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Collected Christmas Horror Shorts Vol. II Review

Book Cover Collected Christmas Horror Shorts vol. II

Some people love Christmas for religious reasons, others prefer it for the food, drink and parties, but for some other people, it’s just another time of year to get up to mischief. This anthology is filled with tales of not-so-happy Christmases, tales that they don’t want to tell you about in the movies or songs.

It’s time to break out your new Christmas slippers, rip open a box of chocolates and pour yourself a drink. Lock your doors and get comfy. You’re in for one helluva ride.

Merry Christmas from all of us!

Contains stories by:
Amy Cross, Michael A. Arnzen, Christina Bergling, Andrew Lennon, J.C. Michael, Lisa Morton, Mike Duke, C.S. Anderson, Mark Cassell, Peter Oliver Wonder, Suzanne Fox, Matthew Brockmeyer, James Matthew Buyers, Weston Kincade, Matt Hickman, P. Mattern, Mark Fleming, Veronica Smith, Steven Stacy, Chris Motz & Sara Tantlinger.

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Emily’s Review

“Today’s different. Today’s special. Today’s Christmas.”

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts Vol. II is an anthology of 22 Christmas-related horror stories edited by Brandy Yassa. This anthology is a bit of a mixed bag – I found some that I adored, and some I really didn’t care for. Overall, I enjoyed many of the stories offered in this book.

My top 5 stories were Christmas Lunch by Amy Cross, Duende by Christina Bergling, The Mall Santa by Christopher Motz, Sugar Vision by Sara Tantlinger, and Something in the Stocking by P. Mattern. There was a pretty good variety of stories here, and I was happy while reading. I ordered the book when I found out Sara Tantlinger was going to have a story in it, and I absolutely loved hers (as expected). All five of these stories were so entertaining, and I would love to see what other spookiness these writers have come up with.

I had only read four of these authors before, and it was awesome to be introduced to so many new ones. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from writers such as Andrew Lennon and Veronica Smith. I also enjoyed hearing about some legends like Duende that I hadn’t heard of before.

While there were many fantastic stories in this anthology, there were quite a few that were a struggle to read. The good ones are worth getting through the bad ones, though. I think the anthology could have used a little more editing – there were some errors that I found to be distracting. Nothing too bad, though. Overall, I’m glad that I picked up Collected Christmas Horror Shorts Vol. II, and I would read another volume in this series. Yay for all the fun Christmas horror I’ve found this year! I hope I find good ones next year, too.

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