The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories

Title: The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Vol.1 Writer: Edited by Tara Moore Publishing House: Valancourt Books Rating: 4 stars ‘’Imagine a midwinter night, an early sunset, a long drafty evening spent by candlelight. The season of Christmas coincides with the shortest days of the year and, for middle-class Victorians, a chance for…

Silent Nights

Title: Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries Writer: Various edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 1st 2015  Rating: 5 stars ‘’When television becomes tiresome, and party games pall, the prospect of curling up in the warm with a good mystery is enticing – and much better for the digestion…

A Christmas Memory

Title: A Christmas Memory Writer: Truman Capote Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: October 29th 2020 (first published 1956) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It’s fruitcake weather.’’ ‘’Now a nude December fig branch grates against the window. The kitchen is empty, the cakes are gone; yesterday we courted the last of them to the post office, where…

The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas

Title: The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas Writer: Syd Moore Publishing House: Oneworld Publications Date of Publication: October 3rd 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Draw in close, throw another log on the fire if you will. It’s a chill night. I shall just add some of that coal. Now, this may take quite a while so…

Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings

Title: Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings Writer: Tanya Kirk Publishing House: British Library Date of Publication: August 1st 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The second Mrs. Ryder was a young woman not easily frightened, but now she stood in the dusk of the passage leaning back against the wall, her hand on her heart, looking…

The Betrayals

Title: The Betrayals Writer: Bridget Collins Publishing House: William Morrow Date of Publication: November 12th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Tonight the moonlight makes the floor of the Great Hall into a game board. Every high window casts a bright lattice, dividing the hall into black and white, squares and margins. The ranks of wooden benches…

The Penguin Book of Exorcisms

Title: The Penguin Book of Exorcisms Writer: Edited by Joseph P. Laycock Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: September 8th 2020 Rating: 5 stars A comprehensive and extremely informative volume of essays, eyewitness accounts, diary entries, reports and legal documents concerning the most unexplainable and terrifying phenomenon in all cultures. Demonic possession and exorcism….

Classic Ghost Stories

Title: Classic Ghost Stories Writer: Various Publishing House: Vintage Classics Date of Publication: October 12th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’If the picture within was bright and cheerful, the prospect was dreary enough without. The fairy forest of snow-wreathed trees, the white valleys and undulating banks of snow had vanished, and the rain dropped slowly and…

Don’t Look Now and Other Stories

Title: Don’t Look Now and Other Stories Writer: Daphne du Maurier Publishing House: Penguin Books Ltd. Date of Publication: June 29th 2006 (first published 1940) Rating: 5 stars ‘’The twins were standing there, the blind one still holding on to her sister’s arm, her sightless eyes fixed firmly upon him. He felt himself held, unable…

The Diving Pool

Title: The Diving Pool and Other Stories (original title: (ダイヴィング・プール) Writer: Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) Publishing House: Vintage Publishing Date of Publication: April 2nd 2014 (first published 1990) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Since I was a little girl, I’ve disliked the thirtieth of December. I could always get through the thirty-first by telling myself…

Redder Days

Title: Redder Days Writer: Sue Rainsford Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:March 11th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In short, there was nothing to do but accept it. Let our fears and beliefs settle around it.       Red wind, red sun, red hurricane.      That’s when we start running.     But block your ears and stuff your mouth,    When…

Grimm Tales for Young and Old

Title: Grimm Tales for Young and Old Writer: Philip Pullman Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication:September 5th 2013 (first published September 27th 2012) Rating: 3 stars “I want to be God. I want to cause the sun and the moon to rise. I can’t bear it when I see them rising and I haven’t…

New York Stories

Title: New York Stories Writer: Edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Publishing House: Everyman’s Library Date of Publication: January 4th 2011  Rating: 5 stars ‘’The houses across the street were silent and perhaps unoccupied at this time of day; she let her eyes move with the rhythm of the tune, from window to window along one…

It’s the End of the World

Title: It’s the End of the World Writer: Adam Roberts Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: August 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are all mortal, and we will all die. One way of understanding our fascination with the end of the world is that such stories project our personal meeting onto the…

The Shortest Day

Title: The Shortest Day Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Amazon Original Stories Date of Publication: November 3rd 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Thus, it was the strangeness of the night sky and the seasons that they loved and missed, the strangeness of fire and water, the strangeness they noted in each other.’’ It is Christmas and…

Sisterhood of the Infamous

Title: Sisterhood of the Infamous Writer: Jane Rosenberg LaForge Publishing House: New Meridian Arts Press Date of Publication: February 23rd 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A body always begins a story such as this. My body, her body; mine to be burned, hers razed by violent action; to be discovered along a remote trail of russet…

The Lives of Saints

Title: The Lives of Saints Writer: Leigh Bardugo, illustrated by Daniel J. Zollinger Publishing House: Imprint Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rated: 5 stars ‘’There have been too many stories in between, miracles and martyrdoms, too much blood spilt, too much ink. There was a war. There were a thousand wars. I knew a…

Τhe Garden of Forking Paths

Title: The Garden of Forking Paths Writer: Jorge Luis Borges (translated by Donald A.Yates, Andrew Hurley, James E.Irby Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: February 22nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Summer was drawing to a close, and I realised that the book was monstrous.’’ Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most prominent Argentinian…

The Missing Girl

Title: The Missing Girl Writer: Shirley Jackson Publishing House: Penguin Modern Date of Publication: February 22nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was one of those spring mornings in March; the sky between the buildings was bright and blue and the city air, warmed by motors and a million breaths, had a freshness and a sense…

To Be Read at Dusk

Title: To Be Read at Dusk Writer: Charles Dickens Publishing House: Penguin Little Black Classics Date of Publication: March 3rd 2016 (first published 1852) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Τhe monstrous thought came into my mind as I perused the fixed eyes and the saturnine face, that this was a spirit, not a man.’’ Charles Dickens. The…