brother went back to the house to see if he could help his sister.

The girl was scared and badly hurt, so they took her to hospital where her wound was disinfected. The doctor put a bandage around her neck and she had to stay in hospital for a few days. Gradually, the wound began to heal and the doctor said she was well enough to go home.

The brothers reported the incident to the police, but they couldn’t figure out what had happened. They said it was probably a lunatic who escaped from the local asylum.

The brothers didn’t want the girl to come back to the house and stay in the same room, but she insisted. “After all,” she said. “Lunatics don’t escape from the asylum every day.” But just in case, the brothers slept in the room across the hall and kept loaded pistols on their bedside tables.

The winter passed peacefully and happily, but one night, a couple of months later, the girl was awakened by a scratching sound at the window. When she opened her eyes, she saw the same hideous, brown, shrunken face staring in at her. This time, she screamed as loud as she could. She screamed with all her might and her brothers grabbed their pistols and came running.

The creature took off, but the brothers chased it down the hill. One of them took aim and fired a shot at it, hitting it in the leg. The creature fell over, but it got up and managed to limp over to the graveyard wall. The brothers watched as it scrambled over the wall and seemed to disappear into an old burial vault.

The next day, the girl and her brothers went down to the church and demanded that the priest open up the burial vault. Inside, there was a horrifying scene. The coffins had been broken open and bones and rotting flesh were scattered all over the floor. Only one the coffins had been left intact. When they opened it, there lay the same hideous, withered and shrivelled creature that had attacked the girl. When the priest examined the corpse, he found a bullet in its leg.

They did the only thing they knew of to rid themselves of a vampire. The priest built a roaring blaze outside the vault. Then, the brothers dragged out the shrunken body and tossed it on the flames. They watched the corpse burn until there was nothing left of it but ashes.

Comments

  1. TheStoryTeller says

    Okay, the noises have completely stopped, besides the sound of a plane coming overhead and the usual clicking from my kitchen. It’s like as soon as I stopped typing the noises stopped. That was way creepy… Peace people and wish me luck on not dying!

  2. TheStoryTeller says

    Also guys I hope you realize that this isn’t SFK’s story… It’s from a children’s book directly. I still remember this story from third grade, when I would read them to my friends at sleepovers. Really, it’s not his business to change the story in any way, because he already gave credit to the author and book.

  3. TheStoryTeller says

    The scratching has stopped, but I could have sworn I heard knocking a second ago, at the same place. And just now I heard creaks coming from my attic. We haven’t gone up there in years, and the only way to get into it is through a door/fold out stairway thing in my closet, which is directly across from me. The footsteps have since stopped and so have all the noises. Nevermind, I just heard another knock that sounded like someone knocking on the floor of the attic. I am seriously scared, and I am not kidding at all when I have been saying any of this.

  4. TheStoryTeller says

    This is the story I commented about on Bride! So many nightmares from this… The creepy thing is, as I was reading this and got to the part where one of the brothers is chasing after the creature, I started hearing scratching on the other side of the wall next to me, which means from outside. And I’m laying on my bed. And my window is right next to where I am hearing the scratching… I’m scared. If I went to my door, anything looking through the window would easily see me and be right across from me. I’m totally creeped out right now…

  5. Username_Invalid says

    I have a book called Short And Shivery and this was one of the stories in it. And to FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS, I might be able to answer your questions. Your first question says where are the parents? It is not mentioned in the book but it says that the previous family rented the house to two brothers, Andrew and Gordon and their sister Emma for seven years. And they could not afford to move elsewhere while paying the rent on that place. The answers to your second and third questions are not mentioned in the story in the book and for the last question, the answer us that the house had wall to ceiling French windows, a part of which on being pecked by the creature’s nail fell inward and shattered. The creature then slides a finger in, finds the catch on the window and flicks it open. Hope it helped. :) And after reading the story for the first time, I was not able to sleep facing the window in my room. :P

  6. aisa913 says

    It was actually HORRIBLE… what should I be afraid right now?!! I wasted my 3 min to read this sh..! wth?!!

  7. Ice Queen says

    if me I’ll get a piggy bank and crash it’s head.
    just kidding I will faint.
    9.1/10 hideous monsters

  8. BlackWidow5704 says

    “Lunatics dont escape from the asylum every day” it ran off nobody caught it so it could come back :l

  9. terror beauty says

    Was it a zombie or something? Definitely it’s not a vampire.the story needs some more work. And to the @fan of scary for kids and @purplegirlthehorrorfan,yes it is possible a house can have windows and door at the same side of the wall. Just think about it.😃

  10. PurpleGirlTheHorrorFan says

    Yeah, I agree with @FANOFSCARYFORKIDS, how can the window and door be next to each other? Eh, the story was pretty creepy though. At first I thought the creature was a zombie or something, but it was actually a vampire?! WOW

  11. FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS says

    Nice Creepy Tale…. But i have some question….where are their parents? How do they earn a living? And yeah, how did’nt the girl turn into a vampire too if the vampire(creature) bite her?
    A big question how was it like the window and the door was on same wall or rather same side?I mean if the window is opens out of the house then the door should also open out of the house then the creature can get in…. What kind of construction which has two different sides of opening on the same side?
    Anyways I liked the story. All this does’nt matter the creepiness of the story.

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