Scary ghost stories for Christmas reading by the fire

You can’t go wrong with Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. But have you read The Chimes, or any of his other short stories? They’re worth a try.

Wilkie Collins’ Woman in White is spooky, but long enough for reading by the fire throughout January.

For something set in the hills of the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, try Norah Bonesteel’s Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb. It’s gentle, and just spooky enough to be a Christmas cozy.

And, if you want something funny to listen to while addressing last-minute Christmas cards, check out the BBC’s Good Omens. Deliciously funny, and worth going to their radio site to find the archived recordings.



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