Series: Holiday Hijinks
Genre: Anthology, Holiday
Publication Date: 13/12/2021
Laugh at holiday escapades that go from bad to worse and shenanigans that just might land these characters on Santa's "naughty" list!
From foiled heists to not-so-carefully executed plans, they'll stumble and bumble their way through the holidays, and into your heart.
Contains stories by Annie Reed, Rebecca M. Senese, L.D.B. Taylor, Lauryn Christopher, C.J. Mattison, Katharina Gerlach, Kelly Zimmer, Michele Bazan Reed, R.W. Wallace, and Sarah Czarnecki. Edited by Lyn Worthen.
The inspiration for Crooks and Nannies:
Sometimes, I get words or expressions mixed up in my head. I blame the French. While it often makes me laugh when I realize my mistake, this time it also turned into an inspiration for a story.
I was writing, and the words "crooks and nannies" appeared on the page.
I stopped. Squinted at the text.
Wait, nannies doesn’t make sense, it’s crannies!
But crooks and crannies isn’t right either…
Oh! Nooks and crannies!
And instead of going on my merry way in the current story, a different one started taking off in an entirely different direction...
Series: Pulphouse Collection
Genre: Anthology, Holiday
Publication Date: 19/07/2022
Love the holiday seasons?
Of course you do. Full bellies and the joyful promise of a new year make for good stories and fun reading.
Add some twists and weirdness, Pulphouse-style, from some of the greatest fiction writers working today, and you have Jingle My Bells, the best weird holiday stories from Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.
Enjoy reading this collection any time of the year, but especially during the holidays!
“Dreaming of a Carboniferous Christmas” by Robert Jeschonek
“Spells for the Holidays” by Ray Vukcevich
“A Menagerie of Messed Up Shorts” by Mark Leslie
“An Ideal Husband” by Jerry and Kathy Oltion
“Fatal Plot Device” by Kelly Washington
“Severed Ties” by R. W. Wallace
“A Blood-Soaked Christmas Wish” by David Stier
“Virtching Merry” by Kent Patterson
“Naughty Children” by Mary McKenna
“Nutball Season” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Series: Ghost Detective Short Stories #7
Genre: Holiday, Mystery, Short Stories
Publication Date: 31/10/2021
On the Day of the Dead, families decorate the cemetery's tombstones with chrysanthemums of all colors according to French tradition.
Even amid the rainbow of petals, one grave stands out. The last resting place of the young man who died six months ago. His mother brings him roses, while lamenting that her son's "not there."
As the resident ghosts, Robert and Clothilde can indeed confirm his absence in the afterlife — but it may not be for the usual reasons.
This story is included in the collection Unfinished Business, Volume 2.
Also in this series:
First published in the 2021 Halloween Spectacular, Halloween Harvest.
Genre: Collection, Holiday
Publication Date: 14/04/2022
The holiday spirit comes in all flavors, depending on who does the wishing.
Norwegian Nisse hope for their bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, while parachute-jumping mice plan a heist to get their paws on this year’s cheese platter.
A woman’s hometown visit triggers memories of sweet teenage crushes, while discarded Christmas trees search for a new purpose. Ghosts even pray for snow while attempting to resolve their unfinished business.
All with a guarantee of holiday happily-ever-afters…
Genre: Holiday, Romance, Short Stories
Publication Date: 28/11/2021
Like a house full of filing cabinets, our minds offer easy access to certain memories — your best friend’s smile, the name of your favorite chocolate cake...
Other memories prove more elusive, perhaps stored in a cellar or forgotten corridor.
But they’re all there. Nothing is forgotten.
The simple nudge of a frosty day and a familiar stroll may be all we need to bring lovely recollections from the deepest files and create space where fresh moments will be forever saved.
Genre: Holiday, Short Stories
It's Eric’s first time to fulfill a child’s wish for Christmas. The little Elf must get it exactly right — the family’s holiday spirit depends on it.
Eric stands patiently in line at the Wish Office, receives his little boy’s letter, and reads it with excitement and hot chocolate surging through his veins.
But executing perfectly laid plans is never easy, especially for a newbie — and Eric is about to discover that the rule book exists for a reason.
In other books:
The story was first published in the anthology Crazy Christmas Capers.