By Alvin Schwartz
"The Ghost with the Bloody Fingers" is the twenty-ninth and final story included in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Three characters are greeted by bloody fingers in a haunted room in an hotel.
Categories: Fictional, Supernatural, Funny
A businessman arrived at a hotel late one night and asked for a room. The room clerk told him the hotel was all filled up. "There is only one empty room," he said. "But we don't rent that one because it is haunted."
"I'll take it," said the businessman. "I don't believe in ghosts."
The man went up to the room. He unpacked his things, and he went to bed. As soon as he did, a ghost came out of the closet. Its fingers were bleeding, and it was moaning, “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!" When the man saw the ghost, he grabbed his things and ran.
The next night a woman arrived very late. Again, all the rooms were taken except the haunted room.
"I'll sleep there," she said. "I'm not afraid of ghosts."
As soon as she got into bed, the ghost came out of the closet. Its fingers still were bleeding. It still was moaning, "Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!" And the woman took one look and ran.
A week later another guest arrived very late. He also took the haunted room.
After he unpacked, he got out his guitar and he began to play. Soon the ghost appeared. As before, its fingers were bleeding, and it was moaning, "Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!"
The man paid no attention. He just kept strumming his guitar. But the ghost kept moaning, and its fingers kept bleeding.
Finally, the guitar player looked up. "Cool it, man!" he said. "Get yourself a Band-Aid."
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