If you’ve shivered your way through our Ghost Stories feature this month and are ready for a few more frights, you need only turn to our pages, where you’ll find multiple examples of universal scary tropes. Read on for a cornucopia of cautionary tales:
#1 Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
Kanji Hanawa shows why you should keep on driving in “Compos Mentis.”
#2 Don’t accept inexplicable invitations to strangers’ houses.
An eager guest regrets his acceptance in Marcus Orths’s “On Killing.”
Image: Vincent Price in “The House on Haunted Hill,” 1959. Wikimedia Commons.
#3 Don’t pitch your tent on private property.
Italian horror writer Marco Candida shows a last-minute camping trip gone south in “Dream Diary.”
#4 Don’t wait to weed your garden.
An aggressive plant takes over both garden and gardeners in Jyrki Vainonen’s “The Garden.”
Image: Still from the film “Little Shop of Horrors,” 1960. Wikimedia Commons.
#5 Don’t get too immersed in a project.
Dejana Dimitrijević finds a young woman consumed by her needlework in “The Cover.”