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Black Christmas

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Christmas in Murdock.
A time of cozy safety, snowy sidewalks, and caroling children.
But this holiday season someone is bating Sheriff Dunsmore in a bizarre and deadly game.
Someone is stalking the young women he knows and loves...seducing them with icy steel...leaving them for him to find - far too late.
It's the night before Christmas.
The frightened town edges toward pa
Paperback, 282 pages
Published December 1983 by Bantam (first published 1983)
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Nov 29, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Note: I always assumed that the movie Black Christmas was created from this book, but I realized during the first couple of chapters that this was not the case.

Black Christmas takes place in a small town, in a blizzard, during the two days before Christmas, and begins with a teenage girl getting killed with an axe in the woods. More killings will follow as Sheriff Dunsmore searches for the killer and worries about his own teenage daughter and failing marriage. I correctly guessed who the killer
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Mar 13, 2015 Grady Hendrix rated it it was ok
Black Christmas shares a title with the original North American slasher movie, Black Christmas (1974), directed by Bob Clark (director of Porky’s and A Christmas Story) which had been novelized in 1976. However, this book by Thomas Altman (pseudonym of Campbell Armstrong, who wrote the novelizations of Dressed to Kill and Raiders of the Lost Ark) has nothing to do with the film besides a Christmas setting and a focus on young women getting murdered. Set in the upstate New York town of Murdock, a ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Martin rated it really liked it
Well done. The perfect read for the Holidays, I think.
Jul 29, 2016 BRNTerri rated it liked it

I should state that this novel has nothing to do with the 1974 film Black Christmas (though that was novelized in 1976 by Lee Hays).

This was fairly boring. Three young women from the same town are murdered at different times within a short period of time in the days leading up to Christmas, and a fourth was almost killed. It wasn't until shortly before the killer was revealed that I'd guessed who they were.

There were the usual suspects- ex-husband, odd boy in town, ect., neither of which turn
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Feb 28, 2016 Adrian Lilly rated it liked it
Well written but sadly disappointing resolution. I picked the book up, because I thought it might be related to the classic horror film, but it is not. The plot stands on its own...until the (not well masked) identity of the killer is revealed and the book descended into silliness. Sad for a book that was otherwise an enjoyable read.
Oct 22, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it
I read this book many years ago (early 80's), so I could not give an accurate review. I have it listed in my records as a "very good read". This was in the days that I mostly read horror books. My taste in books has changed over the years.
Jan 10, 2016 Ryan added it
First read this about 17 years ago. A solid page turner. Honestly not sure how I'd feel about it now.
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Pseudonym for Campbell Armstrong. Other pseudonyms are (Campbell Black and Jeffrey Campbell). He also wrote books under his real name. Campbell Armstrong was born in Glasgow. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Sussex. He taught creative writing from 1971-74 at the State University of New York; from 1975-78 he taught at Arizona State University.

He disliked teaching immensely so, i
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