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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Nov 16, 2021

The narrator of Jeanette Winterson’s “Dark Christmas” will be celebrating Christmas at Highfallen House with friends. No one seems to know who owns the house and is letting them stay there, but that doesn't seem to matter. The narrator goes ahead to spend a night alone in the house before picking up their friends from the train station. After a warm meal and a bottle of wine, they hear strange noises from the attic above, but ignore them. The next day, the narrator’s friends do not show and send a cryptic text message instead. They don’t show the following day either. And the narrator is seeing things and hearing things, and it’s getting colder and snowing more and more. Read the story here.

Recommended in this episode: Peter Straub's Ghost Story and Neil Gaiman's Coraline (audiobook version)

NEXT EPISODE: Connie Willis's "Adaptation"

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Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini, used with permission.