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Christmas Horror Books

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Edited: Nov 18, 2011, 4:24pm Top

I love Christmas and the sharing and giving atmosphere that the season brings. But I loves me some horror too.

So, bring your ideas for Christmas related horror reads. Could be short fiction, novellas, novels. Anything in the written form. I don't think there is an extensive list, but reaching out here will probably prove me wrong.

My reading suggestions would be (and I highly recommend each)
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Tried but didn't finish
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. I should try it again this year.

Haven't read and not easily found bizarro fiction
Sausagey Santa by Carlton Mellick III

Nov 18, 2011, 11:40pm Top

Love the idea. Wish I had something to contribute. Look forward to seeing what pops up here.

Nov 19, 2011, 10:40am Top

As you say, A Christmas Carol by Dickens.

I find the M.R. James stories good at Christmas; not especially Christmassy in content, but ideal for a Christmas Eve scare before heading off to bed and the long wait for Santa to arrive.

I haven't read Hogfather but have seen the TV adaptation. Definitely good Christmas viewing; as is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Edited: Nov 19, 2011, 4:43pm Top

Well, I found a few more. Zombies are very marketable these days.

I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas by Adam Roberts is variation of A Christmas Carol except with...well it's kinda obvious.
The Zombie Night Before Christmas by Cider Mill Press is short and looks kind of funny.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael P. Stradlin. All the good staples of holiday music except with...well you get the idea.

Santa Steps Out by Robert Devereaux which may be interesting in the same way that Sausagey Santa would be. Brings in some other holiday figures like the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.

I'm still looking...

Nov 20, 2011, 7:46am Top

The Breathing Method by Stephen King

Nov 21, 2011, 6:27pm Top

#5 - Oh! Good call!

Nov 21, 2011, 10:01pm Top

I love James Morrow's short story sequel to A Christmas Carol. It's called "The Confessions of Ebeneezer Scrooge," and it's in Bible Stories for Adults.

Nov 22, 2011, 1:46pm Top

I'd forgotten about The Breathing Method. Different Seasons has always been one of my favorite King books.

Bible Stories for Adults sounds absolutely fun. Thanks paradoxosalpha, I'll have to look for that one.

Dec 5, 2011, 9:22pm Top

Nice list! :) I have one to add for graphic novel fans: The Vampire's Christmas by Joseph Michael Linsner & Mike Dubisch.

Dec 10, 2011, 1:33pm Top

I've just finished The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse. Not scary, but a good ghost tale for a winter's evening and a short read. Freddie is trying to recover from a break down and from the loss of his brother during WWI and takes a trip through France at christmastime. It's a fairly predicatable tale, but very educational about the fate of the Cathars in the Languedoc area of France. Deemed heretics by the Catholic Pope and ordered to be killed, whole families and villages took flight and hid in the caves in the region, only to have their fate, literlly, sealed.

Dec 10, 2011, 6:59pm Top

For cold and snowy horror, "The Wendigo" by Algernon Blackwood shouldn't be overlooked.

Dec 10, 2011, 8:12pm Top

There is an entire thread on 'arctic' horror for some fine cold weather settings.

Dec 15, 2011, 4:35pm Top

Thomas Ligotti's The Last Feast of Harlequin is set in the wintertime and centres on a festival that occurs around the same time as Christmas. I recommend it.

Dec 15, 2011, 5:33pm Top

#13 Seconded!

Dec 17, 2011, 12:40pm Top

I highly recommend Algernon Blackwood's The Glamour of the Snow. Very creepy, and a good companion piece to The Wendigo.


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