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5 Ghost Stories to Read on Christmas Eve

Though we might not readily associate ghost stories with Christmas Eve and winter celebrations, it was actually a very common practice to tell scary tales during the 19th century and even earlier on than that. For a number of reasons, some of which can be cited back to Puritan ancestry, this story telling tradition fell out of practice in America.

I, however, am a horror story buff, and I will look for any excuse to spin a scary yarn with friends and family.

 

Here are five ghost stories to read on Christmas Eve.

 

 

1. A Christmas Carol

 

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This is most definitely the longest ghost story on the list, but it definitely fits with the season. Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is a culturally significant tale that has countless adaptations credited to it. This narrative follows Ebenezer Scrooge, an embittered old man who doesn’t just hate Christmas, but he just hates people in general. Yet out of everyone, he despises individuals who would dare to ask him for his time or, even worse, his money. He intends to spend Christmas Eve alone, as he does every year, but his plans are uprooted when the ghost of his former business partner comes to him and says that three more phantoms will be visiting him that night. Scrooge is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, and he is urged to change his ways. If he doesn’t, his actions won’t only result in ruining his life, it will also harm those directly impacted by his decisions.

 

 

2. The Turn of The screw

 

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Henry James‘s novella, The Turn of The Screw is an eerie tale that spans roughly seventy pages. The story begins with the narrator and his friends telling each other ghost stories one Christmas Eve, and the narrator claims that he is in possession of a one hundred percent real account of a haunting. What follows is the story of a governess who is hired to teach and care for two children. While her employment begins without incident, the governess soon begins to see strange, ghostly figures from a distance. She soon learns that these phantoms have sinister plans for the children, and she must do everything in her power to protect her two pupils.

 

3. The Kit Bag

 

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Written by Algernon Blackwood, The Kit Bag is a short story that follows Johnson, a lawyer’s secretary. Johnson is set to go on Christmas vacation after his boss wrapped up a case where he defended a man convicted of murder. He borrows a kit bag from his boss, but there is something very, very wrong with it. Johnson begins seeing images and hearing voices near the bag. This story is suspenseful and frightening, and it is definitely an excellent ghost story to read this winter.

 

 

4. The Canterville ghost

 

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This one is most definitely a breath of fresh air after the last two stories on this list. Oscar Wilde‘s The Canterville Ghost is a comedic story that plays with the tropes found in English ghost stories. This narrative follows an American family who moves to England and takes up residence in a haunted house. Try as the ghost may to frighten these new tenets, his efforts are in vain—the family just isn’t scared of rattling chains and random bloodstains. Unlike the previous two entries on this list, this story also has a happy ending. *Spoiler Alert*: This story begins as a playful ribbing of English ghost stories and ends with redemption for the ghost.

 

 

5. Oh, whistle, and i’ll come to you, my lad

 

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So many of the images for M.R. James‘s short story Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad, are terrifying. This one is pretty tame by comparison to a few that I found. Professor Parkins, the story’s main character, goes on a golfing vacation. While on vacation, he comes across some old ruins and, and in these ruins, he finds a small whistle. Almost immediately after finding this item, Parkins begins to see a figure, have visions, and experience an oppressive energy. This all culminates in the final chilling encounter, where the figure that Parkins has been seeing in the distance appears in his bedroom.

 

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Seasons Greetings from Our Favorite Harry Potter Witches and Wizards!

Our holidays just became a whole lot more magical with the cast of Harry Potter wishing us a Merry Christmas!

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The ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ movie came out over eighteen years ago, while the book was published in 1997. And there was no faster way to warm our hearts during this cold season than seeing our favorite characters reunite and share their existing friendships on social media! 

The flawless Emma Watson was the first, with a black and white version of the ensemble of the cast — leave it up to Hermione Granger to waste no time! 

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And the charming and cheeky Tom Felton shared a colored version of the picture, maintaining the rivalry between the houses by using the hashtag “#gryffindorVSslytherin” in his post.

But no one made us more sentimental than the adorable Neville Longbottom aka Matthew Lewis, who captioned his post as, “Roses between two thorns…”, referring to the pretty witches stacked in the middle of him and Tom Felton.

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Bonnie Wright, the only represented Weasley in the photo, shared it on her Instagram as, “time turning”, which prompted Evanna Lynch to join the bandwagon  and say, “AS IF I’m not going to repost this ?❤️??.”

Although nothing would have made us happier than seeing our favorite duo of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley join the rest of the clan, but maybe that would break the internet and we potterheads aren’t yet ready for that! 

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‘A Christmas Carol’ Is Now on Broadway!

Following a trend of Christmas themed ventures arriving on Broadway for the end of the year festivities, a new version of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater on November 20 and will run through January 5, 2020.

 

 

The constant reproductions of this timeless tale might appear stale at this point, but with such a treasured story, it can’t hurt to take another shot at the bah humbug star we all love to hate. Traditions like this one hold the holiday season dear and promise stability and ritual in such a confusing and stressful time of year.

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright, Jack Thorne leads the production after a run in London at the Old Vic Theatre. A star studded cast promises a magical experience. Campbell Scott will play Ebenezer Scrooge, two-time Tony Winner Andrea Martin is the ghost of Christmas past and Tony-winner LaChanze is the ghost of Christmas Present.

 

 

The new re-imagining also includes twelve Christmas carols to satisfy the musical aspect of the adaptation and spread more Christmas cheer throughout the two-hour show.

 

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The Daily Beast calls A Christmas Carol, “the gift we need right now.” With our current political climate, it may be a good idea to escape inside the magical world of Dickens for at least one night, but it won’t be cheap. Festive Broadway shows are a great way to celebrate the season in a theatrical way, but it’ll definitely cost you. For best availability and prices, buy tickets in advance and soak in the holiday spirit as best as you can to distract from the annoyances of daily life.

 

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The New Star Wars Episode 9 Trailer Looks Incredible

A new trailer for the much anticipated final segment of Disney’s Star Wars trilogy has arrived. The footage was first screened as Disney Expo over the weekend before being released to the general public. And holy moly, this new trailer is packed with goodies. But before we precede, there is a POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING. Many fans like to avoid trailers as they risk being spoiled and this new Ep 9 trailer is no different. So if you don’t want to risk being spoiled before the film’s release, turn back now.

Okay?

Okay here we go.

 

Rey

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The trailer begins with a clip show of all the previous films in the saga and their iconic moments. Luke staring at the Binary Sunset on Tatooine, the Battle of Hoth, Darth Vader revealing to Luke he’s his father, Han and Leia’s kiss, Darth Maul igniting his double lightsaber, Emperor Palpatine assuming control over the Old Republic, Rey and Kylo Ren’s first duel, and the Battle of Crait. Its a nice mashup of the entire series and showcases that this film is meant to be the final cap on the saga.

Afterwards, the new footage truly begins with glimpses of our favorites: Rey, Poe, Finn, and Chewie, standing over a town in the desert that appears to be celebrating a festival of sorts. We also get a glimpse of Leia, which brought tears to our eyes as the memory of Carrie Fisher’s passing still stands strong.

 

The gang

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Intriguing glimpses of footage truly begin in earnest after. A fleet of Rebel ships, with models of starship from the original trilogy, emerge from hyperspace. This footage is backed up with a HUGE fleet of Star Destroyers, also from the original trilogy, flying through what appears to be a dark cloud. Lightning flashes through the scene, revealing there’s positively hundreds of Imperial ships coming to attack. Although he isn’t shown, its clearly implied this is the work of the Emperor, who is set to return with a vengeance after his supposed death in Return of the Jedi.

 

What could this be?

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The footage continues with a glimpse of C3PO and he looks absolutely menacing. Our favorite gold robot lurches toward the camera, his eyes glowing red. Has he gone bad? This is shortly followed by a huge red energy beam carving through a planet, making it clear we might be getting another planet killing weapon, perhaps even bigger than the Death Star or Starkiller Base.

Next, we see how Rey has evolved with the Force. Like Thor, she tosses her lightsaber through a forest, the lightsaber spinning and slicing trees to ribbons before she recalls it to her hand. This will serve her well, as the trailer also showcases her throwing down with Kylo Ren. The two are dueling atop an enormous chunk of metal in a raging sea, viciously fighting sword to sword as the waves crash around them. We are HYPED for this fight and with Rey’s increased Force powers, its surely to be a longer duel than the one in The Force Awakens.

 

Kylo v Rey

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But the biggest reveal of all is where the spoilers come in. At the end of the footage, Rey is revealed and much like C3PO, she’s not herself. She’s wearing a black robe, echoing the sinister Emperor, and is holding a folded up lightsaber with two crackling blades. With a flick of her wrist, the lightsaber unfolds into a double-bladed variant just like Darth Maul. Rey looks like she’s going full Sith and lends credence that she could go bad in the final chapter. But we’ll have to see.

The Rise of Skywalker explodes into cinemas on December 20th, 2019. Are you hyped? Does this footage have you excited? And what do you think of Dark Rey? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ross Mathews Previews Book Full of Juicy Hollywood Tales!

 

One of the stars and judges of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ross Mathews has interviewed dozens of Hollywood personnel from the red carpet to “their natural habitats”. Because of this, he has many stories to tell.

 

Ross Mathews on the red carpet

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It’s been long awaiting, but finally he’s ready to spill a whole bunch of juicy Hollywood stories in his new book: Name DropThis is Mathews ready to share dishy details of the Hollywood scene. On the book, he was quote as saying from Entertainment Weekly:

 

“The stories where I actually get invited into celebrities’ secret lives — their natural habitats, if you will — are the real gold…Their private tables in restaurants, their magnificent movie trailers, their hilariously humongous houses — that’s where the really good stuff happens.”

 

The book explores him being an outsider in the world of show business. Many varied stories permeate the text of the work, from spending Christmas with the Kardashians to making national news while on Big Brother to his interview with Omarosa when she had just exited the White House.

Matthews has further shared an exclusive cover reveal with Entertainment Weekly: 

 

Name Drop

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You can also read the official prologue to the book below, which Mathews has posted as a preview of the content within:

Prologue

Name-dropping runs rampant in Hollywood, like high-speed car chases, gluten intolerance, and syphilis. And much like syphilis, name-dropping is super-grody and spreads quickly. You can’t walk five feet down Sunset Boulevard without overhearing some Real Housewife of Whatever telling a former Disney tween about how her new trainer is the guy who got Chris Pratt’s body into batshit crazy shape for that comic book movie. No, not that comic book movie. The other one. No, not that one. The other one.

Side note, Chris, if you’re reading this—and I just assume you are—I love your body . . . of work. Honey, I’d Guard your Galaxy any day! (Side note: I’d like to point out that I made a conscious choice to not make a cheap, tasteless Uranus joke here. Why? Because I’m trying to be bigger than that. We’ll see how long that lasts.)

As someone who has interviewed just about every celebrity you can imagine on every red carpet you can imagine for nearly the past two decades, I have some pretty amazing stories. And, trust me—the red carpet stories are the boring ones! The stories where I actually get invited into celebrities’ secret lives—their natural habitats, if you will—are the real gold. Their private tables in restaurants, their magnificent movie trailers, their hilariously humongous houses—that’s where the really good stuff happens.

From time to time, I’ve managed to sneak beyond the velvet rope that separates them from us mere mortals and see what few ever get to see.

The following Hollywood stories are wholesome and hilarious. No celebrity was harmed in the making of this book. But don’t worry, honey—we’re still gonna go there. I mean, don’t you wanna know what Kanye piled onto his plate at the buffet when I was in line behind him at the Kardashian Christmas party? And who would it hurt if I told you? Ham. It was ham. See—now you know and nobody died. Well, the pig did, but you can’t blame me for that.

No one ever specifically told me not to tell these stories, but I never do . . . Unless you take me to happy hour and ply me with cheap two-for-one cocktails and appetizers. What can I say? I’m a total whore for a hors d’oeuvre!

The idea for this book hit me as I was hanging out with a fun group of friends—some old friends, some new friends, some old friends who, thanks to Botox, look new. After about four Skinny Margaritas (I was going to have only three, but hello, they’re two-for-one!), I told one of these exceptionally juicy stories and noticed my friends, their mouths agape, hanging on my every word. When I finished narrating, one of them said “You have to put that in a book!” to which I indignantly replied, “I could never!”

And then I asked myself the same question I did when I was offered Skinny Margaritas number five and six: “Why not?”

You should also know that, in true Ross Mathews spirit, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a corresponding cocktail and a related recipe—or “Rossipe,” as I call them—for each chapter (why should Martha Stewart have all the fun?). What other book has done that for you, huh? Go open up Moby Dick! There’s not a single recipe in there—not even for fish sticks! I know—I was shocked, too! No wonder nobody ever read it!

So here we go. Let’s get this soon-to-be-classic piece of literature started! Pretend it’s happy hour and you and I are sitting at the bar. I look amazing and, I agree with you, much thinner in person. You look good, too. Maybe it’s the candlelight, maybe it’s the booze—either way, let’s just go with it. Just lean in, keep this all between you and me, and do me a favor? Don’t judge me if I name-drop just a little. Thanks. I promise this book will be out of this world. Just like Uranus. Dammit!

 

Ross Matthews

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The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, with an official release due on February 4th 2020. Are you excited to see the juicy details that Ross Mathews will offer? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

 

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