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The air is growing crisp, jack-o’-lanterns appearing on doorsteps, huge bags of candy stockpiled in cupboards: Yes, it’s nearly Halloween. Maybe all you want to do is watch scary movies and work on your show-stopping costume, yet you’re stuck at work or school, just like every other week.

Of course, you can get your rush of fright while sitting right at your desk. These stories are short enough to read over your lunch break; many of them are available for free online. (And trust us, they’re all worth paying for.) Most importantly, they’re all guaranteed to send you back to work with a delicious shiver down your spine: