A very scary Christmas: featuring zombies, vampires, werewolves, & the Discworld’s silly season

A blog post in which we ask ourselves: Does Santa go bump in the night?

Fed up with Christmas shopping and preparations? Prefer your fiction spiced with the paranormal? Have we put together a booklist for you! Take a break with one of these seasonal titles:

Syndetics book coverI am Scrooge : a zombie story for Christmas / by Adam Roberts ; with illustrations by Zom Leech.
“This cheeky addition to supernatural mashups features an annoyed Scrooge who must take time away from counting his money to ward off a growing zombie population and learn how his special Scroogy DNA may be able to save the world from brain-eating annihilation. Roberts (Yellow Blue Tibia) uses A Christmas Carol as a mere jumping-off point, preferring to put Dickens’s characters in increasingly ridiculous situations. Purchase where others of this ilk are popular.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverWolfsbane and mistletoe / edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.
“Let’s Face it – the holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard if you’re a lycanthrope. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales, by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon and with a silver bullet close at hand.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverUndead and unreturnable / MaryJanice Davidson.
“Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor is planning the perfect wedding to drop-dead gorgeous vamp Eric Sinclair. But in this fourth novel of Davidson’s series, Betsy is plagued by ghosts, who demand her help in rectifying their past mistakes, and a serial killer on the loose.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHogfather / Terry Pratchett.
Not *exactly” a Christmas book, but the closest the Discworld comes to celebrating the silly season:
“It’s the night before Hogwatch & it’s too quiet. There’s snow, there are robins, there are trees covered with decorations, but there’s a notable lack of the fat man who delivers toys. He’s gone. Susan the governess has to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won’t rise. Unfortunately her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats & oh, a god of hangovers. Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he’s carrying a sack instead of scythe, but there’s still something regrettably familiar. “You’d better watch out.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe stupidest angel : a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror, version 2.0 / Christopher Moore.The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
“Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe. ‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. It is the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, after all. But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead. But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.” (Syndetics summary)