The 12 Terrors of Christmas by Claudette Melanson Book Tour, Giveaway and Personal Review!
The 12 Terrors of Christmas
I have always been in love with Christmas and stories about Christmas. But I am also a HUGE horror buff, so when my two favorite things meet - well it's a masterpiece! I also love short stories because they are quick and easy to read for a single mom :) This book fit all of those perfectly. And these stories were not the regular run-of-the-mill scary stories - when it comes to Christmas, so many people do NOT want to read these kinds of stories. Like the movie Krampus - not many people I know enjoyed it because they hated to think of the terrible Christmas thoughts. But in other countries Christmas is not as nice as it is in America - and some of the stories and legends are terrifying. Krampus is absolutely without a doubt one of my favorite legends - and Terror Three dealt with that. I loved the story and how he summoned Krampus but realized all too late that there were more than just one monster afoot. Although I have to say my favorite out of all of them was Terror One. It was so well-written that I was just CRAVING the ending! I could NOT figure out what was happening and until the very end of the story I had no clue what was going on. Some people might find that story a little too much because it's about past lives and although it isn't really about kidnapping, it does seem as though it could be. But you have to read the entire story to understand WHY it's not what it seems. I would say my second favorite was Terror Five - in this one Santa is being set upon by werewolves and turning his beloved reindeer and all he wants is to save them all.
Vikings, werewolves, Krampus, vampirism and many other legends take part in this anthology, and of course there are 12, just like the 12 Days of Christmas :) I would consider this a must read for anyone who loves horror. I love the spin on each story that sheds a new light on each different Santa, it's awesome because of course every legend is different even in America - everyone sees Santa as this jolly old fat dude with white hair who is busting at his red suit seams and spends 364 days a year watching over the North Pole while his elves create the toys. Funny to think of it differently? Well then read this, because you will definitely see a different side of each Santa. But just because Santa is not what you expect, doesn't necessarily mean that he is the bad guy - tons of surprises await on every page!
And remember ... before you start to read the stories make sure you lock all the doors and windows and don't read in the middle of a blizzard - and "while visions of Krampus rampage through your head" ... Santa could ask for the "tiniest nip" - "after all, it IS Christmas, he'll take only a sip." **evil laughter**
All in all I give this five stars easily - it is horrific and terrifying and yet fun to read at the same time. I can say I will never see everything about Christmas - including cookies - the same way again :)
Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy, horror and children’s books in Kitchener, Ontario with seven bun babies at her side: Tegan, Pepper, Butters, Beckett, Sansa, Daenerys & Caramel. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.