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There’s Room For One More

Estimated reading time — 2 minutes

A young woman on her way to town broke her journey by staying with friends at an old manor house. Her bedroom looked out to the carriage sweep at the front door. It was a moonlit night, and she found it difficult to sleep. As the clock outside her bedroom door struck 12, she heard the noise of horses’ hooves on the gravel outside, and the sound of wheels.

She got up and went over to the window to see who could be arriving at that time of night. The moonlight was very bright, and she saw a hearse drive up to the door. It hadn’t a coffin in it; instead it was crowded with people. The coachman sat high up on the box: as he came opposite the window he drew up and turned his head. His face terrified her, and he said in a distinct voice, “There’s room for one more.”

She drew the curtain, ran back to bed, and covered her head with the bedclothes. In the morning she was not quite sure whether it had been a dream, or whether she had really got out of bed and seen the hearse, but she was glad to go up to town and leave the old house behind her.


She was shopping in a big store which had an elevator in it — an up-to-date thing at that time. She was on the top floor, and went to the elevator to go down. It was rather crowded, but as she came up to it, the elevator operator turned his head and said, “There’s room for one more.”


It was the face of the coachman of the hearse. “No, thank you,” said the girl. “I’ll walk down.” She turned away, the elevator doors clanged, there was a terrible rush and screaming and shouting, and then a great clatter and thud. The elevator had fallen and every soul in it was killed.

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129 thoughts on “There’s Room For One More”

  1. Cool story, apparently it was copied according t other ppl in the comments, but it’s still a good story… I hat elevators…Might have Agoraphobia

  2. This story is from scary stories to tell in the dark or the person who wrote this actually heard the original from a relative

  3. While this is a good story it’s practically plagiarized. Change the coach (hearse) to a car and add a few more details and this is the same tale I read in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”. My Grams bought me that book when I was seven.

  4. Twilight Zone fan, I see. I loved that episode.
    This rendition seemed kind of choppy in narration and the details forced. The original dream-foreshadow made sense in that the woman followed footsteps to the morgue, which made sense because she was already in the hospital. Plus we already know she is mentally compromised so it isn’t glaringly obvious this is an omen. Here it wasn’t so seamless; seeing a hearse in the middle of the night seemed kind of strained to me; pretty much revealing the twist right there.
    Moreso, with the TZ episode, she had those mini signs (thirsty, loud clock, glass breaking) that later warned her of danger, but didn’t so overtly give away the coclusion. This would have been more effective if clues were included here.
    Overall though, I like the idea of reworking older stories; Rod Serling himself did that! You have good potential!

  5. She had a precognition dream. it gave her a very clear sign, the coachman’s face and the phrase, “there’s room for one more.” She knew what was to come. whole clishe, and not scary I give it a 5. it wasn’t meant to scare

  6. Sounds like one of the stories out of the series of books called Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.
    Although in the story from those books, it was a man in Philadelphia.
    Still a good story though.

  7. "Room for one more, honey."
    This reminded me a lot of the Twilight Zone episode "Twenty-Two." Great episode, but the pasta wasn’t as good.

  8. Erm.. waiter this pasta is old and dusty, please could the chef cook something that hasnt been left on the counter for 20 odd years

  9. I read a similar story in Korean. In the Korean version, everyone in the hearse were saying "there’s room for one more". The main character was napping in a bus while going on a shopping trip with her friend, who was also napping. When the elevator opened up, she recognized the faces of everyone there as being from the hearse, and they all said "there’s room for one more". She ran away from the elevator while her friends just walked in, oblivious.

    Finally, when they opened up the elevator, there was only one corpse; that of her friend.

    Never understood why her friend would get into the elevator, though. If there’s only room for one more, I’d probably wait until both me and my friend could get on.

  10. Anyone else think of Twilight Zone when they read this? The episode where the woman (in her dream) steps into the morgue and the nurse says “room for one more, honey”. Then she almost gets on a flight but the flight attendant says the same thing so she runs away and the plane explodes. I think this is kind of a rip off of that.

  11. I’ve never read “scary stories to tell in the dark” (i don’t even think it was published here) so i enjoyed this story quite a lot. It’s an ok pasta, well written and interesting, at least for someone who hasn’t heard of it before.

  12. I agree with everyone who said that this story is old. But I was wondering why the girl knowing that everyone was going to die, didn’t say anything? I guess she didn’t care. :P

  13. Very old. I like it well enough, but I don’t understand why it needs to be re-posted here. I guess if it’s not already here…but…it’s old.

  14. Sorry to tell you, but the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark tale is a ripoff as well.

    The original version was “The Bus-Condusctor” by E.F. Benson in his Spook Stories anthologies from the 30es, and it was, indeed, about a bus and not an elevator.

  15. I remember this twilight zone, it freaked me out when the woman exited from the morgue.
    This was also in many ghost stories books. I have read the scary stories to tell in the dark one and one which included the disaster being a crashing roller coaster. Very original, but not fresh pasta. 4/10

  16. I just have two things to say:

    First, I’ve heard this one before. Originality fail.

    Second, it would be a lot creepier if you removed the last sentence.

  17. I am insulted. :c
    I am a horror junkie, and, though I have regrettably not read anything relating to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, I must say…

    This is a poorly executed attempt at a rarely used but quick cliche, and the simple fact that the Twilight Zone did this in the freaking 1960’s just makes it worse. -_-

    If this were better explained, with an actual plot rather than “omg horses OMG CREEPY GUY OMG CREEPY GUY AGAIN IN ELEVATOR omg ppl died”, with background detail, a character rather than some woman- I could go on.

    In short, this pasta is undercooked and has the makings of a wonderful classic. It could have been brilliant if the author had put more time into it, and yet… 4/10.

    Also, it probably didn’t help that I was picturing the elevator man/hearse driver as the guy from Despicable Me. ._.

  18. I cant help it but every time i read this i cant help but realise that elevators are equipped with locking breaks should the cable snap, meaning no one would die, and i cant seem to get around this fact to enjoy the story D:

  19. It was meh.

    As mediocre as it was, I had to applaud the author for not having her get on it like a dumbass and then being surprised when she died.

  20. i have heard this story many times ago but i still love it! i like other versions of the same story that have different twists and plot but the idea is the same.

    … there is room for one more lol :D <3

  21. Yeah, that’s exactly how it goes, it’s in the original Twilight Zone series (b&w) – it’s called Twenty Two and was broadcast way back in 1961.

  22. Yeah, this is to my knowledge based off of two different stories.

    The first is that of Lord Dufferin. Copied from the internet:

    “In the 1880s, Lord Dufferin, who was later to become British Ambassador to Paris, was on vacation in Tullamore when he saw an apparition that was destined to save his life.

    One night, at about 2 o’clock in the morning, he was startled from a deep sleep. He got up, went to the window and saw, in the moonlight, a hunchbacked figure on the lawn, staggering under the weight of a coffin-shaped object. Lord Dufferin raced downstairs, out onto the lawn, and asked the figure what he was doing, what he was carrying and why was he there. As the man lifted his head, Lord Dufferin saw that he had an extremely ugly-looking face which was utterly repulsive. The figure then vanished before his eyes. The following morning, he told his host of his experience but his friend was at a complete loss to explain the strange man. Certainly, there had been no reports of a ghost at Tullamore.

    A few years later, Lord Dufferin was to attend a diplomatic function at the Grand Hotel in Paris. He waited at the elevator with his secretary and the hotel manager. Just as they were about to enter the elevator, Lord Dufferin drew back in horror and flatly refused to get on it. The elevator operator was the same man he had seen carrying the coffin on the lawn at his friend’s house in Tullamore. The elevator doors closed and the cage began its ascent. When it reached the fifth floor, the cable snapped and the cage crashed to the bottom of the shaft, killing all of the occupants.

    The accident was fully investigated, but there was nobody who knew who the strange elevator operator was.”

    The second is a Twilight zone episode. It’s been quite a while. Basically this woman has a dream where she’s in a hospital. She goes down to the morgue and a nurse points at an empty space and says “Room for one more, honey.” The next day she goes to catch a plane and the lady selling the tickets says “Room for one more, honey.” She freaks out, doesn’t get on the plane, then watches as it crashes. That’s how I remember it anyway, like I said it’s been a while.

  23. Not even pasta.
    It was just a typed out story from Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

    And there was a Twilight Zone ep on this? :D I must watch it.

  24. Oh my gosh. This is almost exactly like a Twilight Zone episode. Can’t remember the name, but it was about the dancer in the mental hospital?

  25. Ive yet to hear this – I like eet. Its like a positive kinda scare. Not really creepy, just kinda.. there. Dunno. 7.5/10

  26. You guys are idiots.

    Please, go look up the definition of plaigerism. So he posted a story that he liked? This isnt plaigerism. He changed every single word of it. Believe me ive got the book right here, every single word is different.

    Please. L2P.

  27. I loved Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and all, but if any more of these get posted it would be obnoxious. =/

  28. @dfhadertdfg:
    Take that back! Right now! Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark were some of my favorite books for a while.

    This one brought back my childhood reeeeally quick. I liked it then, I like it now.

    but yeah.
    didn’t scare me then, doesn’t scare me now.


    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, much? It doesn’t work quite as well without Stephen Gammell’s amazingtastic artwork.

  31. This version sucks because it’s too short…the original if I remember right had her seeing the hearse and coachmen several times, each time making her more and more scared/insane than the last time. I think this forced repetition makes is why it clues her in when she hears the phrase in a normal context.

    In this version, she experiences it ONE time in a scary context and that causes her not to do something she would normally easily do (get on the elevator)? So if I have a dream one time about a grocery cashier stabbing me to death then the next day I see someone resembling him does that mean I should run away screaming like a maniac? Fail pasta is fail.

  32. Beh. Terribly written. Pretty much saw it coming. Nice story, but just not well done….
    And, yeah, this is from SStTitD. *likes the long version of the abbreviation*

  33. ok people we know its old and you’ve read it before. But whats wrong with resurrecting an old classic? I haven’t heard this one in years and its just as good as I remember. It brings back some serious nostalgia. Just because its old doesn’t mean it sucks. This one is an oldie but a goodie.

  34. It was better written in the book. You, sir, fail at plagiarism.

    If you are going to steal, at least try to do a good job.

  35. I actually liked this one. OK, the “premonition saves person” is nothing new, but it was presented pretty well, and… hell, isn’t this rare, a creepypasta with a happy ending (for the main character, at least).

  36. So the question is, did the Twilight Zone episode where this story was featured (in the form of an airplane accident) come before this, or after?

  37. I was really hoping when I clicked on “There’s Room For One More” in my RSS feed that it wouldn’t be this… but it was…
    I am just so tired of this story because I’ve read it soo many times
    Too classic, I’m sorry

  38. The story is told wrong. In the real one, the subject was a male in his office building, who had saw the coachman driving a hearse the day before. He sees the aforementioned coachman at his office the next day, in a packed elevator, saying there’s room for one more. The man declines, and gets on the next elevator, which crashes and kills everyone on board.

  39. ShavenYetipants

    I read scary stories to tell in the dark as a child too, except the protagonist in the original is a dude

  40. Okay, lets pretend that I havent heard this a million times:
    It IS kinda creepy, but you youreslf see no threat, making it not very scary….

  41. Seen it too many times before. All I had to do was read the first line and I knew what it was.


    Why do we have stories like this when I can’t even get them to put MY story up? Rah.

  42. Yes, I’m fairly certain I’ve read this multiple times in that ‘Scary Stories to Read in the Dark’ series.

  43. Read it so many times in so many books that it doesn’t still deserve the same score it got back then; so, instead, you give it a ridiculously low score?

    An average rating is an average rating for a story, regardless of age. You, sir, fail at giving good feedback.

    1. In scary stories to tell in the dark the hearse is actually a automobile version,the main character is actually a guy and he was leaving an office building in the end

    1. Endoplasmic Reticulum

      Yea I read that book and was expecting the story to be like the original, but the author just went out and copied it completely.

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