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Shock Totem 4.5: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted - Christmas 2011 Kindle Edition
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K. Allen Wood's "Streamer of Silver, Ribbon of Red" is a story that starts off with a sinister sense of humor. I mean, the villain is a homicidal clown dressed up as Santa--come on. The story plays out through the clown's point of view, which I had my doubts about, but as it played out it became clear that the story just wouldn't work any other way. And the payoff had a mischievous Hitchcock feel to it.
My favorite story is a relatively short piece called "Tinsel" by John Boden. I'll simply sum up my thoughts on this tale by saying stories of loss and loneliness don't always resonate as well as this one. Well done.
There's a couple other stories that offer some snow-dappled scares like Kevin J Anderson's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Get You!" and Robert J. Duperre's "One Good Turn." As for the holiday memories, they were like bonus interludes between the stories. Jennifer Pelland's had one of those childhood memories that echoes something from my past, while I'd say Mark Allen Gunnells had one of the more charming stories.
Honestly, I would have been perfectly happy to trade the memories from more fiction, but I'm not complaining. It's a nice slice of holiday hellscape wrapped with a pretty red ribbon--and dripping with blood. Happy holidays!
Yardley writes a christmas ghost story. After losing her husband a young woman is morning the lost. Losing weight but by her side a figure with no heart beat but it feels like the love of her husband. Find out who she is cuddling with in this creepy whimsical horror. 3.5 Stars
K Allen Wood tells a tale of a clown dressed in a Santa outfit. Trying to gain a fortune with failed attempts for his Christmas holiday. Another reason why kids are afraid of CLOWNS! 5 Stars
Kevin Anderson gives us milk and cookies to die for. With a spooky tale told by an older brother to his younger brother. Santa only comes for the bad kids. 5 Stars.
Robert Duperre brings the Christmas feast to the table with a like father like son tale. But Dorian gets the unwanted unwrapping. A great twist. 4 stars.