Editor: Tom Pomplun
Illustrators: Anton Emdin, Micah Farritor, Florence Cestac, Hunt Emerson, Cynthia Martin, Evert Geradts, Simon Gane, Rick Geary
Publisher: Eureka Productions
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Stories included in this volume:
A Letter From Santa Claus by Mark Twain
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Chaparral Christmas Gift by O. Henry
The Strategy of the Werewolf Dog by Willa Cather
A Luckless Santa Claus by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Wondersmith by Fitz-James O’Brien
As Christmas approaches, what better way is there to get in the holiday mood than by reading some of the classics? If Christmas tends to bring out your darker side, you’ll enjoy the stories included in this volume.
In the opening letter from Mark Twain to his daughter, she is warned that if George doesn’t follow certain specific instructions, “he will die someday.” The Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, then sets the stage for some of these unusual and sinister seasonal tales. A werewolf dog tries to sabotage Christmas by leading Santa’s reindeer astray, a western villain tries to leave a “Christmas present” for his love but has second thoughts, and the Wondersmith’s plans go very much awry.
These seasonal classics are richly illustrated by several talented artists. The use of color is especially unique in The Strategy of the Werewolf Dog, and Jacob Marley’s ghost is quite scary in A Christmas Carol.
Enjoy these classics by a fire with a warm cup of cocoa on Christmas Eve. And once you’re snug in your bed waiting for Santa to arrive, remember to wish everyone, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
Reviewer: Alice Berger