As of December 12th, 2013, there are thirteen days until Christmas comes around — a time of giving, a time of celebration, and a time of horror.
To celebrate the holiday season, here are five short stories set in the winter time that will make your blood absolutely curdle.
The Boy Who Killed Santa Claus
By Mark Allan Gunnells
When young Henry Childers doesn’t get his Christmas wish, he shows just how cruel a little boy’s revenge can be. A simple little story that will teach parents everywhere the merits of granting Christmas wishes — and the consequences of disappointment.
A Son in Winter
By Manfred Gabriel
Women may never be left alone during the first few weeks following childbirth, for madness has more power over them — especially when facing the horrors of a dismantled past and what may be lurking out in the woods.
The Cabin at the Top of the World
By Mark Allan Gunnell
Written in a different style than the aforementioned story, Gunnell tells the tale of a man in the North Pole stumbling upon the dark secret of Santa’s Workshop — and how sinister Mister Claus truly can be.
At the Mountains of Madness
By Howard Phillips Lovecraft
A bit of a longer piece, but a classic that will keep you riveted to the end. Follow an expedition in the icy tundra of Antarctica as they uncover a secret that was best left untouched, and struggle for their lives against the fabled Old Ones.
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he faces three ghosts to rekindle Christmas Spirit within him. While the one isn’t particularly horrific or gruesome, it is a story that reminds readers that even the most frightening of things may have good intent.
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