More horror spilling into the holiday season!
Thanks to Anchor Vintage Books for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM – Christopher Golden (out now!)
Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars
Every year I say that Halloween doesn’t get what it deserves… Thanksgiving is shortly behind and Christmas is frantically trying to cut the line. So when I received a horror anthology catering to a Christmas theme, well color me ecstatic!
Now, I’m not usually big on short stories – sometimes they stick, but usually I just have this hankering for more… this one hit a few buttons for me. Equal parts thrilling, filling and just ok – I got what I expected… but THEN SOME. I recognized most of the names of those who contributed but found some new cats I can’t wait to skin.
While some stories dealt with actual Christmas type events, others just were set during Christmas time and didn’t quite bring in a Christmas theme – personally, I was A-OK with that! The best part of the Halloween to Christmas time is that we get to take this time of ghoulishness to jolly celebration and make them all into something sinister if we want. Bring it on! As far as I’m concerned, it’s Halloween October 1 – December 31st… oh who am I kidding, bring on the creepy ALL YEAR LONG!
Stand outs for me are: Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith, Honor Thy Mother by Angela Slatter and Yankee Swap by John M. McIlvee. The reason why they’re stand outs is that I haven’t read these authors before. Other stories were also well done by authors I do like to read such as Sarah Pinborough and Josh Malerman. Ultimately I will say that this was one of my favorite short story collections to read. With the mix of good and not so good that comes with any anthology, this one was an easy one to fly through.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
Who doesn’t love horror spilling into the holiday season? When I saw the cover for HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM, I was immediately in love! How can horror fans NOT be attracted to this book?
We have a collection of 16 short stories from different authors, and all of these stories in this anthology are all surrounding Christmas. Whether it’s actual Christmas themes or simply during the season, they all have a unique flare to them. I love short stories and I think anthologies are a great way to find new authors. There are a few names that I’ve read before and recognize, while there were a good chunk that I was introduced to. Three that really stood out to me were Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith, It’s a Wonderful Knife by Christopher Golden, and The Hangman’s Bride by Sarah Pinborough.
If you want some holiday themed horror to get you in the spirit, then I highly recommend picking up this anthology! These stories have plenty creepy moments, ghoulish feels, and sinister tones to a, normally, jolly time of year.