THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which is not to be confused with other better-known accounts bearing that title, is apparently quite revered in its native land, where it’s regularly read to children on Christmas Eve.
Here’s an illustrated Christmas tale we can all enjoy, an extended 44-page poem about a little boy terrorized by toothy monsters that emerge from his closet on Christmas Eve.
I’ve long assumed the fault was with me and not the book, but rereading it all these years later my reaction was essentially the same: I still find the first part brilliant and the last far less so.
So this book isn’t exactly great–far from it, in fact. But for those of you with a rooting interest in Krampus, it will definitely satisfy.
As of 2015, this is the foremost narrative about Krampus, the anti-Santa.
I may be sick of zombies, but I do enjoy twisted holiday stories, and anyway that title was just too outrageous to pass up!
In which David Morrell, the master of relentless and oft-horrific thrillers, tries his hand at a Christmas-themed Children’s story.
In truth, however, only one of the nine Leroux stories collected here is PHANTOM related: “The Real Opera Ghost,” a nonfiction account of the actual crimes that inspired the novel.
While about as deep as a Bugs Bunny cartoon, SAUSAGEY SANTA is fun, mean-spirited and hyper-imaginative. It’s not as experimental as I feared it might be, as the emphasis is on action and invention.
Christmas-themed horror fiction is as rich and varied as Yuletide horror cinema.