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Review: “Halldark Holidays,” ed. Gabino Iglesias

Rating: 4 out of 5 Halldark Holidays, edited by Gabino Iglesias, is full of stories meant to be a twist on the “Hallmark Holidays” concept. These are horror tales, all of which take place on or around holidays. Mostly Christmas,

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Review: “O Little Town of Deathlehem,” ed. Michael J. Evans, Harrison Graves

Pros: Some original, spooky Christmas stories Cons: Like most anthologies, the quality is variable Rating: 4 out of 5 O Little Town of Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity, edited by Michael J. Evans and Harrison Graves, is

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Review: “Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight,” Don Bassingthwaite

Pros: Original, vivid, inspiring, and bawdy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Now I’m even more addicted to storybundles, since one of them introduced me to Don Bassingthwaite’s marvelous Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories.

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Review: “Mrs. Claus,” ed. by Rhonda Parrish

Pros: Some real gems Cons: Variable story quality Rating: 4 out of 5 Rhonda Parrish is the editor of the anthology Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say, a collection of 14 stories in which Mrs. Claus takes center

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Review: “The Claus Effect,” David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Pros: So much fun; so creative! Cons: Starts out a little rough Rating: 4.5 out of 5 David Nickle and Karl Schroeder’s The Claus Effect combines a short story called “The Toy Mill” set in 1983, and a book called

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New Storybundle: Winter Weirderland

Yep, I’m addicted to storybundles. I’ve finally read a volume from one that I did not like, and frankly, that’s a really good ratio given how many of them I have enjoyed. The new one should be available for another

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Recipe: Eggnog Gelatin

I am an eggnog fiend. I love making it, but I find that there are decent brands available in the supermarket too if I’m not up to doing it from scratch. For this recipe you’ll need four cups (one quart)

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Handmade bookmarks for sale!

I love to make beaded bookmarks (and hair sticks, but the former is more relevant here)! Below are photos of a few of my favorites, including the ones with the gorgeous glittering oval Swarovski crystals; the photos link directly to

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The Perfect Holiday

Free-write about what you imagine a perfect holiday would be like. Cover the whole day, from morning to night, although you don’t have to write it chronologically. You don’t have to use Christmas or the equivalent as the holiday—pick any

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2007 Recommendations for Cooks

Here we are: our third annual recommendations for what to buy your favorite cook for the holidays; while I review a bit of everything, I seem to end up reviewing the widest variety in cookbooks, making it a great topic

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