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Scary Christmas!


It may be Christmas, but I believe the best ghost stories take place this festive season! Night comes sooner, the air colder, and the moonlight a bit dimmer in the evening sky. Halloween may have come to pass, but that doesn’t mean the ghosts and goblins have left us. You may be distracted by the festive lights, the decorated trees, and the mistletoe; that doesn’t mean that ghosts have turned switched their light to ‘Vacancy’ and left us alone. There are plenty of ghostly tales that take place in this season. The Victorian era was filled with tales of ghosts during Christmastime along with séance parties. One such story is ‘The Old Nurse’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell from 1852; this is a gothic ghost story set in a haunted house. Another scary tale is “The Ghost’s Summons” by Ada Buisson, about a doctor hired to attend a dying man's bedside. I came across another tale I’ve since added to my ‘To Be Read’ list; An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. While you are sipping your cup of tea while reading a copy of your favorite book, and if you chance to hear a strange noise nearby, it may be a reminder that the spirits have not forgotten you share their space.

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