15 8-Bit horror games you'll want to play with the lights on

Ah, October: the leaves are turning colors, there is a chill in the air and every now and again you get the feeling that there's someone staring at you from just beyond your field of view. Isn't it charming? Once a year we are given carte blanche to commune with the dead, to cast spells and to become the evil that we otherwise fear in the world. We let the fear in, let it dance around in our heads and give us nightmares.

This year, we're digging up a few buried horrors for you, and we've called upon the spirit of the NES to conjure up some newer scares as well. From the sublimely terrifying to the ridiculous, here are 15 games full of 8-bit scares to fill your Octoberween. Click through the links to get in the spirit and play, purchase or download each of these retro scare-fests.

Editors' Note: As well as writing articles for DVICE, Colin is releasing his debut novel, The Unshorn Thread. If you like steampunk, King Arthur or the American Civil War, you'll likely enjoy it. He's running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for his illustrator, copyeditor and some publicity. You can read the book's first chapter in full here.

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