Some things are timeless. They are called classics. Washington Irving wrote the classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow almost 200 years ago. Just this year the story has been revamped and reworked for a modern TV show on Fox. The fact that the inspiration and basis of the plot is 193 years old is a tribute to Irving.
Irving's classic was one of the stories my friends and I would reenact as small boys as the night came earlier and Halloween approached.
A little later on my favorite scary stories were those written by Edgar Allan Poe. A true master, his stories are a little harder to read these days as much of the plots and settings were very period-specific. If the reader can pick up the jargon from an earlier century and enjoy the writing for its tight-knit suspense, Poe is a very enjoyable read.