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Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  59 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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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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Lisa Cleveland
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
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
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
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
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
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 --->
Kelly Schnorrbusch
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this anthology! My rating on this is 3.5 stars.

The story selection was hit or miss with me, and most of them lacking real holiday horrors. I was hoping for scary Santas, demonic toys, rude reindeer, and twisted trees. Don't get me wrong, most were good, but not great. Many followed a pattern of a seemingly innocuous event that takes a sinister turn at the end. My thoughts on a few of these:

Yankee Swap by John M McIlveen was the stand out of this collection. S
andrea caro
The rest of this anthology was 1-3, but the story "Christmas in Barcelona" made me gasp out loud. I wish this had been better. Seanan McGuire! Joshua Malerman! But unfortunately, 3 feels like a generous rating.
Stacy Fetters
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"If my selfless act could touch my heart, maybe it could touch the hearts of millions! Santa Claus is comin to town could bite my ass. I was going to write this song tonight!"

Horror anthologies are usually hit and miss with a great story being far and few between but this was actually pretty fantastic. A few made me roll my eyes so hard that I was afraid that they would stick that way but there were others that spooked me to my core.

My top three stories in order are: Yankee Swap, Absinthe &
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
Christmas horror in time for Halloween? Yes please! count me in! What a great way to kick off the holiday season. Not only do the herald angels scream, they bring you tidings of discomfort and fear. I love short horror stories in any season, but I savor them even more this time of year when busy schedules, holiday baking, and decorating the house for hordes of trick or treaters infringe on my reading time. Oh Dear, I didn't mean to sound like scrooge. There is just something so satisfying to me ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, short-stories
I love reading horror. Slightly more than that I LOVE Christmas season! I was excited from the moment I heard about this anthology and over the moon when a library hold came in soon after it's release. I was not disappointed. What an all-star collection! Many of these authors I hadn't read before though they were on my radar and I am so excited to become acquainted with their other works!

Anthologies can generally be a mixed bag. This was one of those gems where I actually didn't outright dislik
First off, I’d like to mention I got this ebook for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And an HONEST review I will give. Probably won’t ever get books from them again, but here goes. I am not a professional reviewer and I do not have a major in English studies, nor do I feel entitled. But, I’ve read many books in my life, most of which I did not add on my Goodreads profile as I would still be here years down the road.

Most of the stories in the book don’t really have Christm
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley ad Knopf Doubleday Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review. I was first attracted to the book by the colourful, gruesome cover illustration, reminiscent of the art for the 10 cent horror comics of the late 1940’s until they were banned in the early 1950’s.

This anthology contains 15 short stories by various authors, each story connected in some manner with the Christmas season. There is something here for everyone who enjoys stories of this
Angel Hench
It is never too early to start reading Christmas books, and this Christmas/horror book of short stories is GREAT. There are the traditional short scary stories (ghosts, vengeful spirits) set on Christmas Eve but the real treat are the stories of horrible Christmas things - have you heard of mummers? Go ahead, google it, I'll wait. Yikes. I've also picked up a few new horror authors I have not read before - Angela Slatter, John McIlveen, Scott Smith, Kelley Armstrong (and Sarah Pinborough whom I ...more
Anchor and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Hark! The Herald Angels Scream. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream is a collection of short stories of Christmas horror, with such popular writers as Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Christoper Golden contributing. This anthology is designed to give a good scare instead of yuletide cheer. With 18 stories to choose from, fans of horror will appreciate the Chris
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty solid collection of Christmas themed horror stories. I'd give it 3.5 stars. I rounded up to 4 stars rather than down to three on the backs of 4 stories that I thought were super strong. Christmas in Barcelona by Scott Smith, Tenets by Josh Malerman, Home by Tim Lebbon and The Hangman's Bride by Sarah Pinborough. I've really enjoyed books by Scott Smith and Sarah Pinborough in the past and their contributions to this anthology did not disappoint. I'll also definitely look into re ...more
Shell Hunt
I picked up Hark!The Herald Angels Scream based on the editor alone. I'm a longtime fan of Christopher Golden, so I was stoked to see a short story collection he edited.
Generally, I'm not a big fan of short story collections. I lose momentum half way through and really struggle through to the end. This collection is compiled in a way that it kept the pace up and didn't feel like a drag at all.
The book did not disappoint. The stories range from cringy, weird, unnerving, creepy, and darkly funny
My thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Hark! The Herald Angels Scream.

I was pretty excited when I discovered I had been given an early copy of Hark! I'm a huge fan of horror movies and novels, though it takes a lot to scare me, I'm always hoping it will happen someday.

And nothing says Christmas like horror.

The cover photo caught my eye because it reminds me of the Cryptkeeper from one of my favorite shows from the 90s, Tales from the Crypt. My #1 fave show of the 90s was The X-Files, in ca
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I generally hate Christmas and most things that would be considered 'heartwarming', so a Christmas anthology that focused on horror sounded great to me. All the stories take place around Christmas time but have a horror plot and the blend works surprisingly well. There's a large variety of stories here so I definitely think there's something for everyone and no risk of getting bored halfway through. And if you missed reading this during the Hallo
Rocco Pallotto
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like most short story collections, the individual ratings vary from one story to the next. Overall, really well done, especially "Christmas in Barcelona" by Scott Smith. That made this entire collection a four-star for me.
Naomi Downing
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this collection of stories, was quite interesting to read Christmas stories when it's hot out. I'm looking forward to reading more from the authors in this collection.
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC copy.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this book. There is something for everyone in this collection. Although it is Christmas themed, this book is worth reading at any time. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Although I received the book in this manner, it had no impact on my opinion of this book nor my review.
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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