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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Title:Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology
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Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology Reviews

  • Lisa Cleveland

    When I see the name Christopher Golden, it is almost like the angels screaming! I've loved this author for a very, very long time. In this whole anthology, I seriously disliked 3 stories, thought 2 were crap, and the rest? Duh, they were Golden. "Cheesy, stupid grin." Anything that has Scott Smith as one single story out of many, will always get my attention. Add some J. Maberry, and Golden? Dude, it's on. There were quite a few tales here that kinda freaked me out. Other's, they were just reall

    When I see the name Christopher Golden, it is almost like the angels screaming! I've loved this author for a very, very long time. In this whole anthology, I seriously disliked 3 stories, thought 2 were crap, and the rest? Duh, they were Golden. "Cheesy, stupid grin." Anything that has Scott Smith as one single story out of many, will always get my attention. Add some J. Maberry, and Golden? Dude, it's on. There were quite a few tales here that kinda freaked me out. Other's, they were just really good. I can read anthologies til' the cows come home, but the ones I love are few and far between. This was the best I've read in years. Literally....years. By the way, why the hell hasn't Scott Smith's stories been brought together in its own anthology. Man, I'd pay money for that! As always, my thanks to the publishers and Netgalley. I'm not sure that I would have bought this. I'd have bought Goldens book, but probably not this. I would have missed out. Truly, one of the best anthologies in the past 20 years. No shit.

  • Tanya W

    I really enjoyed the stories in this book. My personal favorite was 'Love Me' by Thomas Sniegoski. The last half of the story had me hooked like no other. If you enjoy basic & just bizarre Christmas themed horror tales this book is for you. Highly recommend it!

  • 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!*

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    Every year I say that Halloween doesn't get what it deserves... Thanksgiving is shortly behind and Christmas is frantically trying to cut the line. So when I received a horror anthology catering to a Christmas theme, well color me ecstatic!

    Now, I'm not usually big on short stories - sometimes they stick, but usually I just have this hankering for more... this one hit a few buttons for me. Equal parts thrilling, filling and just ok - I got what I expected... but THEN SOME. I recognized most of th

    Every year I say that Halloween doesn't get what it deserves... Thanksgiving is shortly behind and Christmas is frantically trying to cut the line. So when I received a horror anthology catering to a Christmas theme, well color me ecstatic!

    Now, I'm not usually big on short stories - sometimes they stick, but usually I just have this hankering for more... this one hit a few buttons for me. Equal parts thrilling, filling and just ok - I got what I expected... but THEN SOME. I recognized most of the names of those who contributed but found some new cats I can't wait to skin.

    While some stories dealt with actual Christmas type events, others just were set during Christmas time and didn't quite bring in a Christmas theme - personally, I was A-OK with that! The best part of the Halloween to Christmas time is that we get to take this time of ghoulishness to jolly celebration and make them all into something sinister if we want. Bring it on! As far as I'm concerned, it's Halloween October 1 - December 31st... oh who am I kidding, bring on the creepy ALL YEAR LONG!

    Stand outs for me are: Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith, Honor Thy Mother by Angela Slatter and Yankee Swap by John M. McIlvee. The reason why they're stand outs is that I haven't read these authors before. Other stories were also well done by authors I do like to read such as Sarah Pinborough and Josh Malerman. Ultimately I will say that this was one of my favorite short story collections to read. With the mix of good and not so good that comes with any anthology, this one was an easy one to fly through.

    Thank you to Anchor for this copy.

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    This is a fun collection of horror short stories all set around the holiday season. I was fairly happy with the variety of the stories in the collection with each author taking a unique angle on the season with stories about everything from vacations to office parties.

    The stories were light-hearted and easy to read. There were some dark moments, but, overall, the stories didn't seem to take themselves too seriously. Unfortunately, I found most of the stories to be quite lackluster and

    This is a fun collection of horror short stories all set around the holiday season. I was fairly happy with the variety of the stories in the collection with each author taking a unique angle on the season with stories about everything from vacations to office parties.

    The stories were light-hearted and easy to read. There were some dark moments, but, overall, the stories didn't seem to take themselves too seriously. Unfortunately, I found most of the stories to be quite lackluster and forgettable. However, I did enjoy a few of the stories. Since I have a particular love for invasion/hostage related horror, my favourite stories in the collection were:

    Absinthe & Angels by Kelley Armstrong

    Yankee Swap by John M. Mcillveen

    I requested this anthology from Netgalley because I love holiday-themed horror and, honestly, I was pulled in by the amazing cover art!

  • Elle's Book Blog

    October 23, 2018

    Horror Anthology with a Christmas Theme

    3.5 stars

    Okay. For the most part, this is a good book. It's a horror anthology centered around Christmas and features 18 short stories. Many of the stories are great. They are well written, interesting, somewhat creepy, and original. However, there were a few that didn't bode well with me and I had a hard time finishing them. Because of this, I am right in the middle in terms of my rating. I

    October 23, 2018

    Horror Anthology with a Christmas Theme

    3.5 stars

    Okay. For the most part, this is a good book. It's a horror anthology centered around Christmas and features 18 short stories. Many of the stories are great. They are well written, interesting, somewhat creepy, and original. However, there were a few that didn't bode well with me and I had a hard time finishing them. Because of this, I am right in the middle in terms of my rating. I

    the book, but I didn't love it.

    One of the best things that I personally got out of this anthology is a list of new authors whose books I will be checking out in the near future. Horror novels seem to be so few and far between these days and I never know which authors are going to thrill me or kill me (not in the literal sense). So this was really exciting!

    Ahead you will find my thoughts on each short story within this anthology. There aren't any spoilers ahead just a few thoughts about each one including my personal rating for each story.

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    by Kelley Armstrong: 3.5/5 stars

    A very short read, but has a creepy urband legend attached (a Christmas one). If this was to be made into a full length horror/Christmas novel I think I would like it.

    by Scott Smith: 2/5 stars

    This didn’t feel like a horror tale and I skimmed the story. The writing style wasn’t in my taste either so the way it was told bothered me.

    by Seanan McGuire 4/5 stars

    This was a good one! Nothing truly felt creepy until the end, but it certainly ended with a bang I was looking for! I think many readers will enjoy this story. Additionally, I like the way the story was told. I felt as if I were a part of it.

    by Thomas E. Sniegosky 5/5 stars

    This was a good one! Very creepy. Something that will haunt your nightmares! I guess I won’t be looking at dolls and stuffed animals the same again!

    by Sarah Lotz: 4/5 stars

    Wow. What an interesting read this one is! It’s original, funny, and creepy all in one. If this is what the future looks like. Eeek!

    by Josh Malerman: 2/5 stars

    The writing style is something to be desired. I can’t stand sentences that go on, and on, and on…. And they did with this story. Had the writing been a bit more… Normal? I don’t know, maybe this is the authors thing. It would have been good. I liked the ending, that’s for sure.

    by Jeff Strand: 5/5

    Gruesome, somewhat hilarious, and an all-around Christmas tale of terror! So far, this has been my favorite of the bunch. I loved the narrator even though he was an egotistical tool!

    by Christopher Golden: 4/5 stars

    Interesting short story. I liked the idea of this one and seeing as I am a fan of psychological horror this one fit the bill.

    by James A. Moore: 4/5 stars

    This is a creepy story! It’s like Pet Semetary but for humans! This is another favorite of the bunch and I think many readers will like it.

    by Sarah Langan: 2/5 stars

    This one was weirdly religious and my feelings for it are… undetermined I guess you could say. I didn’t hate it but I can’t quite say that I liked it either.

    by Joe R. Lansdale: 3.5/5 stars

    This is a good ghost story although my thoughts were left wondering why the narrator was taken to the hotel in the first place.

    by Elizabeth Hand: 1/5 stars

    Didn’t make much sense and it certainly wasn’t scary.

    by Jonathan Maberry: DNF

    This short story simply wasn’t my cup of tea

    by John M. McIlveen: 5/5 stars

    WOW! I really enjoyed this one. I feel like I have seen a movie like this

    by Angela Slatter: 4/5 stars

    : This was a lot of fun to read. I do think it could have been a bit creepier if the author TOLD us what the mother did in the end instead of making us guess.

    by Tim Lebbon: 1/5

    Unfortunately, this did not feel like a horror or Christmas tale to me. I didn’y enjoy it at all.

    by Michael Koryta: 4/5 stars

    I really enjoyed this one. It’s an interesting ghost story with a really cool concept.

    by Sarah Pinborough: 2/5 stars

    I normally love the authors books and have read a few that I really enjoyed. This one, not so much. I felt like skimming it even though it’s a short story. It just didn’t hold my interest.

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    is an anthology of eighteen Christmas themed short horror stories from a unique and talented writers of the genre. Some of my favorite authors of the group include Christopher Golden (also the editor here), Seanan McGuire, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and Jonathan Maberry. While some of the shorts just weren't quite my style, there were some truly fantastic gems that were exactly what I was looking for. For

    is an anthology of eighteen Christmas themed short horror stories from a unique and talented writers of the genre. Some of my favorite authors of the group include Christopher Golden (also the editor here), Seanan McGuire, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and Jonathan Maberry. While some of the shorts just weren't quite my style, there were some truly fantastic gems that were exactly what I was looking for. For me, the real standouts from the collection are "Absinthe & Angels" by Kelley Armstrong, "Christmas in Barcelona" by Scott Smith, "Love Me" by Thomas E. Sniegoski, "It's a Wonderful Knife" by Christopher Golden, and "The Hangman's Bride" by Sarah Pinborough. That's not to say that the other stories were bad, they just weren't what I has hoping for. Overall, I do recommend this collection, especially if you enjoy

    or holiday centered horror.

  • Holly (The Grimdragon)

    Hark! The Herald Angels Scream is a collection of 18 stories centered around two of my absolute favorite things – Christmas and horror!

    Can we just take a moment to appr

    Hark! The Herald Angels Scream is a collection of 18 stories centered around two of my absolute favorite things – Christmas and horror!

    Can we just take a moment to appreciate that radical cover?! What a fucking throwback. I LOVE IT!

    There’s something about horror anthologies, y’know? This nostalgia that cocoons itself comfortably around me like a burrito blanket. Before Goodreads, Bookstagram, Twitter.. there were anthologies. I was never a big fan of short stories, with one exception. Horror. Horror anthologies were where I discovered new (and old) authors in the genre. Horror seems to suit the short story format better than any other.

    Unfortunately, this anthology was such a missed opportunity to not feature more diversity, especially within such a large collection. There isn’t any excuse not to ensure a diverse selection (with LGBTQIAP+, marginalized voices, POC, gender diversity) that reflects the world today.

    There are solid writers in this collection, including the elusive Scott Smith! I was already a big fan of Lansdale, McGuire and Armstrong so it was no surprise that their stories ended up being some of my favorites! However, the two standouts for me are from Angela Slatter and John McIlveen. Slatter’s writing reminded me of the glorious Margaret Atwood, which is a massive compliment. Her introduction in the Suspended in Dusk II anthology first drew me to her style and this only cements the fact that I need some more of her writing in my life! McIlveen’s story was along the same vein as a hostage slasher like Saw and Hostel. I dug the hell out of it!

    My favorites were:

    Fresh as the New-Fallen Snow – Seanan McGuire

    It’s a Wonderful Knife – Christopher Golden

    Mistletoe and Holly – James A. Moore

    The Second Floor of the Christmas Hotel – Joe R. Lansdale

    Yankee Swap – John McIlveen

    Honor Thy Mother – Angela Slatter

    Ultimately, this was a mixed bag of good, bad and filler.

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