Christmas in July? Why not? I know here in Florida, some cool thoughts will be a good thing…unless The 12 Terrors of Christmas by Claudette Melanson is too hot to handle!
Let’s find out.
The 12 Terrors of Christmas
by Claudette Melanson
Genre: Horror Short Stories
Claudette Melanson has been on my radar for some time now, but this will be my first reading of her work. And what a fabulous way to start. Overall, I give this short story anthology a rating of 4. Plenty of thrills and chills to whet your appetite and maybe think twice about what you want for Christmas. Do you believe in Santa?
Terror #1 – No one really believed in Santa, but Willa knew he was real. This look at how Santa came to be, how Christmas came to be, how he found his love and who he really is may shock you, yet explain his magic and immortality. Loved it and the fabulous twist on…. 4 Stars
Terror #2 – Ya know that saying, no good deed goes unpunished? It applies here in a tragic tale of a boy taken and the young boy who steps up to save his life. 4 Stars
Terror #3 – As I read of Amy’s ability to see into the future and talk to ghosts, I wonder if I would want to know, especially if all I could do is wait for it to happen… waiting with no hope. 4 Stars
Terror #4 – Love Krampus, who is not what he appears to be, as is Lamia, a four year old girl that works her Christmas magic, as Vaughn can attest to. 4 Stars
Terror #5 – Will…vampires and were of the Christmas kind abound in this sometimes vicious tale of the paranormal and magical world of Santa, reindeer and elves. 4 Stars
Terror #6 – A vampire is a vampire and a cookie could be his downfall, if he tries to make a bargain best left undone. 4 Stars
Terror #7 – This Christmas poem is filled with zombies, weres, demons, and Santa unlike the Santa you know. 4 Stars
Terror #8 – Would the sea witch bring down Santa and the North pole? She fooled me good! 4 Stars
Terror #9 – She may work for Scrooge, but her boyfriend wants to give her the ultimate gift. I saw the grisly coming. 3 Stars
Terror #10 – Elves, dwarfs, zombies, even a zombie shark. LOVE IT. 4 Stars
Terror #11 – I have not read Riptide YET, but I enjoyed this look into the family’s holiday celebration. 3 Stars
Terror #12 – Lynn Lamb’s contribution. Want to know how Santa can make it around the world in one night? What would happen if he lost his mind? Can Cinnamon Styx and the children save Christmas? Loved it. 4 Stars
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