Yuletide Terror Pre-Sale Campaign and Film!

Christmas in my home is never complete until screenings of Black Christmas, Silent Night, Deadly Night and Christmas Evil. They’re tradition, which I hope to pass down in my family for generations to come. Fortunately I’m not the only weirdo out there with a love for Christmastime horror, as evident when I heard about the upcoming book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, the latest release from Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical. The book collects 20 essays on the history of these macabre delights, along with Motion Picture Purgatory comic reviews of Christmas horror films by cartoonist Rick Trembles and original illustrations by British artist Alisdair Wood.

Pre-order your copy now by heading over to the book’s Indiegogo campaign. Perks include mixtapes, blu-rays, additional film books, and even a Gremlins Christmas sweater. To accompany the book, Spectacular Optical will be releasing a new Christmas horror short film written and directed by Sean Hogan (The Devil’s Business) and produced by Deviant Films, the team behind Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD.  The short will screen at book launch events in November and December before its online release on Christmas Eve.

For a taste of what’s to come, here is the full Table of Contents:

Terror and Transformation: The Enduring Legacy of A Christmas Carol
By Leslie Hatton

Ringing The Changes: Bob Clark’s Black Christmas
By Stephen Thrower

Christmas Shocking: The Silent Night, Deadly Night Controversy
By Michael Gingold

“Protecting (Not Punishing) Billy”: Gilmer McCormick on Silent Night, Deadly Night
By Lee Gambin

An interview with Christmas Evil director Lewis Jackson
By Amanda Reyes

“They’re Not Working For Santa Anymore”: An interview with Elves director Jeff Mandel
By Zach Clark

Christmas Campout: a Q&A with Campfire Tales co-director Paul Talbot
By Eric Zaldivar

It’s The Most Cynical Time of the Year: Christmastime in Horror Anthology Television
By Amanda Reyes

An interview with Fred Dekker on Tales From the Crypt‘s “And All Through the House”
By Kier-La Janisse

Why the Ghost Story at Christmas?
By Derek Johnston

Warnings to the Curious: The BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas
By Kier-La Janisse

Robin Redbreast and BBC’s Play for Today: 1970s Folk Horror for Christmas
By Diane A. Rogers

A Hammer Film for Christmas: Cash on Demand
By Kim Newman

“Hello, Dave!”: The Joyful Misanthropy of The League Of Gentlemen Christmas Special
By Owen Williams

Our Best Tree Ever: When Experimentalists Tackle Yuletide Terror
By Caelum Vatnsdal

Santa Brought a Syringe: Robert Morin’s Petit Pow! Pow! Noël
By Ralph Elawani

All I Want for Christmas is You: Franck Khalfoun’s P2
By Alexandra West

Won’t Someone Think of The Children?
By Andrea Subissati

Santa Vs. Satan: How Santa Conquered Hell and Mars to Create Holiday Horror
By Zack Carlson

Stolen Voices and Kooky Carols: Yvonne Mackay’s The Monster’s Christmas
By Kier-La Janisse

An Interview with Alain Lalanne, the child hero of René Manzor’s 3615: Code Pere Noël
By Federico Caddeo (translated by Lee Paula Springer)

Surviving the Yuletide Season: Alcohol, Physical Affliction and Murder Down Under in The Evil Touch
By Andrew Nette

Apocalypse Sinterklaas: Santa Claus’ Horror Roots in European Folklore
By David Bertrand

Horns for the Holidays: The Krampus Conquers North American Horror Films
Paul Corupe

I can’t wait to find this under my Christmas tree!