Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the Third Day of Christmas, Rebecca @ Bending the Spine Reviews The Christmas Gift

On the Third Day of Christmas, Rebecca @ Bending the Spine Reviews The Christmas Gift by Damein Kelly

I am very excited to be part of this event!!! I recently reviewed an awesome Christmas book that was extremely different from any other Christmas book I have read before. Hope you enjoy.


The season of giving is a season of darkness; a season of extended nights and twilight days. And the gifts of the season aren’t always the kind you’d hope to receive.

The Christmas Gifts: a collection of twelve tales of the uncanny, where unusual gifts - be they rare, unexpected, inappropriate or even unwanted - come wrapped in a piece of that seasonal darkness.

When loving your friend means denying your hunger. When the luster of gold doesn't stop it being a chain. When giving is another word for sacrifice. This is the Christmas Macabre. Little children walk with monsters—Saints with Devils. Everyone wears red.

Give the gift of the macabre this holiday. Suggested for mature readers. (Goodreads)

Book Details
Title: The Christmas Gifts
Author: Damien Kelly
Release Date: September 20, 2011 
ISBN-10: 1447830628
ISBN-13: 978-1447830627
Source: Author


Generally Christmas stories are sweet and all about spreading a little holiday cheer. The Christmas Gifts is twelve short stories that go a bit of a different route. 

This is my first experience reading any Christmas horror stories. When I agreed to review The Christmas Gifts I had no idea I would like it so much, but the description and cover is right on, so I had nothing to worry about. I love a good short story and these are little horror gems that where very satisfying to devour. 

I loved these dark tales each one different from the next. There where twist and turns, paranormal, and humor that was nicely unexpected. One of my favorite stories was actually a non-paranormal about a woman getting her last vengeful present from her late husband.

Damien Kelly is an author I will be putting on my “watch for next project list!” I loved his sense of dark comedy and the steady voice he placed throughout The Christmas Gifts.

Happy Reading,


Awesome! Reread worthy.
4 out of 5 stars 

Recommended For

Adults: For language, violence      

Want to get to know Damien Kelly better? Then be sure to check out the Nineth Day of Christmas, as Damien will be guest posting.

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  1. I'm not really into horror stories but that is so interesting! I've never heard of Christmas horror stories before. :)

  2. Thanks again for having me on Cana! I am super excited to come back and read Damien's post! He is so awesome!!!


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