Today sees the paperback release of Deck The Halls, festive tales of fear and cheer. Deck The Halls was the first of eMergent Publishing’s Literary Mix-Tape originally published as an ebook back in December 2010, with each of the stories being inspired by a line from the Christmas classic. My own story, Perfect Light, was inspired by the line ‘Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!’ This paperback edition and the new ebooks are expanded for this festive season release and include a handful of new stories, including the excellent Weatherboy by Nik Perring.

Here’s the cover:

Deck The Halls cover

And here’s the back cover copy:

DECK THE HALLS traverses the joy and jeopardy of the festive season, from Yule to Mōdraniht, Summer Solstice to Years’ End. The stories journey through consternations and celebrations, past, present and future, which might be or never were. Along the way you’ll meet troll hunters, consumer dissidents, corset-bound adventurers, a joint-toking spirit, big-hearted gangbangers, an outcast hybrid spaceship, petrol-toting politicians, mythical swingers and a boy who unwittingly controls the weather. Heart-warming and horrifying, the collection is a merry measure of cross-genre, short fiction subverting traditional notions of the holiday season.

Both the print and ebook anthologies can be ordered through the eMergent Publishing store. Deck your bookshelf with a copy.