of the human soul in Karin Tidbeck’s “Skeletons.” Kali Wallace brings us to a desolate outpost in Antarctica, where an ancient evil lurks beneath the ice in “The Cold Dark.” These stories, along with many others in this chilling anthology, will make you question the true meaning of the holiday season.
In Christmas and Other Horrors: A Winter Solstice Anthology, editor Ellen Datlow has curated a collection of spine-tingling tales that explore the darker side of the winter solstice. This anthology is a must-read for fans of horror and supernatural fiction.
One of the standout stories in the collection is “Skeletons” by Karin Tidbeck. Set in a small town in Sweden, the story follows a man who discovers a strange skeleton buried beneath the floorboards of his childhood home. As he investigates the origins of the skeleton, he uncovers a dark secret that haunts the town. Tidbeck’s atmospheric writing and subtle hints of horror create a sense of unease that lingers long after the story is finished.
Another standout story is “The Cold Dark” by Kali Wallace. Set in an isolated research station in Antarctica, the story follows a group of scientists who uncover an ancient evil lurking beneath the ice. As they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions, they must also confront the horrors that await them below. Wallace’s vivid descriptions of the Antarctic landscape and her expert pacing build tension and suspense, making this story a thrilling read.
The anthology also features stories from other acclaimed authors, including Seanan McGuire, Aliette de Bodard, and Stephen Gallagher. Each story offers a unique take on the theme of winter solstice and explores the darkness that can lurk beneath the festivities of the holiday season.
Christmas and Other Horrors: A Winter Solstice Anthology is a masterfully curated collection that will send chills down your spine. Whether you’re a fan of horror or simply enjoy a good scare, this anthology is a perfect read for the winter season. So curl up by the fire, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and prepare to be terrified.