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Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - a review

So, I recently finished reading the holiday-themed horror anthology Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, edited by Christopher Golden and published through Blumhouse Books.

As you can probably deduce, the antho's theme is holiday-oriented stories. Some involve Christmas, some Yule, and some just the general winter season of December. All of them have a dark core, and the stories range from outright horror scares to subtle suspense, with more than a few falling in the 'weird fiction' category.

The TOC includes some of the genre's biggest names (Joe R. Lansdale, Sarah Pinborough, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Josh Malerman) along with several acclaimed authors who aren't in the public eye but should be.

My favorites in the anthology are "Mistletoe and Holly" by James A. Moore (a gleefully twisted take on the old adage of be careful what you wish for), "Love Me" by Thomas E. Sniegoski (a poignant example of how trying to do the right thing can hav…
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