Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology

Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology

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...

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  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    If there is one horror theme I never get tired of, it’s holiday horror—especially when that holiday is Christmas! When you look at the roots of so many Christmas rituals and celebrations, there really is a dark and fantastical element; when you couple that with the bizarre antics so many are driven to during this stressful and busy time of year, it’s no surprise that these authors could come up with such fun stories.

    If there is one horror theme I never get tired of, it’s holiday horror—especially when that holiday is Christmas! When you look at the roots of so many Christmas rituals and celebrations, there really is a dark and fantastical element; when you couple that with the bizarre antics so many are driven to during this stressful and busy time of year, it’s no surprise that these authors could come up with such fun stories.

    When it comes to an anthology this solid, I feel like I’m doing a disservice if I don’t take a moment to touch on my thoughts for each individual story—especially in a case like this, where some of these were genuinely some of the most delightful and well-written short stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I know not everyone has the time or desire to read this long of a review, though, so I’ll make it easy on you and list my favorites first:

    And now, if you’re still with me, let’s get into the specifics!

    — Kelley Armstrong ★★★★★

    What a way to kick off a Christmas anthology! This is such a legitimately creepy story that gave me major

    vibes, but with a fun twist—and certainly piqued my interest in Armstrong’s writing.

    — Scott Smith ★★★☆☆

    This one had an incredibly slow start for me, and I began to wonder if the ending would pay off, but I was definitely horrified by the outcome. Unfortunately, the terrors of the story aren’t what had me on edge—it’s the total disregard everyone in the story has for the wellbeing of this poor infant.

    — Seanan McGuire ★★★★★

    Technically, this is the third story in the collection, but I saved it for last because Seanan is one of my all-time favorite short story authors (literally, she’s only tied with one other writer), so I knew this would be wonderful, and it absolutely was. I’m interested in seeing how people who are new to Seanan’s writing will receive it, as it’s more dark fantasy than horror, but I was endlessly delighted by the lore and care that went into crafting the babysitter’s story and the ending.

    — Thomas E. Sniegoski ★★★★★

    A slightly slow start, but so worth it, as the direction this story took

    me. It’s creepy, gross, and bizarre in all the right ways, and the ending pulls no punches.

    — Sarah Lotz ★★★★★

    This absolutely needs to be an episode of

    ASAP, because it reminded me so much of that show in the best way. I was torn between feeling horrified and completely amused by the whole thing.

    — Josh Malerman ★★★☆☆

    I think Josh Malerman is a talented writer, but his short stories never seem to resonate with me, and this was no exception. It had an interesting idea but the execution felt under-developed and lacking.

    — Jeff Strand ★★★★★

    This has to be one of my favorite stories in the collection, if only because I

    from start to finish. I

    that damn Christmas Shoes song and this entire story was a goldmine, even if it does get rather… well, messy.

    — Christopher Golden ★★★★☆

    This was just a really fun middle finger to the Weinstein types of Hollywood, and I loved it a lot for that.

    — James A. Moore ★★★★★

    Oooh, this one hit me right in the heart. I saw the ending coming a mile away, but that didn’t make it any less anxiety-inducing to watch it form, especially as we learned more about the truth behind Deanna’s lost husband.

    — Sarah Langan ★★★☆☆

    First, this story is a nightmare for a parent; the idea of children going missing every Christmas and nobody figuring out how to stop it is devastating, and worse yet is the constant parallel being made to our own world and the way we, as adults, look away over and over again from the children dying in oil wars and unnecessary famines. While I loved the entire idea behind the story and the point it presents, I only feel that the execution lacked a little.

    — Joe R. Lansdale ★★★☆☆

    This story was a mixed bag for me; on one hand, I enjoyed the idea of this young woman showing back up each Christmas Eve seeking revenge, and I loved the disgusting descriptions of the form she appeared in. On the other hand, the writing voice felt stilted and unnatural.

    — Elizabeth Hand ★☆☆☆☆

    The protagonist of this story in insufferable; she makes terrible decisions and has nobody to blame but herself for her own miserable holiday in London, but worse than how frustrating she is, is how dreadfully slow the pacing in the story is. Nothing of any interest whatsoever happens until the last two pages or so, and even then, the ending wasn’t able to make up for what the bulk of the tale lacked.

    — Jonathan Maberry ❌

    This story evidently ties into a collection of Maberry’s short stories. I gave it a try but quickly decided that it didn’t work for me as a stand-alone tale (or maybe as a story, period), so I’ve opted not to rate or review it here.

    — John M. McIlveen ★★★★★

    This was

    a fun theme to play with; as soon as I read the title, I had an idea of where I hoped the story was going, and I was right. As someone who already hates Yankee Swap in real life, I don’t think I’ll ever look at it quite the same way!

    — Angela Slatter ★★★★★

    I loved this

    I’ve never read anything quite like this, and it’s so fun to get inside Agnes’ head and slowly unravel her secrets as she looks onto her family with disgust and venom (rightfully so, at that!).

    — Tim Lebbon ★★★★★

    There’s basically

    I can tell you about the plot of this story because it’s entirely character-driven, but it’s incredible and speculative and a little bit weird.

    — Michael Koryta ★★★★★

    This is definitely more of a ‘wintry’ than ‘Christmas’-y story, but it’s so atmospheric and well-written. That ending, though?

    — Sarah Pinborough ★★★☆☆

    This story has a lot going for it—the writing is beautiful, and the creepy scenes are genuinely unsettling—but it’s far longer than it really ought to be, which diluted the overall effect. Unfortunately, like a few other stories in this collection, it also didn’t feel like it actually had any sort of Christmas theme to it besides one or two sentences in the very beginning. Had the story been in the middle of the anthology, it might not have been so noticeable, but it felt like a letdown to close the collection with a story that didn’t feel as though it fit the theme very well.

    for suicide, self-harm, violence, murder, child death, sexual harassment, ableism

  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    4.5 stars! Rounded up for Goodreads.

    Christmas is antithetical to horror. It's the season of good cheer, merriment, friends & family and generosity. We even have this spokesperson for Christmas called Santa Claus who sneaks into homes, eating cookies, drinking milk and leaving presents--he's jolly and kindly.

    Or--he's ripping his good natured face off and revealing the insidious creature that *really* enters your holiday home in the middle of the night! (that cover!!!)

    This Christmas themed ant

    4.5 stars! Rounded up for Goodreads.

    Christmas is antithetical to horror. It's the season of good cheer, merriment, friends & family and generosity. We even have this spokesperson for Christmas called Santa Claus who sneaks into homes, eating cookies, drinking milk and leaving presents--he's jolly and kindly.

    Or--he's ripping his good natured face off and revealing the insidious creature that *really* enters your holiday home in the middle of the night! (that cover!!!)

    This Christmas themed anthology edited by Christopher Golden (I'm a fan of his anthologies) has some of the best names in the industry:

    including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and many more.

    Sidenote: I will buy any anthology with a Scott Smith contribution because The Ruins and A Simple Plan are just not enough. MORE Scott Smith!

    I was so pleasantly impressed with this collection. Usually anthologies are a mixed bag ranging from a total dud, to just OK with a few standouts.

    This is an exception. Almost all of the stories are well above 3 stars with several 4 and 5 star standouts. My favorites were:

    Absinthe & Angles by Kelley Armstrong

    Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith (that ending!)

    Love Me by Thomas E. Sniegoski

    Not Just for Christmas by Sara Lotz (animal lovers will dig this)

    Tenants by Josh Malerman

    It's a Wonderful Knife by Christopher Golden

    Yankee Swap by John McIlveen

    and

    The Hangman's Bride by Sarah Pinborough

    A very solid collection. I will for sure cherry pick through this anthology every Christmas and re-read some of my favorites because it really put me in the perfect mood! I can't recommend this one enough.

  • Juli

    I had an absolute blast listening to the audio book version of this holiday themed horror anthology! Packed with 18 horrific holiday tales, this collection ranges from humorous to spooky and even snarky. Fun! It was great timing on my part as I was packing away all the holiday decorations, moving furniture and mopping up after the holidays while listening to these stories. Made it more fun!

    As with any story collection there were tales I loved, some that were good, and two that I really didn't li

    I had an absolute blast listening to the audio book version of this holiday themed horror anthology! Packed with 18 horrific holiday tales, this collection ranges from humorous to spooky and even snarky. Fun! It was great timing on my part as I was packing away all the holiday decorations, moving furniture and mopping up after the holidays while listening to these stories. Made it more fun!

    As with any story collection there were tales I loved, some that were good, and two that I really didn't like. It happens. The stories are varied in tone, length and type of horror....makes the collection appealing to a wide range of readers. My favorite story from the book is Good Deeds by Jeff Strand. There is a particular Christmas song overplayed by radio stations every year that I absolutely hate. Every time I hear the depressing tune about a kid buying his dying mother a pair of shoes, I just roll my eyes and wonder if my ears are going to start bleeding. Ugh. I hate that song! How lovely of Jeff Strand to bring a smile to my face with a horror story based on the fact that EVERYONE pretty much hates that song. It brought joy to my heart and I will think fondly on that story every time I am subjected to The-Holiday-Song-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Following a close second for me was Absinthe & Angels by Kelly Armstrong. Totally creepy holiday tale about mummers who appear outside a couple's cabin on Christmas Eve. Loved it!

    All in all, this is an enjoyable holiday anthology that doesn't have to be enjoyed during the holidays. These stories are entertaining and could be read at any time of the year.

    I listened to the audio book version (Highbridge). At just over 11.5 hours, it took me a couple days to get through all of the stories. Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt and Charles Constant, the audio is high quality and very enjoyable. Both narrators read at a nice pace with great acting skills. A very enjoyable listening experience! This was definitely the perfect audio book to listen to while packing up the tinsel and reindeer! :)

  • Schizanthus

    include suicide, family violence, murder, sexual harassment and kidnapping.

    I’ll be completely upfront with you; I only wanted this book for the

    story. Well, that and the cover image that reminded me of one of the guys from

    playing dress up. I’ve never read Christmas horror before so didn’t know what to expect.

    I was hoping this book would contain a bunch of Christmas stories for people who prefer Halloween; serial killer Santas, blood soaked snowmen

    include suicide, family violence, murder, sexual harassment and kidnapping.

    I’ll be completely upfront with you; I only wanted this book for the

    story. Well, that and the cover image that reminded me of one of the guys from

    playing dress up. I’ve never read Christmas horror before so didn’t know what to expect.

    I was hoping this book would contain a bunch of Christmas stories for people who prefer Halloween; serial killer Santas, blood soaked snowmen, Christmas trees that come to life and chase people through the house … What I found were some fun, creepy stories mixed in with a whole pile of stories that just so happened to take place on or around Christmas; Santa, Frosty and Rudolph not even peeking their heads around the corner of the page.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    It’s Christmas Eve and Ava’s childhood fear has just knocked on the front door. The concept was good but felt a bit disjointed for me.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Murphy’s Law tags along for a Christmas vacation to Barcelona with a couple and their baby. This one started slowly and didn’t feel like it belonged in this collection for most of the story but then it well and truly made up for lost time.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Seanan has proven, once again, why she’s one of my all time favourite authors! A babysitter tells the story of Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden to Andy, Chloe and Diane. I want to tell you more but don’t want to spoil it!

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    The Creeper gets more than he bargained for when he pulls his first job after being released from prison. I enjoyed the buildup but really wanted to know the history of what the Creeper finds in the apartment above the antique store.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    If you’ve ever thought your pet being able to talk would be adorable you’ll change your mind after reading this one. Technology and the family pet don’t exactly mix. Oodles of swearing in this one.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Bringing a failed cult leader to your holiday party can really ruin the holiday spirit. I wasn’t sure where this one was going for a while but was getting into it when it abruptly ended. While I can imagine all sorts of things I wanted to see what really happened next.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    A man does a good deed and is so proud of himself that he writes a song about how awesome he is. His song changes peoples’ lives, although not for the better. Morbid and sort of amusing (but the type you feel guilty for being amused about), this was one of the weirdest Christmas stories I’ve ever read. I expect the insensitivity of the main character and the subject matter will be offensive to some readers.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    A sleazy Hollywood producer gets more than he bargained for when he takes an actress on a tour of his collection of rare movie memorabilia. A timely story but not really a Christmas story; just one that happened to be set around Christmas.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    A mother of three young boys grieves the loss of her husband as Christmas draws near, but just because she misses him doesn’t necessarily mean she wants him back. This one was predictable but creepy.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    It’s Christmas Eve and children are going missing in a little town on the bay. I still have no idea what this one had to do with Christmas other than the time of year it was set.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Something awful happened in that room in the Christmas Hotel many years ago and now something wants justice.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    After her holiday plans fall through, Melanie decides to book accommodation in London and spend some time alone. On Christmas day she ventures out, trying to find an open restaurant, and finds herself in Farrow Street. I don’t think she ever gets her meal. I kept waiting for something to happen and when the action is about to start the story ends.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    Destroyer talks to Doctor Velocity about his desperation and fear of having lost the spark that made his artwork come to life. Doctor Velocity has a Christmas present for him.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    After avoiding her slimy boss at their work holiday party Kat finds herself in another nightmarish situation, and she’s not alone.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    Agnes’ family are having Christmas at her home this year; she insisted. Her sons plan to talk her into moving out of her home and into an aged care facility. Agnes’ plan is better.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    The man and Old Bob make their way through an apocalyptic landscape. Is the man leading Old Bob or is Old Bob leading the man? And where are they going? It’s not until near the end of the story that its connection with Christmas becomes clear.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

    While planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail a seasoned hiker hears a campfire story about a witch. I really enjoyed this one; I always love a good campfire story.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    The longest story in the collection and one of the best, the characters came to life for me and I want to read more by this author. Without giving away too much, Alexander’s grandfather tells him a story of a chimney sweep whose name is not Tom, a hangman, Miss Darkly, Mr and Mrs West, and the hangman’s bride.

    Once I got over the gap between my expectation and reality I was able to enjoy most of these stories and have been inspired to attempt to write my own Christmas horror story, with plenty of tinsel, snowmen and blood. Wasn’t it Toni Morrison who said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it”?

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Anchor, an imprint of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book. My average rating was 3.86 so I’ve rounded up.

  • Char

    Christmas! I really can't stand it, but this anthology appealed to me for the following reasons. 1. The killer cover! (For which I got to host the exclusive cover reveal on my blog, Char's Horror Corner, and it was very exciting!) 2. It was edited by Christopher Golden and I've had good luck with anthologies he's edited in the past. I'm happy to report this one was no exception!

    This book was chock full of stories, nearly 400 pages worth, so I can't get into all of them here, but I will briefly t

    Christmas! I really can't stand it, but this anthology appealed to me for the following reasons. 1. The killer cover! (For which I got to host the exclusive cover reveal on my blog, Char's Horror Corner, and it was very exciting!) 2. It was edited by Christopher Golden and I've had good luck with anthologies he's edited in the past. I'm happy to report this one was no exception!

    This book was chock full of stories, nearly 400 pages worth, so I can't get into all of them here, but I will briefly talk about the tales that stood out for me:

    YANKEE SWAP by John McIlveen. Wow! We go from a woman trying to avoid her sexually aggressive boss at a Christmas party, to her getting knocked over the head and waking up tied to a chair. This tale had it all-violence, surprises and plot twists along with a satisfying conclusion. Bravo! 5*

    CHRISTMAS IN BARCELONA by Scott Smith. I love Scott's A SIMPLE PLAN, but this tale was completely different from his usual stuff. I was able to guess the end just before the story got there, but that didn't spoil the fun at all. 4.5*

    THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE CHRISTMAS HOTEL by Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe Lansdale. This was a perfect "ghost gets revenge" type story and I loved it, as I do most anything he writes. 4.5*

    LOVE ME by Thomas Sniegoski. This twisted little tale reminded me of the Tribble episode from Star Trek. What fun! 4*

    GOOD DEEDS by Jeff Strand. I don't even know what to say about this one, but it's Jeff Strand. What else do I have to say, really? 4*

    IT'S A WONDERFUL KNIFE BY Christopher Golden. I figured out the conclusion early on, but that didn't spoil the fun getting there. 3.5*

    HOME by Tim Lebbon. This was a twisted little tale of the end of the world and Santa, albeit a Santa you would never recognize in a million years. 3.5*

    Lastly, THE HANGMAN'S BRIDE by Sarah Pinborough. Sarah's books have quickly become some of my favorites in recent history, (and I'm glad I have a good-sized backlog to catch up with), but this tale really took the cake. My second favorite in this anthology, with a distinct Dickensian feel, young William and his soot-filled lungs stole my heart. 5*

    Most anthologies are hit and miss with me-very rarely do all the stories hit their mark. In this case, though, it was pretty close to doing so, therefore I gave it a four star rating.

    Even if you hate Christmas, and you "Bah Humbug" with the best of them, this anthology has something for everyone-the variety is outstanding. So as the title suggests HARK people! Come and hear the angels scream!

    Highly recommended!

    *Thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for the e-ARC of this anthology in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

  • Craig

    How can you resist the title? Or the wonderful cover? It's an excellent collection of Christmas horror stories, just in time to get you in the mood for the season. Actually, the Christmas connection is a little tenuous in some of the tales, but that's okay. I particularly enjoyed the Golden (which revisits the Hollywood memorabilia collection from his earlier story The Hiss of Escaping Air (I think)), the Lotz (a good sf tale!), the Sniegoski (creepy!), the Malerman (we've all been to parties li

    How can you resist the title? Or the wonderful cover? It's an excellent collection of Christmas horror stories, just in time to get you in the mood for the season. Actually, the Christmas connection is a little tenuous in some of the tales, but that's okay. I particularly enjoyed the Golden (which revisits the Hollywood memorabilia collection from his earlier story The Hiss of Escaping Air (I think)), the Lotz (a good sf tale!), the Sniegoski (creepy!), the Malerman (we've all been to parties like this), the Strand (weird fun), the Moore (Yuletide Monkey's Paw), the Lansdale (yep), the Hand (just stay home for the holidays, right), the McIlveen (would make a great movie), the Slatter ('cause the season can make you sad, too), the Lebbon, and the Koryta (a good traditional horror). I was a little let down by the Maberry and didn't really get the McGuire, which is odd because they're two of my favorite writers. The best story in the book, by far, is the novella by Sarah Pinborough, a terrific Christmas tale even if Connie Willis or Charles Dickens didn't write it. So, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

  • Emily

    "It was the holidays. Best to be prepared for emotional bloodshed." - James A. Moore

    I had so much fun reading Hark! The Herald Angels Scream. This anthology was edited by Christopher Golden, and I was pleasantly surprised with the anthology as a whole. It opens up with Kelley Armstrong's creepy Absinthe & Angels, and then leads you on a crazy Christmas journey from there.

    I had read a few of these authors before, such as Josh Malerman, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, and Angela Slatter. I

    "It was the holidays. Best to be prepared for emotional bloodshed." - James A. Moore

    I had so much fun reading Hark! The Herald Angels Scream. This anthology was edited by Christopher Golden, and I was pleasantly surprised with the anthology as a whole. It opens up with Kelley Armstrong's creepy Absinthe & Angels, and then leads you on a crazy Christmas journey from there.

    I had read a few of these authors before, such as Josh Malerman, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, and Angela Slatter. I found quite a few authors I had not read anything from (whose stories I enjoyed) - Kelley Armstrong, Scott Smith, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and Michael Koryta. It was a good mix of authors, and I appreciated that there were quite a few women authors in this anthology.

    My top 5 stories were Not Just for Christmas by Sarah Lotz, Good Deeds by Jeff Strand, Mistletoe and Holly by James A. Moore, Snake's Tail by Sarah Langan, and The Hangman's Bride by Sarah Pinborough. With the exception of Sarah Pinborough, it was my first time reading anything from these other authors & I adored their stories. I would love to read more from them. Sarah Lotz's story was hilarious & I can't stop talking about it. Please go read it & laugh about it with me.

    This anthology dealt with some heavier topics than I expected - although there were fun & light stories, some (like Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith) were pretty serious. It's a good blend between light and heavy, and I think there's something for all horror lovers in this anthology.

    I didn't love everything in Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, but the hits definitely outnumbered the misses for me. This is one of the better anthologies I've read. If you're looking for some good holiday horror, I highly recommend this one. Thank you so much to Vintage & Anchor Books for sending me a copy to review!

  • Mindi

    Ah, Christmas. It's a beloved yet complicated holiday. I've always had this love/hate relationship with all the traditions around Christmas. And I'm talking about commercial Christmas, people who go to church once a year, Christmas. Not the reason for Christmas. Still, many of you are bristling right now. Calm down, I'm not coming for Christmas. It's just not my favorite holiday, for a myriad of reasons. However, Christmas horror? Yes, please!

    This collection is tons of Yuletide fun. I've really

    Ah, Christmas. It's a beloved yet complicated holiday. I've always had this love/hate relationship with all the traditions around Christmas. And I'm talking about commercial Christmas, people who go to church once a year, Christmas. Not the reason for Christmas. Still, many of you are bristling right now. Calm down, I'm not coming for Christmas. It's just not my favorite holiday, for a myriad of reasons. However, Christmas horror? Yes, please!

    This collection is tons of Yuletide fun. I've really enjoyed some of Christopher Golden's previous anthologies, and this one is no exception. As usual there were some standouts for me.

    by Scott Smith is one of my favorites. I love how Smith never holds back. I actually forgot about that while I was reading this one. I was just as enchanted with the story as the characters were, so that ending was like a punch to the gut. I sincerely expect nothing less from Smith though.

    by Josh Malerman is such an uncomfortable read. Holiday parties are the worst, and I can't even imagine going to one as cringe worthy as this. I like to think I would avoid falling into the group hysteria in this one, but when you are with a group of friends it's hard not to adopt a hive mentality. I think the scariest part of this one is who we are capable of becoming while in a group.

    by Christopher Golden was fun and totally unexpected. I had no idea where this story was going and I love that. It takes such a bizarre and hilarious turn. I think the less I say about this one, the better. You need to just experience it on your own.

    by Joe R. Lansdale is a great Christmas revenge tale. Revenge is a theme that seems to be explored quite a bit around Christmas. 'Tis the season. This one is creepy and satisfying.

    by John McIlveen is another of my favorites. I'm literally not going to say anything about this one because you need to experience it without any information. It had me turning pages like no other story in this anthology.

    And finally I loved

    by Sarah Pinborough. It's so cool how Pinborough mixes the styles of A Christmas Carol with modern day Japanese horror. It's unique, and has some truly creepy moments. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

    So this collection was a bit hit or miss for me, but the ones I enjoyed were so strong that I definitely recommend this one. Everyone needs a little horror around Christmas.

  • Justin Tate

    Despite the cute title, take a hard pass on this one. Calling it a "mixed bag" is too generous. Most of the stories are boring to unreadable. Only a few would even be categorized as horror. It's like slogging through the full album of a one-hit-wonder band. No wonder single short stories are so popular on Kindle--buy the one you want and don't waste time on the garbage.

    If this happens to go on clearance and you do buy it, here are the three stories actually worth reading:

    Kelley Armstrong - Absin

    Despite the cute title, take a hard pass on this one. Calling it a "mixed bag" is too generous. Most of the stories are boring to unreadable. Only a few would even be categorized as horror. It's like slogging through the full album of a one-hit-wonder band. No wonder single short stories are so popular on Kindle--buy the one you want and don't waste time on the garbage.

    If this happens to go on clearance and you do buy it, here are the three stories actually worth reading:

    Kelley Armstrong - Absinthe & Angels

    Sarah Lotz - Not Just For Christmas

    Jeff Strand - Good Deeds

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