Also by this author: Son of a Witch!
Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and cheer, a time for giving to others, a time of celebration and love…. Well this year some of the best voices in horror fiction decided to band together and tell you some tales about a different kind of Christmas, so grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate, close the curtains, lock the door and get comfy. This will be a Christmas like never before!
Table of Contents:
12 Days (Psychopath Remix) by J.C. Michael (poem)
Thy Will be Done by J.C. Michael
Tommy’s Christmas by John R. Little
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith
Santa's Midnight Feast by J.L. Lane
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger
Santa Came by Peter Oliver Wonder
In the Bag by Tim Curran
The Christmas Spirit by Lisa Morton
The Tome of Bill Cristmas Carol by Rick Gualtieri
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A. Arnzen
A Disappointed Shade of Blue by C.S. Andserson (poem)
Stuffed Pig by Steven Murray
The Night Before Christmas by Suzanne Fox
Better Watch Out by Willow Rose
Deck The Halls by Xtina Marie (poem)
Christmas Market by Amy Cross
Merry Fuckin' Christmas by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Veil by Rose Garnett
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christina Bergling
The Present by Israel Finn
Christmas Carole by Lisa Vasquez
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Cover design by Lisa Vasquez
Ah Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, I finally get to review you. I read this book at least two months ago, but I wanted to review it for Christmas, since well… It is about Christmas and all.
This is technically an anthology and not a “collection” since there is a difference, but they were “collected” and so really who cares about nomenclature. Anyways, it doesn’t matter much because the stories are so good. Obviously there are really good ones, somewhat good ones, and ones that I personally didn’t like. That is the way that all anthologies are, you can’t please everyone, and that is okay.
So this one has a lot of stories about Santa, obviously. Maybe not Santa as we know him, the benevolent fatty who drives around with reindeer. But not everyone prescribes to that version of Mr. Saint Nicolas. I mean you have the entity that dresses in red and eats little girls. Which the term “with bells on” now takes a completely different vision in my head. One that has caused me to honestly not use the phrase like I used to. *shudder*
So you have the ever living, or maybe ever dying Santa. The one that little girls and boys shouldn’t wake to, if they want to see any Christmas gifts at all. Yes, it seems like there are a lot of Santa stories, but you have to remember, when you think Christmas, what do you think of? Fatty in a sled.
My personal favorites are “A Christmas Carole” and “Christmas Market”. I don’t know why, because they aren’t similar in that they are written by two different authors with different writing styles. I like others, but those were the first two that came to my mind. Sometimes when you go shopping you don’t always find what you are looking for. This is especially true in “Christmas Market”. Well… that isn’t completely true, someone finds what they are looking for, but it may not be the best present.
I like Halloween, that is probably obvious. What isn’t is that I think all holidays have a little dark to them. I mean look at this collection, a full anthology about the darker nature of Christmas. They also have an Easter one, which of the two, I really enjoyed this one more. I guess it is darker, and has less children involved. Read both of them and you will see what I mean.
I saw they JUST came out with a collection of Halloween stories, of course I will be reading those as well :).