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Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Dark Holidays by Jeffrey Hollar will scare the bejesus out of you! This collection of horror is not for the faint of heart. Stuff this on your Kindle or put a paper version in a stocking! You will love it either way. I should know. I did the edits! Woo, hoo!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

November 25, 2013
Whether its a Thanksgiving with little cause to feel thankful, the blackest aspects of greed and crass commercialism associated with Black Friday or any of the myriad of other brutal, senseless, violent and virulent aspects of the season, the holidays are not always a time of goodness and light. Within this collection of tales you will come to realize just how dark the holidays truly can be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Holiday Enjoyment January 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.

I’m always a little skeptical about horror stories, but Dark Holidays was an anthology that pleasantly surprised me. Within the pages of this book, there was a mixture of dark and disturbing stories, stories about the folly of commercialism, and even some stories about redemption. The stories range from people who are simply alone and depressed, to those who have depraved ways of celebrating the holidays, to a man who tells off death and more. As an added bonus, the author has included three additional stories from a book that is soon to be published. While these stories are not holiday stories, they are still dark and left me excited to read more. Dark Holidays includes more than your typical horror stories, and it’s a book I definitely recommend reading. 
Format:Kindle Edition
In twelve short stories and one poem, ranging from one to five pages in length, Jeffrey Hollar offers a study into the minds of people who have given up on embracing the holiday traditions of cjoy and good will toward men. Each tale's conclusion is dark and, often, tragic. Hollar has created a holiday horror collection that combines PTSD, terrorists, criminals, and Santa Claus.

DARK HOLIDAYS is right up the alley of lovers of horror fiction or people with that gloom-and-doom mentality. So you're thinking the book made me depressed or at least angry that someone would burst my holiday bubble? No. I recognize that the characters in Hollar's novel have real-life counterparts in my town; in your town; in every town. The book is a reminder of all the times we need to reach out to share friendship- and we don't. It won't always change the course of that person's life, but we'll know that we tried.

"Four stars" is the rating, because of the unique perspective this book took on the holidays; the variety of short stories from one author on the same theme; the reminder to pay more attention to the emotional stability of my fellow man; reasonably-edited indie book; some rather surprising story plots.

I received this book as an ARC through a contest I won. However, a free book never buys a favorable review. Click on my name for more of my opinions. 
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dark Holidays" -- great reading! May 22, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my second actual paperback book purchase written by the anazing writer Jeffrey Hollar. "Dark Holidays" appeals to me greatly because it pushes me outside my "comfort zone", if you will. Jeff is an excellent writer in that he has a unique style of building each scenario with rich detail, and just when you "think" you know what's next, he broadsides you with things you've barely dared to think about, and it makea for very stimulating reading. If any reader is tired and bored of the predictable, then I would recommend this book. I think his style is quirky and yet impeccably laid out. Well, or so you think until you get your aha moment!

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