As we can’t show the cover yet, here are my knees, in a pool, whilst I’m house-sitting. You’re welcome.

Just to say that I’m delighted to announce that I’ve got a new story in Christopher Golden’s HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SCREAM, due out in October from Knopf Doubelday. “Honor Thy Mother” is a tale of unappreciated mothers and disappointing sons at Christmas.

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 jaws together. The hideous children–Want and Ignorance–beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts.


Absinthe & Angels – Kelley Armstrong

Christmas in Barcelona – Scott Smith

Fresh as the New-Fallen Snow – Seanan McGuire

Love Me – Thomas E. Sniegoski

Not Just for Christmas – Sarah Lotz

Tenets – Josh Malerman

Good Deeds – Jeff Strand

It’s a Wonderful Knife – Christopher Golden

Mistletoe and Holly – James A. Moore

Snake’s Tail – Sarah Langan

The Second Floor of the Christmas Hotel – Joe R. Lansdale

Farrow Street – Elizabeth Hand

Doctor Velocity: A Story of the Fire Zone – Jonathan Maberry

Yankee Swap – John M. McIlveen

Honor Thy Mother – Angela Slatter

Home – Tim Lebbon

Hiking Through – Michael Koryta

The Hangman’s Bride – Sarah Pinborough

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