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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and gli O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and glitter of the lights and tinsel, things less jubilant may lie in wait. The holiday season can bring love, peace, and benevolence... but it may also spawn a darkness lurking amid the shadowy boughs of the Christmas tree, ornaments that should have never seen the light of day, let along hung on festive branches, and bones that jingle and dance, in search of Santa's crimson suit... and the flesh that resides within. In this collection of harrowing holiday tales, Ronald Kelly leaves ten frightful and horrific gifts in the Christmas stockings that hang from the mantle of your cheerful fireplace. Ghastly and gruesome presents that slowly unwrap and burst into life while you are tucked, snug and warm, in your bed and take on nightmarish form in the icy winter hours of Christmas Eve, turning comfort and joy into terror and dread. Stories included in this collection: Jingle Bones The Skating Pond Depravity Road Heirlooms The Winds Within Then Came a Woodsman As for Me, My Little Brain Beneath the Branches Papa’s Exile The Peddler’s Journey


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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and gli O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree... what lurks among thy branches... Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Candy canes and hot cocoa. Snowmen and sleigh rides. The love and hope that the Nativity brings. Cold milk and warm cookies for Santa. Family, friends, and the cheerful laughter of children. But, beneath the festive wrapping paper and the gleam and glitter of the lights and tinsel, things less jubilant may lie in wait. The holiday season can bring love, peace, and benevolence... but it may also spawn a darkness lurking amid the shadowy boughs of the Christmas tree, ornaments that should have never seen the light of day, let along hung on festive branches, and bones that jingle and dance, in search of Santa's crimson suit... and the flesh that resides within. In this collection of harrowing holiday tales, Ronald Kelly leaves ten frightful and horrific gifts in the Christmas stockings that hang from the mantle of your cheerful fireplace. Ghastly and gruesome presents that slowly unwrap and burst into life while you are tucked, snug and warm, in your bed and take on nightmarish form in the icy winter hours of Christmas Eve, turning comfort and joy into terror and dread. Stories included in this collection: Jingle Bones The Skating Pond Depravity Road Heirlooms The Winds Within Then Came a Woodsman As for Me, My Little Brain Beneath the Branches Papa’s Exile The Peddler’s Journey

30 review for Season's Creepings: Tales of Holiday Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This was a very cool holiday theme collection of stories by author, Ronald Kelly and I can say that I enjoyed all of them! I am going to give a very small cryptic taste for each story within these pages without giving away spoilers. Jingle Bones - A stepfather gets his just rewards for Christmas. The Skating Pond - Skating on a frozen pond is more hazardous than you think! Depravity Road - An isolated farm is home to a serial killer - a family of four are lucky to be alive. Heirlooms - What really re This was a very cool holiday theme collection of stories by author, Ronald Kelly and I can say that I enjoyed all of them! I am going to give a very small cryptic taste for each story within these pages without giving away spoilers. Jingle Bones - A stepfather gets his just rewards for Christmas. The Skating Pond - Skating on a frozen pond is more hazardous than you think! Depravity Road - An isolated farm is home to a serial killer - a family of four are lucky to be alive. Heirlooms - What really resides in heirloom ornaments on a Christmas tree? The Winds Within - Eyes are for more than to see with. Then Came A Woodsman - A hero comes in all forms. As for Me, My Little Brain - The tables are flipped on Santa Claus as he ends up getting a surprise. Beneath the Branches - Be careful what you buy from someone on the road as you don't know what you will bring home with you. Papa's Exile - A tree gives a little girl a surprise that she will never forget. The Peddler's Journey - Sometimes ghost stories turn out to be true. Loved all the stories and though some of them were twisted, they still had the right "jingle" for the holiday season! Five stars for this collection!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    As far as Holiday Horror goes, Ronald Kelly is the best in the biz! I had so much fun reading this collection. One of the best aspects of Kelly's particular brand of storytelling is his imagination. This collection shows versatility and range in style, tone, and intensity. If you enjoy reading specific, seasonal horror at Christmas and Halloween--I fully recommend both of Kelly's collections that released this year. THE HALLOWEEN STORE & SEASON'S CREEPINGS are must-haves. Rated 5 stars because t As far as Holiday Horror goes, Ronald Kelly is the best in the biz! I had so much fun reading this collection. One of the best aspects of Kelly's particular brand of storytelling is his imagination. This collection shows versatility and range in style, tone, and intensity. If you enjoy reading specific, seasonal horror at Christmas and Halloween--I fully recommend both of Kelly's collections that released this year. THE HALLOWEEN STORE & SEASON'S CREEPINGS are must-haves. Rated 5 stars because this is what horror fans are looking for if they just want well-written, quality creepy Christmas stories in December! Stories included in this collection: ****Jingle Bones- As much as I am a little tired of the abusive/drunk step-dad trope (and this one lays it on very thick), I was able to overlook it to find out how this would end and I was not disappointed! Jingle Bones makes sure all good little boys and girls get what they really want (need) for Christmas and abusive parents get what they deserve. ****The Skating Pond-I love the melancholy tone of this tale. A strange, natural phenomenon in a man's hometown takes & doesn't give back or offer any answers. *****Depravity Road- This was terrifying and suspenseful. It reminded me of a story with a similar vibe in the Halloween collection/ a familiar ending and I hope Ronald Kelly makes these a reoccurring trope for future collections. Very creepy. True Crime fans, this one is for you. (trigger: detailed commentary of a woman's weight. There was a story like this in the previous collection too) ****Heirlooms- Who doesn't want a black-magic, witchy tale for Christmas?? ***The Winds Within- This story appealed to my affinity for a good crime drama. But I didn't much care for the ending, to be honest. ****Then Came a Woodsman- a re-telling of the folktale/fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. Loved it. ****As for Me, My Little Brain- OK, I almost tapped out of this one because, well, reasons. I liked this story, the ending especially, but for sensitive readers, it's pretty problematic. (triggers: children with disabilities/pedophilia) *****Beneath the Branches- My favorite story! This is an awesome Christmas Creature Feature. I loved it. I was sitting in a comfy chair, in the glow of Christmas tree lights with hot cocoa and marshmallows. Horror Heaven. ***Papa’s Exile- Not my favorite of the bunch but I still loved the unique surprise. ****The Peddler’s Journey- A Christmas ghost story and a great ending for the collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    Ronald Kelly is keeping the tradition of ghost stories at Christmas alive with his new collection of 10 scary stories. We return to a fan favorite for help, brush right up against one of our favorite- but forbidden- counties and much more. I enjoyed every one of these stories. This is a must have for your Christmas horror collections.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deb Soward

    I really enjoyed reading Kelly's collection of Christmas horror stories. This book begins with an introduction by Kelly about his Christmas memories. This book consists of 10 chilling tales sure to fill your Christmas horror heart with terror. Add a little creature feature, a dash of supernatural, a drizzle of serial killer, and a sprinkle of psychological terror, which gives you a serving of Season's Creepings. Five out five glowing Horror Christmas stars! I really enjoyed reading Kelly's collection of Christmas horror stories. This book begins with an introduction by Kelly about his Christmas memories. This book consists of 10 chilling tales sure to fill your Christmas horror heart with terror. Add a little creature feature, a dash of supernatural, a drizzle of serial killer, and a sprinkle of psychological terror, which gives you a serving of Season's Creepings. Five out five glowing Horror Christmas stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ed Myers

    Normally, I'm a little leery of stories that are of the Horror/Christmas combination. Christmas is the most festive time of year focusing on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, not the time to be scared and see innocent people suffer at the hands of evil. However, my very good friend Ronald Kelly has put together a collection of the Horror/Christmas combo that I loved and really enjoyed reading. Yes -- scary things happen during the Christmas season in these collection of stories. But, very Normally, I'm a little leery of stories that are of the Horror/Christmas combination. Christmas is the most festive time of year focusing on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, not the time to be scared and see innocent people suffer at the hands of evil. However, my very good friend Ronald Kelly has put together a collection of the Horror/Christmas combo that I loved and really enjoyed reading. Yes -- scary things happen during the Christmas season in these collection of stories. But, very few innocent people or animals suffer at the hands of evil -- THANK GOD!!! A case in point is the cover story -- Jingle Bones -- which has 12-year old Brennan McDonough as the centerpiece. Brennan's father passed away a few years ago in a tragic accident. And, his mother Peggy remarried a man named Stu Compton -- who is an overweight, drunken abusive man -- who will whip Brennan many time over with his belt or even break his bones. One day -- while Christmas shopping with his mom -- Brennan finds one of those glow-in-dark plastic skeletons in a discount bin. Brennan buys it and plans to dress it up respectively for every holiday season while it hangs on his bedroom closet door. And, Brennan has the strange sensation the skeleton speaks to him and tell Brennan that it will take care of him. For the Christmas season-- Brennan dresses up "Jingle Bones" in a Santa suit. Then on Christmas Eve night -- Stu comes into Brennan's dark bedroom intent on breaking the boy's legs and fracturing his skull. Stu never liked Brennan and wants the boy's mother all to himself. However, before Stu gets to his evil intentions -- a skeletal arm grabs Stu around his neck, flings him off the bed and then drags the abusive man into the living room. Brennan notices "Jingle Bones" is no longer hanging on the bedroom closet door. Brennan rushes into the living room and comes across the "just desserts" Jingle Bones gave to Stu. The last thing Brennan sees is Jingle Bones walking off into the night. "Beneath the Branches" is an enjoyable tale because it takes us "Ronald Kelly fans" back to Fear County and another snake critter. It's the present time -- and the Ballard family -- mother Kim, daughter Jordan age 14 and son Danny age 10 want to get a real, tall tree this Christmas because husband and father Nick Ballard -- who's in the military -- is coming home from Kuwait. However, the tree they buy is from a strange man in a pick-up truck from the other side of the Cumberland river -- the Fear County line. When they get home and put the tree up -- the orange pet tabby cat Sweetie-Pete doesn't like it at all. And, there is something mysterious moving around in the branches of the tree. Soon enough, the evil comes full force. And, elderly black man "Hot Pappy" Jeremiah Springer -- the grandson of the "Granny Woman" and now 80-something year old grandfather Jeb Sweeney have to come save the day. "The Peddler's Journey" is a great tale of a ghost of an old Irishman who leaves self-made carved toys in the Christmas stockings of young children. We find out why. These three stories are a sample of why this collection is a 5-star read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brennan LaFaro

    Ronald Kelly does short fiction, and does it well. He also seems to be attempting to corner the market on holiday horror, first with Halloween Season, then dropping Season’s Creepings on us just a few months later. Clocking in at just over 100 pages makes this collection easily digestible and a fantastic candidate for perennial rereads. I’m partial to the name of the main character in “Jingle Bones”, but it’s the supernaturally-aided revenge tale that drew me in and kept me turning pages. “The Sk Ronald Kelly does short fiction, and does it well. He also seems to be attempting to corner the market on holiday horror, first with Halloween Season, then dropping Season’s Creepings on us just a few months later. Clocking in at just over 100 pages makes this collection easily digestible and a fantastic candidate for perennial rereads. I’m partial to the name of the main character in “Jingle Bones”, but it’s the supernaturally-aided revenge tale that drew me in and kept me turning pages. “The Skating Pond” fits a niche I really enjoy reading, where something terrible happens to the main character, and the reader is left to wonder how much is real, and how much is the imagination. Are we actually reading about a deluded villain? “Depravity Road” is a fun (that doesn’t seem like the right word at all) bite-size tale that would have been more than at home in Kelly’s The Essential Sick Stuff. “Heirlooms” was a standout, presenting a unique idea of magic and revenge, and wrapping it all up in a satisfying package. “As For Me, My Little Brain” is definitely one of the creepiest of the bunch, a whole lot of uncertainty rolling around the parents in the tale. Probably my favorite story in the bunch was “Beneath the Branches”. I’ll be diving into Kelly’s magnum opus, FEAR, in the next month, so I appreciated the opportunity to get an outsider’s glimpse at Fear County and see what might be in store for me. The creature in this creature feature is well-fleshed out, or at least scaled out, and will have me checking it twice next time I pick out a Christmas tree. The stories range from creepy to psychological to funny to poignant, as showcased in “The Peddler’s Journey”. Kelly packs a lot into a small book, crafting a collection that is just downright enjoyable. The stories aren’t life-changing, but you’re going to have a good time. I received a copy from the author for review consideration.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Horror Bookworm Reviews

    A decorative cardboard skeleton turns out to be its own yule-tide court appointed judge, jury, and executioner. A family becomes lost on a snowy rural road and ends up encountering a rather notoriously famous old farm house. An excited little girl is allowed to sit on Ole St. Nick’s lap at the local mall, simply to discover the real interpretation of being naughty or nice. Ronald Kelly's Season’s Creepings contains 10 Tales of Holiday Horror. The King of Creepiness once again reaches into his m A decorative cardboard skeleton turns out to be its own yule-tide court appointed judge, jury, and executioner. A family becomes lost on a snowy rural road and ends up encountering a rather notoriously famous old farm house. An excited little girl is allowed to sit on Ole St. Nick’s lap at the local mall, simply to discover the real interpretation of being naughty or nice. Ronald Kelly's Season’s Creepings contains 10 Tales of Holiday Horror. The King of Creepiness once again reaches into his morbid bag of gifts and bestows upon the reader his interpretations regarding tidings of comfort and joy. Beginning with the introduction, Kelly shares his cherished childhood memories of Xmas with that familiar entertaining twist of terror he spins into each recollection. Beyond the intro, Kelly begins hanging the reader’s stockings above a glowing fireplace and fills them with soul-chilling dread, mind-numbing terror and tormented winter chills. Keeping a blanket of gloom nearby just in case a shiver of gooseflesh materializes, Ronald Kelly summons his inner winter demon and rises to the challenge of spreading ten tales of holiday cheer in the most macabre of ways. Ronald Kelly has a way of pulling the reader into a story by his down to earth approach to writing, much like a familiar warm and cozy chair. I feel his youthful experiences have often help create storylines, thereupon his imagination twists them into something horrifically appealing. Another five star Horror Bookworm Review. I can’t get enough of this guy. https://horrorbookwormreviews.com/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    I enjoyed most of the stories. Depravity Road and As For Me and My Little Brain were my favorites. These stories weren’t strictly Christmas tales but revolved around the theme of Christmas and Winter. Really glad I was able to read this before the holiday season was over.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patti Tindal

    Kelly never disappoints Although Halloween is my favorite holiday I greatly enjoyed the Christmas Horror within this book. I’ve never been tempted to skip or skim when reading one of Ronald Kelly’s books. I just wish it were three times longer! I recommend ALL of his horror. There’s definitely something for everyone !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erica Fields

    The best holiday horror stories book I have read!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gonzalez-Collazo IG - Shereadswithcoffee

    I will not be able to hear Season’s Greetings the same way again after reading Season’s Creepings!!! What a marvelous anthology of Christmas-horror in just a few short stories. I am learning that a book doesn’t have to be 300+ pages to stir in you, unsettling and horrific emotions. Loved every single one of the stories but Heirlooms, As For Me, My Little Brain, and Peddler’s Journey were outstanding. If you need a quick, Horror-Christmassy read, Season’s Creepings is for you!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Veith

    Was leery as some short story books are just no good, but this one was worth the read for the most part.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian Berry

  14. 4 out of 5

    Johnnie Bell frisbie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

  16. 4 out of 5

    Denis Lamontagne

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matty Benham

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ana

  19. 5 out of 5

    L.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kryzaniak

  22. 4 out of 5

    lauren

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosangel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Grace (Fully Booked)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Slemp

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily Haynes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Randy M.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lazur

  30. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

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