Charles Dickens wasn’t the only one who wrote Christmas ghost stories. Where did they come from? Why Christmas ghost stories and not Halloween?
Join us as we give you a solid history lesson on the origin stories of Victorian Christmas ghost stories, how they evolved, and why we still feel the urge for horror when days grow short and nights become long. We hope we don’t spoil too much Christmas joy, as there truly is a balance of fear and horror among the jolly celebration of the winter season.
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Researched, Written, Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore
Music by Dan Moretti