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Get Ready, Here’s the List of Authors and Stories that will be Featured in Our Christmas Collection!


When I launched this contest, I was admittedly nervous. Very few submissions arrived in my inbox over the course of the first two weeks. And then the traffic picked up. However, I still saw a significant decrease in overall entries. Now, in hindsight, I can acknowledge the fact that that may have been a good thing.

There were no bad entries for this contest. Let me say that again: there were no bad entries for this contest! Not every story captivated, and a few felt quite rushed, but I’ll be damned if every last one of these stories weren’t worth at least a single glance.

Not every submission made the cut. That’s just how things have to work around here. If we’re going to continue publishing, we’ve got to ensure that each release is stronger than its predecessor.

NOTE: If you didn’t make the list, I beseech you: Continue writing, and submit again in the future – you didn’t miss inclusion by much, at all!

We’ve made that happen. The Halloween collection was a blast, and I truly enjoyed that collection. But this Christmas release is going to blow people’s socks right off. And it’s chilly this time of year, you kind of want your socks on.

I plan to announce the official contest winner tomorrow. However, I’m really, really torn between three different stories, and it may require an additional day to reach what I feel is the right decision. Either way, the winner will know victory in the very, very near future.

Now, on to the stories and authors who made the cut. There are quite a few familiar names in this list, and it’s nice to see these authors continuing to work hard. It’s even more gratifying to see continued improvement and evolution. These stories are getting stronger, constantly. I can’t help but be proud.

In the lineup you’ll notice some HNR familiars, like Terry M. West, Ian S. McCain, Tim Meyer, Glenn Rolfe and a few others. But you’ll also notice one name that should jump out at you immediately: Joe R. Lansdale.

That’s right, Mr. Lansdale has stepped up to show HNR some love and support by contributing two pieces for the anthology. Joe’s work will bookend this awesome collection, and let me tell you, his work definitely doesn’t disappoint. This guy is a genius, and I’m ecstatic to say that a whole lot of the other stories in this book stand up quite well to the legend’s work. Don’t expect to be left in the dust by Lansdale. Despite how amazing he is, we’ve got some other amazing works in store for you as well!

Alright, alright. Enough babbling! Take a look at the stories that made the cut. And keep an eye on the site in the next 24-48 hours to learn the official winner!!


1 Christmas Monkeys by Joe R. Lansdale

2 Last Christmas by Richard Farren Barber

3 A Spare Place at the Table by John Paul Davies

4 A Spicy Apple Glaze by Robin Dover

5 A Visit from Santa by David E. Greske

6 Scissors by Matt Molgaard

7 Black Santa by J. Nolan

8 Bobby’s Holiday Wish List by Matthew Weber

9 Candy Cane Uprising by Ian S. McCain

10 Five Years Gone by JC Hemphill

11 Gingerbread Death Machine by Tim Meyer

12 Ho by Stanley B. Webb

13 Holy Night by Darryl Dawson

14 Krampusnacht by Thomas Cavazos

15 Let Slay Bells Ring by C.L. Hesser

16 Not Even a Mouse by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt

17 On the Eighth Day of Christmas… by Adam Blampied

18 Out for Santa by Theric Jepson

19 Pete Balances the Books by James Keen

20 Presents of Mind by David Watkins

21 Red Snow by Jonathan D. Nichols

22 Santa Christ and the Xmas Miracle by Terry M. West & Regina West

23 Seasons Beatings by Mark Allan Gunnells

24 The Secret Ingredient by Rebecca Snow

25 Solstice by E. M. Thomner

26 The Garden of Cold Lights by Mark Anzalone

27 The Killing Season by Glenn Rolfe

28 The House by Wayne C. Rogers

29 Tis the Season by D.S. Ullery

30 The War on Christmas by Jenny Knox

31 White Christmas by Charles Schmidt

32 The Christmas Rat by James S. Dorr

33 Christmas with the Dead by Joe R. Lansdale

We’ll have the cover reveal and book title unleashed before you know it, and this bad boy will be live on Amazon inside of a week. This time, we’re prepared!!

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

17 Comments on Get Ready, Here’s the List of Authors and Stories that will be Featured in Our Christmas Collection!

  1. Well done everyone!!!! this anthology is going to rock!!!!

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  2. Congratulations, all! So honored to be included!

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  3. Wayne C. Rogers // December 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm // Reply

    Thank you, Matt. It is certainly an honor to have one of my stories in the same anthology with two short stories by Joe Lansdale.

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  4. It’s deeply gratifying to be included, especially with some of the names listed here.Congrats to my fellow scribes. I’m looking forward to reading all the tales!

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  5. I. Clayton Reynolds // December 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm // Reply

    Congrats, everyone.

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  6. Wow! This is awesome! Proud to be a part of this project! Congrats to everyone and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s work!

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  7. Ho ho ah-Hell everyone… 😉

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  8. This looks awesome. Congrats to all the authors in the line up, the titles alone are fantastic! I can’t wait to read everyone’s work.

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  9. Vitina Molgaard // December 15, 2013 at 2:35 am // Reply

    Good deal with some excellent writers …looking forward to your tales…as always..just me…Vitina


  10. This is the way it was for me: I was sitting at my desk searching for the whereabouts of the sarcophagus of Siegfried the first Crown Sovereign of Luxembourg… the strange sound from Facebook that a new Timeline notification had just arrived pulled me out of the gravesite, and I saw the notice from Matt Molgaard and Horror Novel Reviews that the long awaited list of authors and stories had finally been selected that would be featured in the upcoming release of their Christmas collection of horror. I began to scroll down and I saw Joe R Lansdale… my heart fell and then I smiled and was so proud that Joe Lansdale would be published in this collection. I continued to scroll and then I screamed. I was slammed back into my seat when I saw A Spicy Apple Glaze by Robin Dover three stories down from Joe Lansdale. I jumped up and sat back down, jumped up again and then sat back down and just let the names of the authors in this collection flow over me. I saw Terry M. West and Regina West, DS Ullery, Ian McCain, Matt Molgaard, and Rebecca Snow. And then I saw Joe Lansdale again. I celebrated with my family tonight – I needed to express my gratitude to the Universe. I am humbled, thankful and honored to be a part of this amazing twisted collection from these talented, hard working, disturbed and inspired group of writers. I’m looking forward to getting lost in this collection and coming back, forever altered. A Massive Thank You! When you sink your teeth into those baby back ribs, be sure to help yourself to plenty of that spicy, apple glaze. After all… ’tis the season.

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  11. Congratulations to all of those who made it in! This should be one rad mother fucking book!

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  12. Big congrats! Can’t wait for this one!

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  13. I didn’t make it, but a big congrats to all who did! Can’t wait to read it!

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  14. Stanley B. Webb // December 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm // Reply

    Congratulations to all, and thank you to Matt. To all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

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  15. Good job, everyone! High fives all around.
    – Thomas Cavazos

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  16. I. Clayton Reynolds // December 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm // Reply

    In light of Matt’s assertion that there were no bad stories. I would consider producing an anthology of those stories that didn’t make the cut. It won’t have Champion Joe, but it’ll get those stories out there. Any thoughts?

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  17. markallangunnells // December 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm // Reply

    What??? I’m going to have a story appearing in an anthology with my idol Joe R. Lansdale…that’s enough of a win for me! I’m over the moon!

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