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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 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. The jolliest time of the year quickly turns bloody as the diners find themselves fighting for their lives. This Christmas won’t just be white. It’ll be red, too.


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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 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. The jolliest time of the year quickly turns bloody as the diners find themselves fighting for their lives. This Christmas won’t just be white. It’ll be red, too.

30 review for The Visitor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars This is a short (but not sickly sweet) Christmas horror novella. Personally, I adore horror stories set during the holiday season because they serve to contrast to the inherent goodness of the season. I appreciated that this one had those holiday details without being overdone. Set during a blizzard, this story also had a good wintery atmosphere.  As for the story itself, it was a good, yet simple tale of a mysterious visitor. While there is technically a scifi element to this book, this 3.5 Stars This is a short (but not sickly sweet) Christmas horror novella. Personally, I adore horror stories set during the holiday season because they serve to contrast to the inherent goodness of the season. I appreciated that this one had those holiday details without being overdone. Set during a blizzard, this story also had a good wintery atmosphere.  As for the story itself, it was a good, yet simple tale of a mysterious visitor. While there is technically a scifi element to this book, this is definitely first and foremost q piece of horror.  The novella was quite short in terms of page length, which limited the scope of the story. Personally, I found myself wanting more. The afterward, however, was perfection.  I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a new holiday theme horror story to read during the Christmas season.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    Hurry up and pre-order, this drops on the 15th. Perfect lazy, by-the-fire, Christmas Eve Horror! Full review soon

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    While I’m not here to trash the author’s name, I AM here to call out those people mentioned in the acknowledgments who did this author dirty by encouraging him to publish this book in its current form. Thanks to the friends and family members who lied to this poor man—some of them even going out of their ways to leave inflated review scores—this author can never undo his mistake of publishing such an embarrassing manuscript for all the world to see with its atrocious grammar, unbelievable dialog While I’m not here to trash the author’s name, I AM here to call out those people mentioned in the acknowledgments who did this author dirty by encouraging him to publish this book in its current form. Thanks to the friends and family members who lied to this poor man—some of them even going out of their ways to leave inflated review scores—this author can never undo his mistake of publishing such an embarrassing manuscript for all the world to see with its atrocious grammar, unbelievable dialogue, and nonsensical character behavior. We’ve all heard that “honesty is the best policy,” but unfortunately, that practice wasn’t applied here. I imagine the author will have to go with a pen name from now on it he ever chooses to publish again. With that said, if any of you reading this review are ever put in this situation with a loved one, if you can’t find it within yourself to be honest, then at least do them a favor by scrounging up enough cash to hire them a professional editor.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    The Visitor It’s Christmas, a blizzard is raging, and by a series of unfortunate coincidences, five patrons (and one dog) find themselves holed up in Sal’s diner off the highway. When the power goes out and they hear Sal’s scream from the basement, they know something is afoot. If you are looking for a popcorn horror thriller that has holiday spirit and is a quick read to get that Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge over the finish line, this is the perfect candidate. This took me an hour to read or The Visitor It’s Christmas, a blizzard is raging, and by a series of unfortunate coincidences, five patrons (and one dog) find themselves holed up in Sal’s diner off the highway. When the power goes out and they hear Sal’s scream from the basement, they know something is afoot. If you are looking for a popcorn horror thriller that has holiday spirit and is a quick read to get that Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge over the finish line, this is the perfect candidate. This took me an hour to read or so, and it was mildly entertaining—no deep themes, nothing that you have to digest, just a fun little slasher to celebrate the Christmas season. Unfortunately, this book really doesn’t merit any higher than two stars, and that is entirely because of the writing. Simply put, this novella was not ready for publication: sentences stop midway, visual descriptions are lacking, dialogue is corny, and the sentence structure struggles throughout. Just as a couple examples of mistakes that shouldn’t be present in a finished manuscript (emphasis mine): ”OH FUCK!” Xavier hollered. (pg. 8) He’d been scanning the menu while they’ “Can’t go wrong with the classics.” (pg 18) Then, he grabbed the knife and pulled it out of the corpse. Fresh blood gurgled up and spilled out of the wound as the blade slid out of the corpse. (pg. 39) They ran in opposite directions, Ichiko to the right, Xavier to the left and away from her. (pg. 52) ”Kuso,” Ichiko hissed. She bent down and tugged at the plant’s grip, hoping either the fabric would, or the branch would break. (pg. 57) Ichiko got to her feet, got to her feet, scrambling away... (pg 58) Some of these are typos, some are stylistic mistakes (sorry, I just can’t forgive a character hollering “OH FUCK” in capital letters; that’s corny, dude). However, I did try to stick to blatant mistakes here, and ended up cutting quite a few quotes that I felt were built poorly. And that’s not to mention some irregularities and contradictions present in the text. To make a long story short, I think that if Gomez hired an editor for this story, he should be trying to get a full refund; and if he didn’t, that is an investment that is absolutely critical for his next endeavor. Alternatively, he should be exploring other mediums to tell his stories; I think this would be a highly entertaining as a movie, or as a graphic novel, where some of the clunky dialogue would fit better. Ultimately I can’t really recommend this in good faith, but if you are undeterred by unedited writing and are just looking for a quick Christmas read, this might be the novella for you. If you are not a fan of horror but don’t mind gore, you might still enjoy this book; the writing really detracts from the scare factor so this isn’t going to give you nightmares or anything. And honestly, it’s not much of a time commitment at an hour read time, and not much of a monetary commitment at $1.99, so you won’t be risking much even if you end up hating it. And I genuinely don’t hate it, I thought it was a fun romp; I just can’t recommend it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    this would have been three stars if not for the sloppy construction, typos, and a couple of sentences that just stopped halfway through. a fun little romp, but in serious need of an editor

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shane Hawk

    Editor? Seeing as though Sergio has written two novels and a collection, I wouldn’t consider him brand new to the game. This novella, however, feels like a first draft. He should have hired an editor or gotten eagle-eyed ARC readers. The Visitor had a ton of ARCs before going live, why the dismal copyediting? Not sure I’ll look back into his stuff again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julian Novaro

    I'll put as much effort in my review as I feel Gomez put on this book. This book feels unfinished because EDIT, putting some more effort Dear Sergio (From a Latin American reader with love): English is hard, don't I know it! Don't feel bad if your English is not perfect, getting there is hard. Even for native speakers, mastery of a language takes time and writing in a language that's not your own is an everestian feat. But knowing you are writing at a disadvantage, you should put double the effort i I'll put as much effort in my review as I feel Gomez put on this book. This book feels unfinished because EDIT, putting some more effort Dear Sergio (From a Latin American reader with love): English is hard, don't I know it! Don't feel bad if your English is not perfect, getting there is hard. Even for native speakers, mastery of a language takes time and writing in a language that's not your own is an everestian feat. But knowing you are writing at a disadvantage, you should put double the effort in making sure what you put out is readable. Have you read your whole book, from beginning to end? Have you tried reading it out loud? The amount of weird phrasing, incomplete sentences and spelling mistakes shows an unprofessional lack of effort (or interest), and if you don't care about your book, why should I?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Curtis

    This reminded me why I generally avoid self-published books. It really could have benefited from an editor.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    This book needed some serious edits before it went to the press. Incomplete sentences, bad grammar, and just plain weird word choices are littered throughout the entire thing. It's an easy read and I didn't dislike reading it, but in it's current form, it reminded me of a lot of some things I read during the heyday of fanfiction.net. This book needed some serious edits before it went to the press. Incomplete sentences, bad grammar, and just plain weird word choices are littered throughout the entire thing. It's an easy read and I didn't dislike reading it, but in it's current form, it reminded me of a lot of some things I read during the heyday of fanfiction.net.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Markthulhu

    Lack of editing aside, The Visitor is just lazy storytelling. The premise of an alien hunting people on Christmas is a fun idea but the author does nothing interesting with it (other than maybe drawing in a few extra readers looking for some festive horror). Aside from some generic tech, there’s nothing alien about the alien. Based on limited description (big eyes, collarbone, crotch) it seems to just have basic human anatomy. There’s nothing alien about the way it moves, thinks or reacts. The s Lack of editing aside, The Visitor is just lazy storytelling. The premise of an alien hunting people on Christmas is a fun idea but the author does nothing interesting with it (other than maybe drawing in a few extra readers looking for some festive horror). Aside from some generic tech, there’s nothing alien about the alien. Based on limited description (big eyes, collarbone, crotch) it seems to just have basic human anatomy. There’s nothing alien about the way it moves, thinks or reacts. The same story could have been told if the alien was just a psycho hunter tracking down a few people with his mean-ass dog. That’s how much this story depends on the killer being an alien. And why does this story need to happen at Christmas time? Sure, the snow makes for a great horror setting but just throwing up pretty lights and sprinkling some unopened presents doesn’t make something a Christmas story. Strangers coming together to help each other is kind of Christmassy but also one of the biggest Yuletide cliches of all time. I wouldn’t bother writing a review for a book I didn’t really enjoy but I feel disappointed and cheated, both by the quality of the text and the lack of an interesting story. More the fool me for being lured in by the promise of some great Christmas horror. Give me a story that makes full use of its great premise. Give me some little killer space elves who visit earth every December to harvest organs to use in their workshop back home. See you next Christmas...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Update: I am changing my rating to 2 stars. It's not fair to all the "good" books I rate 3 stars, that are well-written and edited. My thoughts below remain true. Read on my Kindle, because the paperback I ordered is still somewhere lost between PA and MA, likely due to a fun combination of a pandemic, the holidays, and a massive snowstorm that hit the northeast last week. Light spoiler warning ahead. I was really torn between 2 and 3 stars here. I've seen other reviews that address legitimate con Update: I am changing my rating to 2 stars. It's not fair to all the "good" books I rate 3 stars, that are well-written and edited. My thoughts below remain true. Read on my Kindle, because the paperback I ordered is still somewhere lost between PA and MA, likely due to a fun combination of a pandemic, the holidays, and a massive snowstorm that hit the northeast last week. Light spoiler warning ahead. I was really torn between 2 and 3 stars here. I've seen other reviews that address legitimate concerns about the quality of the writing. That said, I'm not as "critical" of a reader as some, and any noticeable mistakes made did not impact my enjoyment of the story. There was something, though, that was off about the writing that I cannot put my finger on. It felt, in a way, juvenile and shallow. Conversations between characters felt fake. I did enjoy the story, though. I felt invested in knowing what would happen. Knowing that the story was so short too, made it an enjoyable little romp about aliens. The characters, while simple, were easy to root for (expect Moshe - f*** Moshe!) (any Sanderson fans out there?) Was Santiago driving a USPS truck? Maybe my copy of this book was on his truck.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Xavier

    I gave this two stars because one of the characters shares my name.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

    Nope. How is this getting such high ratings? I will never understand the need to rate books high according to who you are friends with and not the actual book itself. Do you want a future of nothing but shitty books because of false self inflation? Come on people. Speak the truth or we are in for some real trouble. Anyway, needs better editing. A story line. Some sense.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richelle SheReadsHorror

    ALIENS!!! I feel like aliens don’t get enough action in horror. I literally love watching alien movies. They are so mysterious and intriguing. I was super pumped to get to read “The Visitor” by Sergio Gomez. I’ve only read his book “Camp Slaughter” and I just love how easy it is to slip into his writing. I could get lost for hours and be done before I even know it. It’s Christmas Day, the roads are icing over and a storm is cutting out any visibility of the road. The weather leaves some drivers ALIENS!!! I feel like aliens don’t get enough action in horror. I literally love watching alien movies. They are so mysterious and intriguing. I was super pumped to get to read “The Visitor” by Sergio Gomez. I’ve only read his book “Camp Slaughter” and I just love how easy it is to slip into his writing. I could get lost for hours and be done before I even know it. It’s Christmas Day, the roads are icing over and a storm is cutting out any visibility of the road. The weather leaves some drivers stranded with only a diner nearby. The weather isn’t the only thing they should be worried about. Instead of a jolly white Christmas let’s have a RED one! The mood and scene setting is perfect. The best thing up north are the diners and I just felt transported there. The story doesn’t dwell heavily on the details and is quick to set up the characters. I was a little worried about connecting with the characters with such a quick set up but in the span of 83 pages I found deeper connections than I ever thought possible. Each chapter leaves you anticipating what would come next and I was riddled with anxiety with each turn of the page. Everything was touched on and executed with great precision; mood, setting, pacing, and character connection. This is surely to be a Christmas treat! I gave this 5 ⭐️.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Barely 2 stars, and only because it was a short 70 page novella, can't believe all the 4 and 5 stars, maybe they are the author's friends.. Barely 2 stars, and only because it was a short 70 page novella, can't believe all the 4 and 5 stars, maybe they are the author's friends..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    The literary equivalent of a popcorn flick, The Visitor offers a fairly light plot, broad (if not stereotypical) charcterization, and some entertaining action. BUT it does win favor by following the key rule every good guest should bear in mind: don't overstay your welcome. The literary equivalent of a popcorn flick, The Visitor offers a fairly light plot, broad (if not stereotypical) charcterization, and some entertaining action. BUT it does win favor by following the key rule every good guest should bear in mind: don't overstay your welcome.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    I have been eating up the holiday horror this year and am happy to add THE VISITOR by Sergio Gomez to the mix! This novella is an alien encounter survival horror that will end up as one of the bloodiest Christmases ever! "I'm... dreaming... of a RED... Christmas...!" Themes of isolation and "Are we alone?" resonate through this entire story. From the snowstorm at the beginning where there are only a couple of people on the road to the diner with only a few patrons on Christmas day, and all the wa I have been eating up the holiday horror this year and am happy to add THE VISITOR by Sergio Gomez to the mix! This novella is an alien encounter survival horror that will end up as one of the bloodiest Christmases ever! "I'm... dreaming... of a RED... Christmas...!" Themes of isolation and "Are we alone?" resonate through this entire story. From the snowstorm at the beginning where there are only a couple of people on the road to the diner with only a few patrons on Christmas day, and all the way to the end where the survivors are miniscule, THE VISITOR will have you on your toes. The deaths are fast and the descriptions are gory and bloody. The action in the second half is almost non-stop. It's a fight for your life and everyone will most definitely NOT make it. And what is the Visitor after? Why is it here? Why is it killing? You have to see what it decides to do with a body or two... And while this book centers around a group of survivors in a snowy middle-of-nowhere, it's still safe to say this is a horror book with elements of sci-fi, and not the other way around. However, I think fans of both will ultimately enjoy this book the same. Read this with something warm in your mug next to the fireplace or Christmas tree and have a blast! 4 stars!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ben Long

    There’s a great build up in the first half, as the storm continues to worsen and our small cast of characters find their way to the diner. The tension ratchets up in the middle as things begin to go wrong, and then the final act is a flurry of blood-soaked action. At just over 80 pages the story moves along at a breakneck pace. The upside is that there are no lulls and it’s quite the page-turner, and the downside is that when I finished in 30 mins I did feel like I wanted a little more from it. T There’s a great build up in the first half, as the storm continues to worsen and our small cast of characters find their way to the diner. The tension ratchets up in the middle as things begin to go wrong, and then the final act is a flurry of blood-soaked action. At just over 80 pages the story moves along at a breakneck pace. The upside is that there are no lulls and it’s quite the page-turner, and the downside is that when I finished in 30 mins I did feel like I wanted a little more from it. The blinding snow storm and tiny diner trailer gave the story a very confined and unsettling feeling. I absolutely love stories that are written with a single or limited setting. Also I won’t say much about the aliens because of spoilers, but I found their presence to be both interesting and frightening. I had a lot of fun reading this novella! I read it late at night by the light of the Christmas tree, and I highly recommend everyone else do the same. Thanks again to @sergiopgomez for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees

    Guy and dog caught in snow storm find shelter in a diner. So they realize someone has come to visit. Biting, blood, brains, oh my! Indiana hasn't seen this much red on snowflakes since Trump won the 2016 election! What I liked: The fact the Packers were kicking the Cowboys ass on the TV in the diner. The dog is the main character and should get a killer backstory in The Visitor: the prequel. What I didn't like: It was super fast-paced, but almost too fast. It could have used a bit more to slow it dow Guy and dog caught in snow storm find shelter in a diner. So they realize someone has come to visit. Biting, blood, brains, oh my! Indiana hasn't seen this much red on snowflakes since Trump won the 2016 election! What I liked: The fact the Packers were kicking the Cowboys ass on the TV in the diner. The dog is the main character and should get a killer backstory in The Visitor: the prequel. What I didn't like: It was super fast-paced, but almost too fast. It could have used a bit more to slow it down a bit. That ending tho. 😍 Thank you to Sergio Gomez for an Advanced Reader Copy of The Visitor in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)

    Everything you want in a seasonal slasher story! A deserted diner on Christmas, an eclectic cast of misfit characters, lots of gore, aliens, and THE DOG DOESN'T DIE! (That's kinda a spoiler, but an important one and I super appreciated it!) If you're looking for a quick bloody fun read The Visitor is one for you! The characters were well developed for a novella and there wasn't a dull moment. I only wish there was a little more about the Visitor itself, but there was enough information to make my Everything you want in a seasonal slasher story! A deserted diner on Christmas, an eclectic cast of misfit characters, lots of gore, aliens, and THE DOG DOESN'T DIE! (That's kinda a spoiler, but an important one and I super appreciated it!) If you're looking for a quick bloody fun read The Visitor is one for you! The characters were well developed for a novella and there wasn't a dull moment. I only wish there was a little more about the Visitor itself, but there was enough information to make my mind go wild with possibility.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I thought this was a fun story... like a cheesy low budget SyFy movie and also I loved the doggo!! That said, there are grammatical errors, typos, odd sentence structure, and other technical errors that could use another revision.

  22. 4 out of 5

    zzjennreads19

    I absolutely loved The Visitor. Snow storm, a group of strangers and of course, The Visitor. Think Predator. This little novella is packed with action and gore. Oh yea and a cute puppers named Norman. The Visitor is a fun read and I highly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    Not to be THAT person as October draws to a close, but if you’re looking for a good Christmas read then look no further because this book is the perfect Christmas horror read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner

    Okay...umm....you know how I always rave about Camp Slaughter and how much I love Sergio Gomez? Well, this little novella just made me love his writing even more. I don't know that I have ever read much alien horror, but I may have to read some more...especially if Gomez is penning them! There is something about holiday horror that I get so giddy about. The holiday season is always about all the twinkling lights, and all that is bright and good in the world...but horror doesn't disappear on the Okay...umm....you know how I always rave about Camp Slaughter and how much I love Sergio Gomez? Well, this little novella just made me love his writing even more. I don't know that I have ever read much alien horror, but I may have to read some more...especially if Gomez is penning them! There is something about holiday horror that I get so giddy about. The holiday season is always about all the twinkling lights, and all that is bright and good in the world...but horror doesn't disappear on the holidays....it's still there, lurking in the shadows of Christmas trees. In The Visitor, a group of strangers are stranded in an Indiana diner in the middle of a brutal snowstorm. They relegate themselves to the fact that they aren't going anywhere anytime soon, and just as they all start to become friendly, the power goes out, and a sixth mysterious visitor shows up. This white Christmas soon turns red, and those seeking refuge in the diner find themselves running and fighting to survive against the elements and the sinister visitor. One thing that Gomez does well, and did not disappoint with in this novella, is writing gore that is bloody and juicy but also so descriptive and engrossing. When I read the kill scenes in this book, I could hear every crunch, spray, squish and ooze as if I were there witnessing the mayhem and murder. Well done, Sergio! I would have liked to have known a little more about what the alien was planning to do with his harvest that he kept in his little case, but I also enjoyed speculating myself as to the alien's mission on Earth. 4.5/5- Seriously the only reason I would take off a half star for this marvelous story is because I kept thinking about how crazy it was that Kaito said that it must be an alien terrorizing the diner, everyone just went along with it and said..."oh yeah, it's an alien." I feel like if I was in this situation, I would have been a little more apprehensive when jumping to the alien conclusion. However, this is a damn good book that EVERYONE and their brother, sister, and mother should pick up for your bloody holiday horror reading pleasure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    A remarkably taut Novella rich in depth, theme, and character delineation, THE VISITOR relates the worst ever Indiana Christmas snowstorm and wandering strangers who are collected in a small out-of-the-way rural diner hoping to just sit out the Storm in warmth and some comfort. Instead, they're threatened with something no one could ever predict, a fatal implacable danger to all humans, of whom the group gathered in the diner are the unlucky targets. Includes a beloved Border Collie. 18+ for Gore A remarkably taut Novella rich in depth, theme, and character delineation, THE VISITOR relates the worst ever Indiana Christmas snowstorm and wandering strangers who are collected in a small out-of-the-way rural diner hoping to just sit out the Storm in warmth and some comfort. Instead, they're threatened with something no one could ever predict, a fatal implacable danger to all humans, of whom the group gathered in the diner are the unlucky targets. Includes a beloved Border Collie. 18+ for Gore and Danger.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Gray

    Sergio Abducted me into his new Book and I loved it! I’m giving this one a Four star rating! I thought this was a fun short novella that really got me into the horrifying Christmas spirit! The character were built up pretty quickly and the kills were fun and even a little gory and unpredictable at times. Sergio did an amazing job with this Sci-fi Horror Christmas Story!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This novella is only 83 pages long and I felt more attached to these characters than most other books I have read! WOW. I was shocked at how well he incorporated horror with the winter/Christmas theme, the author did an incredible job creating the atmosphere!! This was the kind of gore that makes me squeamish, but I powered through and was okay so it's all good 🤣 That's not a complaint by any means, I just thought it was important to mention for anyone else who gets squeamish from organ gore! No This novella is only 83 pages long and I felt more attached to these characters than most other books I have read! WOW. I was shocked at how well he incorporated horror with the winter/Christmas theme, the author did an incredible job creating the atmosphere!! This was the kind of gore that makes me squeamish, but I powered through and was okay so it's all good 🤣 That's not a complaint by any means, I just thought it was important to mention for anyone else who gets squeamish from organ gore! Now all I want is MORE! I love this blend of sci-fi and horror and I have so many questions!! 🤣 OH and the afterword.... YOU BASTARD. 😂😂😂😂😂😂 This tiny little novella made me feel so many emotions and that made me laugh and want to cry at the same time lmao

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Maere-Diener

    I'm not one to disparage independent artists but this was literally the worst story I've ever read. I've read significantly better stories written by twelve-year-olds on the internet and I didn't spend $6 on them. I'm not one to disparage independent artists but this was literally the worst story I've ever read. I've read significantly better stories written by twelve-year-olds on the internet and I didn't spend $6 on them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    ARE YOU DREAMING OF A RED CHRISTMAS? • Sergio Gomez quickly establishes characters, setting, and mood in this 83 page horror novella. Starts off lighthearted and happy, given the circumstances, but once things start to happen it immediately gets tense. •Summary- A group of strangers (one has a dog) get stranded at a diner in Indiana on Christmas in a major snowstorm. The weather isn’t letting up and the strangers, resigned to spending Christmas at the diner, get acquainted and try to make the best ARE YOU DREAMING OF A RED CHRISTMAS? • Sergio Gomez quickly establishes characters, setting, and mood in this 83 page horror novella. Starts off lighthearted and happy, given the circumstances, but once things start to happen it immediately gets tense. •Summary- A group of strangers (one has a dog) get stranded at a diner in Indiana on Christmas in a major snowstorm. The weather isn’t letting up and the strangers, resigned to spending Christmas at the diner, get acquainted and try to make the best of it. Then the power goes out and the group realizes they aren’t alone. • Things escalate quickly in this short novella and with chapter names like Accident, Howling, Cellar, Bleeding, Wounded, Primal, and Dismemberment you know there isn’t going to be a happy ending. The Visitor goes from Holly Jolly to Christmas is Carnage (Babe movie reference) in the blink of an eye, leaving you with just one question...Does the dog die in this?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This is a Christmas horror novella about a group of people stranded at a diner in a snowstorm. After the lights go out bad things start happening. Then they must fight for survival. The premise is simple and most of the story is people fighting for their lives. There isn't a lot of questioning by the group when they realize they are being terrorized by an alien. Some of the interactions and dialogue are not quite realistic and the writing could have been better. As other reviews have stated there This is a Christmas horror novella about a group of people stranded at a diner in a snowstorm. After the lights go out bad things start happening. Then they must fight for survival. The premise is simple and most of the story is people fighting for their lives. There isn't a lot of questioning by the group when they realize they are being terrorized by an alien. Some of the interactions and dialogue are not quite realistic and the writing could have been better. As other reviews have stated there are a lot of editing issues. Despite that I still enjoyed it enough to read through it very quickly. There is a lot of action and I was entertained while reading.

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