Welcome, once again, to Must Read Horror, where we bring you the best horror articles the internet has to offer. This week:
- Horror Health Warning? Scary Films Really Can Curdle the Blood
- A Comprehensive Look at the History of Murder Santas
- Christmas Ghost Stories: A History of Seasonal Spine-Chillers
- Comics Alliance Best of 2015: Best Horror Comic of 2015
- Forgotten Bestsellers: The Ninth Configuration
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This article from The Guardian looks into the truth behind a new study carried out by doctors and academics at Leiden University in the Netherlands, in which it was proved that watching scary films might, indeed, be bad for us.
Sometimes, Santa eschews the more-customary presents in favour of an axe. There have been many films in which St Nick comes in the form of a murderous psychopath, and this article from Bloody Disgusting looks at most of them.
The Independent takes an in-depth look at the history of the Christmas ghost story, and why we all love a seasonal shock or two.
Which horror comic book was the best of 2015? Find out in the Comic Alliance’s opinion here, and four of the books which came close.
Tor looks at William Peter Blatty’s often overlooked follow-up to The Exorcist,The Ninth Configuration.