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Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from bestselling, acclaimed authors including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and many more.

That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Anchor Books
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Justin Tate
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Despite the cute title, take a hard pass on this one. Calling it a "mixed bag" is too generous. Most of the stories are boring to unreadable. Only a few would even be categorized as horror. It's like slogging through the full album of a one-hit-wonder band. No wonder single short stories are so popular on Kindle--buy the one you want and don't waste time on the garbage.

If this happens to go on clearance and you do buy it, here are the three stories actually worth reading:

Kelley Armstrong - Absin
Christmas! I really can't stand it, but this anthology appealed to me for the following reasons. 1. The killer cover! (For which I got to host the exclusive cover reveal on my blog, Char's Horror Corner, and it was very exciting!) 2. It was edited by Christopher Golden and I've had good luck with anthologies he's edited in the past. I'm happy to report this one was no exception!

This book was chock full of stories, nearly 400 pages worth, so I can't get into all of them here, but I will briefly t
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
If there is one horror theme I never get tired of, it’s holiday horror—especially when that holiday is Christmas! When you look at the roots of so many Christmas rituals and celebrations, there really is a dark and fantastical element; when you couple that with the bizarre antics so many are driven to during this stressful and busy time of year, it’s no surprise that these authors could come up with such fun stories.

The thing people really hate remembering, even as they celebrate a guy nailed t
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: night-worms
4.5 stars! Rounded up for Goodreads.
Christmas is antithetical to horror. It's the season of good cheer, merriment, friends & family and generosity. We even have this spokesperson for Christmas called Santa Claus who sneaks into homes, eating cookies, drinking milk and leaving presents--he's jolly and kindly.
Or--he's ripping his good natured face off and revealing the insidious creature that *really* enters your holiday home in the middle of the night! (that cover!!!)
This Christmas themed ant
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Content warnings include suicide, family violence, murder, sexual harassment and kidnapping.

I’ll be completely upfront with you; I only wanted this book for the Seanan McGuire story. Well, that and the cover image that reminded me of one of the guys from Mars Attacks! playing dress up. I’ve never read Christmas horror before so didn’t know what to expect.

I was hoping this book would contain a bunch of Christmas stories for people who prefer Halloween; serial killer Santas, blood soaked snowmen
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
"It was the holidays. Best to be prepared for emotional bloodshed." - James A. Moore

I had so much fun reading Hark! The Herald Angels Scream. This anthology was edited by Christopher Golden, and I was pleasantly surprised with the anthology as a whole. It opens up with Kelley Armstrong's creepy Absinthe & Angels, and then leads you on a crazy Christmas journey from there.

I had read a few of these authors before, such as Josh Malerman, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, and Angela Slatter. I
Ashley Daviau
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, can we all take a second to appreciate how fabulous this cover is? Good, now that you’ve feasted your eyes, listen to me gush about this anthology! Usually short story collections are a mixed bag, some good mixed in with some bad and some just average. But this collection did not follow in others footsteps. This collection was absolutely stunning! Out of all the stories there’s only one single one I wouldn’t give 5 stars to and that’s pretty damn impressive! I found so many new author ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ah, Christmas. It's a beloved yet complicated holiday. I've always had this love/hate relationship with all the traditions around Christmas. And I'm talking about commercial Christmas, people who go to church once a year, Christmas. Not the reason for Christmas. Still, many of you are bristling right now. Calm down, I'm not coming for Christmas. It's just not my favorite holiday, for a myriad of reasons. However, Christmas horror? Yes, please!

This collection is tons of Yuletide fun. I've really
I had an absolute blast listening to the audio book version of this holiday themed horror anthology! Packed with 18 horrific holiday tales, this collection ranges from humorous to spooky and even snarky. Fun! It was great timing on my part as I was packing away all the holiday decorations, moving furniture and mopping up after the holidays while listening to these stories. Made it more fun!

As with any story collection there were tales I loved, some that were good, and two that I really didn't li
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
How can you resist the title? Or the wonderful cover? It's an excellent collection of Christmas horror stories, just in time to get you in the mood for the season. Actually, the Christmas connection is a little tenuous in some of the tales, but that's okay. I particularly enjoyed the Golden (which revisits the Hollywood memorabilia collection from his earlier story The Hiss of Escaping Air (I think)), the Lotz (a good sf tale!), the Sniegoski (creepy!), the Malerman (we've all been to parties li ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Every year I say that Halloween doesn't get what it deserves... Thanksgiving is shortly behind and Christmas is frantically trying to cut the line. So when I received a horror anthology catering to a Christmas theme, well color me ecstatic!

Now, I'm not usually big on short stories - sometimes they stick, but usually I just have this hankering for more... this one hit a few buttons for me. Equal parts thrilling, filling and just ok - I got what I expected... but THEN SOME. I recognized most of th
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
When I see the name Christopher Golden, it is almost like the angels screaming! I've loved this author for a very, very long time. In this whole anthology, I seriously disliked 3 stories, thought 2 were crap, and the rest? Duh, they were Golden. "Cheesy, stupid grin." Anything that has Scott Smith as one single story out of many, will always get my attention. Add some J. Maberry, and Golden? Dude, it's on. There were quite a few tales here that kinda freaked me out. Other's, they were just reall ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hark! the Herald Angels Scream is an anthology of eighteen Christmas themed short horror stories from a unique and talented writers of the genre. Some of my favorite authors of the group include Christopher Golden (also the editor here), Seanan McGuire, Thomas E. Sniegoski, and Jonathan Maberry. While some of the shorts just weren't quite my style, there were some truly fantastic gems that were exactly what I was looking for. For
Tanya W
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the stories in this book. My personal favorite was 'Love Me' by Thomas Sniegoski. The last half of the story had me hooked like no other. If you enjoy basic & just bizarre Christmas themed horror tales this book is for you. Highly recommend it!
Brandy Humphrey
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book surprisingly held a couple of firsts for me. It’s the first Christmas themed horror book I’ve ever read, and the first anthology written by a collection of different authors I’ve ever read.

I was initially drawn to the gorgeous cover, but as soon as I saw a few of the contributing authors names, I just knew I had to request it.

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream is the perfect book for those looking to fill the season with some holiday themed thrills and chills. It starts out with a bang, op
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
This is a fun collection of horror short stories all set around the holiday season. I was fairly happy with the variety of the stories in the collection with each author taking a unique angle on the season with stories about everything from vacations to office parties.

The stories were light-hearted and easy to read. There were some dark moments, but, overall, the stories didn't seem to take themselves too seriously. Unfortunately, I found most of the stories to be quite lackluster and
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Horror Anthology with a Christmas Theme
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Okay. For the most part, this is a good book. It's a horror anthology centered around Christmas and features 18 short stories. Many of the stories are great. They are well written, interesting, somewhat creepy, and original. However, there were a few that didn't bode well with me and I had a hard time finishing them. Because of this, I am right in the middle in terms of my rating. I liked
Michael Hicks
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Confession time: I'm not really into Christmas. Yes, I appreciate the time off work, some good presents, and an excuse to watch Die Hard for the thousandth time, but as far as holidays go, it doesn't do much for me. Christmas is up there with Columbus Day as far as important holidays go for me, which is to say it's not important to me at all. I could easily forget all about these federal holidays if given the opportunity and I find their actual historicity all but ignored in favor of doe-eyed re ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“Snow is falling and Agnes is sure she can hear it whisper through the air and land with the softest of sighs on tree branches, cars, outdoor furniture, and on the layer of flakes already deposited on the ground. She loves how it looks, loves that there is a season that can be relied upon. Christmas in Salem will always be white.”

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream is a collection of 18 stories centered around two of my absolute favorite things – Christmas and horror!

Can we just take a moment to appr
Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
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First things first: I actually started this book back in October, when NetGalley and Anchor Publishing sent me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review (thank you!). When it was announced later that it’d be featured in a Night Worms book box, I knew I had to sign up and grab a physical copy as well!

Christmas horror is my #1 favorite genre of anything – from books to movies to art, if it’s creepy and Christmas-y, I’ll probably love it. When I
John J Questore
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
As many who follow me know, I LOVE horror. What you may not know is that I also LOVE Christmas. Yes, I’m the one playing Christmas music right after Halloween (although, you should check out Midnight Syndicate’s CD “Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering” for a nice mix of both). Sadly, there are few authors willing to combine the two; I guess after Dickens, most thought they couldn’t compete.

Because of that, any time I see a collection like “Hark! The Herald Angels Scream”, I immediately jump at the ch
Absinthe & Angels by Kelley Armstrong. I had never heard of mummers before but now I am terrified of them. Loved this story.

Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith. The ending saved this story, even though I saw it coming. It's a perfect example of a horrible-seeming couple getting their just desserts.

Fresh as the New-Fallen Snow by Seanan McGuire. I love her writing but this story was a miss for me. A little too moralistic.

Love Me by Thomas E. Sniegoski. I've read a couple of books by
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A host of authors contribute to a book full of Christmas-themed horror (some tales submerge themselves within the holiday more than others). As one would expect, there's a spectrum of styles presented, ranging from tongue-in-cheek to full-stop thrillers, and all have no qualms about throwing on some gore and viscera should the need arise.

Fans of anthologies such as Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Darkside, and Creepshow are going to feel right at home here, and my money's on *you* feeling
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, kindle, horror
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4.5 stars

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAMS was not your run of the mill Xmas anthology. Rather than a mixed bag of short stories by authors most of us love, what this anthology brought was an incredible treasure trove of enjoyment that I'll be reading again and again.

I found two stories that rated better than five stars which offset the two that I hated. Combine those with the couple of four star tales and I decided my final rating was a 1/2 star deduction down to 4.5 stars. Extra kudo
Robin Bonne
Christopher Golden did an excellent job editing this collection of Christmas horror short stories. This is exactly what I was craving and it filled me with festive holiday cheer.

There was only one story that I felt was mediocre, and it was still readable to the end. The rest were all four or five star stories. Usually, short story collections are hit or miss for me, but I was pleasantly surprised that these were consistently good. The story styles reminded me a little of Tales from the Crypt.

Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
HARK! THE HAROLD ANGELS SCREAM is an anthology of eighteen Christmas horror stories from various authors. If you’ve never considered Christmas to be the perfect time to indulge in stories that will creep you out and leave you wondering, this is the perfect book to change your mind! Within these pages are short stories by many authors you have heard of, such as Josh Malerman, Sarah Pinborough, Scott Smith, and many more. However, my favorite part of this book was discovering authors whose works I ...more
Robert Vanneste
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all anthologies there is a mix of meh to loved . My favorite was The Hangman's Bride followed by Good Deeds and Christmas In Barcelona . Overall a good easy read .
Alex findingmontauk1
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: night-worms, owned
GAH! These stories were SO amazing! This is a book that has a stunning cover and even more wonderful pages within. I was so impressed at the ability of these stories to shock and surprise me. I got a taste for some new authors that I have seen before but never read - and thanks to the stories in here I have added some of their books to my TBR! This is my first Christmas reading "holiday horror" and I absolutely must do it every year now. Stories like the ones here just added to the overall great ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
There were a few gems, most of the stories were lackluster and average. My review can be read here --->
Dez Nemec
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, horror, ng-2018
I’ve been holding onto this one to read closer to Christmas. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than reading holiday horror stories? Included are 18 stories for those of us that celebrate, but still know that Krampus is running loose so you best be on your best behavior.

The Hangman’s Bride by Sarah Pinborough had to have been my favorite of the bunch. It was a solid Victorian-style ghost story, even including the sweet little boy chimneysweep. Tom, as he is currently being called, ha
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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