Christmas Hauntings: Ghost Stories for Midwinter

An evening of chilling tales of ghosts and hauntings. 

Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about spectres. It is a genial, festive season, and we love to muse upon graves, and dead bodies, and murders, and blood.  

— Jerome K. Jerome 


As the year settles firmly into winter, we are delighted to invite you to celebrate these long, dark nights with some bone-chilling tales of ghosts and hauntings at our midwinter event!  

Join us on the 16th of December at 5 PM GMT for an evening of Christmas chills and winter wonder. We will enjoy an introduction to the tradition of the Christmas ghost story by Dr Derek Johnston of Queens University Belfast.  We will explore midwinter’s association with gothic and occult in our discussion panel with Dr Tiffany Angus (Anglia Ruskin University), Professor Christine Ferguson (University of Stirling) and Dr Derek Johnson (QUB). 

About our presenters: 

Dr Tiffani Angus is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK) and the General Director of the Anglia Centre for Science Fiction & Fantasy. A graduate of Clarion, she’s also published short fiction in a variety of genres and her debut novel Threading the Labyrinth (about 400 years in a haunted garden) came out in mid-2020. Her research interests include apocalyptic fiction, horticultural history, and time travel narratives.  

Prof. Christine Ferguson is a Professor in English studies at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on the entwined histories of the literary gothic and the British occult revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She is on the board of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism and the editorial boards for the Journal of Victorian CultureVictorian ReviewVictoriographies, the Cambridge Elements in Magic, and the Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism series. Her major publications include Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing 1848-1930 (2012) and Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin de Siècle (2006). She is at work on a new project on the popular fiction networks and periodical culture of the Victorian occult revival. 

Dr Derek Johnston is a Lecturer in Broadcast at Queen’s University Belfast, where he teaches the history and analysis of broadcast media. His research engages with fantastic genres such as science fiction and horror, typically placing media texts in their cultural and social context, and frequently considering their connections to issues of national identity. His monograph on broadcast seasonal horror traditions is titled Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween. He is also author of a number of articles and book chapters, including the ‘Ghosts and Television’ chapter for The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story, and the chapter on ‘Gothic Television’ for the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Gothic Volume 3

The event is free but ticketed. Please book your ticket here.

This event is presented by the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic via the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow.