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About The Book

Eight bestselling, award-winning writers return to the time-honored tradition of the seasonal ghost story in this spellbinding collection of new and original haunted tales.

Long before Charles Dickens and Henry James popularized the tradition of supernatural horror, 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 spooky tale.

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 of the English countryside, 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 cold, dark nights. So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the ghostly spell of winters past . . .

About The Authors

Bridget Collins is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE The Binding (William Morrow).

Imogen Hermes Gowar is the author of the "People Magazine Best Book of the Season" The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (Harper).

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the  author of The Mercies (Little, Brown).

Andrew Michael Hurley is the London Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loney and Starve Acre.

Jess Kidd is the award-winning author of Himself; Mr. Flood’s Last Resort; and Things in Jars (Atria). Learn more at

Elizabeth Macneal’s The Doll Factory (Picador) was an international bestseller, has been translated into twenty-nine languages, has been been optioned for a major television series, and won the Caledonia Novel Award. Circus of Wonders (Atria) is her second novel. Visit her online at, on Twitter @AsMacneal, or on Instagram @ElizabethMacneal.

Natasha Pulley is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE  The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury).

Laura Purcell is the award-winning author of The Silent Companions (Bloomsbury).

Product Details

  • Publisher: Pegasus Crime (October 12, 2021)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781643137971

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Raves and Reviews

“In this haunting short story collection, eight bestselling authors set the mood for spooky season with spellbinding ghost stories. Travel to the English countryside, to haunted estates and cozy London Christmas markets. These stories are perfect for curling up with a hot cup of tea and a cozy blanket.”

– Buzzfeed

"Harsh winter weather and vague Victoriana bind these eight terrifying new horror shorts showcasing human depravity and grisly murder. Bleak and brutal, these tales will appeal to historical fiction readers and horror lovers alike."

– Publishers Weekly

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