France was the source of this 1984 Christmas themed atrocity, which is horrendous—albeit quite endearingly so

The Night Before Christmas

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.

A Monster at Christmas

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.

The M.D.: A Horror Story

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.

The Hundred Year Christmas

In which David Morrell, the master of relentless and oft-horrific thrillers, tries his hand at a Christmas-themed Children’s story.

Gaston Leroux’s Phantom Stories

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.

Sausagey Santa

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.