#BuddyReadsToDieFor – Season’s Creepings by Ronald Kelly

It’s time for the end of 2021 and here is our last #BuddyReadsToDieFor for the year!

SEASON’S CREEPINGS – Ronald Kelly

Book Description:

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree… what lurks among thy branches…

Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children.

But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and glitter of the lights and tinsel, things less jubilant may lie in wait. The holiday season can bring love, peace, and benevolence… but it may also spawn a darkness lurking amid the shadowy boughs of the Christmas tree, ornaments that should have never seen the light of day, let along hung on festive branches, and bones that jingle and dance, in search of Santa’s crimson suit… and the flesh that resides within.

In this collection of harrowing holiday tales, Ronald Kelly leaves ten frightful and horrific gifts in the Christmas stockings that hang from the mantle of your cheerful fireplace. Ghastly and gruesome presents that slowly unwrap and burst into life while you are tucked, snug and warm, in your bed and take on nightmarish form in the icy winter hours of Christmas Eve, turning comfort and joy into terror and dread.

Stories included in this collection:

Jingle Bones

The Skating Pond

Depravity Road

Heirlooms

The Winds Within

Then Came a Woodsman

As for Me, My Little Brain

Beneath the Branches

Papa’s ExileThe Peddler’s Journey

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

This was my introduction to Ronald Kelly and I can say with confidence that this will not be my last book by him. SEASON’S CREEPINGS is the perfect short story collection to get you into the holiday spirit – with a dash of horror and gore for fun. It’s a reminder that I need more horror books in my life and that will be the goal of 2022. There really weren’t any stories I didn’t enjoy to some degree, which I consider a huge win when it comes to collections like this. Kelly brings us all kinds of stories and I think they all complimented each other well and kept with the overall theme.

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