There are a ton of Christmas inspired books out there and not much time left before the big day. Where do you even start? I will make your shopping a little easier with a few recommendations for the horror lover in your life. All the books listed are the result of a brilliant Latinx creative. You are not only spreading bloody joy, but you are also supporting a community filled with exceptional talent. Nothing talks louder than paper.
- Gothic Blue Book VI: A Krampus Carol edited by Cina Pelayo from Burial Day Books
Have you heard of Burial Day? They are a small press run by Latinx couple, Cina and Gerardo Pelayo. Talk about relationship goals! You may know Cina from her beautiful prose and poetry, however, she also lends her skills to editing. The most recent Burial Day release is Gothic Blue Book VI: A Krampus Carol. This anthology of thirty-one tales about the myth and folklore of Christmas is filled with terrifying Christmas horror to keep you warm on colder nights. The table of contents is a knock-out list including fellow Latinas Monique Quintana and Mary Rajotte.
Visit www.burialdaybooks.com for all their publications.
Follow on Twitter @BurialDay
Cina Pelayo @cinapelayo
- The Visitor by Sergio Gomez
I previously reviewed and recommended Camp Slaughter by Sergio Gomez for Latin Horror. Sergio has done it again with his new Christmas novella, The Visitor with an awesome cover.
“On Christmas, during one of the worst snowstorms Indiana has ever seen, five strangers are forced to take shelter inside of a roadside diner. As the night progresses, the snowfall shows no signs of relenting, ice begins to build up on the roads, and the temperature seems to be dropping by the hour. But the worst has nothing to do with the weather, and everything to do with the sixth visitor coming to the diner.”
I am sold! Sergio is an accomplished writer who is also a contributor for the forthcoming anthology, Latinx Screams.
- Christmas in the Empty Cabin by E. Reyes
When I read Devil’s Hill, I called it the Latinx version of Tales in The Hood. I love a story that includes the word foo! Here is a short description of what you can expect of his Christmas collection.
“In this collection, a girl wakes up to visitors on Dia de los Muertos. A man recounts a sick and twisted Thanksgiving. A boy becomes intrigued with a house and with the girl who resides in it during autumn break. A family man deals with a dilemma that can cost him his soul. A man is caught in the woods during a blizzard as he searches for rescue for his dying friend. A hot holiday toy called Scurry Furry brings terror to a department store.”
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- Halldark Holidays edited by Gabino Iglesias for Cemetery Gates Media
This basically broke the indie horror internet because Gabino puts the Hustle in Horror with a capital H. I can’t wait to see the finished product. No information is available at this moment, but I encourage you to follow Cemetery Gates Media and Gabino for all your ordering information. Be selfish and buy this one for yourself. After 2020, we all deserve a treat.
Both Coyote Songs and Zero Saints by Gabino are fantastic reads that should also be on your shelves. He has previously edited an anthology of stories from the border, Both Sides from Polis Books. Although this anthology is not horror or Christmas related, it is filled with Latinx talent.
- Latinx Screams edited by V. Castro and Cina Pelayo from Burial Day Books
I couldn’t resist a little self-promotion because all the writers included in Latinx Screams have written incredible stories showcasing the beautiful diversity that exists within the Latinx community.
This is a special delivery expected on Christmas including the story, Pancho Claus v. Krampus.
Pre-orders are available now at www.amazon.com/Latinx-Screams-V-Castro-ebook/dp/B08K672HF1
Happy Holidays From LATIN HORROR