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Holiday Horror

Did you know our yuletide celebrations often have a darker side to them? Think about A Christmas Carol. Ghosts, spirits, and creatures of the night have historically been associated with the season since it falls on the Winter Solstice or the longest night of the year. It is only fitting to read these spooky stories over your winter holiday.

Step into a haunted hotel left vacant for the winter where an evil presence lurks in halls and rooms, but only one person can see it. Jack Torrence takes the job as caretaker of the hotel over the winter when it is closed to visitors since the drive becomes impassable with snow. He hopes the quiet and solitude can help him work on a novel, but the longer they stay, the more delusional he becomes as the evil drives him mad. The only one who can tell what is happening is his five year-old, Danny.

In 1981 in Blackeberg, Sweden, the body of a teenager is found and thought to be part of a ritual killing. A new girl has also moved in next to 12 year-old, Oskar. He shows her a Rubik's cube, and although she has never seen one before, she solves it instantly. Oskar also notices she only comes out at night. In this sleepy suburban town, a darkness soon spreads.

After the death of his parents, Michael, a kid in Victorian England is sent away for the holiday to spend Christmas with a friend of his father's away in a snowed-in manor house. Michael soon realizes that although the manor house appears empty and desolate, dark and haunting presence creeks through the corridors. Although this book's audience targets YA readers, anyone can appreciate this eerie, classic ghost story.

A group of friends travels to the Scottish Highlands to stay in a hunting lodge over New Year's Eve, but they end up snowed in and isolated. Two days into their stay, one of the friends turns up dead. Could one of the friends be a killer? Trapped in the cabin together, it could be any one of them. As their isolation continues, the paranoia deepens. This psychological suspense novel will keep the pages turning.

The Silver House resides on the Dover Cliffs as it has for generations of the Silver family. Something is not quite right at Silver House. Today it serves as a home as well as a bed and breakfast, but not all guests find hospitality within its walls. The house seems to have a will of its own and drives out unwanted visitors. Additionally, as the Silver family mourns the loss of their matriarch, Elliot watches as his twin, Miranda develops pica, a eating disorder that causes her to crave nonfood items like plastic and chalk and simultaneously starts seeing spirits within the Silver House.

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