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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.
Now imagine you're standing next to the tinsel-festooned tree in your mother's living room, nursing a second eggnog and wondering how long you can resist those Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sugar cookies. The Burl Ives is on repeat and you're smiling and nodding even though you haven't picked up a goddamned word Uncle Ralph has been laying down lo these last forty-five minutes.
Screw it, you say to yourself, Rudolph can light the way down my esophagus for him and his whole gang.
Ralphie finally pauses to take a breath and you make an escape speedy enough to rival those epicene teenage vampires that are all the rage these days. You've almost reached the dessert spread when the sound of breaking glass stops you in your tracks. A fat man in a crimson suit lined with white fur waves jollily through a shattered windowpane then thrusts an industrial sized nozzle into the room.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do yourselves a favour, buy this and others whilst it is this cheap. Great read always. Never disappointed with Shock Totem releases. Top shelf.Published 19 months ago by Adrian Shotbolt
You can see my reviews of "Shock Totem" are all 5 star reviews. I bought and read the first issue.. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by April Alexander-Peck
I originally purchased this in the digital download format but had to get the physical copy when it became available. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Chonzo
The only downside to this Holiday Special issue of Shock Totem is that it is a digital release only. I would have prefered a physical copy. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Kurt M. SljÃŠringrud
If you like horror fiction, then this publication needs to be on your "must read" list. Every issue is packed full of fabulous stories written by very talented authors.Published on December 12, 2011 by S. Nycole Laff
You wouldn't think you would be able to combine horror and the Holidays but I guess that is what makes it "Twisted". This is a must read for any horror reader. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by C. Fountain