Forget about pumpkins and candy corn and children dressed as monsters, because winter is truly the scariest of seasons. Autumn might have its spooky holidays and its changing leaves, but winter has darkness. Winter has those long, frigid nights of staying holed up in your house, wondering what could be lurking out there in the cold. Winter has treacherous drives through the snow. Winter is just plain creepy. Luckily, winter is also a great time for getting cozy under a blanket, pouring yourself a generous mug of hot chocolate, and reading. Here are a few creepy winter reads, for when you want to freak yourself out while staying safely indoors.
Some of these books are classic ghost stories, set against a wintry backdrop of bare trees and freezing temperatures. Others tap into the holidays to spin horror out of beloved traditions, and still others tackle the all too real terror of surviving (or not surviving) in the deadly cold of midwinter. All of them manage to find something skin-crawling about the most wonderful time of the year. So if you need a break from all that cutesy holiday joy, pick up one of these books for a healthy dose of chilling winter horror: