Mystery/Suspense/Horror Reading Passages

Mystery stories involve characters who solve a crime or puzzle. The reader of a mystery follows the investigation along with the characters and may attempt to find a solution before the characters do. In suspense writings, the author presents the plot in such a way that the reader is worried or concerned about the eventual outcome. In works of horror, the author uses frightening or gruesome devices to create an atmosphere of fear which ultimately entertains the reader. All three types usually have a dark and strange tone.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of ma...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Invisible Isabella

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Something strange happens to Isabella whenever she l...

569 Words, 5th-7th Grades, Story Elements and Summary

The Pit and the Pendulum

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of creating tension in ...

407 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Point of View

The End of It

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 5 passage: This passage from Charles Dickens’ ...

451 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 420L - 730L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Story Elements

The Second of the Three Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave Three passage: This passage from Charles Dicke...

616 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 420L - 730L, Theme

The First of the Three Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 2 passage: Charles Dickens’ classic story “A C...

781 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, and Summary

Marley’s Ghost

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 1 passage: Taken from the first section of Dic...

671 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Character Traits, Figurative Language, and Theme

The Last of the Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 4 Passage: Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas ...

358 Words, 8th-11th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Figurative Language and Story Elements

The House of Usher

by Edgar Allan Poe from The Fall of the House of Usher

“The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story wr...

232 Words, 6th-9th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Context Clues and Figurative Language

The Story of the Oval Portrait

by Edgar Allan Poe from The Oval Portrait

Edgar Allan Poe’s 1842 short story “The Oval Portrai...

491 Words, 7th-10th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Summary