Sunday, July 29, 2018

The 12 Terrors of Christmas by Claudette Melanson - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


The 12 Terrors of Christmas
by Claudette Melanson

Genre:
Horror Short Stories

Award-winning author Claudette Melanson offers eleven new and original stories to
make your skin crawl at any time of the year. This horror anthology
also includes an original short by Amazon International Best-Selling
Author, Lynn Lamb, titled "Bring Me Flesh and Bring Me Wine."
A special bonus story is also included by Melanson, "Mislead,"
previously published only on the Halloweenpalooza blog. Grab a cup of
cocoa and make sure the windows and doors are locked tight as you
settle in by the fire to enjoy these tales of terror, but be
warned...locks have never succeeded at keeping Santa from gaining
entry. If you enjoy a slice of horror with your holiday cheer, this
collection of Christmas horror shorts will satisfy all your dark
cravings during the holidays...and beyond.


Terror One: 

Who is Santa really? Does something sinister lurk beneath the red suit
and apple-cheeked visage? More importantly, what does Santa want for
Christmas?

Terror Two: 

It is said that every wish bears a cost...even a wish of good intent.
What do Detective Talbot and his son, Mallory, stand to lose when the
pair seek to right a wrong on Christmas Eve?

Terror Three: 

Christmas can be a time for great joy...but also for heart-wrenching regret.
Can the magic of Christmas Eve turn back the clock before time runs
out for Morana and her family?

Terror Four: 

Snow falls white and clean, seeming to purify the small town of Moon,
Pennsylvania, but the woods behind Vaughn's home have taken on a
sinister cast. The snow keeps falling in record-breaking depths, but
does evil lay hidden beneath its seemingly-innocent luster? 

Terror Five: 

As his elves scurry to fill the toy orders for the busy season, unknown
terror creeps toward the workshop intent on releasing an evil meant
to cancel Santa's yearly deliveries forever.

Terror Six:

 A well-meaning elf casts a spell which could inadvertently reveal the
dark truth about Santa's workshop and its inhabitants. The world's
children may end up paying a terrifying price, proving that the path
of good intention oftentimes does indeed lead to hell.

Terror Seven: 

A scary twist on a classic Christmas poem

Terror Eight: 

Santa's sleigh plummets to the ground, tearing all hope of a merry Christmas
to bits and pieces. Will the elves be able to employ enough magic to
stitch together some sort of solution? Or will their efforts only
deliver greater horror and loss?

Terror Nine:

 Trinette is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas in love. Her boyfriend
says he found the perfect gift for her, but beneath the shiny red
paper and ribbon lies a secret he's kept hidden during all the months
of their courtship...

Terror Ten:

 The world's population explosion means business is booming at Santa's
workshop, with the need to expand making a difficult excavation below
the permafrost necessary. But the elves should use caution lest they
dig up an evil best left buried.

Terror Eleven:

 A special holiday treat for Maura DeLuca fans! Riptide ended on a happy
note, but how did Maura's extended family celebrate Christmas? Could
it be that the holiday didn't quite play out the way the vampires
planned?

Terror Twelve:

 It's a dangerous time to call oneself a non-believer. Those who scoff at
Santa's existence are melting all over the world. But could the
benevolent head elf turn out to be the murderer?


Vampires, ghosts, demons, elves, werewolves, serial killers and a rampaging
Krampus are just a few of the monsters creeping amongst the pages
of The 12 Terrors of Christmas.


Are you brave enough to venture inside to experience the flip side of
the typical Hallmark-themed Christmas?



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I've always been a fan of short horror stories, and so when I saw the option to review The 12 Terrors of Christmas, I jumped at the chance. I can't say I was too disappointed.
This was my first book by Claudette Melanson, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew there were twelve stories with a Christmas theme, and that was about it.
Turns out that all of the stories sort of intertwine with one another, even thought they also stand on their own. I liked the premise of the book having inter-connecting stories.

The first story intrigued me and sort of sucked me in. It introduces Santa and sets the tone for the rest of the stories in the book. The second story is even more messed up, but I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed story nine, because it really ties in with story two. Those were probably my favorites. And I found story five to be the most terrifying, mostly because... well, no spoilers from me.

There were a couple of stories that fell a little flat for me. I wasn't too keen on them, but they weren't bad. And one story, I believe, ties in with another book the author has written, so I didn't read that one, as I wasn't sure I'd be able to understand it or like it enough without having read the other book.

Overall, though, it's a nice collection of short horror stories involving a twist with who/what Santa really is. I can't say I was disappointed.

I give The 12 Terrors of Christmas 3.5 stars.

(I also think it's awesome the author graduated from IUP, as I grew up down in that area.)


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.


In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and
reading vampire stories...along with other genres of great fiction,
as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her
hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and
ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee,
cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond,
coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a
snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the
completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue
fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over
the world save many innocent lives.



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