In an effort to get people to revive the Victorian tradition of reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve, the good people at Biblioasis have spent the past few holiday seasons releasing handfuls of vintage titles. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is probably the most famous example of stories from the tradition—and almost the only one carrying the torch these days—but there’s also Dickens’ The Signalman.
The Biblioasis series is made up of teeny tiny stocking-sized paperbacks that fit just about anywhere and are beautifully designed and illustrated by the artist Seth. Some are from long-forgotten authors but Shirley Jackson is in the mix, along with Edith Wharton and Daphne DuMaurier. There’s a wide range—some are genuinely spooky, some (when held to today’s horror movie standards) are borderline campy, but I’ve yet to read one that wasn’t genuinely entertaining.
They’re perfect for anyone in your life who likes a little vinegar dashed on the relentless Frosty the Snowman/Target endcap tweeness of the holiday season. Find that person and get them to read these stories to you as you knit. Win/win!