The holidays are a special time, aren't they?
Easter. Armenian Christmas. Hallowmas. All Souls Day. Lantern Festival. Tomb Sweeping Day. Children's Day. Ascension Day. Ash Wednesday. Pentecost. Boxing Day. (yes, I've done my hasty goddamn research)
Holidays, these. Sacred, all...
In a normal, well ordered universe, holidays are a lovely event. A time for celebration, mirth, warmth. Laughter and breathless anecdotes weaving through the pleasant tinkling of tiny glasses and clanking brown bottles. A lighted hearth, a backyard barbeque, a laden table surrounded by family, friends, and other loved ones. Shared times of collective goodness, all bound up in that all-important element of stolid TRADITION.
But, to be frank, in the realm of The Weird, this won't do. Won't do at all.
Much like Hitchcock sought to bring horror to the mundane and everyday occurrences (such as innocuous flock of birds, or an innocent shower), so too do the writers of The Weird seek to undermine even the most blessed and innocent holiday. We want to bring Horror to your Holidays. And I think we have.
As we approach the Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanza, and a variety of other Christ/Santa/Father Christmas/Winter Grandfather holiday celebrations, it only seems fitting that Miskatonic River Press release their long await anthology, Horror for the Holidays, edited by renowned editor/writer and caretaker of The House of Secrets Scott David Aniolowski, which is now available for pre-order here. MRP Head Tentacle Tom Lynch just shared that print runs start early next week. So let's move those appendages, okay squids?
Take a gander at this impressive, recently released table of contents, and shudder at the collection of award winning and critically acclaimed scribes who have chosen to thumb their noses and other pointy bits at holiday conventions:
As noted above, my humble contribution centers around the 4th of July, and gives what I hope is a new take on Independence Day. I'd love to provide more detail, but I fear it would give something away. Instead, pick up the tome, and dive in head first. Trust that it'll be suitably Odd and hopefully more than a bit shocking. It's what We do, you see...
Horror for the Holidays
Table of Contents
Introduction by Scott David Aniolowski
TALES OF ROSH CHODESH
The Tomb of Oscar Wilde by W.H. Pugmire
TALES OF VALENTINE’S DAY
Love and Darkness by Oscar Rios
Be Mine by Brian Sammons
TALES OF PASSOVER
Cthulhu Mhy’os by Lois H. Gresh
TALES OF EASTER
And the Angels Sing by Cody Goodfellow
The Last Communion of Allyn Hill by Pete Rawlik
Mrs. Spriggs’ Easter Attire by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. and Tara VanFlower
Seasons of Sacrifice and Resurrection by Adrian Tchaikovsky
TALES OF MOTHER’S DAY
Mother’s Night by Ann K. Schwader
TALES OF THE FOURTH OF JULY
Free Fireworks by T.E. Grau
Doc Corman’s Haunted Palace One Fourth of July by Don Webb
TALES OF VJ DAY
Translator by James Robert Smith
TALES OF HALLOWEEN
Hallowe’en in a Suburb by H.P. Lovecraft
Moonday by Will Murray
The Trick by Ramsey Campbell
TALES OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD
El Dia De Los Muertos by Kevin Ross
TALES OF GUY FAWKES NIGHT
Treason and Plot by William Meikle
TALES OF REMEMBERANCE DAY
The Dreaming Dead by Joshua Reynolds
TALES OF THANKSGIVING
Entrée by Donald R. Burleson
TALES OF YULE
Keeping Festival by Mollie Burleson
Wassail by Tom Lynch
TALES OF CHRISTMAS
Krampusnacht by Joshua Reynolds
The Christmas Eves of Aunt Elise by Thomas Ligotti
Letters to Santa by Scott David Aniolowski
Keeping Christmas by Michael G. Szymanski
The Nativity of the Avatar by Robert M. Price