Book Review: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

HARK! THE HAROLD ANGELS SCREAM | Edited by Christopher Golden
10.23.2018 | Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books
Rating: 4/5 stars

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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 haven’t had the chance to read before. I now have a ridiculously long list of books to add to my TBR by these authors and I’m not one bit mad about it!

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HARK! is filled with several standout stories, as well as some that fell a bit flat for me. My favorites were: Christmas in Barcelona, The Hangman’s Bride, Yankee Swap, Absinthe & Angels, Not Just for Christmas, and It’s a Wonderful Knife. Each of these stories had an extremely engaging topic to them that really drew me into the plot and committed my interest until the very end. It is incredible to see what authors can do with such a short number of pages!

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Christopher Golden truly put together a collection of stories that will get you in the perfect, creepy mood that Christmas is usually lacking. A holiday that is generally about being jolly and consuming everything sweet, now has a book that will delight those who enjoy the darker side to things. With a wide range of whimsical, science fiction, macabre, and unsettling, there is something for every reader within the pages of HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM.

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