Book Review: Spirits of Christmas: The Dark Side of the Holidays

It was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… but are you sure about that? The dark winter nights can hold many secrets, along with tales of both horror and hauntings. In this chilling book, Sylvia Shults has gathered over 120 tales of Yuletide Spirits, Holiday Horrors, and Christmas Catastrophes that give a new meaning to the “dead of winter.”

These pages include rollicking legends of holiday helpers with dark sides; gripping accounts of Christmas season fires, train wrecks, and disasters; winter tales of phantoms and haunted houses; and a collection of Christmas spirits that are sure to send a shiver down your spine! Hearkening back to the days of the paperback anthologies of the 1960s, you’ll be delighted when you unwrap this package on Christmas morning and start turning page after page of eerie and frightening tales. It’s the perfect collection for the spookiest time of the year!


If you’re into paranormal stuff, this book is for you. Really. And if not, this is the most wonderful time of the year to try reading this book. Sylvia Shults knows what she’s writing about, she’s a proper storyteller. And when it comes to those things that dwell in the darkness, how you tell the story is the most crucial aspect.

I highly recommend this book. It’s an easy and fast read, which is what I consider to be required from a non-fiction book. It’s enjoyable (as I mentioned previously, if you’re into the occult and such).

And, truth be told, even if you are a skeptic, if you scary easily, this writer’s style is good enough to make it worth your while.

You can find Spirits of Christmas: The Dark Side of the Holidays on here.


Sylvia Shults is the author of 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, and Ghosts of the Illinois River. She has spent the past nineteen years working in a library, slowly smuggling words out in her pockets day by day to build a book of her own. She sits in dark, spooky, haunted places so you don’t have to. She lives a short, ten-minute motorcycle ride away from the haunted asylum that features in so many of her books. She considers it the highest privilege to share the incredible, compassionate history of the Peoria State Hospital.

After battling an intense, lifelong fear of the dark, Sylvia decided to become a ghost hunter. (What WAS she thinking?) As a paranormal investigator, she has made many media appearances, including a tiny part in the Ghost Hunters episode “Prescription for Fear”, about the Peoria State Hospital.

Sylvia loves hearing from her readers, especially when they have spooky stories of their own to share with her. She can be found at, and on Facebook at the pages for Fractured Spirits and Ghosts of the Illinois River.


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