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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Ghosts of Christmas Past edited by Tim Martin

About Ghosts of Christmas Past: A chilling collection of modern and classic Christmas ghost stories

A present contains a monstrous secret.
An uninvited guest haunts a Christmas party.
A shadow slips across the floor by firelight.
A festive entertainment ends in darkness and screams.

Who knows what haunts the night at the dark point of the year?

This collection of seasonal chillers looks beneath Christmas cheer to a world of ghosts and horrors, mixing terrifying modern fiction with classic stories by masters of the macabre. From Neil Gaiman and M. R. James to Muriel Spark and E. Nesbit, there are stories here to make the hardiest soul quail - so find a comfy chair, lock the door, ignore the cold breath on your neck and get ready to welcome in the real spirits of Christmas.

My review of Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past is a wonderful ghostly collection of short stories that is perfect for curling up with on a cold winter's night. The stories range from classics to modern tales, but all are chilling and throw a ghostly glow on this festive season, and I loved reading all these stories. I read one story every night and was so very sad when the book came to an end.

This collection of seasonal ghost stories features classics from the likes of M R James and E Nesbit, through to modern day reads by Neil Gaiman and Jenn Ashworth. All are a delight to read.

It is so very difficult to choose a favourite read from this collection of ghost stories, but if I had to choose, then it would have to be Dinner for One by Jenn Ashworth. It's one of the shorter stories and not a typical 'ghost' story, but for me I found this story to be completely chilling in the descriptions of the rural cottage and the land surrounding it. Such evocative writing is used to describe the soil, the isolation and despair. This story sent shivers down my spine.

What's so wonderful about this book is that it is very easy to dip in and out of. I read a story a night, in the order they appeared in the book, but you can read the stories in any order that you choose.

This is the perfect short story collection to read this time of year for those who love their ghost stories, from timeless classics to model day hauntings. This will most certainly be a book that I will get out and read every year during the Christmas period. Snuggle up with a blanket, a hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine, and simply enjoy these wonderful ghostly tales.
With thanks to the publisher and Bookbridgr for a paperback copy.

Ghosts of Christmas Past was published by John Murray on 19 Oct. 2017 and can be found on Amazon here.

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