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Collected Christmas Horror Shorts

Today’s installment is a little bit of Christmas horror. Christmas (shopping) can be horrifying in many ways, eh? I admit I’ve been a fan of Christmas and it’s darker, more ghostly side since I first read, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Those rattling chains of Jacob Marley scared me and thrilled me as young reader. There’s a happy Christmas at the end but for me, it was really all about Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. That cemetery scene rocked. I wanted a spin-off series with those guys.

I just started reading this collection myself so a review is in the works. I can recommend to my readers with a so far, so good rating.

Below, one of the authors, Kevin J. Kennedy gives us the description. If you like Christmas in all its horrifying glory and have time between your shopping and your family plans, have a look!

Be good, kids. Remember, the Krampus is watching!

Connie B.

Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and cheer, a time for giving to others, a time of celebration and love…. Well, this year some of the best voices in horror fiction decided to band together and tell you some tales about a different kind of Christmas, so grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate, close the curtains, lock the door and get comfy. This will be a Christmas like never before!

Collected Christmas Horror Shorts was released on the 30th of November 2016 and quickly moved into the top ten on Amazon, both in the UK and America. It hasn’t left the top three in the UK but mainly sits in the number one spot. The book has been gaining some impressive feedback in the horror world. Kevin J. Kennedy has brought together a fantastic group of seasoned Authors, Bram Stoker award winners and nominees mixed with some upcoming indie authors to produce a Christmas anthology filled with a great variety of tales to keep you up at night.

collected christmas
12 Days (Psychopath Remix) by J.C. Michael (poem)
Thy Will be Done by J.C. Michael
Tommy’s Christmas by John R. Little
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith
Santa’s Midnight Feast by J.L. Lane
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger
Santa Came by Peter Oliver Wonder
In the Bag by Tim Curran
The Christmas Spirit by Lisa Morton
The Tome of Bill Cristmas Carol by Rick Gualtieri
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A. Arnzen
A Disappointed Shade of Blue by C.S. Andserson (poem)
Stuffed Pig by Steven Murray
The Night Before Christmas by Suzanne Fox
Better Watch Out by Willow Rose
Deck The Halls by Xtina Marie (poem)
Christmas Market by Amy Cross
Merry Fuckin’ Christmas by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Veil by Rose Garnett
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christina Bergling
The Present by Israel Finn
Christmas Carole by Lisa Vasquez
Slay Bells by Weston Kincade

Edited by Brandy Yassa

Cover design by Lisa Vasquez

 

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Interview with Horror Author D.M. Wolfenden

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 11.32.34 PMWhat draws you to the darker stories as a writer?

I grew up reading Stephen King and watching the old British, Hammer house of horrors. Not a lot scares me in a story unless it’s based on real life. That’s when I appreciate my life, and I am thankful for what I have, and that my family has their health.

Can you describe your collection Double Trouble: Not all trouble comes in two’s in one or two sentences for our readers?

It’s a collection of short stories that could very easily be true. There is evil in the world, sometimes, it’s us, when our deepest dark side surfaces, sometimes we don’t want to admit what we are capable of doing.Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 11.32.09 PM

Is there a theme or message in your stories that you want your readers to grasp or are they all quite different?

They are all different, but the theme is basically the same, people can be very scary.

Are there other horror/suspense writers that inspire your own work?

I like Stephen King, James Herbert, Beverly Connor and Dean Koontz. I think they all probably influence my writing.

Do you write and or read in other genres as well?

Both, and read in most genres, except historical fiction. I have a Gothic horror novel, and I’m working on a Chick-lit, that I hope will be ready for September / October this year.

When did you start writing and how long did it take you to publish your first work?

I’m still new to the writing game, I only started three years ago. My first novel took about 8 months to write.

What is the best thing about your writer’s life?

The best thing is when readers interact with me (especially if they like my work) LOL. I also love the Indie writing community, most of them are really helpful and supportive with each other.   

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 11.32.59 PMHow can readers find you online?

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7008445.D_M_Wolfenden

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmwbhbe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmw.diannemarie 

 

Double Trouble: Not all trouble comes in two’s

Excerpt from the story BAD MEMORIES

 

He pulled the shower curtain to one side, reached out for the soft, white towel and wrapped it around his trim waist. As he stepped on the terracotta floor his foot slid, jarring his back, sending a jolt of pain up his spine. He bent forward and gasped, placing his hands on the cream glossy wall tiles as he caught his breath. Son of a …

Straightening up, he walked over to the sink and wiped his hand across the steamed up mirror, revealing a face he didn’t recognize.  With his index finger he slowly traced the three-inch scar above his right eye. There was no pain, no tenderness and no memory. He caught sight of a black tattoo of a young girl on his upper left arm. The name Laurie, was written beneath it.

Who is she, is she mine?

He looked back at his reflection. The emotionless face staring back at him almost seemed to mock him, ice cold blue eyes boring into his soul. Suddenly the heat in the small room began to smother him, making him feel sick with pain and confusion.

He tapped his forehead hard repeatedly with his knuckles. Why can’t I remember anything?

“Who are you?!?” he screamed, punching the mirror. The glass cracked beneath his blow, pain shooting up his arm. He looked down at his fist. At least he could feel something.

“Danny? Danny, are you okay?”

He looked back at the door and frowned. Who’s Danny? Am I Danny?

The door opened, and he glared at the person standing in front of him. What was going on? “Who are you?” he asked.

“It’s me. It’s Dave,” the man said. He glanced past him at the smashed mirror. “You’ve forgotten again, haven’t you?”

His jaw clenched. “Where am I?”

 

Check out all of D.M. Wolfenden’s books on Amazon here:

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