Published by Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books on 10.23.18
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror
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ABOUT THIS BOOK...
Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from bestselling, acclaimed authors including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and many more.
That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his jaws together. The hideous children--Want and Ignorance--beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts.
In “Snake’s Tail,” hundreds of children mysteriously disappear each hour of Christmas day; in “Christmas in Barcelona” miniature holiday figurines come to life for just one night and inflict full-scale violence; and in “Love Me” a robber finds himself the recipient of one gift he’d do anything to be without. HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM dives deep into the dark side of the season with tales of commercialism and desire run amok, hauntings and ghostly revenge, and pure terror.
Bestselling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror today.
Look at that fab cover! When I saw this book available on NetGalley I requested it right away, because how could I resist? Last week, I had the chance to ask Christopher Golden himself a few questions about HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM and here’s what he had to say:
CHAR: How did the idea for this anthology come about?
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN: I had the title in mind for years. Ages ago, I encouraged Thomas Sniegoski to use it and do a Christmas themed installment in his Remy Chandler novel series, but that never happened. Then one day Tom and I were on the phone and I told him about this Christmas horror story I wanted to write—“It’s a Wonderful Knife”—and if I remember correctly, he suggested I do a Christmas horror anthology…which I’d always wanted to do and hadn’t gotten around to. I immediately insisted that he write a story for the book. As soon as I realized that I was really going to do it, I started making my wish list of authors, and I think you’ll be as thrilled as I am with the results.
CHAR: When did your love of Christmas horror stories begin?
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN: A bunch of things flood into my head with that question. The first, of course, is A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It’s an unsettling story, and some of the film versions are creepy as hell. There’s SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the homicidal Santa movie that came out when I was in high school, and which I saw in the theaters. But one of the most memorable creepy Christmas stories, for me, is a story within the movie GREMLINS, when the character played by Phoebe Cates tells the incredibly dark story of her father’s death. He’d dressed as Santa and tried to come down the chimney to surprise her, gotten stuck there, and died. It’s hideous and twisted—a great Christmas horror story.