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Publisher's Summary

Eight best-selling authors. A dazzling new collection of original haunted tales. This is your indispensable companion to the long, dark nights this winter.

The instant Sunday Times best seller

Featuring new and original tales from:

Bridget Collins: Sunday Times best-selling author of The Binding

Imogen Hermes Gowar: Sunday Times best-selling author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: Sunday Times best-selling author of The Mercies

Andrew Michael Hurley: Sunday Times best-selling author of The Loney

Jess Kidd: international award-winning author of Things in Jars

Elizabeth Macneal: Sunday Times best-selling author of The Doll Factory

Natasha Pulley: Sunday Times best-selling 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 best-selling, 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 cold, dark nights. 

So curl up, light a candle and fall under the spell of winters past....

©2021 Natasha Pulley, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Bridget Collins, Laura Purcell, Elizabeth Macneal, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Gorgeous...a book destined to be read and re-read." (Amanda Mason, author of The Wayward Girls)

"Makes you feel oddly cosy, in the way only the best ghost stories can. Exquisitely crafted, I enjoyed every word." (Francine Toon, Sunday Times best-selling author of Pine)

"You won't find a more thrilling winter read this year, or a better line up of writers who have mastered the gothic and ghostly" (Sara Collins, Costa Award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton)

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  • Susannah
  • 12-28-21

Bewitching.............menacing... .

.....and l was entirely unable to put this book 'down', so it was over far too soon. Perfect book for the long dark nights of midwinter, there are stories within that will chill you to your own bones.....

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  • Kirry
  • 11-29-21

The Boring Season

These were not so much haunting but boring unfortunately. I had hoped for something a bit more interesting/spooky/suspenseful and these were lacking entirely. I had to stop listening in the end and have returned the title as not worth the credit. The narration/performance for the most part was fine.

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  • Dr A Ainsworth
  • 11-15-21

Classic ghost stories

I've read quite a few stories from these authors and these short ghost stories do not disappoint. Wait until night falls, turn the lights down and get ready to be spooked!

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  • Stace82
  • 01-14-22

Not what I thought

I really liked the idea of this book of separate ghost stories but unfortunately I found the stories quite boring. This was a shame as I quite enjoyed the narrators

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  • M j
  • 10-31-21

Not worth a credit

A few of the stories were ok. The narration left a lot to be desired. Note for narrators.....STOP TRYING TO DO ACCENTS! Bad accents can ruin an entire story.
The last one was the biggest load of rubbish, it was supposed to be a ghostly (period) tale of the journey into madness but for some reason the author thought it needed a random peppering of sex paragraphs, that made no sense and were unnecessarily vulgar.
Total waste of time!

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  • Sararara
  • 01-01-22

Eight eerie tales, beautifully read

Bitesize slightly supernatural chillers with a Victorian feel. At just an hour each, the stories focus on atmosphere rather than intricate plots and characters.
They’re nicely eerie although a little insubstantial. And while beautifully read, I found them perkier and less laboured at 1.15 speed.
My favourites were The Eel Singers and The Hanging of the Greens but this is probably as they’re by authors I like.

1-A Study in Black and White - Bridget Collins (Rory Kinnear)
2-Thwaite's Tenant - Imogen Hermes Gowar (Gemma Whelan)
3-The Eel Singers - Natasha Pulley (Juliet Stevenson)
4-Lily Wilt - Jess Kidd (Rosalind Eleazar)
5-The Chillingham Chair - Laura Purcell (Gemma Whelan)
6-The Hanging of the Greens - Andrew Michael Hurley (Rory Kinnear)
7-Confinement - Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Rosalind Eleazar)
8-Monster - Elizabeth Macneal (Juliet Stevenson)

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  • GINETTE HELEN RAW
  • 01-08-22

great collection of stories

I don't listen to scary thing usually but this was so fab. highly recommend it

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  • Yoshay
  • 03-31-22

Enjoyed it very much

Wonderfully narrated stories that conjure perfect atmosphere for an evening by the fireside. Loved all the stories except two.

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  • Ms. S. L. riley
  • 03-21-22

Chilling stories

A really spooky collection of ghost stories, they were more chilling than scary so they were perfect for me.. lite creepy horror I can do but anything more is too much for me…my favourite was book 1 - A Study in Black and White by Bridget Collins About a man who rents an abandoned house and the chess set already set up moves every night..

#beatthebacklog #horror #ghosts #collection #chilling

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  • Maggie Byrne
  • 10-30-21

Not for the faint hearted..

fantastic stories by some good writers All the narrators read extremely well too, which makes all the difference I find.

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