The 25th of October means… that Christmas will be here in two short months! That’s right, you’ve probably already seen some stores with their Christmas inventory out. You could get grumpy about that, or you could indulge in some Christmas horror!
I found a copy of Christmas Babies by Christopher Keane and William D. Black at a library book sale and had to have it. It sounds absolutely ridiculous. I have yet to find the time to sit down and read it, but how can I ignore that tagline: “Red hair, green eyes, sheer terrors…”
The Twelve Frights of Christmas edited by Isaac Asimov, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin Harry Greenberg sure sounds like it would be an amazing collection. I’ve had a copy for several years and haven’t gotten around to it yet (is this a pattern?).
Silent Night by R.L. Stine is one that I have read! Sure, it was back when I was a teenager, though I still remember the selfish main character spending a lot of time at the mall. Just the kind of person that needs some Christmas forced upon her! There are a bunch of other Christmas horror titles in the Fear Street series too, including a sequel. Plus, this book shares a title with our first movie!
I have written several blog posts about Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) and its sequels and reboot. It starts out as Santa with an ax to grind, and evolves into… something very different.
Black Christmas (2006) is one of the few remakes I’ll ever recommend, but only because it really hones in on the Christmas-themed death. The original was great, but what does being stabbed with a glass unicorn have to do with Christmas? Give me some Christmas-light hangings and gingerbread skin cookies.
Krampus (2015) is more of a horror-comedy, but since it also starts Adam Scott AND features some good Christmas-y gore, it’s gotta be on the list.
So tell me – have you seen any stores with Christmas merch out yet?