This short story was a blast! It's been recommended to me many times and I've always been too busy to work it in. Being on the front edge of a reading slump, and usually having good luck with short stories to get me out of it, I decided to finally read this classic. It's short, sweet and scary. What more could you want?
"He began to feel that he would go mad if he did not leap to his feet, screaming, and burst frenziedly out of that accursed house-not even the fear of the gallows could keep him lying there in the darkness any longer..."
What could possibly scare a grown man so? You'll have to read this and find out.
Edited to add: Here's a link to get the story free and legally: