December 8, 2016
Weird Christmas reads: a festive selection with a twist
by Nikki Griffiths
If you haven’t yet done all your Christmas shopping and you’re struggling to find the right present for weird uncle Bob, fear not! Forget all those run-of-the-mill Christmas books out there and check out these unique offerings that are bound to make an impact when unwrapped on Christmas day. The hard decision is which one to go for…
Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland by Dennis Joyce and Nancy Watkins (William Morrrow)
As the book blurb explains: “Nothing says Christmas quite like innocent children shrieking with terror as a stranger dressed in red drags them kicking and screaming onto his lap.”
Well quite. And now you can be entertained by the looks of terror on the faces of little children in this compilation of festive photography.
It Ate Billy At Christmas by Roman Dirge and Steven Daily (Dark Horse)
Don’t you just hate it when a monster appears at Christmas and eats you right up? That’s what happened to Billy. His sister Lumie is delighted, but the monster is still hungry.
Hanukcats : And Other Traditional Jewish Songs for Cats by Laurie Loughlin (Chronicle Books)
Because let’s not forget all the Jewish cats out there who will be celebrating Hannukah this month.
The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas by Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans (Doubleday)
What…. what do you mean? Of course he exists….! No maths needed.
The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour (Feral House)
If you’ve been bad this year you better watch out, as the delightful child-eating holiday hellbeast Krampus might show up instead of Santa to punish your misdeeds. Spolier: you might not survive his punishments. Happy Christmas!
How to Catch Santa by Dwayne McMillan (CreateSpace)
The cover copy makes a bold claim: “This book will prove that through ingenuity, patience, and hard work that even Santa isn’t immune to a good old fashioned kidnapping [sic].”
But what will you do when you catch him? Wait… I don’t want to know.
New Year by Alan Blackwood
This one is to kick off 2017 with… because who doesn’t love a friendly, cuddly clown? Clowns: they’re definitely not sinister in anyway. These ones have skis. You can’t escape them.
Nikki Griffiths is the managing director of Melville House UK.