For our 5th bookish Advent treat, we bring you the spine tingling, chill ridden The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights.
Alongside all the jollity and partying, this time of year is also associated with slower pleasures like storytelling… specifically ghost stories – a tradition inextricably linked with writer and academic M.R James, who wrote ghost stories to read aloud with friends and colleagues on Christmas Eve. His stories were frightening because of their contemporary settings, adding a realism to a genre previously laden with gothic tropes. The Haunting Season takes on the mantle with great aplomb, featuring spooky short stories, many with contemporary resonance, from authors such as Laura Purcell, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and Elizabeth Macneal.
Amongst all the hustle and bustle of Christmas why not gather your loved ones and come together to share a tall, sometimes terrifying tale from this collection? You can read each story from the safety of your cosy fireside but be warned – the uncanny is much closer than you think, particularly at this time of year…
Imogen and the Festival Team x