Scary Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

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Scary Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

Holiday Ghost Stories

Ghosts and Christmas go together like figgy and pudding. Don’t believe me?  A Christmas Carol, one of the most famous Christmas stories of all time, has four ghosts. There is also a BBC series called A Ghost Story for Christmas where for several years, the BBC aired a spooky story either just before or on Christmas.

Here are five spooky Christmas books for adults and two for the little ones. Enjoy!
 
Adults
University Ghost Story by Nick DiMartino
Dr. Glass is an English Professor, and she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Unfortunately, whatever it is that co-occupies her house disagrees. She also has two new guests who are boarding with her over the Christmas holidays. They begin to hear voices in the night, and footsteps when no one is there.

Holidays are Hell by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Pettersson
Four authors explore the crossroads of the holidays, the seductive, and the supernatural. {Aside: Try as I might, I couldn’t think of a synonym for holidays that began with the letter ‘s’ to complete the alliteration.}
The stories here range from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Crime for Christmas edited by Richard Dalby
Crime, detective, and mystery stories centered around the Christmas holidays. There are a few ghosts here.

Mystery for Christmas edited by Richard Dalby
This collection is a bit scarier than the Crime for Christmas collection. There are over 20 stories here, some old and some new.

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris
Christmas and werewolves. What else do you need to know? I’m in.

Kids
The 12 Screams of Christmas by R. L. Stein
Two girls need a place to practice for their school Christmas play. The drama teacher decides to take the cast to a deserted old house to rehearse.  Soon strange things begin to happen. The house just might be haunted.

Christmas Spirit: Two Stories by Robert Westall
The first story here is a ghost story.  In the first story, a boy sees a ghost who warns of a terrible disaster. The boy is alone in an elevator with the ghost, and things get wonderfully oppressive.