An evil Santa skulking through the shadows. A snowman with a taste for blood. Terrorized children who will never look at presents the same way again. This collection includes 24 twisted holiday tales and a bonus novella that explores the dark side of wintering in the tropics. Treat yourself to a daily helping of horror with stories that will leave you wondering whether Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year…

Table of Contents +

  • “The Ceremony”
  • “The Line”
  • “Too Much Christmas”
  • “Last Christmas”
  • “Secret Santa”
  • “The Bear”
  • “Dear Santa”
  • “Something New”
  • “Red & Green”
  • “Bylaws”
  • “Ornaments”
  • “Origin”
  • “The Snowman”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “Questions”
  • “The Beard”
  • “World’s Best Dad”
  • “Into the Stars”
  • “Delivery”
  • “Depths”
  • “Santa’s Little Helper”
  • “Trenches”
  • “Once Bitten”
  • “The Ceremony”
  • “Snowbirds” (a novella)

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What they’re saying about Advent:

“Daniel Pyle is a master at crafting tales that leave a mark. You may want to look away from the carnage…but you won’t. You know you won’t…”

—Michael Crane, author of Lessons and Giggles

“If you want to be disturbed, amused, shocked, and even sometimes a little sad, all while loving Christmas, this book is for you.”

—Goodreads Reviewer

“This collection of short stories is for people who like a little bit of horror mixed with their Christmas cheer. Featuring everything from an evil Santa to alien takeovers, these stories will satisfy even the most hardcore chiller fan.”

—Susie D., Copy Editor, Red Adept Editing