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Author:  Ray [ Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:49 pm ]
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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are (the things on) your branches...

Ian Hunter's 'A Christmas Opporchancity' is a great story, perfect way to end my day at work. I can easily imagine it as a short film, too. Someone should do that, a bunch of short Christmas horrors. The Twelve Days of Christmas, with twelve ten-minute movies. I'd watch it.

Author:  StephenW [ Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:06 am ]
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I must just point out that, despite the similarities in theme, I certainly wasn't looking over Ian's shoulder when writing my story. I mean, if I had been, someone would definitely have been taking the odd sheep. I mean, the odd ones are the most attractive, right?

Author:  Pete [ Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:40 am ]
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Day 12 and "Honour Christmas In Your Heart" from Stephen Whitehead, which could be a sort of sequel to Ian's story, those growths mutating and camouflaging themselves as Christmas baubles to once again take human life in the future. I think the real strength of the story though lies in the idea and hints of a society without any appreciation of Christmas, something lost to time and circumstance.

Author:  Pete [ Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:54 am ]
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Day 19 - Guy Anthony De Marco

Five places left. Will we make it?

Author:  Pete [ Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:50 pm ]
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Day 20 - Ed Fortune

Four places left, and one writer who, I am led to believe, is frantically scribbling away to grab one of the last slots.

Author:  Pete [ Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:27 pm ]
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Day 21 - Priya Sharma

Three places left.

Author:  Pete [ Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:11 pm ]
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Day 13 and a heartwarming, albeit also uniquely odd, vision of first contact from Lexi MacRae with "The Dog That Barked". Where do old astronauts go?

Author:  Pete [ Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:41 pm ]
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A story of seasonal loss and misadventure on Day14 from Ray Cluley with "The Rain Deer", a great little tale that does everything right, Leah's situation made all the more disturbing because we can only surmise what she is running from/to, a desperate woman in desperate circumstances and falling fast, but with a hint of triumph at the end, albeit bittersweet.

Author:  Ray [ Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:37 pm ]
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Thank you, Pete. I've still gotta catch up with my reading, a few stories as a Sunday treat perhaps...

Author:  Pete [ Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:04 pm ]
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Day 15 and we have the post-apocalypse Christmas courtesy of Alan Morgan's "Wight Christmas", an elegantly bizarre and witty variation on the zombie trope.

Author:  Ray [ Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:48 pm ]
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LOVED 'Blue Splendor'. Fantastic stuff in just six sentences. Now to backtrack a little a read the previous few days...

Author:  Pete [ Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:55 pm ]
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Day 22 - Aliya Whiteley

Two places left to fill.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:07 pm ]
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Day 16 and Todd Banks' "Blue Splendor" put me very much in mind of Steve Rasnic Tem's estate agent story from Crimewave. The same economy with words, each one made to count, all leading up to the devastating end twist. Good stuff.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:55 pm ]
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Day 23 - Mark Gorton

And then there was one...

Author:  Pete [ Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:36 am ]
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Day 17 and a clever angel/devil piece with "Amy's First" by Henry Szabranski, with some evocative writing and a neat twist at the end.

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