Summary: Ro, a struggling writer, knows all too well the pain and solitude that holiday festivities can awaken. When she meets four people at the local diner―all of them strangers and as lonely as Ro is―she invites them to an impromptu Christmas dinner. And when that party seems in danger of an early end, she suggests they each tell a ghost story. One that’s seasonally appropriate.
But Ro will come to learn that the horrors hidden in a Christmas tale―or one’s past―can never be tamed once unleashed.
Content Warnings: Stalking, Mentions of Domestic Abuse, Eating Disorders
Review: Despite the rarity of Christmas Horror in the larger publishing market, I find that the season is perfect for horror. This is no accident. Before the larger commercialization of the holiday, Christmas, its holiday ancestors, and the Winter Solstice in general tended to be the one time of year when monsters, ghosts, and other strange beings appeared in the wider world.
And doesn’t that make sense? Why shouldn’t you encounter a monster in that time of year when the nights are at their longest and the biting cold drives you from the wild?
M. Rickert’s newest novella, Lucky Girl, continues that tradition in a more contemporary setting. Featuring a horror writing protagonist, Ro, with her fair share of holiday-related trauma, this little book creates a beautifully paced, tense, and terrifying affair.Continue reading “(Novella Review) Lucky Girl, or How I Became a Horror Writer: A Krampus Story by M. Rickert”