Christmas: a time of family, tradition, togetherness—until your family shatters. With no grandparents to spoil her daughters, one single mom faces the holiday alone. Her daughters worry that Santa, like Daddy, won’t show up. She worries, too: What if she can’t give them—or herself—the magic of Christmas? But maybe, just maybe, she’ll find that magic on Christmas morning, under the tree, like all the other […]
According to Officer Nick Mantino, Nutball Season runs from Halloween to Christmas. This Christmas season, he sees more than his usual number of nutballs. Like the geezer who thinks he has been cast in Miracle on 34th Street. And Mrs. Billings, who tells everyone she will shoot Santa if he lands on her roof. Mrs. Billings’ threats scare the local children, so Nick must investigate. […]
Boz got his job on the colony ship The Beautiful Dreamer because of his skills as a competent introvert. He enjoys spending years completely alone, monitoring the passengers passing the time in cold sleep. So, when he wakes up one morning to Christmas carols, he gets scared. Very scared. Who has joined him on the ship? And why torture him with Christmas cookies and mugs […]
Here in the U.S., we are heading to one of our biggest feasting holidays—Thanksgiving. As those of us who follow the science know, COVID super-spreader events usually involve food and drink. People remove their masks, eat and drink and laugh and talk and sit around for hours, and then someone—or many someones—get ill. As a result, all of the experts, as well as government officials, […]
Silas has worked for Death in Nevada for 150 years. He gets Christmas and Christmas Eve off. Only this year, his substitute finds him in a Las Vegas casino. His substitute, who is little more than a boy, a boy whose task terrifies him. If the boy finishes the task, he’ll have a permanent job. If he doesn’t, a dozen kids will live in agony. […]
Six-year-old Tommy Ulrick saw Santas enter the Sutter house on Christmas Eve, the night the house got robbed. Tommy said Santa stole. No one believed him, thinking robbers dressed as Santa emptied that house. But Tommy believed. And when Tommy turns thirty—after losing family and friends—he decides to prove once and for all that the Jolly Old Elf is one evil s.o.b. Tommy just doesn’t […]
The test emails just went out for the WMG Holiday Spectacular. We’re making sure that everything works before the first original story arrives in subscribers’ email on Thursday the 28th. You still have time to join us on the wonderful holiday adventure. 35 holiday stories in 35 days. The stories cover several winter holidays, as well as at least three genres. There are happily ever […]
As I write this, you have 24 hours to get backer rewards on our Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter. We have more core backers on this project—people who love the project—than we get on most of our Kickstarters, and that has me happy. This Kickstarter project is a baby of mine. I’ve wanted to give away a lot of stories during the winter holiday season for almost […]
Eleven-year-old Christopher always spends Christmas alone. This year, he plans to change that. This year, he’ll find a way to make his parents stay home. Everyone tells him he’ll ruin Christmas, but he doesn’t care. He wants a good Christmas, and he’ll do anything to get it.
A classic Christmas story that first appeared in Boys’ Life Magazine.
“Christopher’s Crummy Christmas” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Joanne makes her home the perfect place for Christmas so her grandchildren will always remember the holiday. She even puts her Christmas cards on the banister.
But this year, she faces a dilemma. Her father has been in a coma since Thanksgiving, but a Christmas card from him arrived in mid-December. Even stranger, the letter inside gets longer every time she looks at it.
Her father always made up fantasy worlds, but now Joanne feels like she’s living inside one—and she wants to leave.
“The Last Christmas Letter,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.