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review 2017-01-18 20:29
Fails to deliver
Life After Dane - Edward Lorn

I suppose the real problem I had with this story is that I read it immediately after the amazing "The Heart's Invisible Furies" by John Boyne which was a literary tour de force. To step down from that high and to read what is no more than an average tale is a bit of a disappointment. Serial Killer Dane Peters known as the Rest Stop Dentist has just been executed and his mother Ella May, who deeply loved her son, is trying to understand why his ghost will not leave her in peace. She starts on a journey which leads her to discover her own shortcomings, and realizes that she failed miserably in her duties as a mother by allowing her evil husband Phil to brutalize and destroy their son. What starts with great promise becomes nothing more than a road trip journey when Ella, joined by journalist Sven Godel, (and directed by the ghostly presence of the executed Dane) attempts to find Dane's true love Melissa. An unexpected surprise transpires that ultimately offers Ella some serenity in a story that for me failed miserably to deliver.

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review 2017-01-07 03:28
Deck The Halls
Deck the Halls: A Christmas Horror: War on Christmas #2 - Edward Lorn

2nd part to the short story Christmas horror series.
This sees Santa coming home to find his house and workshop in ruins, reindeer slaughtered and Mrs Claus missing. He decides to seek out help in the form of Krampus and together they devise to get revenge on the Naughties.
Fun read that I enjoyed more than the first installment. The writing flowed better in this one and I now wish I had picked up the 3rd story whilst it was available.

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text 2016-12-31 13:52
December Wrap-Up
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man - Tony Bertauski
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
A Christmas Tale - Austin Crawley
The Elf: A Christmas Horror Short Story - I. Clayton Reynolds
War on Christmas - Edward Lorn
EMP - Wilson Harp
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text - Neil Gaiman
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
Leviathan - Tim Curran

I finished 14 books in December, which is a lot for me!


Several of these were short Christmas reads;


2 Classics:


The Chimes by Charles Dickens (New to me, but one read is enough)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (A favorite I will probably re-read again)


One other re-read: A Christmas Tale by Austin Crawley

That was fun to read right after A Christmas Carol because it relates.


Claus by Tony Bertauski

War on Christmas by Edward Lorn

The Elf by I. Clayton Reynolds

Supernatural Short Stories for Christmas by Denise Jay


All new reads with a Horror element. I tried other Christmas stories but DNF'd any not listed here.



The Christmas Cookie Plate by Julie Schoen (Cookbook for Christmas cookies)


Other non-holiday stories were:

EMP by Wilson Harp

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Leviathan by Tim Curran

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Woman Who Killed Donald Trump by Sam Bower


ALL of these were good. Seriously, I indulged in pleasure reading and only read books I really enjoyed. I read no samples whatsoever and I was all caught up with Netgalley, though I seem to have acquired 3 more from them now.


It has been an excellent reading month for me. :)

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review 2016-12-27 14:14
War on Christmas
War on Christmas - Edward Lorn

by Edward Lorn


This collection includes all three Christmas stories by Edward Lorn.


The Naughty List

In which we learn that Santa's elves have their evil counterparts at the North Pole, called Naughties.


Deck the Halls

In which we work out that these three stories are a continuing story and several Christmas myths are woven together to create an original alternative world where Santa, or Sinter Klaus, deals with Krampus, the Naughties, and a host of toys gone bad in Toyland. This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but in the combined volume, the story continues!


Beyond the Gates of Toyland

Completes the series. I found believability stretched a little in this one but the mythology added to the mix was certainly an original idea.


The writing in these was good and the stories drew me in despite my trepidation of reading an author who is known for extreme Horror. While the content was undoubedly Horror, there was nothing in this to squick my boundaries so it was a good first Lorn read for me.


As alternative Christmas stories go, I would actually recommend this for fans of Horror fiction. Don't expect a nicey-nice Holiday story though, that's not the goal here.

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review 2016-11-25 20:49
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls: A Christmas Horror: War on Christmas #2 - Edward Lorn

I'm using this for my 12 tasks since I don't have any more books set on Christmas in my TBR.


Santa thought that his trouble with the Naughties was over, but as he returns to the North Pole, he sees that it has just begun.  Now, Santa seeks revenge for the destruction of his home and must find out what the Naughties have done with his wife.  

Picking up right where The Naughty List left off, there is the same fierce Santa who is now even more pissed off.  I love that he teamed up with Krampus to go after the Naughties.  There is a super cliffhanger ending, I can't wait to pick up the next installment.  With plenty of gore and twisted myths, this is truly a Christmas horror.  

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