I thought Hark the Herald Angels Scream was an apt review considering the fast approaching festive season. Edited by Christopher Golden, this collection of horrific festive tales (18 in fact) makes a welcome detour from the usual traditional Victorian ghost stories of Christmas. There are are classic stories, modern day fables and just plain old gory horror. I’m a little sad it’s ended.
I think my favourite was Sarah Pinborough’s “The Hangman’s Bride”, the story of a young chimney sweep trapped in a house where something skitters and crawls in the dark of the night.
“Christmas in Barcelona” by Scott Smith nearly finished me off. It was so good but I was also horrified. A couple with a new baby travel to Barcelona for Christmas but everything seems to be going wrong, until on a trek to a supermarket, the husband meets an old lady with the most magical of toys.
I enjoyed “Not Just for Christmas” by Sarah Lotz. Very topical and a great morality tale. This is the story of a very special puppy and a dad whose first interest is himself.
I found “Good Deeds” by Jeff Strand very amusing. If you have a dark sense of humor like me and my husband. A man does a good deed and is so caught up on what a good person he is, writes a song that has an unusual effect.
“Farrow Street” by Elizabeth Hand didn’t work for me. It took too long to get going and then ended when it started to get interesting.
Hiking Through by Micheal Koryta was a story of a ghostly witch and campfire tales. I enjoyed this one very much,
On the whole, I would rate this collection of horrific wintery tales, a 4/5.
This was a eArc copy provided by NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for an honest review. Many Thanks!