The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by eight award-winning authors.

The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by eight award-winning authors.


Featuring new and original tales from:

Bridget Collins Sunday Times bestselling author of The Binding | Imogen Hermes Gowar Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Kiran Millwood Hargrave Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies | Andrew Michael Hurley Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loney Jess Kidd International award-winning author of Things in Jars | Elizabeth Macneal Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory | Natasha Pulley
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street | Laura Purcell Award-winning author of The Silent Companions


Long before Charles Dickens and Henry James popularized the tradition, the shadowy nights of winter have been a time for people to gather together by the flicker of candlelight and experience the intoxicating thrill of a ghost story.

Now eight bestselling, award-winning authors – all of them master storytellers of the sinister and the macabre – bring the tradition to vivid life in a spellbinding new collection of original spine-tingling tales.

Taking you from the frosty Fens to the wild Yorkshire moors, to the snow-covered grounds of a haunted estate, to a bustling London Christmas market, these mesmerizing stories will capture your imagination and serve as your indispensable companion to the cold, dark nights.

My Review:

Writing a review for a short story collection is never easy as I don’t know about you but there will always be some you will really enjoy reading and perhaps one or two that may not be as enjoyable. One collection of short stories that I really did enjoy was The Haunting Season (Sphere) that was released in October and has eight ghostly tales for winter written by some of our best writers.

It is not often you will find a collection of ghost stories that will make the bestsellers charts, but this is exactly what The Haunting Season achieved. I featured The Haunting Season as one of my books for Christmas on the festive edition of the Somerset Cool Book Club on Frome FM just in the last few weeks. Which is still available to listen via their website.

Dark winters nights are synonymous with the telling of spooky tales by candlelight and this goes back hundreds of years and this is a perfect collection as we approach Christmas.

Inside you will find a real collection that will have the flame on your candle flickering.

A Study in Black and White by Bridget Collins

Thwaite’s Tennant by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The Eel Singers by Natasha Pulley

Lily Wilt by Jess Kidd

The Chillingham Chair by Laura Purcell

The Hanging of the Greens by Andrew Michael Hurley

Confinement by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Monster by Elizabeth Macneal

Just like any novel it is the characters that drive these stories and they are all unique without giving anything away about the stories themselves.

Many if not all of the writers in this collection will be familiar to avid readers which makes this such a prefect Christmas gift to put under the tree. Also a book to come back to year upon year especially if there is a story you enjoy.

I have loved reading ghost stories during Christmas ever since I was a young boy, and I have a feeling this is a book that will find its way under many a tree this Christmas.

304 Pages.

The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights published by Sphere on 21st October is available in hardback through your local independent bookshop, Waterstones and Amazon or through that supports local independent bookshops. UK