22 December 2014

A Christmas Horror Story ARC Review

A Christmas Horror Story
by Sebastian Gregory

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On the night before Christmas, lock the doors to the house...
Forget the jolly old man in his red, big-buttoned suit. Because another creature is up on the roof, preparing for his annual visit to little children everywhere.
With a belt of knives round his waist, a writhing bag on his back and a Santa-sized appetite, he's a little...different to the St Nick you might be expecting.
And you can leave out all the carrots and mince pies you like...but it's you he's after.
A horrid Christmas to all, and a terrible night.
Every white Christmas has a dark side. Don't miss A Christmas Horror Story, the gruesomely festive new story from Sebastian Gregory.

I received a copy from the publisher Carina UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: A Christmas Horror Story is an alternative Christmas Eve tale for children. It focuses on teenager Katie and her siblings Emily and Jake as they battle against the evil Child Eater (think of the Child Catcher combined with the judder man but one who eats kids). The Child Eater is like something from one of the Brothers Grimm stories; under the guise of Santa he abducts children on Christmas eve. 

The story is very different from most children (and in fact most adult) Christmas stories, but I think this is why I liked it. I'm a big fan of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline and although A Christmas Horror Story isn't modern gothic like they are, it fits in with the idea of combining horror and children's stories. 

The plot covers several timezones so we get to see more examples of the Child Eater at work. The creepy bad guy combined with the fighting spirit of the kids made me smile. I appreciated the clever twist on the Father Christmas story and think children will be equal parts intrigued and terrified of meeting him. 

Remember to keep the fire burning...! 

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!


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