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The Best of Indie Horror: Christmas Edition

Christmas brings out the best and worst in many people the world over — thus, lighting a fire in the bellies of storytellers who wish to strike warm fuzzies or tantalising terror in reader’s hearts. You won’t find the warm fuzzy feeling here; that’s not what we do! Don’t forget the milk and cookies, you’re going to need some extreme comforting while reading this collection of frightful festive horror shenanigans!*

Frightfully festive horror shenanigans!
After releasing several best-selling anthology series, I wanted to do something new. Having worked with a tremendous number of authors over the years, I decided to gather some of my favourites together and do an unthemed book. [Best of Indie Horror, and The Best Of Indie Horror Christmas Edition] are the result of that idea. Inside the covers, you will find an array of styles covering a wealth of sub genres. I present you with, the best of indie horror. ~ Kevin J. Kennedy

I don’t have this blog just to #SupportIndieHorror, I LOVE reading indie horror, and that’s how this blog was born. Almost a decade later and things have only gotten better! And I’m far from alone – we’ve watched authors grow, get famous, watched their books turn into movies, it’s crazy! I love being able to turn to The Dark Defender and say “OMG, I’m friends with them!” We’ve watched this genre grow, too! It’s never been easier for us Extreme Horror fans to find someone new to check out. Keven put together a kick ass collection of indie authors for this book of crazy Christmas shenanigans! Some names you’ll surely recognize, and a few you’ll be reading for the first time here. Check out this line up…

The book begins the way all holidays should – with traditions! TRADITION by Steve Stred in this case. Jacob, a man obsessed with Christmas. His quest for this year’s family tree begins with a heavenly spa, but things go south (see what I did there 😂) quickly when Jacob makes his first cut into o tannenbaum.

From there, see what Lex H. Jones has in store on the TOP FLOOR: SEASONAL FURNISHINGS AND CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. One of the men on the night shift janitorial crew, Thomas, finds a weird door while cleaning the department store he works in. He follows the path up the stairs and finds a whole floor of outdated Christmas supplies, and displays! As he looks around, he can’t believe how different it is from the way things are today. Then he starts to get dizzy… Doesn’t it seem odd to him that the doorway was blocked off and hidden behind a mural? He didn’t even think that maybe there’s a reason it was so well hidden. Now look at him. SMDH.

When we make our way back downstairs, RJ Roles pits scam artist against scam artist in PENNIES FOR SANTA. The generosity of strangers is bypassing Todd and his bell-ringer bucket this year. Seems that Santa’s little elves are working on something of their very own this season. As for Santa, well, read on …

CLITORIS KRAMPUS is one of my standouts among these cheerful holiday tales. Zoltán Komor brings us a love story where Mrs. Claus still adores her husband after all this time, and goes to great lengths to prove it. And that’s only the beginning, honey!

Veronica Smith fills us in on the true story of those creepy little trolls that follow Santa around in LET THE DAMN ELVES DIE ALREADY. It’s about little Candace, who saw her first elf at age six. Ten years later she sees the elves again, but this time it’s on HER terms.

Another stand out story from this collection is THE MALL SANTA by Eric Butler. After a failed job, a missing sister, and an eighteen month hiatus, a group of ‘friends’ reunite for one more score – they are going to rob Santa! Santa might have other plans though…

Patrick Reuman tells us a bedtime story about Santa’s origins in SANTA CLAWS. His real name, how he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, and what happens to the naughty boys and girls after their parents lay them down for a long winter’s nap and Santa Claws comes to town.

I love the nod to The Devil’s Rejects in A LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Matthew V. Brockmeyer. There’s a lot going on in this one, and is a little bleak. It’s a great story, but I kind of want to take a shower and shake it off, lol. There is a little light at the end of the tunnel – but not for everyone! Maybe that’s part of the miracle…

BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BAUBLES aren’t the only things in this festive short by David Owain Hughes. It also comes with hired assassins, zombie elves, and Klaws – you’ll find out exactly WHO he is when you read it.

You’ll find out that Matthew A. Clarke is about to bring us a fun yuletide yarn on the very first page of GOLDEN TICKET. The real ‘baubles’ show up one story late in the lineup! Telling your kids Christmas stories on Christmas Eve is a beautiful tradition, and it’s even more fun when you know you’re not supposed to be talking about this particular story. But, if you can’t talk about butt stuff on Christmas then what’s the point?

Kevin J. Kennedy wraps up this anthology by telling us a tale about a brother and sister that reunite to spend the holidays together for the first time since their parents died. Too bad they’re doing it in THE CHRISTMAS CABIN FROM HELL. Once they notice the three evil snowmen outside the only door, it’s probably already too late! I am really happy to tell you that this does not follow the typical horror movie formula, so Kev gets bonus points for that!

🎅 AUTHOR CONNECT / STALKING TIPS 🤶

Each of these author links lead to their Goodreads profile: Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Eric Butler, Matthew A. Clarke, David Owain Hughes, Lex H Jones, Kevin J. Kennedy, Zoltán Komor, Patrick Reuman, RJ Roles, Veronica Smith and Steve Stred

The Best of Indie Horror: Christmas Edition is available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Pick it up on Amazon now!

EDIT: That’s it for this one guys. It was scheduled to post days ago, but I screwed something up trying to schedule it, so… here we are. I have R&R many holiday horror anthologies over the years, I can’t get enough of ’em! Tell me what your favorite holiday collection is in the comments!

Steve Stred got me curious about other family holiday traditions… I want to hear about your family, and any weird things you might have to do every year. If you guys play along, I have a fun one to share with you!

P, L & N💋

~sg

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My 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge So Far…

* 2016 READING CHALLENGE STATS * Participants 2,693,803 / Total Books Pledged 127,845,226 / Books Finished 28,625,135 / Avg. Books Pledged 47 / Challenges Completed [to date] 5,475 / Time Left 95 days / KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK EVERYONE!
I’ve completed the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge, and have read about 128 of 125 books… so far – (that is just the Goodreads challenge, not Shadow Girl‘s personal goal… I am far from finished!)  Just try to stop me – It’s not even October yet!  
I may be 36 books ahead of [the GR] schedule, but do you realize just how many books on my 2016 Must Read list are not even published yet?! (not to mention my ‘don’t judge me’ list or my ‘guilty pleasure’ list – No. I have no shame).  
OMG, these authors are killing me! 
But, I wouldn’t want to go any other way.
Big, BIG, HUGE thanks to the minds behind the mayhem.
You guys are a large & very important part of my life, and I’m lucky enough to call many of you my friends. Thank you for the journeys so far, and I can’t wait to see where we’re going next!!      P, L & N   ~sg

Check out some of my 2016 Books (so far…)  »

A Family of Violence by Jon Athan Mr. Snuff by Jon Athan Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand Lucifer's Angel by R.W.K. Clark School Reunion by Sam West My Brother's Keeper by Tim Miller The Uninvited by Mike Evans The Day Bob Greeley Died by Kimberly A. Bettes The Landlord by Brett Droege Unconditional by Blake Crouch The Criers Club by Kimberly A. Bettes Depraved by Michael Bray Brother's Keeper by R.W.K. Clark 8 Church Field by Stuart Keane She'll Never Know by Matt Shaw His For The Keeping by Myra FoxDisturb by J.A. Konrath The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury Car Nex by Michael Thomas-Knight The Con Season by Adam Cesare Sarah Killlian by Mark Sheldon Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath Chat Show by Matt Shaw Woom by Duncan RalstonThe Eaton by John K. Addis A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Twisted Bitches by Matt Shaw Family Business by Brett Williams Tradition by Kyle M. Scott The Girls by Emma Cline Final Review by Dawn Cano Little Terrors by David JesterMr. Monster by Dan Wells Suicide Hotline by Tim Miller An Idiot in Love by David Jester Offline by Kealan Patrick Burke Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales by Cameron Trost Hide and Seek by Jack Ketchum Teeth - a short story with bite! by Matt Shaw Hair of the Dog by Matt ShawDownward Spiral by Gary Pearson Exposed by David Owain Hughes I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells Cornered by Rhoda Belleza The Wild by Kyle M. Scott The Lost by Jack Ketchum Diary of a Madman by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff WEB CAM JACK KILBORN by Jack KilbornWords Kill Me by Evan Bollinger Fool's Blood by David Jester I Am Karma by Dawn Cano Mother by Angel Gelique The New Neighbor by Ray Garton Charlotte by Stuart Keane All or Nothing by Stuart Keane Blister by Jeff Strand Hillary by Angel Gelique Mean girl by Natasha A. Salnikova The Lonely Psychopath by Matt Shaw The Light by Matt Shaw VHS by Kyle M. Scott One Violent MotherF*cker by Matt Shaw Flesh Factory by Sam West Keith by Andrew Lennon Love Lies Dead by Kyle M. Scott Dread by Clive Barker March's Murder by Andrew Lennon February's Murder by Andrew Lennon January's Murder by Andrew Lennon Hillary by Angel Gelique Before the Harvest by Kimberly A. Bettes Hillary by Angel Gelique Splatterpunks by Sam West The Good Neighbor by Kimberly A. Bettes Zac's Haunted House by Dennis Cooper Rage by Kimberly A. Bettes The House That Hell Built by Matt Shaw Annie's Revenge by Kimberly A. Bettes 22918 by Kimberly A. Bettes Pushed by Kimberly A. Bettes Held by Kimberly A. Bettes Victim by Sam West Brazen by Matt Hickman Anniversary Dinner by Shaun Hupp Bound by Andrew Lennon The Funeral by Matt Shaw Hell, Texas by Tim Miller Bound by Andrew LennonCash Out by Dawn Cano Jeremy by Matt Hickman Caravan by Andrew Lennon The Customer Is Always... by Stuart Keane A Sting in the Tale by Matt Shaw Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts by Jasper Bark Strange Sex 3 by John Bruni Easter Eggs and Bunny Boilers by Matt Shaw Shoebox by Michael Bray Trouser's Edge by Carl Lee The Haunting of Emily Stone by Amy Cross The Tale of Sawney Bean by Kevin J. Kennedy Dead Man's Chair by Kimberly A. Bettes Bucket List by Dawn Cano Sleep Deprived by Dawn Cano Kids by Jack RollinsSHE by Matt Shaw Terrible Cherubs by Robert Brumm Despite The Roots by Matt Shaw Neighborhood Watch by Joseph A. Turkot Violent Delights by Dawn Cano The Dumping Game by Stephen Donald Huff Larry 2 by Adam Millard To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeConsumed by Kyle M. Scott Murder Girls by Christine Morgan The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley Scarecrows by Michael Bray My Family by Matt Shaw The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Rage by Kimberly A. Bettes The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Active Shooter by Tim Miller Hexad by Andrew Lennon Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath The Slender Man Initiative by Tim Miller Fiends by Richard Laymon  Freddy's House by David Jester

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THE TALE OF SAWNEY BEAN: A CANNIBAL HORROR STORY by Kevin J. Kennedy

It’s a *Shpadoinkle* book!

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As the huge horror fan that I claim to be, I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know the name Sawney Bean ::hangs head in shame::

Thanks to Kevin J. Kennedy, and this awesome short story I picked up on Amazon – that’s changed! I’ve also done some research of my own since reading this, and it’s all pretty interesting stuff.

“The legend of Sawney Bean has long been discussed and adapted into other stories. There has been discussion on which parts of the tale are fact and which parts are fiction.”

“This is the story from the mans mouth himself. Sawney Beans journey from a twelve year old lad into the leader of the most notorious cannibal family to ever live. He tells the tale of how he met his wife and how they ended up raising a massive inbred clan in a secluded cave not far from the very people they were killing for food.”

“Here Sawney’s side of the story and the true facts of what actually happened. Was he a cold blooded cannibal or just another man trying to do his best for his family?”

If you like Jack Ketchum‘s Offseason, The Hills Have Eyes, or (dare I say…) Cannibal! The Musicalyou should definitely pick up this short from KJK.

 


 

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