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There's something in the walls... Erica's parents were delighted at how cheap their new house was. It's a large stone building in a nice part of town, but for some reason its occupants never seemed to stay for long. When Erica discovers a door hidden behind the wallpaper in her room, she assumes it's a small crawlspace. There's nothing unusual about it... except for the There's something in the walls... Erica's parents were delighted at how cheap their new house was. It's a large stone building in a nice part of town, but for some reason its occupants never seemed to stay for long. When Erica discovers a door hidden behind the wallpaper in her room, she assumes it's a small crawlspace. There's nothing unusual about it... except for the quiet tapping noise she can hear late at night. As she learns more about the house's dark history, Erica realises her family might have bought much more than they'd bargained for...


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There's something in the walls... Erica's parents were delighted at how cheap their new house was. It's a large stone building in a nice part of town, but for some reason its occupants never seemed to stay for long. When Erica discovers a door hidden behind the wallpaper in her room, she assumes it's a small crawlspace. There's nothing unusual about it... except for the There's something in the walls... Erica's parents were delighted at how cheap their new house was. It's a large stone building in a nice part of town, but for some reason its occupants never seemed to stay for long. When Erica discovers a door hidden behind the wallpaper in her room, she assumes it's a small crawlspace. There's nothing unusual about it... except for the quiet tapping noise she can hear late at night. As she learns more about the house's dark history, Erica realises her family might have bought much more than they'd bargained for...

30 review for Crawlspace: A Horror Short Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy Hall

    After finishing The Haunting of Gillespie House, I read Crawlspace. Darcy Coates wrote the short story prior to her novel. As she wrote, more ideas kept flooding her story until it morphed into something new - Gillespie House. After finishing her novel, she came back to her original story and finished Crawlspace. You can definitely see where parts inspired Gillespie House and what she developed as unique to this tale. As a short story, Crawlspace has more to do in less time: build a relatable ch After finishing The Haunting of Gillespie House, I read Crawlspace. Darcy Coates wrote the short story prior to her novel. As she wrote, more ideas kept flooding her story until it morphed into something new - Gillespie House. After finishing her novel, she came back to her original story and finished Crawlspace. You can definitely see where parts inspired Gillespie House and what she developed as unique to this tale. As a short story, Crawlspace has more to do in less time: build a relatable character, weave a mystery, create a haunting setting and fulfill the promise of a horrific climax. Overall, it delivers on most of these key elements. It is a quick, spine-tingling read. I’m still a little creeped out as I listen to the sounds in my house.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    For sheer poop your pants terror, read the short story "Crawlspace"..This was what "The Haunting of Gillespie House" was based upon. Sorry, but trapped laying flat, with no breathing space as ghouls creep towards you, that wins hands down EVERY time! :o For sheer poop your pants terror, read the short story "Crawlspace"..This was what "The Haunting of Gillespie House" was based upon. Sorry, but trapped laying flat, with no breathing space as ghouls creep towards you, that wins hands down EVERY time! :o

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Creepy idea and story and well written but would be much better if fleshed out quite a bit more. 3 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✭☆Jodie Louise WitchinnReadin☆✭

    I don’t know how to rate this... it’s too short to rate and too good to be so short! I need this to be made into a full length book please Darcy!! Coming back to this review because it's been on my mind these last couple of days how Darcy could settle leaving this as a short story when she could flesh it out & make it into a full length story that would be amazing! I'm not being greedy in wanting more, i'm just honestly surprised she's not used this concept for a full length story. (Settling for I don’t know how to rate this... it’s too short to rate and too good to be so short! I need this to be made into a full length book please Darcy!! Coming back to this review because it's been on my mind these last couple of days how Darcy could settle leaving this as a short story when she could flesh it out & make it into a full length story that would be amazing! I'm not being greedy in wanting more, i'm just honestly surprised she's not used this concept for a full length story. (Settling for three stars cause I just can’t leave it without any, my mind won’t let me haha) (Changing it to 2.5 stars now iv'e thought about it more.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    2 stars As always with short stories it was an extremely quick read, too short for me and I would've liked more from it. Wasn't the worst book I've read though, have a few more books by this author to read so I'm hoping they creep me out or scare me sufficiently. 2 stars As always with short stories it was an extremely quick read, too short for me and I would've liked more from it. Wasn't the worst book I've read though, have a few more books by this author to read so I'm hoping they creep me out or scare me sufficiently.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Short story with a rushed ending I liked the first part of CRAWLSPACE. I was able to visualize the little girl who is the main character and there was definitely an atmosphere of creepiness and dread as I read the first part of the story. I knew it was a short story before I started it. But I felt the ending was rushed, or incomplete, or just lacking that certain something that would have made this a five star read for me. I did like the author's style of writing and I'm going to try a full-length Short story with a rushed ending I liked the first part of CRAWLSPACE. I was able to visualize the little girl who is the main character and there was definitely an atmosphere of creepiness and dread as I read the first part of the story. I knew it was a short story before I started it. But I felt the ending was rushed, or incomplete, or just lacking that certain something that would have made this a five star read for me. I did like the author's style of writing and I'm going to try a full-length book next - PARASITE, a sci fi offering. Hopefully the ending on it will pull together better than on this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Review: CRAWLSPACE by Darcy Coates Not every author is equally talented at providing both novels and short stories. Australian writer Darcy Coates sure is, and she understands the power potential in a tautly wrought shorter piece. CRAWLSPACE packs the lovely implacability that is my chief criterion for horror. CRAWLSPACE is SCARY!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I had goose bumps reading this short story. Just enough to wet you appetite for this author. Must read more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Darcy always has good ideas, and her stories are pretty good. My problem is that the stories always seem to be unfinished. This was my third short by this author, and I'll not be reading more. Darcy always has good ideas, and her stories are pretty good. My problem is that the stories always seem to be unfinished. This was my third short by this author, and I'll not be reading more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandro Filipe

    Rate: 4.5 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan Morrison

    i don’t want my two star rating to make anyone think this short story is bad exactly.....it’s just kind of boring. the build up was decently gripping and there was some creepy stuff going on here, but there’s just too much that’s left unsaid about the climax. i like these bones, but there’s absolutely no meat to accompany them. this is also the inspiration for gillespie house, so it has technically been fleshed out, but i quite enjoy the concept of this one that doesn’t carry over to the gillesp i don’t want my two star rating to make anyone think this short story is bad exactly.....it’s just kind of boring. the build up was decently gripping and there was some creepy stuff going on here, but there’s just too much that’s left unsaid about the climax. i like these bones, but there’s absolutely no meat to accompany them. this is also the inspiration for gillespie house, so it has technically been fleshed out, but i quite enjoy the concept of this one that doesn’t carry over to the gillespie house and i’d like to read more on that specifically.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    I just loved this short story as I do most of this author's books. The story was very creative and always a bit creepy. The story follows a family that moves into an old house and Erica, the daughter, starts to hear scratching noises. I am not going to go into this story more as to not spoil it because it is very short but I will say I am not fond of small spaces that is why this book spooked me out. I highly recommend it. I just loved this short story as I do most of this author's books. The story was very creative and always a bit creepy. The story follows a family that moves into an old house and Erica, the daughter, starts to hear scratching noises. I am not going to go into this story more as to not spoil it because it is very short but I will say I am not fond of small spaces that is why this book spooked me out. I highly recommend it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Benitez

    I remember checking off this short story as one that I wanted to read by Darcy Coates but wasn't sure where to find it. After purchasing The Haunting of Gillespie House, this creepy story was one of three included at the end of the book. What a cool surprise! This short story only justifies why I've never really liked those tiny doors you see in some old rooms. I have always thought there was something creepy about them. I remember checking off this short story as one that I wanted to read by Darcy Coates but wasn't sure where to find it. After purchasing The Haunting of Gillespie House, this creepy story was one of three included at the end of the book. What a cool surprise! This short story only justifies why I've never really liked those tiny doors you see in some old rooms. I have always thought there was something creepy about them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    I am not much into reading novellas but this one really was surprising. Even withing the short framework, the author has done a brilliant job in making the reader feel the chill. The tension escalates and like the book cover, which is amazing by the way, one starts imagining all sort of things behind the door. The tempo is maintained well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    In closed spaces Wow! this was a real treat it loved it, don't buy a house you don't know the history too. OMG! When I'm was a kid I swear at night I couldn't hear tapping from inside the walls too. In closed spaces Wow! this was a real treat it loved it, don't buy a house you don't know the history too. OMG! When I'm was a kid I swear at night I couldn't hear tapping from inside the walls too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    a very enjoyable short horror story. I enjoyed reading this story very much. its also the inspiration to the haunting of Gillespie house which is another fantastic story by this amazing author definitely worth reading

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    The short story that The Haunting of Gillespie House was based on, Crawlspace: A Horror Short Story does not disappoint.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Gray

    Wow what a read, for being so short it was good!

  19. 4 out of 5

    David

    Like it a lot more than the actual Haunting of Gillespie.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I love Darcy Coates and how creepy her work can be, but this story was far too short for me. I'm almost never a fan of short stories however so it could just be me. I love Darcy Coates and how creepy her work can be, but this story was far too short for me. I'm almost never a fan of short stories however so it could just be me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amk256 King

    Very short quick read!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marah

    The ending felt rushed and I was left confused.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    What an awesome short story. Scary, suspenseful and things made of horror.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stevie Brown

    I only give the three because a little more story would have been superb. I understand the author's restraints however. I only give the three because a little more story would have been superb. I understand the author's restraints however.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    “There's a tiny door in my room.” “It's… a bit of a strange house.” “tk tk tk tk tk tk” A creepy and enjoyable scary short story to end 2020! “There's a tiny door in my room.” “It's… a bit of a strange house.” “tk tk tk tk tk tk” A creepy and enjoyable scary short story to end 2020!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lanaghan

    This was a super short story, but I really didn’t enjoy it. It had the scary aspect, but the story line just didn’t do it for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rossi

    Deliciously creepy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kenzie Harms

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved this but as others have mentioned, there was a lot of ambiguity at the end. What was in the crawl space? How many were there? Was that some sort of torture device she was caught in? Was it an actual mechanical 'thing'? Or was it some sort of claustrophobic nightmare? Why was she spared? The list goes on and on, the vagueness in the end almost takes away all the "scariness" that Darcy works so hard to build up in the beginning. Still love this author though.☺️ I absolutely loved this but as others have mentioned, there was a lot of ambiguity at the end. What was in the crawl space? How many were there? Was that some sort of torture device she was caught in? Was it an actual mechanical 'thing'? Or was it some sort of claustrophobic nightmare? Why was she spared? The list goes on and on, the vagueness in the end almost takes away all the "scariness" that Darcy works so hard to build up in the beginning. Still love this author though.☺️

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becky Stephens

    Crawlspace is a fantastic short story! It has fleshed out characters (which is difficult to do in a short) and hair-raising suspense. What I love most about this short is that it is the seed of the amazing horror novel, The Haunting of Gillespie House. If you're looking for a frightening read but don't have a lot of time, this short story is for you. Crawlspace is a fantastic short story! It has fleshed out characters (which is difficult to do in a short) and hair-raising suspense. What I love most about this short is that it is the seed of the amazing horror novel, The Haunting of Gillespie House. If you're looking for a frightening read but don't have a lot of time, this short story is for you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kari Dennis

    Another creepy short by Darcy Coates This author is phenomenal at writing short stories that scare the he#* out of you. Her characters are believable and their actions and reactions make sense. I can't wait to read more. Another creepy short by Darcy Coates This author is phenomenal at writing short stories that scare the he#* out of you. Her characters are believable and their actions and reactions make sense. I can't wait to read more.

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