Ten Holiday-Themed Horror Books

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday topic was “Ten Books We’re Thankful For”. As we were afraid this could easily turn into one of a “Our Favorites” list, we decided to twist it just a little bit. We present ten holiday-themed horror books you might be thankful for. (Thankful or incredibly disturbed by the perversion of the holiday. Really all depends on you.)

I give full credit for this one to Gracie. Her tastes in horror are more far-reaching than mine are, so this list is basically all hers. (My contribution was Krampus. That’s it.)

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Ten Holiday-Themed Horror Books (You Might Be Thankful For)

I have to admit that I have not read all of these yet but there’s something irresistible to me about horror stories and holidays. Particularly holidays that are not readily associated with horror. So let’s start with the one at hand, shall we?


Thanksgiving

Gobble Gobble: A Tale of Thanksgiving Terror – Florin Nicoara

Synopsis: Gobble Gobble is a hilarious horror-comedy that will turn your thanksgiving delight into one hell of a day of fright. It is a terrible tale unlike any other you have ever been told before. Tread only if you dare because it will twist your mind and lay your soul bare; gobble-gobble!!!

A group of high school seniors embark on a field tip the day before Thanksgiving to visit a humane environmentally-green turkey farm for extra credit, but instead discover a sinister secret government lab where genetic engineering has run a mock and turned the human turkey relationship into a banquet of hilariously frightening insanity. If you thought Halloween was scary, wait until Thanksgiving!!!

 

 

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Christmas

Krampus: The Yule Lord – Brom

Synopsis: Acclaimed author and artist Brom raised eyebrows and pulse rates with The Child Thief, his grim, brilliantly audacious, gorgeously illustrated reimagining of the Peter Pan legend. So what does this innovative fantasist do for an encore? He tinkers darkly with the beloved mythology of Santa Claus. Set in Appalachia, Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Krampus the Yule Lord is Gregory Maguire (Wicked) meets Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) in the realm of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as Clive Barker (Mr. B. Gone) works his dark sorcery from the shadows. Once again featuring Brom’s chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd.

 

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New Year’s Eve

Bedtime Tales of Horror: Happy New Year – Bradley Poage

Synopsis: When Todd meets Lacy on New Year’s eve, he thinks his luck has finally changed. But looks can often be deceiving, and when you miss all the warning signs, you’re asking for trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day – C. Dennis Moore

Synopsis: Oscar has finally had it. The vermin have done enough damage to his yard, and it’s time to settle the score. But extermination isn’t enough. He wants revenge. So during the winter, while the creatures are sleeping, Oscar has come up with a plan to exact his revenge in the most satisfying way.

But some creatures aren’t so easily gotten rid of, and soon it will be more than just a few vegetables in his backyard garden that Oscar risks losing.

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day

Shock Totem 8.5 – Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted: Valentine’s Day 2014

Synopsis: Love is in the air. Can you feel it? The most wonderful and diabolical emotion of them all, and we’re going to celebrate it. Ostensibly as a Valentine’s Day issue, but really…it’s all about love.

And horror, of course.

In this special edition of Shock Totem you will find “Clocks,” a beautifully tragic tale told by master storyteller Darrell Schweitzer. “Silence,” by Robert J. Duperre, is a gut-wrenching tale of love, war, and death. You won’t soon forget this one. In “Broken Beneath the Paperweight of Your Ghosts,” Damien Walters Grintalis tells of a man and his tattered heart. Catherine Grant’s “Sauce” teaches us that sometimes things left behind are best left alone. Tim Waggoner examines the perfect lover in “The Man of Her Dreams.” “Hearts of Women, Hearts of Men,” by Zachary C. Parker, follows a battered woman struggling to free herself from an abusive relationship while a serial killer is on the loose. In total, nine tales await you…

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April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s – Richie Tankersley Cusick

Synopsis: Coming home from a forbidden April Fools party, Belinda and her friends witness a horrible accident. When no one appears to have survived, the three friends vow not to admit they were there. Then the sick pranks begin, and Belinda must discover the truth to save their lives!

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter

Collected Easter Horror Shorts – Edited by Brandy Yassa

Synopsis: From the darkest recesses of some of the horror world’s most chilling minds, Kevin J. Kennedy brings back together some of the authors that brought you Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, alongside several new authors, from upcoming indie stars to Amazon top sellers.

Whether you like Easter or not, you’ll certainly have a different view of it after you read the stories contained within these pages.

Grab an Easter egg, dim the lights, get cosy and get ready for some chilling tales by some of the horror world’s finest.

 

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day – Renee Knight

Synopsis: Staying with her parents at Beauwater Manor, a luxury hotel in the English countryside, is the happiest memory of Laura’s young life so far. She’s excited at the prospect of returning to the hotel a few years later, but in this riveting short story by Renée Knight, author of Disclaimer—a remarkable debut novel of psychological suspense —Laura will discover that even though some things about Beauwater Manor are familiar, others are very, very different from what she remembers….

 

 

 

 

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Labor Day

Help! Wanted: Tales of On-the-Job Terror – Edited by Peter Giglio 

Synopsis: “HELP! WANTED is a rollicking, creepy, crazy, and thoroughly unnerving collection of work-related horror stories by the cream of today’s horror crop. Each story is as stingingly fresh as a razor cut!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling author of Dust & Decay and Patient Zero.

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween

October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween – Edited by Richard T. Chizmar and Robert Morrish

Synopsis: Classic novellas, never-before-published stories, essays on the history, literature, and films of Halloween, and real-life memories of October 31st-from today’s best practitioners of fear:Dean Koontz * Peter Straub * Poppy Z. Brite * Rick Hautala * Steve Rasnic Tem * Elizabeth Engstrom * Thomas Ligotti * Gary A. Braunbeck * Jack Ketchum * Thomas F. Monteleone * Hugh B. Cave * Simon Clark * Christopher Golden * Ray Bradbury * Jack Ketchum * Alan M. Clark * Gahan Wilson * Paula Guran * John Shirley * Tom Piccirilli * Jack Cady * David B. Silva * Robert Morrish * William F. Nolan * Michael Cadnum * Richard Laymon * Douglas Clegg * Douglas E. Winter * Stanley Wiater * Caitlín R. Kiernan * Lewis Shiner * Yvonne Navarro * Tim Lebbon * Kim Newman * F. Paul Wilson * Owl Goingback * Dennis Etchison * Stephen Mark Rainey * Charles L. Grant * Kelly Laymon * Dominick Cancilla * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Michael Marshall Smith * Wayne Allen Sallee * Ramsey Campbell * Ed Gorman * Stefan Dziemianowicz * Peter Crowther

 


I apologize for any holidays that we might have missed. We tried hard to make it a good mix of the silly and the scary. Have an excellent week and please let us know if you know of any holiday horror that we’ve missed!

Kids Corner: Christmas for Miss L

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She does NOT look six here!!

 

So, Miss L has always been an exceedingly difficult child to buy for, simply because she’s SO easy going. Trying to get that child to admit there’s anything she really, really wants (that’s Christmas gift worthy) in the past has been like pulling teeth.

She absolutely goes nuts over everything she gets, which lead  to a hilarious situation when my mom and aunt came up to celebrate Christmas with her on the 19th. The whole family sent up their gifts for her ((we live hours away, and due to Toxoplasmosis being a serious threat in the Ohio Valley (It killed my uncle, almost killed my cousin.) I can’t take her down there.) ) and she happily tore into them.

She gets to this toy microphone one of my uncles got her.  We get the expected “OH ITS JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED!!” squeal, followed immediately thereafter by a quieter “…what is it?” When we told her what it was (after we’d got done laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes)… “OH I’VE ALWAYS WANTED ONE OF THESE!”

The child does gratitude and easy-to-please in an epic fashion. What can I say?

So…

Her Christmas List last year was (if I remember correctly):

  • Ice cream
  • Cuddles
  • Sleep in mommy’s bed that night

This year, she gained access to a toy catalog, and went on a circling “I want that spree” (Thanks, grandparents. -.-). On the downside, I had to break it to her that there was no way she was getting everything she circled. On the plus side, I was able to use the list to narrow it down and figure out some things she actually really would like to have.

L’s Christmas List this year:

  • Easy Bake Oven (Yeah, its okay if you get me the black one ’cause it costs less monies. (Yes, she was looking over my shoulder while I was on Amazon))
  • Light Sabre (Blue, please!)
  • Gift Card to Half-Price Books (So I can pick out my own books, please, Mommy. )

So, obviously (thank you, Black Friday/ Cyber Monday, 3 paychecks in December!) I managed to get the 3 big things on her list, and a few extra things.

One of the extra things I got her was this:

Its the Kinex 70 model build set (if you click on the picture, it links you to the amazon page for it.) It includes enough pieces that we were able to build out like 3 of the things that were listed in the model suggestions all at once without having to break any down. It is AWESOME and I highly recommend it. Hell, I think I had more fun with it than she did, truth be told! LMAO!

(I might have liked it so much that I immediately got back online and ordered us some additional pieces just so we could do an epic build. Of course as soon as I hit checkout now, I realized it wouldn’t get here until Jan 4. GRRR.)

 

She got to open one gift a day starting on the 19th, and each day it was massive hugs and “Oh, mommy, I love what you buy me. You’re so awesome!!” Seriously, my child is a grade A sweetheart.

She also got some pretty awesome toys from Grandma and Grandpa that she loved. (The chair is one of them 🙂 )

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The Bookish Christmas Tag

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Been forever since I did one of these, so I decided it was about time. This was started by https://callummclaughlin.wordpress.com .

Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

Erm… none? The only book that’s truly special to me is one that I bought myself.  Well, this is off to a good start… lol

The ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

Not at Christmas-time, persay, but I inevitably return to reading J.D. Robb’s In Death series when it starts getting cold outside.

Christmas tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.

Oh dear. Uhm… *shifty* I… I’m not a huge fan of series, so this is really hard to answer. They all have their ups and downs. I’m going to go with… R.E. Weber’s The Star Agency Chronicles.

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Friends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

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The hunky, off-beat physicist and his spook-believing girlfriend, with the mathematician that believes he’s on a pirate ship, and their one-eyed, snaggle-toothed, ice-slidin’ cat Hambone. (That cover is almost embarrassing, though, and not at all representative of the fun in this book. )

Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

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Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

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Your imagination is a wonderful, powerful thing. Right now this tops my list of “Best kids books ever read.”

Ice and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

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It had every thing I love in a horror book. I was so hyped to read it! ……and meh. Just meh. It never hooked me. 🙁

Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

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So, it was an audiobook, but…still. 30+ hours!

Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

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Yes, its a kid’s book. No, I don’t care. It was fun, sweet, and had a satisfying message.

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

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A fantastically well-written book with a main character heavily afflicted by autism that still manages to be the heroine.

Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.

I tag Allie @ Allies Opinions and Clayton @ PageTurner’s Inc and anyone else who wants to do it.

Krampus Review (2015)

Krampus ReviewSynopsis: Little kid stops believing in Santa Claus. Naturally that summons the demon Krampus to come kidnap and kill.

Tagline: You don’t want to be on his list.

Release Date: 2015-12-4 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 3

Trailer: Krampus

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