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I love Christmas. I love Halloween. What better way to combine them than Christmas horror books!? This is a pretty specific genre and one I haven’t actually read yet but very much would like to. Horror in general, really.
I meant to get this post into the world sooner, but life, I suppose. So better late than never. This is a solid list of Christmas horror books and Christmas horror short stories.
I have actually read one of these, NOS4A2 but that was years ago and I don’t remember that much of it. I have a couple of the others and would definitely like to read them sooner than later but, of course, I’m in a travel book mood right now. (I’m a major mood reader.)
As I read these though I’ll be sure to update this post with any thoughts on them and I’ll add more as I find them. I hope you find a creepy Christmas horror novel or two to read for yourself on here. Let me know which you choose!
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Horror Stories to Ruin Christmas: Serenity Falls Forever
Here is another Christmas horror collection telling the horrifying story of Serenity Falls, Wisconsin. One day at a time, the truth is revealed culminating in a dark secret bigger than anyone could imagine.
Hope and despair are doled out unequally as the town’s citizens discover the painful truth.
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream
This is a Christmas Horror anthology with eighteen stories from bestselling authors. There is darkness in the Yuletide season and A Christmas Carol is filled with unsettling scenes.
This is a non-traditional Christmas book with no romance to be found if you want a little something different.
Krampus and Friends: Tales of Terrifying Christmas Monsters From Around the World
We’re kicking this list off with a creepy collection of Christmas monsters around the world. There are thirteen tales featuring Krampus, Belsnickle, Hans Trapp, Baba Yaga, Santka Lucia, and more.
Lussi has been out of work for months and is desperate to work in publishing. Blackwood-Patterson isn’t perfect but she’s third and tasked to find the next great horror writer to compete with Stephen King and Anne Rice. It is the 80s after all.
As soon as she starts, though, she finds herself the target of her new coworker’s mean-spirited pranks. It comes to a head when she receives a familiar demonic-looking object. Not long after, her coworkers experience a series of horrific accidents and she suspects her gift is involved. Now she has to track down the gifter and the object before it destroys the company and her soul.
Krampus: The Yule Lord
On Christmas Eve in Boone County, West Virginia, Jesse sees seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. The reindeer leap into the sky taking all eight figures with.
Moments later, a magical sack falls to the ground that will thrust the singer into the clutches of the Yule Lord, Krampus. He starts to learn a lot of secrets about Santa, both good and bad, including how he imprisoned Krampus and stole his magic.
Santa’s time is running out and the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and take Yuletide back. If Jesse can survive the ancient feud, he may be able to redeem himself, save his own dreams, and bring the magic of Yule to Boone County.
Where the Dead go to Die
The nurses just do their jobs at The Hospice in post-infection Chicago where men and women live out their final days in comfort before they turn to monsters known as “Smilers.”
Emily is haunted by her past and just wants to be the best mother possible, but how can she do that in a world where no one seems safe anymore?
Christmas Eve on Haunted Hill
Ten years ago, Silas Herzinger worse a Santa suit as he took an axe to 15 extended family members. His youngest son, Luke, was the sole survivor of the massacre and is home to face the past and battle the evil still in the family home on Haunted Hill.
He Sees You When He’s Creepin
Krampus is the hoofed and horned dark companion of St. Nick. Sometimes he’s a hero, sometimes a villain, and here, he’s never the sidekick. This is an anthology of Krampus stories, one for each of the 12 nights of Christmas!
Five strangers take refuge in a diner during one of the worst Indiana snow storms ever. Snow keeps falling, ice builds up on the roads, and the temperature keeps dropping but the worst part of the night is the sixth visitor who comes to the diner. Soon the diners are fighting for their lives this Christmas season.
Victoria McQueen hops on her Raleigh Tuff Turner bike, making her way to a rickety covered bridge that will take her wherever she needs to go to find lost things, whether it’s across town or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx drives a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that can take him out of the everyday world and onto the hidden roads leading to the terrifying place he calls Christmasland.
One day Vic is out looking for trouble when she finds Manx, but that was a long time ago. Vic was the only child to escape Manx’s evil and she is desperate to forget, even though Manx remembers her and now he has a new passenger: her son.
This is actually a graphic novel and prequel to NOS4A2! Here we discover the terrifying world of Christmasland and the ageless monster in charge. We explore the twisted beginning of Charlie Manx and meet a new cast of Christmasland characters.
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Ghost Stories
In the Victorian era, it was tradition to publish ghost stories in magazines and newspapers during the Christmas season. Thirteen of those tales have been compiled in this collection, and there are actually four more!
Brandon and Erin are bringing cheer to their family with a new tradition of the elf on a shelf. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, though, incidents start to occur around the house–some more innocent than others.
Brandon starts to suspect an evil spirit is haunting their home until he recognizes a pair of crazy, gray plastic eyes always watching.
You Better Watch Out
I can’t do this description anymore justice, here it is straight from the source:
“Mary Classen is the successful CEO of a booming tinsel company in the quiet town of Tinselvania, Maine. Perpetually single and surrounded by quirky friends and townspeople, her world is flipped upside down when Bright Harmon, a rising star in the competitive world of tinsel-selling, arrives from a New York City Christmas conglomerate to discuss a potential partnership.
Meanwhile, the town of Tinselvania is under attack by a bloodthirsty, maniacal serial killer dressed as a reindeer. Why are they here? What do they want? Can Mary and Bright balance a blossoming romance and stop a deranged murderer before it’s too late??”
Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas and can’t stand anything about it, especially watching A Christmas Carol every year at school. And now everyone at school calls him Scrooge and he hates that, too.
When three ghosts visit him he thinks it’s a dream but then he realizes it’s a nightmare that might become real.
Seasons Creepings: Tales of Holiday Horror
This is a collection of holiday horror stories that bring out the darkness of the Christmas season, usually the most wonderful time of the year.
Murder for Christmas
Mordecai Tremain arrives at the country retreat of Benedict Grame with festivities in full swing, along with the tensions of the guests.
At the stroke of midnight, they find presents under the tree. And a body that strongly resembles Father Christmas. He must find the culprit to prevent anyone else from getting murder for Christmas. This is the perfect cozy Christmas locked-room mystery!
Have you read any of these Christmas horror books? Which ones? Any others I should check out?