Paperback $11.63 (170 pages, PUBLISHER)
The season of giving is a season of darkness; a season of extended nights and twilight days. And the gifts of the season aren't always the kind you'd hope to receive. In each of the twelve uncanny tales in this stocking-sized anthology, an unusual Christmas 'gift' - be it rare, unexpected, inappropriate or even unwanted - comes wrapped in a piece of that darkness. Give the gift of the macabre this holiday. Suggested for mature readers.
Author Site: http://www.christmasmacabre.com/christmasmacabre.com.html
Silent Night, Holiday Fright (4 stars)
It's a time for family and friends, a celebration of life and Christianity. But for some it's also a season of stress, sorrow, and soaring debt. Take a break from the holiday cheer and savor these tongue-in-cheek dark tales of Christmas gifts gone horribly awry.
This self-published gem features a dozen short stories of the supernatural, the vengeful, and the delightfully macabre. Each one dark, this collection of holiday samplings stands up with the best black comedies and winks salaciously at the horror genre. My personal favorite is a tale about a very good boy's request of Santa that will put him at the bottom of the naughty list.
With a unique voice and rich flair for dramatic timing Kelly is an author to watch. Whether you love or hate the holiday season, if you have a terrific sense of humor and at least a little taste for horror you're sure to love Kelly's witty acknowledgement of the darker side of gift giving.
Notes: Review copy received via author.
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