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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and gli O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and glitter of the lights and tinsel, things less jubilant may lie in wait. The holiday season can bring love, peace, and benevolence... but it may also spawn a darkness lurking amid the shadowy boughs of the Christmas tree, ornaments that should have never seen the light of day, let along hung on festive branches, and bones that jingle and dance, in search of Santa's crimson suit... and the flesh that resides within. In this collection of harrowing holiday tales, Ronald Kelly leaves ten frightful and horrific gifts in the Christmas stockings that hang from the mantle of your cheerful fireplace. Ghastly and gruesome presents that slowly unwrap and burst into life while you are tucked, snug and warm, in your bed and take on nightmarish form in the icy winter hours of Christmas Eve, turning comfort and joy into terror and dread. Stories included in this collection: Jingle Bones The Skating Pond Depravity Road Heirlooms The Winds Within Then Came a Woodsman As for Me, My Little Brain Beneath the Branches Papa’s Exile The Peddler’s Journey


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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and gli O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and glitter of the lights and tinsel, things less jubilant may lie in wait. The holiday season can bring love, peace, and benevolence... but it may also spawn a darkness lurking amid the shadowy boughs of the Christmas tree, ornaments that should have never seen the light of day, let along hung on festive branches, and bones that jingle and dance, in search of Santa's crimson suit... and the flesh that resides within. In this collection of harrowing holiday tales, Ronald Kelly leaves ten frightful and horrific gifts in the Christmas stockings that hang from the mantle of your cheerful fireplace. Ghastly and gruesome presents that slowly unwrap and burst into life while you are tucked, snug and warm, in your bed and take on nightmarish form in the icy winter hours of Christmas Eve, turning comfort and joy into terror and dread. Stories included in this collection: Jingle Bones The Skating Pond Depravity Road Heirlooms The Winds Within Then Came a Woodsman As for Me, My Little Brain Beneath the Branches Papa’s Exile The Peddler’s Journey

30 review for Season's Creepings: Tales of Holiday Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This was a very cool holiday theme collection of stories by author, Ronald Kelly and I can say that I enjoyed all of them! I am going to give a very small cryptic taste for each story within these pages without giving away spoilers. Jingle Bones - A stepfather gets his just rewards for Christmas. The Skating Pond - Skating on a frozen pond is more hazardous than you think! Depravity Road - An isolated farm is home to a serial killer - a family of four are lucky to be alive. Heirlooms - What really re This was a very cool holiday theme collection of stories by author, Ronald Kelly and I can say that I enjoyed all of them! I am going to give a very small cryptic taste for each story within these pages without giving away spoilers. Jingle Bones - A stepfather gets his just rewards for Christmas. The Skating Pond - Skating on a frozen pond is more hazardous than you think! Depravity Road - An isolated farm is home to a serial killer - a family of four are lucky to be alive. Heirlooms - What really resides in heirloom ornaments on a Christmas tree? The Winds Within - Eyes are for more than to see with. Then Came A Woodsman - A hero comes in all forms. As for Me, My Little Brain - The tables are flipped on Santa Claus as he ends up getting a surprise. Beneath the Branches - Be careful what you buy from someone on the road as you don't know what you will bring home with you. Papa's Exile - A tree gives a little girl a surprise that she will never forget. The Peddler's Journey - Sometimes ghost stories turn out to be true. Loved all the stories and though some of them were twisted, they still had the right "jingle" for the holiday season! Five stars for this collection!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Robert

    Ronald Kelly is simply the master of holiday horror short fiction, unmatched by anyone I've read. In these terrifying tales, Kelly crafts a vividly descriptive and atmospheric collection that conjures deep feelings of nostalgia and wonderment. Included are ten spectacular stories by an author who I feel executes with terrifying precision. Season's Creepings will have readers completely submerged from the moment ol'Jingle Bones spreads his holiday cheer to the time the Peddler makes his long awai Ronald Kelly is simply the master of holiday horror short fiction, unmatched by anyone I've read. In these terrifying tales, Kelly crafts a vividly descriptive and atmospheric collection that conjures deep feelings of nostalgia and wonderment. Included are ten spectacular stories by an author who I feel executes with terrifying precision. Season's Creepings will have readers completely submerged from the moment ol'Jingle Bones spreads his holiday cheer to the time the Peddler makes his long awaited visit.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    As far as Holiday Horror goes, Ronald Kelly is the best in the biz! I had so much fun reading this collection. One of the best aspects of Kelly's particular brand of storytelling is his imagination. This collection shows versatility and range in style, tone, and intensity. If you enjoy reading specific, seasonal horror at Christmas and Halloween--I fully recommend both of Kelly's collections that released this year. THE HALLOWEEN STORE & SEASON'S CREEPINGS are must-haves. Rated 5 stars because t As far as Holiday Horror goes, Ronald Kelly is the best in the biz! I had so much fun reading this collection. One of the best aspects of Kelly's particular brand of storytelling is his imagination. This collection shows versatility and range in style, tone, and intensity. If you enjoy reading specific, seasonal horror at Christmas and Halloween--I fully recommend both of Kelly's collections that released this year. THE HALLOWEEN STORE & SEASON'S CREEPINGS are must-haves. Rated 5 stars because this is what horror fans are looking for if they just want well-written, quality creepy Christmas stories in December! Stories included in this collection: ****Jingle Bones- As much as I am a little tired of the abusive/drunk step-dad trope (and this one lays it on very thick), I was able to overlook it to find out how this would end and I was not disappointed! Jingle Bones makes sure all good little boys and girls get what they really want (need) for Christmas and abusive parents get what they deserve. ****The Skating Pond-I love the melancholy tone of this tale. A strange, natural phenomenon in a man's hometown takes & doesn't give back or offer any answers. *****Depravity Road- This was terrifying and suspenseful. It reminded me of a story with a similar vibe in the Halloween collection/ a familiar ending and I hope Ronald Kelly makes these a reoccurring trope for future collections. Very creepy. True Crime fans, this one is for you. (trigger: detailed commentary of a woman's weight. There was a story like this in the previous collection too) ****Heirlooms- Who doesn't want a black-magic, witchy tale for Christmas?? ***The Winds Within- This story appealed to my affinity for a good crime drama. But I didn't much care for the ending, to be honest. ****Then Came a Woodsman- a re-telling of the folktale/fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. Loved it. ****As for Me, My Little Brain- OK, I almost tapped out of this one because, well, reasons. I liked this story, the ending especially, but for sensitive readers, it's pretty problematic. (triggers: children with disabilities/pedophilia) *****Beneath the Branches- My favorite story! This is an awesome Christmas Creature Feature. I loved it. I was sitting in a comfy chair, in the glow of Christmas tree lights with hot cocoa and marshmallows. Horror Heaven. ***Papa’s Exile- Not my favorite of the bunch but I still loved the unique surprise. ****The Peddler’s Journey- A Christmas ghost story and a great ending for the collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    Ronald Kelly is keeping the tradition of ghost stories at Christmas alive with his new collection of 10 scary stories. We return to a fan favorite for help, brush right up against one of our favorite- but forbidden- counties and much more. I enjoyed every one of these stories. This is a must have for your Christmas horror collections.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelsi - Slime and Slashers

    3.5 stars rounded up for GR. This was a fun collection of stories. However, I wouldn't call it my very favorite Christmas horror anthology, and it didn't really blow me away. As I write this review, I am actually struggling to remember much about the majority of the stories in this collection. However, the very first story, Jingle Bones, does stick out in my mind. I really liked that one, and I would call it my favorite of the entire collection. Overall, I just may not have been in the mood to r 3.5 stars rounded up for GR. This was a fun collection of stories. However, I wouldn't call it my very favorite Christmas horror anthology, and it didn't really blow me away. As I write this review, I am actually struggling to remember much about the majority of the stories in this collection. However, the very first story, Jingle Bones, does stick out in my mind. I really liked that one, and I would call it my favorite of the entire collection. Overall, I just may not have been in the mood to read an anthology while I was digging into this. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading this as the writing is terrific and many of the stories are indeed thematic. I may try re-reading this for a future December to give it another chance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    I had a lot of fun with this holiday horror collection. I read it in the week leading up to Christmas 2021 and it was just a great book to read late at night sitting by the fire and the tree. My favorite part about the book though was we got to reaquaint ourselves with some characters from other works. Mister Glow Bones from the Halloween collection of the same name makes a new appearance, but more importantly we get to take another trip to Fear County Tennessee and hook back up with some well l I had a lot of fun with this holiday horror collection. I read it in the week leading up to Christmas 2021 and it was just a great book to read late at night sitting by the fire and the tree. My favorite part about the book though was we got to reaquaint ourselves with some characters from other works. Mister Glow Bones from the Halloween collection of the same name makes a new appearance, but more importantly we get to take another trip to Fear County Tennessee and hook back up with some well loved characters and monsters from his 5 STAR( for me ) novel Fear. For all my thoughts and favorite stories: https://youtu.be/aXH3zKp--fs

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deb Soward

    I really enjoyed reading Kelly's collection of Christmas horror stories. This book begins with an introduction by Kelly about his Christmas memories. This book consists of 10 chilling tales sure to fill your Christmas horror heart with terror. Add a little creature feature, a dash of supernatural, a drizzle of serial killer, and a sprinkle of psychological terror, which gives you a serving of Season's Creepings. Five out five glowing Horror Christmas stars! I really enjoyed reading Kelly's collection of Christmas horror stories. This book begins with an introduction by Kelly about his Christmas memories. This book consists of 10 chilling tales sure to fill your Christmas horror heart with terror. Add a little creature feature, a dash of supernatural, a drizzle of serial killer, and a sprinkle of psychological terror, which gives you a serving of Season's Creepings. Five out five glowing Horror Christmas stars!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    What a creepy, spooky little holiday collection! Totally fun and un-put-downable!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ed Myers

    Normally, I'm a little leery of stories that are of the Horror/Christmas combination. Christmas is the most festive time of year focusing on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, not the time to be scared and see innocent people suffer at the hands of evil. However, my very good friend Ronald Kelly has put together a collection of the Horror/Christmas combo that I loved and really enjoyed reading. Yes -- scary things happen during the Christmas season in these collection of stories. But, very Normally, I'm a little leery of stories that are of the Horror/Christmas combination. Christmas is the most festive time of year focusing on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, not the time to be scared and see innocent people suffer at the hands of evil. However, my very good friend Ronald Kelly has put together a collection of the Horror/Christmas combo that I loved and really enjoyed reading. Yes -- scary things happen during the Christmas season in these collection of stories. But, very few innocent people or animals suffer at the hands of evil -- THANK GOD!!! A case in point is the cover story -- Jingle Bones -- which has 12-year old Brennan McDonough as the centerpiece. Brennan's father passed away a few years ago in a tragic accident. And, his mother Peggy remarried a man named Stu Compton -- who is an overweight, drunken abusive man -- who will whip Brennan many time over with his belt or even break his bones. One day -- while Christmas shopping with his mom -- Brennan finds one of those glow-in-dark plastic skeletons in a discount bin. Brennan buys it and plans to dress it up respectively for every holiday season while it hangs on his bedroom closet door. And, Brennan has the strange sensation the skeleton speaks to him and tell Brennan that it will take care of him. For the Christmas season-- Brennan dresses up "Jingle Bones" in a Santa suit. Then on Christmas Eve night -- Stu comes into Brennan's dark bedroom intent on breaking the boy's legs and fracturing his skull. Stu never liked Brennan and wants the boy's mother all to himself. However, before Stu gets to his evil intentions -- a skeletal arm grabs Stu around his neck, flings him off the bed and then drags the abusive man into the living room. Brennan notices "Jingle Bones" is no longer hanging on the bedroom closet door. Brennan rushes into the living room and comes across the "just desserts" Jingle Bones gave to Stu. The last thing Brennan sees is Jingle Bones walking off into the night. "Beneath the Branches" is an enjoyable tale because it takes us "Ronald Kelly fans" back to Fear County and another snake critter. It's the present time -- and the Ballard family -- mother Kim, daughter Jordan age 14 and son Danny age 10 want to get a real, tall tree this Christmas because husband and father Nick Ballard -- who's in the military -- is coming home from Kuwait. However, the tree they buy is from a strange man in a pick-up truck from the other side of the Cumberland river -- the Fear County line. When they get home and put the tree up -- the orange pet tabby cat Sweetie-Pete doesn't like it at all. And, there is something mysterious moving around in the branches of the tree. Soon enough, the evil comes full force. And, elderly black man "Hot Pappy" Jeremiah Springer -- the grandson of the "Granny Woman" and now 80-something year old grandfather Jeb Sweeney have to come save the day. "The Peddler's Journey" is a great tale of a ghost of an old Irishman who leaves self-made carved toys in the Christmas stockings of young children. We find out why. These three stories are a sample of why this collection is a 5-star read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Holiday horror at its best! Creepy good time!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    Ronald Kelly does short fiction, and does it well. He also seems to be attempting to corner the market on holiday horror, first with Halloween Season, then dropping Season’s Creepings on us just a few months later. Clocking in at just over 100 pages makes this collection easily digestible and a fantastic candidate for perennial rereads. I’m partial to the name of the main character in “Jingle Bones”, but it’s the supernaturally-aided revenge tale that drew me in and kept me turning pages. “The Sk Ronald Kelly does short fiction, and does it well. He also seems to be attempting to corner the market on holiday horror, first with Halloween Season, then dropping Season’s Creepings on us just a few months later. Clocking in at just over 100 pages makes this collection easily digestible and a fantastic candidate for perennial rereads. I’m partial to the name of the main character in “Jingle Bones”, but it’s the supernaturally-aided revenge tale that drew me in and kept me turning pages. “The Skating Pond” fits a niche I really enjoy reading, where something terrible happens to the main character, and the reader is left to wonder how much is real, and how much is the imagination. Are we actually reading about a deluded villain? “Depravity Road” is a fun (that doesn’t seem like the right word at all) bite-size tale that would have been more than at home in Kelly’s The Essential Sick Stuff. “Heirlooms” was a standout, presenting a unique idea of magic and revenge, and wrapping it all up in a satisfying package. “As For Me, My Little Brain” is definitely one of the creepiest of the bunch, a whole lot of uncertainty rolling around the parents in the tale. Probably my favorite story in the bunch was “Beneath the Branches”. I’ll be diving into Kelly’s magnum opus, FEAR, in the next month, so I appreciated the opportunity to get an outsider’s glimpse at Fear County and see what might be in store for me. The creature in this creature feature is well-fleshed out, or at least scaled out, and will have me checking it twice next time I pick out a Christmas tree. The stories range from creepy to psychological to funny to poignant, as showcased in “The Peddler’s Journey”. Kelly packs a lot into a small book, crafting a collection that is just downright enjoyable. The stories aren’t life-changing, but you’re going to have a good time. I received a copy from the author for review consideration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Ronald Kelly is one of my favorite authors currently writing. His Southern Gothic tales fill my blackened heart with joy, and this collection is perfect for those of us who don't need their Christmas stories to be necessarily full of cheer. Some of my favorites here include: "Jingle Bones" is an incredibly satisfying tale of a boy's revenge on abusive parents. I first read "Depravity Road" in Kelly's collection, Midnight Grinding, and it is one of his few stories not set in the south. It is still o Ronald Kelly is one of my favorite authors currently writing. His Southern Gothic tales fill my blackened heart with joy, and this collection is perfect for those of us who don't need their Christmas stories to be necessarily full of cheer. Some of my favorites here include: "Jingle Bones" is an incredibly satisfying tale of a boy's revenge on abusive parents. I first read "Depravity Road" in Kelly's collection, Midnight Grinding, and it is one of his few stories not set in the south. It is still one of his best, as a man stops to ask for directions at what would become an infamous house of horrors. "The Winds Within" is truly chilling, although I could have done without the animal death. "Then Came a Woodsman" is another satisfying tale, this one a take on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. "The Peddler's Journey" is the only really truly heartwarming tale in this collection and is thus perfect for Christmas even for those who don't like their holiday stories dark. Overall, this is another fantastic collection from Ronald Kelly. As long as he keeps putting them out, I'll keep reading them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Horror Bookworm Reviews

    A decorative cardboard skeleton turns out to be its own yule-tide court appointed judge, jury, and executioner. A family becomes lost on a snowy rural road and ends up encountering a rather notoriously famous old farm house. An excited little girl is allowed to sit on Ole St. Nick’s lap at the local mall, simply to discover the real interpretation of being naughty or nice. Ronald Kelly's Season’s Creepings contains 10 Tales of Holiday Horror. The King of Creepiness once again reaches into his m A decorative cardboard skeleton turns out to be its own yule-tide court appointed judge, jury, and executioner. A family becomes lost on a snowy rural road and ends up encountering a rather notoriously famous old farm house. An excited little girl is allowed to sit on Ole St. Nick’s lap at the local mall, simply to discover the real interpretation of being naughty or nice. Ronald Kelly's Season’s Creepings contains 10 Tales of Holiday Horror. The King of Creepiness once again reaches into his morbid bag of gifts and bestows upon the reader his interpretations regarding tidings of comfort and joy. Beginning with the introduction, Kelly shares his cherished childhood memories of Xmas with that familiar entertaining twist of terror he spins into each recollection. Beyond the intro, Kelly begins hanging the reader’s stockings above a glowing fireplace and fills them with soul-chilling dread, mind-numbing terror and tormented winter chills. Keeping a blanket of gloom nearby just in case a shiver of gooseflesh materializes, Ronald Kelly summons his inner winter demon and rises to the challenge of spreading ten tales of holiday cheer in the most macabre of ways. Ronald Kelly has a way of pulling the reader into a story by his down to earth approach to writing, much like a familiar warm and cozy chair. I feel his youthful experiences have often help create storylines, thereupon his imagination twists them into something horrifically appealing. Another five star Horror Bookworm Review. I can’t get enough of this guy. https://horrorbookwormreviews.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    I’ve been trying to read more short stories lately. So far, this is the only collection I’ve really liked! My favorite was Jingle Bones, which is the first story. These short stories were all festive, vivid and atmospheric, making them terrifying and creepy. There wasn’t a single bad story in this book. They were all wonderful and different in their own way. This collection is everything I’ve ever wanted from Christmas horror. Highly recommended for horror fans looking for creepy Christmas stori I’ve been trying to read more short stories lately. So far, this is the only collection I’ve really liked! My favorite was Jingle Bones, which is the first story. These short stories were all festive, vivid and atmospheric, making them terrifying and creepy. There wasn’t a single bad story in this book. They were all wonderful and different in their own way. This collection is everything I’ve ever wanted from Christmas horror. Highly recommended for horror fans looking for creepy Christmas stories!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lars (theatretenor) Skaar

    Absolutely LOVED this collection! My first Ronald Kelly book and will not be the last now! Here’s my rankings of the stories: Beneath the Branches Heirlooms The Winds Within Jingle Bones As for Me, My Little Brain Depravity Road Then Came a Woodsman The Peddler’s Journey The Skating Pond Papa’s Exile

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I enjoyed most of the stories. Depravity Road and As For Me and My Little Brain were my favorites. These stories weren’t strictly Christmas tales but revolved around the theme of Christmas and Winter. Really glad I was able to read this before the holiday season was over.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patti Tindal

    Kelly never disappoints Although Halloween is my favorite holiday I greatly enjoyed the Christmas Horror within this book. I’ve never been tempted to skip or skim when reading one of Ronald Kelly’s books. I just wish it were three times longer! I recommend ALL of his horror. There’s definitely something for everyone !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erica Fields

    The best holiday horror stories book I have read!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gonzalez-Collazo IG - Shereadswithcoffee

    I will not be able to hear Season’s Greetings the same way again after reading Season’s Creepings!!! What a marvelous anthology of Christmas-horror in just a few short stories. I am learning that a book doesn’t have to be 300+ pages to stir in you, unsettling and horrific emotions. Loved every single one of the stories but Heirlooms, As For Me, My Little Brain, and Peddler’s Journey were outstanding. If you need a quick, Horror-Christmassy read, Season’s Creepings is for you!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mylene

    Stories from a simpler time... Really liking Ronald Kelly. This was not quite as good as “The Halloween Store”, but still worth a read. Kelly is a very gifted storyteller, and whether all stories work for you or not, you will enjoy the way he delivers the tales in his distinctive style. I found the second half of the book more intriguing than the first, but they are all still readable. Favorite stories: 1. Heirlooms: Quite a sweet story, with a great deal of depth to it, about family. Juxtaposition o Stories from a simpler time... Really liking Ronald Kelly. This was not quite as good as “The Halloween Store”, but still worth a read. Kelly is a very gifted storyteller, and whether all stories work for you or not, you will enjoy the way he delivers the tales in his distinctive style. I found the second half of the book more intriguing than the first, but they are all still readable. Favorite stories: 1. Heirlooms: Quite a sweet story, with a great deal of depth to it, about family. Juxtaposition of love and hate with resentment and retribution. 2. Then Came a Woodsman: A fabulous re-telling of the Red Riding Hood story from the POV of the woodsman. 3. As For Me, My Little Brain: Disturbing story with themes of revenge. Food for thought after reading this one. 4. Beneath The Branches: Loved this story. Unusual and heartfelt. 5. The Peddler’s Journey: This book of short stories ends with a lovely Xmas tale. Besides the fact that the story is about a ghost on Xmas eve, it is not truly a horror story. However, it is a beautiful haunting tale with a small twist. Really lovely story. Ronald Kelly shows off his writing chops and his versatility. This is what keeps me coming back for more of his tales. His writing is authentic, creative, and deep. He obviously yearns to create characters and plots from memories of his youth, and delivers us some wonderful peeks into at a simpler time in life. For that, I am grateful!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff McIntosh

    The second book by Kelly I've read....the first, featuring Halloween, and the second, this volume, revolving around Christmas. The first story in this collection - "Jingle Bones", would do the old EC Comics proud..."Depravity Road" might be like what would happen if Al Bundy met Ed Gein? "Beneath the Branches"...what if a monster hooked a ride on your Christmas tree one fine December night? A nice little collection for those long, cold winter nights... Jeff McIntosh The second book by Kelly I've read....the first, featuring Halloween, and the second, this volume, revolving around Christmas. The first story in this collection - "Jingle Bones", would do the old EC Comics proud..."Depravity Road" might be like what would happen if Al Bundy met Ed Gein? "Beneath the Branches"...what if a monster hooked a ride on your Christmas tree one fine December night? A nice little collection for those long, cold winter nights... Jeff McIntosh

  22. 5 out of 5

    Casie Blevins

    The cover is the reason I bought this book. I had to have it for that reason alone. This author made some odd choices editorially. There was no consistent font size. It went up, it went down. It did this in the middle of sentences, at the end of most sections. There was comically bad writing until the story Then Came a Woodsman which was interesting and well written. In fact every story after that one was well written. He still did the weird inexplicable font change thing but the quality of the The cover is the reason I bought this book. I had to have it for that reason alone. This author made some odd choices editorially. There was no consistent font size. It went up, it went down. It did this in the middle of sentences, at the end of most sections. There was comically bad writing until the story Then Came a Woodsman which was interesting and well written. In fact every story after that one was well written. He still did the weird inexplicable font change thing but the quality of the writing went way up and because of that this little book went from a one star to a three star.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Veith

    Was leery as some short story books are just no good, but this one was worth the read for the most part.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I savored this book throughout the month of December. The tales were creepy and it was a refreshing change from the typical sappy Christmas reads that are overly abundant.

  25. 4 out of 5

    RoseDevoursBooks

    Perfect book to get me in the mood for the Holiday Season! I read a story here and there before bed and found some tales to be delightfully chilling and a few a bit disturbing. Definitely a few trigger warnings to mention are: Child abuse Domestic abuse Body shaming Pedophilia I liked some stories more than others and can see a few of these appearing in episodes of Tales From The Crypt. It's a fast and easy read with just 137 pages long that includes ten stories. They're short Christmas horror tale Perfect book to get me in the mood for the Holiday Season! I read a story here and there before bed and found some tales to be delightfully chilling and a few a bit disturbing. Definitely a few trigger warnings to mention are: Child abuse Domestic abuse Body shaming Pedophilia I liked some stories more than others and can see a few of these appearing in episodes of Tales From The Crypt. It's a fast and easy read with just 137 pages long that includes ten stories. They're short Christmas horror tales with a unique twist! Check it out if you're looking to get into the holiday mood the spooky way! My favorites in order: Jingle Bones Beneath the Branches The Winds Within Depravity Road Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Schwenker

    The Stories Jingle Bones - 3.25 out of 5 The story is commonplace within the horror genre - an abused child is freed from his tormentor by a ghoulish figure - but Kelly manages to stir up real emotions of righteous indignation within the reader. As a result, the familiarity provides some measure of comfort since you know that justice will come in the end. While not entirely a pleasant read, it's well handled. The Skating Pond - 3.5 out of 5 A story more concerned with mood than plot. No answers are The Stories Jingle Bones - 3.25 out of 5 The story is commonplace within the horror genre - an abused child is freed from his tormentor by a ghoulish figure - but Kelly manages to stir up real emotions of righteous indignation within the reader. As a result, the familiarity provides some measure of comfort since you know that justice will come in the end. While not entirely a pleasant read, it's well handled. The Skating Pond - 3.5 out of 5 A story more concerned with mood than plot. No answers are given for its mysteries, but this does work to evoke its intended atmosphere of existential dread. However, the first person narration does suggest a playful ambiguity, leaving us to consider if the horrors are truly unknown or perhaps something more human. Depravity Road - 3.25 out of 5 Atmospheric and mostly restrained horror that elicits chills from its setting and one's imagination. While anticipated, the final reveal ties the events to a real-life evil and reminds us that horror isn't only found in fiction. Another mood piece with some interesting observations on human nature, though one wishes for just a bit more substance. Heirlooms - 3.0 out of 5 A Hallmark holiday special by way of an EC Horror comic. This story is filled with sentimentality as a woman reconnects with her deceased family, learning to let go of her past as she liberates their earthbound souls. The inclusion of an abusive uncle receiving his comeuppance echos Kelly's previous story "Jingle Bones" but feels underdeveloped here. The Winds Within - 2.75 out of 5 Outside of the killer's motivation, this police procedural is largely routine. Then Came A Woodsman - 3.75 out of 5 Unlike the previous story, nothing is routine in this wonderfully strange tale that goes in unexpected directions. There is such curious details: A magician "fixes" the woodsman? He shines in the moonlight? He stops when it rains? Kelly suggests much but leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions. This is perhaps my favorite of the lot due to its uniqueness. As For Me, My Little Brain - 2.0 out of 5 Troubling in many ways. Thoroughly unpleasant and my least favorite. Beneath the Branches - 3.75 out of 5 A fun "creature feature" and easily the most entertaining story of the lot, despite the plot beats following conventions rather closely. The characters are well-drawn, the monster is fully-realized, and tension is steadily tightened. It's also refreshingly optimistic as the terror is the catalyst which brings disconnected people together to defeat it. This story will have the broadest appeal. Papa's Exile - 2.75 out of 5 A reprint from Dark Dixie. Upon the second read, it fared slightly better in the context of other wintry tales, but it still says very little. The Peddler's Journey - 3.5 out of 5 A yarn of fine vintage, written like an oft-told American fable. Unashamedly old-fashioned and familiar. A pleasant way to end the collection, depicting tenderness rather than terror.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Escapereality

    Seasonal stories are my favorite. It is so cozy to settle down with a seasonal book around the holidays and I especially like seasonal horror. The collection, “Halloween Store”, was released by Ronald Kelly prior to “Season’s Creepings”. It was such a great collection of spooky stories. Kelly continues to show his versatility as an author in “Season’s Creepings”. “Season’s Creepings” begins with an introduction by Kelly about his family’s holiday traditions. It really puts the reader in the right Seasonal stories are my favorite. It is so cozy to settle down with a seasonal book around the holidays and I especially like seasonal horror. The collection, “Halloween Store”, was released by Ronald Kelly prior to “Season’s Creepings”. It was such a great collection of spooky stories. Kelly continues to show his versatility as an author in “Season’s Creepings”. “Season’s Creepings” begins with an introduction by Kelly about his family’s holiday traditions. It really puts the reader in the right mood. The book consists of ten chilling Christmas horror stories that are versatile. Some of my favorites included: 1. “Jingle Bones” - An abused child freed from a ghoulish figure. 2. “Skating Pond” - A sad story that really focuses more on mood than plot. 3. “Heirlooms” - A family story about retribution and resentment. 4. “As for me, my little brain” - Disturbing story about revenge. 5. “Beneath the Branches” - What if a monster caught a ride on your Christmas tree? 👀 6. The Peddlers Journey” - The book closes with a ghost story on Christmas. At just over a hundred pages, “Season’s Creepings” is a must read holiday collection. It might be one that I revisit every year.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lee-ann

    This was the perfect holiday read. 10 short stories filled with all the trimmings. They were terrifying, terrorizing and twisted. “𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘬𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩, 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴.” Although I enjoyed all of these, I had a few favorites. They were: 𝘑𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴- a boy brings home a cardboard skeleton that becomes his best buddy and gives him one helluva Christmas gift 💀. Who doesn’t like a littl This was the perfect holiday read. 10 short stories filled with all the trimmings. They were terrifying, terrorizing and twisted. “𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘶𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘬𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩, 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴.” Although I enjoyed all of these, I had a few favorites. They were: 𝘑𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴- a boy brings home a cardboard skeleton that becomes his best buddy and gives him one helluva Christmas gift 💀. Who doesn’t like a little Halloween with their Christmas 🙌. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘬𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘰𝘯𝘥- children have a habit of disappearing on a frozen pond out at the old Chilton place and when no one believes Fred about what happened, he starts to go a bit mad. A chilling tale! 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴- When Kim takes her kids out to get a real Christmas tree, she brings back more than she bargained for. Great creature feature! 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘥𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺- A Christmas Eve story comes to life, and a gift from long ago finally makes it to its intended owner. I loved the nostalgic feel of this one! “𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘭𝘶𝘮 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘴𝘪𝘹 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘢𝘨𝘰. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘴𝘭𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘫𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘱𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴. 𝘕𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘱 𝘴𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘢 𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘮𝘢𝘯?” Overall I would give this collection 4.25/5! Highly recommend. And how about that cover 🙌😍🎄.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Torrie Tovar

    First thanks to the #buddyreadstodiefor group for choosing this for the holiday season as I really wanted some horror in December. This is a short story collection of some creepy holiday stories. Some are REALLY short. There are only ten. And it is a small book. So I still think you could read this one before Christmas. The first and seventh story was my favorite because to me the real monster are always humans and those stories were perfection. I also loved that a lot of them were set in Tennes First thanks to the #buddyreadstodiefor group for choosing this for the holiday season as I really wanted some horror in December. This is a short story collection of some creepy holiday stories. Some are REALLY short. There are only ten. And it is a small book. So I still think you could read this one before Christmas. The first and seventh story was my favorite because to me the real monster are always humans and those stories were perfection. I also loved that a lot of them were set in Tennessee mountains as I am from Tennessee and the mountains here are creepy. None of the stories SCARED me but it takes a lot to scare me, in books anyways. But I think they are more about being creepy or eerie more than anything else. I would recommend this if you prefer horror to romance in your holiday reads.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    “Brennan dreaded the approach of Christmas…mostly because Santa Claus had broken his arm in two places the year before.” Ten quick stories to get your blood pumping this holiday season. The last story is one I plan to read around the Christmas tree to my family on Christmas Eve. Ronald Kelly has a way of bringing you instantly there, within the story, wanting, needing to know what is going on with just a couple of sentences. He can produce a sense of dread and even though these stories are short, “Brennan dreaded the approach of Christmas…mostly because Santa Claus had broken his arm in two places the year before.” Ten quick stories to get your blood pumping this holiday season. The last story is one I plan to read around the Christmas tree to my family on Christmas Eve. Ronald Kelly has a way of bringing you instantly there, within the story, wanting, needing to know what is going on with just a couple of sentences. He can produce a sense of dread and even though these stories are short, they all pack a punch…or a slice, depending on the story. This book is packed with revenge, grief, and finding comfort however you can. There is even a retelling of a popular fairy tale from a different perspective. I will be returning to this year after year, this book was like warming my bones by a fire.

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