The Tell Tale Heart!
I remember the first time that I heard this story. I was in 4Th grade and attending a Halloween sleep-over with my Girl Scout troop. The leaders from the district had prepared a very fun evening that included that game where everyone sits in a circle...in the dark... with their hands under a sheet. The storyteller told a spooky story about some unfortunate soul. As the story progressed, a "body part" was passed under the sheet from hand to hand. You were not allowed to peek under the sheet... Spaghetti for brains, peeled grape for an eye, liver for ...well liver...etc.. We were all unfamiliar with the game, and the storyteller was so good that she had us all convinced these were real parts. There were quite a few scary events that evening, so all of us were on edge.
That evening, as we prepared to go to sleep in the attic...she read us The Tell Tale Heart. I was scared out of my wits. I never did fall asleep that night. I spent the whole night wide awake ... convinced I could hear a pounding heart in the floor boards! I don't think I slept well for many months after that either.
Ah yes...The power of words in the hands of a good storyteller! All these years have passed and I still think about it every Halloween!
Boo to you!