LoveReading Expert Review of The Haunting Season

Perfect bite-sized pieces of supernatural scariness.

A collection that’s billed as ‘Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights’ that features eight award-winning authors – all masters of the mysterious and the macabre - was always going to grab my attention! With a stunning cover and top names, this was bound to be an instant bestseller. Stand out stories for me include Laura Purcell’s, The Chillingham Chair, Lily Wilt by  Jess Kidd and Thwaites’ Tenant which I was unwise enough to read right before bedtime. Perfect bite-sized pieces of supernatural scariness.

Selected by Carole Matthews, Our Winter 2021 Guest Editor. Click here to read the full Guest Editor Piece.


The Haunting Season Synopsis

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

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.

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

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780751581973
Publication date: 21st October 2021
Author: Bridget Collins, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Elizabeth Macneal, Laura Purcell, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Im
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Primary Genre Shorter Reads
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Bridget Collins, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Elizabeth Macneal, Laura Purcell, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Im Press Reviews

The chilling tales of The Haunting Season will make you feel oddly cosy, in the way that only the best ghost stories can. Exquisitely crafted from some of the finest British writers, I enjoyed every word. -- Francine Toon, Sunday Times bestselling author of 'Pine'

Gorgeous, macabre, beautifully crafted . . .a brilliant re-making of an old tradition, and this is a book destined to be read and re-read through many a long winter night -- Amanda Mason, author of 'The Wayward Girls'

You won't 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'

It lured me in, then held me fast. A gut-wrenching collection of ghostly tales, at once sumptuous and thrilling, rich and raw. Powerful, original and beautifully written, I didn't want them to end. -- Joanne Burn, author of 'The Hemlock Cure'

The Haunting Season contains stories by some of our finest contemporary writers - between them, they revitalize the traditional winter's tale with vibrant, tense writing that will haunt you long after you finish reading -- Jenn Ashworth, author of 'A Kind of Intimacy'

The Haunting Season was an absolute treat. Eight gloriously gothic and ghostly tales from some of our best historical writers. Spectral chess, haunted chairs and stories of survival and psychosis. Brilliantly chilling writing. -- Anna Mazzola, author of 'The Unseeing'

From today's finest writers of suspense, horror and historical fiction comes a chocolate-box collection of stories to savour alone or share ... Best read by candlelight. - Metro

An array of celebrated writers have contributed spooky stories to this beautifully produced book - Daily Express

Curl up with a hot chocolate but maybe leave the lights on - Prima

You can't go wrong with this creepy collection of 'ghostly tales for long winter nights', from an absolutely stellar cast of writers ... I had to sleep with the lights on after I'd read it - Red

What a line-up of authors ... these classic tales, intended to be read by candlelight, will thrill lovers of old fashioned, spooky tales - Woman

Prepare to be spooked by these eight fantastically frightening tales ... best read by candlelight (if you dare....) - Good Housekeeping

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ISBN: 9780751581973
Publication date: 21/10/2021
Format: Hardback

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