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Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

4/5 (18 valutazioni)
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Oct 23, 2018


Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from best-selling, acclaimed authors, including Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Smith, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, and Josh Malerman.

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.

Best-selling 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.

Oct 23, 2018

Informazioni sull'autore

Christopher Golden and Thomas Sniegoski are top genre authors whose previous collaborations include The Buffy Monster Book (with Stephen Bissette) and the script of the Xbox Buffy the Vampire Slayer video game.

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  • (3/5)
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. None of the stories really stood out for me and the ‘Holiday’ theme felt kind of tacked on for a few of the tales. An okay read but nothing great.
  • (5/5)
    It is never too early to start reading Christmas books, and this Christmas/horror book of short stories is GREAT. There are the traditional short scary stories (ghosts, vengeful spirits) set on Christmas Eve but the real treat are the stories of horrible Christmas things - have you heard of mummers? Go ahead, google it, I'll wait. Yikes. I've also picked up a few new horror authors I have not read before - Angela Slatter, John McIlveen, Scott Smith, Kelley Armstrong (and Sarah Pinborough whom I did not realize wrote scary books before her last thriller [that I was not particularly fond of] but who I'll revisit after reading her here). As soon as this is available, you should probably just read it. In fact, just pre-order it now - you are going to love it.
  • (4/5)
    What a Christmas treasure trove this is for lovers of dark words. A sparkling assortment of some of the best contemporary horror writers have joyfully turned the silly season into the sinister season. Each story is distinct in its own character. As with all anthologies, some stories will grab you more than others, but the variety assures that there's something for everyone. The perfect antidote for the saccharine sweetness of yuletide.I received my copy through NetGalley. My review is my honest opinion.
  • (4/5)
    I was pleasantly surprised by this little anthology. Quite a few likeable stories, some better than others but none that I outright disliked.
  • (5/5)

    Since this is probably my last review before then, ”Merry Christmas, Ya filthy animals!!” (Home Alone)

    THIS is what I’m talking about! I love Christopher Golden’s work on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s graphic novel omnibuses! He did a FANFRIGGINTASTIC job putting this together!

    There were a couple funny (I would say one comedy, the rest dark comedy) and bittersweet ones, but for the most part, these were some horror-filled good times! Out of the 18 stories, there were only two that fell flat for me (Tenents and Doctor Velocity).

    Top 3: Absinthe and Angels, Honor Thy Mother, and Yankee Swap
    Best Ending: Christmas in Barcelona

    Buy this for yourself or someone who is not the traditionslist when it comes to Christmas. Or, if you’re twisted, get it for someone who won’t stop Fah-la-lah’ing.
  • (4/5)
    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!*