Ally Mathews

Under the pen name Ally Mathews, Ally writes middle grade and young adult novels in various genres (website coming soon).

Fright Before Christmas: 13 Tales of Holiday Horror

FrightBeforeChristmasCoverIt’s the most wonderful time of year…or is it? 

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they’re not the least bit jolly or merry. Let’s just say some presents are better left unopened. 

‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more! This Christmas, be careful what you wish for… 

Available here: Amazon     Barnes & Noble      iTunes

“Frosted” by Ally Mathews – I loved the set-up for this story—a Russian folk tale told by the brothers’ Babushka.  This was one of my favorites in the collection. ~James Schubert, Amazon Review

The authors in the anthology have turned the Night Before Christmas into a Fright Before Christmas with characters that may give the reader nightmares.  The stories are creative and imaginative and will give you chills. ~Beverly’s Reviews

These stories are exceptionally well written, and pack a lot of punch into little packages.  Happy endings, just desserts, and nasty endings are handed out about equally, so the collection has a nice box-of-chocolates feel. ~Pop Bop, Amazon Review

FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will become a family favorite read for the holidays. These stories will draw you in and hold you captive until the very end. ~Mason Canyon, Amazon Review

I really enjoyed this collection’s wit, plausibility, and hair-raising twists on familiar holiday songs, customs, and even food. One aspect I want to point out is that some of the tales dug deep into little known facts of Christmas’ past and what the holiday was prior to our modern day. ~salarsen, Amazon Review

My favorites were Medeia Sharif’s story, about a video game that evokes a very evil Santa, Ally Matthews’ story about two brothers who venture into the cold forest to test out a legend, and Patrick Hueller’s story about a little boy who gets coal in his stocking…and learns he’s lucky–really bad boys don’t get to see Christmas morning. Every one of these stories was a true page turner. ~Stephanie Faris, Amazon Review

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