Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Season of the Macabre” as Want to Read:
Season of the Macabre
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Season of the Macabre

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A frightened child with only one person he can turn to, a prison where everybody gets the gifts they need, a bird that has an important message for a weary family, the darkest of murderers seeking redemption in the snow – these and other stories of the macabre are here to delight and chill the reader.

Season of the Macabre combines three of Damien’s short story collections
Kindle Edition
Published March 17th 2012 by Clarion Publishing (first published March 16th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Season of the Macabre, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Season of the Macabre

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-22 of 23)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Martha Bryce
May 12, 2012 Martha Bryce rated it really liked it
All in all, I think that Damien Kelly’s work makes Stephen King’s work look likebooks of nursery rhymes. Season of the Macabre is an anthology of holiday stories by Damien Kelly that will put you in the ho-ho-horrifying holiday spirit. The stories are all beautifully written and I really enjoyed Kelly’s deft touch with dialogue. These are seriously dark short stories that made me worry that the writer may be one of those people who gets so depressed by the holiday season that suicide becomes an ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok
Season of the Macabre is a collection of fourteen psychologically suspenseful short stories. The setting for each story is during the cold season and sometimes the theme is Christmas holiday, which adds to the darkness of the stories. The stories “A Polite Exchange”, ”Day of Rest”, and “Unexpected” were stories with a sardonic twist of fate. “A Polite Exchange” was my favorite of the stories. Very clever!

I enjoy reading suspenseful stories with a challenging psychological twist.
What I do NOT en
May 03, 2012 Kenisha rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the surrealism of the short stories. In some the Christmas aspect ties in strongly, and is often twisted from what you'd usually expect. Every story invariably has some twist at the end. Not so much "horror" in that I wasn't scared/disturbed/repulsed while reading, but fascinating nonetheless.

I think my favorites were "Cold Comfort Child", "Yule", "And What Will the Robin Do Then...?" and "The Rare Gift". Thumbs up to this.
Season of the macabre was an ok story to read. It was a collection of psychological thrillers. Not what I was expecting for “psychological thrillers.” So much so that I had to define what macabre was to understand it a little more. In the beginning I did not get the idea of the thrillers. These stories were seriously “psychological” at some point I think it was more Sci-fi thrillers.

The most interesting part was the way death happened. Sometimes it was so unimaginable that I did not realize it e
Jan 06, 2013 Soul rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Season of the Macabre is a very unusual book( in a good way :) because its author Damien Kelly is not your ordinary backyard writer, Damien is a lecturer in psychology who is interested in speculative fiction with particular taste for macabre (like I said, not ordinary) He also won award for his Sci-fi story “Intervention Paradox” in Octocon short story competition of 2011. ‘Season of the Macabre’ combines three of Damien’s short story collections (Cold Comfort Child, A Polite Exchange, and The ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Mirrani rated it really liked it
A series of short holiday stories, mostly winter themed, I found each to be entertaining in its own way. Some were certainly more amusing or entertaining than others, but all had a quality of what-happens-next about them that I found interesting for the short story genre. I was surprised at just how interested I was by this collection, especially since I'm not typically a fan of gore or horror.

It should be said that none of the stories in this set are graphic or bloody. There is no over the top
Oct 14, 2012 Grammar*Kitten rated it it was ok
I was lucky enough to win an e-copy of Season of the Macabre by Damien Kelly in a Librarything Giveaway.

Season of the Macabre is a small collection of seasonal short stories, all set in the cold.

I was a little torn by this collection, if I'm honest. Some, I enjoyed. I enjoyed that the action is more implied than tangible, that the suspense is built up through what is not said or done but alluded to. Some stories I just got, and they gave me a little spine tingle at the end. Others, I just didn't
Angie Lisle
Oct 12, 2012 Angie Lisle rated it liked it
A collection of fourteen short psychological "thrillers." There's not a lot of blood and guts in these pages. The violence is implied so I recommend this collection for people who like a grim atmosphere without the ghastly sight of murder victims (if you like bloodier tales, look elsewhere).

Like most short story collections, this was 50/50 for me - I liked a couple of the stories (A Polite Exchange is my favorite) but there's a couple that didn't grab me because I guessed the ending before I arr
Jun 19, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Season of the Macabre is a compilation of three previous volumes of short stories by the author, Cold Comfort Child, A Polite Exchange, and The Rare Gift. I am a sucker for good macabre fiction, and this book delivered that. All of the stories had a holiday theme, but definitely not of the "fluffy, happy bunny" variety! One part horror, one part creepy, and one part disturbing made for a fantastic set of short stories. I don't know that I could even pick one as my favorite because they were all ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Marni rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Short psychological stories, mostly Christmas themed, nothing overtly gorey or twisted, but decent enough to read, i enjoyed several of them, has the feeling of the creepy campfire story...if you like this genre...being short stories it is easy to pick up and put down...this was a free ebook i received.

Disclaimer: sent through from

Bookmark: Pythagoras' Theorem postcard from Bodleian Library sent through from flister Carey - thank you.

Macabre definition: Suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome where this collection deals with the suggestion. Violence happens off-stage.

#1 Cold Comfort Child.

Opening: Anthony slept lightly Christmas Eve, fully expecting the confrontation to come.

Very short, very Freudian. Christmas season.

#2 Thankless.

Opening: Saving Joe
Eliza Bell
Eliza Bell rated it really liked it
Nov 06, 2015
Robert Casey
Robert Casey rated it really liked it
Feb 22, 2013
Jennifer marked it as to-read
Dec 19, 2012
Grampy marked it as to-read
Oct 24, 2012
Chrissie marked it as to-read
Oct 09, 2012
Kara Sjoblom-Bay
Kara Sjoblom-Bay marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2012
Gmr added it
Sep 03, 2012
Manatees Owlie
Manatees Owlie rated it liked it
May 10, 2015
Susan Maldrie
Susan Maldrie marked it as to-read
May 15, 2012
Beverly rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2012
Chris Mear
Chris Mear rated it really liked it
May 04, 2012
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
I can see your house from here.
More about Damien Kelly...

Share This Book