A Christmas Horror Story – Sebastian Gregory

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Published December 2014

On the night before Christmas, lock the doors to the house…Forget the jolly old man in his red, big-buttoned suit. Because another creature is up on the roof, preparing for his annual visit to little children everywhere.With a belt of knives round his waist, a writhing bag on his back and a Santa-sized appetite, he’s a little…different to the St Nick you might be expecting.And you can leave out all the carrots and mince pies you like…but it’s you he’s after.A horrid Christmas to all, and a terrible night.Every white Christmas has a dark side. Don’t miss A Christmas Horror Story, the gruesomely festive new story from Sebastian Gregory.

My thoughts

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy of this book.

How wonderful. A short Christmas horror story. Just perfect (in a subversive way) for this time of year!!!

The story opens in 1514 Germany, with a child called Greta anxiously waiting for Saint Nicholas to come on St Nicholas’s Eve. All very Christmassy and familiar. However the Saint Nicholas/Santa that comes is not the nice, friendly bloke we all think of. This one is a monster who takes children and eats them. How refreshing!

The story shifts to the present day and England. Katie, Jake and Emily are at home waiting for their Mum to return from work. Slowly we begin to realise that the monster from 1514,  takes children throughout time and he is about to come for three more children.

Brilliant and hilarious. I was rooting for the monster. I just loved it!

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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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