Few Christmas stories hold as much fascination as the story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Inspired by the classic tale, three young women decide to hold a séance to raise the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. They don’t expect a result, considering that the ghosts are fictional, but what they call out of the aethyr gives them a creepy holiday they will never forget, if they live to tell the tale!
A Christmas Tale Review
For short story, and a 3 pronged re-telling / adaptation of A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Tale was a good read. At only 80 pages, the author was forced to move very quickly through the paces, and he did so with skill, giving the ghosts an appropriate update, and making the three girls that the story follows fleshed out enough that they felt believable.
The premise is silly (just like the original) and the execution is good. This definitely had a Tales from the Crypt tinge to it, but wasn’t written quite overly-dramatically enough for me to say there was a decent nod in there.
Overall, it was a solid read and a good showing for a debut work from Austin Crawley.