It’s Christmas in July!

It’s Christmas in July!

For the month of July, get a creepy ghost story for just 99 cents!

Come to a séance to raise Dickens’ famous ghosts!

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So This Is Christmas

And time for a good Horror story to make a day with the relatives look good.

Have you ever tried doing a seance? Just for fun?

That’s what Amber, Brittany and Lauren thought it would be. Just a party game on Christmas Eve. To try to raise the ghosts of past, present and future from the famous Charles Dickens novel.

But sometimes a little bit of fun can go very, very wrong.

On Kindle for just .99 or in paperback for only $9.99 through Christmas! Makes a great Christmas gift for the Horror lover in your life!

Christmas Horror!

It’s that time of year again. The holidays loom large and there’s nothing we need more than an escape from the madness, this year more than ever. With that in mind, I’ve got a couple of sales coming up on e-book versions of all my books!

First up is Kindle. A Christmas Tale is .99 on Amazon RIGHT NOW! This includes all Amazon territories that allow that pricing. Go and order YOUR copy before Christmas when it goes back to regular price!

Now if you read Epub, from 18th December ALL my books are participating in the Smashwords End of Year Sale! The Holiday Tales books are both half price and Letters to the Damned is only $0.99! This sale finishes January 1st so get your copies while they’re hot!

Christmas Horror!

The Victorians traditionally read ghost stories at Christmas, hence some of Charles Dickens’ short stories and his most famous work, A Christmas Carol.

As readers of my books probably know, I bounced off that story when I wrote A Christmas Tale, a story about three contemporary young women who hold a seance to try to raise the ghosts from Dickens’ story.

These stories capture the imagination and lend an otherworldly aspect to an otherwise cheerful holiday celebrated with bright lights, good food and rampant consumerism.

Wait, what’s so cheerful about uncontrolled spending? Yes, my friends, we’ve all been duped for years, led into the real horrors of debt and demands from children used to expensive gadgets and the latest toys waiting under the tree on Christmas. What went wrong?

I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m looking forward to this year’s Christmas movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas. As we know, Charles Dickens as much as invented a lot of our current traditions, writing about Christmas in his Victorian setting with a lot of sparkle and magic added, not to mention good will for our fellow humans.

Some readers like to stick to feel good stories at Christmas, yet a lot of us are still attracted to Horror. Why is that? In my Christmas book I try to explore that question in human terms, depicting memories my characters have of Christmas that don’t meet the ideal that the advertising agencies would like us to see.

They explore what matters about the holiday in a world filled with real terrors, yet potential for making the world a better place, even in small ways. I’ve put it on sale this weekend in my own small bid to make the world a better place where books don’t cost an arm and a leg when you’ve already got plenty of things to spend money on. Just 99 cents on Amazon.com or 99p on Amazon UK.

In the spirit of Gremlins, some Christmas stories have to look at the imperfection of the world we live in and acknowledge that things can go wrong. Only then can we really appreciate it when things go right; when the food is good, the presents you wanted are under the tree and nobody in the family ends up in A & E.

That’s what I call a good Christmas!