Short story anthologies and collections make super pressies and won’t break the bank. There is something wonderful about telling stories at Christmas time, especially scary ones. There is nothing better than sitting around an open fire telling a spine tingling tale.

Traditionally told on Christmas eve, the telling of a scary tale goes back a lot further than you may think. As the bard himself so eloquently wrote in A Winters Tale ~

A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.

Here in the U.K the tradition of telling a scary tale on Christmas Eve is alive and kicking. If you’ve not tried it do! A glass of wine, a roaring fire and a fruity mince pie all pinned together with a scary book will set you up nicely for the big day. Stuck for ideas? Here are a couple of suggestions to get you in the mood….

Charles Dickens ~ Complete Ghost Stories. Twenty short tantalisingly good tales including the novella length ‘A Christmas Carol’ and my own favourite ‘The Signalman’.

Classic Ghost Stories: Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas – Does what it says on the tin, a classic collection featuring Dickens, HG Wells et al.. a real classic

All available from Amazon