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Horror for the Holidays Paperback – December 1, 2011
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Fortunately, and as one might expect coming from the reliable and capable Miskatonic River Press publishing house, editor Scott David Aniolowski was certainly up for the task of accomplishing this goal with Horror for the Holidays. There are a few reprints here (Ramsey Campbell, Thomas Ligotti, Mollie L. Burleson and, of course, Lovecraft), but mostly these are new, original tales for this collection, by a fascinating variety of authors, both experienced and relatively new.
A few words about things that possibly bore most: the cover art "A Krampus in my Stylus" by Jeff Johnson is evocative and a perfect fit for the antho. Also suitable for framing. The interior of the collection is very nicely laid out, nice attention-to-detail touches throughout include a well-delineated TOC, an interesting behind-the-scenes introduction and an ornate drop cap feature at the beginning of each story. The font usage is thoughtful and overall gives the collection an appropriate Grimm's Fairy Tale feel.
The volume kicks off with W. H. Pugmire's "The Tomb of Oscar Wilde," the sole entry for the Rosh Chodesh category. It is a brief, but beautifully-written paen to the titular author. Closing the book is Robert M. Price's "The Nativity of the Avatar," listed as Christmas-themed horror, but relatively remotely, reinterpreting the Gospel via Mythos.Read more ›
The fellow on the cover is Krampus, the anti-Santa who punishes evil children. He appears sans long tongue (artists seems to dislike portraying Krampus with his lolling tongue) about to snatch a wicked child that is tearing the heads off of a bag full of dollies on Christmas Eve. More on Krampus later.
"The Tomb of Oscar Wilde" by W.H. Pugmire is up first celebrating Rosh Chodesh. I'm a fan of Pugmire's gothic style but this entry doesn't really do his work justice. It's very short at four pages, much of it poetry, which is lovely but I would have preferred to see Pugmire flex his claws more in the holiday tradition. In case you're wondering, Rosh Chodesh is the name for the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar, marked by the appearance of the new moon. 4 of 5.
The sick horror really gets going "Love and Darkness" by Oscar Rios. It's worth noting that although it's not explicitly stated, some of the authors featured in Horror for the Holidays are also role-playing game authors in the Chaosium tradition, so the entities will be familiar to gamers, particularly Ramsey Campbell's contributions. "Love and Darkness" is no exception.Read more ›
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Horror for the Holidays is a collection of 26 Lovecraftian tales. The figure of Krampus is featured on the cover. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Geeky Girl
When most people hear "the holidays," they tend to think only of the wintry ones that have been buried alive by commerce. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Larry Dugan
I love this wonderful anthology and am overjoy'd to have a story within it. Jeff Johnson's delightfully sinister cover painting sets the mood, with a playful gnome kneeling next... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.