We all have a difficult person on our Christmas list. Maybe its the teenager who seems to have everything, or the father-in-law who professes not to want “things” but still looks crestfallen when his present is a gift to charity. For inspiration you might want to consult Dave Barry’s Gift Guide to End All Gift Guides. Although no longer in print, this book is still available for your consultation at the library. If your giftee has done you wrong this year, maybe consider Can of Pork Beans in Milk Gravy or Glow in the Dark Squid.
If your Christmas tradition includes heartwarming tales told round fire, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore may put a different spin on the season. A child witnesses a Santa dispatched from this world by a shovel and wishes for his resurrection. Luckily an angel just happens to be waiting about to grant just such a boy a wish. Unluckily, this angel is none too bright. He botches this relatively simple task and unleashes a horde of zombies on this unsuspecting town. Chaos, as they say, ensues.
And, finally, how can we think about Christmas without considering the vampires. Regarding Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson the publisher probably describes it best: Though she’s the vampire queen, Betsy Taylor is much more like a princess. In MaryJanice Davidson’s novels, this high-maintenance monarch is finally coming to terms with her new status. They say Christmas is a time for friends and family. But with a half-sister who’s the devil’s daughter, an evil stepmother, a fiend living in her basement, assorted spirits and killers running amok, and a spring wedding to plan with the former bane of her existence, Eric Sinclair, Betsy is not sure she’ll survive the holidays. Oh, right. She’s already dead…”