Monday, December 24, 2018

#Christmas Reads 8: Merry #Ghostly and #Gothic #Christmas Eve!

A Merry Christmas Eve to all!

I'm sure everyone is busy celebrating, but if you have a break or quiet time here are a few other holiday reading suggestions. 

This time, I've included a few "darker," Gothic and ghostly-type reads that looked interesting. Maybe you'll even want to stage a short Christmas play between the Egg Nog and gifts?

A Gothic Christmas: A Collection of Three Stage Plays, G.R. Linden - Demons, vampires and grizzly takes on that traditional Christmas.

Dark Celebration: A Carpathian Reunion, Christine Feehan - Noted romance author brings Christmas to the latest in her seductive vampire series. as the prince of the Carpathians fears he can no longer protect his species from extinction by their immortal enemies. 

Ghostly Winter Tales: A Fourth Collection of Ghostly Stories for Christmas - Collection of 23 ghostly Victorian and Edwardian stories of macabre mischief and the supernatural, some reprinted for the first time since their original publication.


Miss Marley: A Christmas Ghost Story, Prequel to A Christmas Carol, Vanessa LaFaye - Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart… In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.
That, of course, leads to the classic story of  Christmas ghosts, greed and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

** And if you want something non-Christmas-related try my...

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