Title: Haunted Yuletide
Author: Jay Barnson and Julie Barnson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 280
The first thing to say is that this was a Christmas gift from my friend Jana Brown, who’s also a cracking author herself. In fact, I’m pretty sure that she had a hand in editing some of these stories.
Haunted Yuletide is a collection of Christmas-themed horror stories, which meant that it was right up my alley. It brings together a bunch of indie authors and features a range of horror, from lighter stuff and comedy horror to really brutal stuff that will leave you shaking in your bed and hoping that Santa doesn’t come down your chimney.
It was an interesting little read for me because I picked it up right after reading a collection called ‘Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas in Deathlehem, another Christmas-themed horror anthology that features my own story, Black Solstice. Perhaps I’m biased, but I thought the Deathlehem book was a little better, but for two main reasons – it was a little bit longer and all of its proceeds went to an HIV charity.
But it was still a cracking little collection and it introduced me to a whole heap of indie authors that I hadn’t come across before. There was even a story that reminded me of an idea that I’d had myself, although I’ve never executed it. Now, I probably never will, because I don’t think I could do much better.
All in all then, Haunted Yuletide is a cracker of an anthology and definitely one that I’d recommend, especially if you’re looking for something horrifying during the festive period.