Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/22/15: The Christmas Edition

Book Two in the Fraterfamilias series, Confraternitas, is out. It’s by Judith Doloughan and our very own Paula R. Stiles. And try our latest antho, Jazz Age Cthulhu. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Demonstra, Nickronomicon, and Sword and Mythos, all from Innsmouth Free Press, while you’re at it.

This week, we have more news and spoilers about Doctor Who, sci-fi series and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here

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Review: Doctor Who 7.00 (Christmas Special 2011): The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Recap: There are ships above Earth, moving in to fire on the planet below. A mechanical voice announces, “People of Earth, you stand alone,” right before something on the ship explodes! The voice changes into an “intruder alert” system, and the ship begins to explode more.

Inside the ship, the Doctor is running down the exploding corridors, the Sonic Screwdriver out as he uses it to open the doors in …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 7.00 (Christmas Special 2011): The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

Monster Byte: This Month in Innsmouth (December 2011)

By Amanda J. Spedding

December Christmas Present Drive

‘Innsmouth Remembers’ will be launching a Christmas Present Drive for the month of December. “To help make Christmas a special one for those who remain displaced after the Innsmouth Second Great Raid,” said Lyle Cordeaux.

“The rebuilding is going a lot more slowly than we’d like and there are some families who are still without homes. Christmas is going to be a heartbreaking one for them, and we, as a community, …

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Christmas Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.08: A Very Supernatural Christmas

By Paula R. Stiles

Tagline: The brothers investigate a series of mysterious Christmastime disappearances where the victims appear to have been kidnapped from their beds and dragged up the chimney. Could it be…Santa?

Recap: No Then recap. None whatsoever. Nada. Instead, we get that spinning, multicoloured “Special” Presentation CBS intro from waaaaayyy back and then we cut to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and a grandfather arriving at a house in Seattle, Washington a year ago. His beloved grandson asks …

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Paranormal Christmas Romance

By Paula R. Stiles

While researching some of the more obscure entries in my article on Christmas horror, I ran across a rather odd thing: apparently, there is a subgenre of paranormal romance that has Christmas themes, particularly books of the vampire variety. As far as I can tell, the popularity of vampires post-Twilight accounts for their being more prevalent than other monsters for the moment (zombies are also currently very popular, but not necessarily with women who like …

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Slash the Halls: Christmas Horror Films and Television

By Paula R. Stiles

‘Tis the season for Christmas lists, and there are some good ones of holiday horror here, here and here. As I said in my article on Christmas fantasy classics, specfic about this time of year can get pretty dark. It’s certainly a function of the long nights and the cold, among other things, but if that’s true for fantasy that is supposed to celebrate the joy and light side of Christmas, what is Christmas …

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Solstice Carols

By Paula R. Stiles

Unlike Silvia, I happen to love Christmas carols in all their barely-syncretised-pagan glory. I’ve written about the pagan and historical origins of carols in the past. Today, however, is the Winter Solstice, and I’m going to talk a bit about solstice carols (i.e. the pagan variety) instead of the Christian ones, syncretised or otherwise.

Solstice carols have a few unique characteristics: 1. whether they’re “reconstructed” or “inspired”, the lyrics and tunes are generally based on traditional …

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Cool Purchases: An Even Scarier Solstice

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I hate Christmas carols. Back in Mexico, we celebrate the holidays doing what any sensible human being does: partying for nine straight days, breaking piñatas and drinking a lot of rompope, which should not be confused with the eggnog you find at the supermarket because this has booze, baby. In between the piñatas, there might be a bozo who decides to pull out a CD of Christmas music, but since you’ve probably got the piñata-bashing stick between …

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Ten Christmas Fantasy Classics

By Paula R. Stiles

Ahhh, Christmas television. A time of heart-warming classics, filled to the brim with murder, insanity, home invasion, grand theft, exile, suicide, fascist repression, bank foreclosure, and various forms of persecution and bullying. Yup. These little classics are downright uplifting.

But aside from the darkness in a lot of these tales, they’re all fantastic in nature. There is something about Christmas that encourages speculative fiction over that of any other genre. The most famous classic of them

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Deck the Halls with Bloody Footprints

Winter and the holiday season are approaching, and we at Innsmouth Free Press want to make it a cozy, scary time for you. We are looking for articles and reviews on holiday horrors and abominations in the snow.


  • Reviews of movies or books set in a cold, snowy place like The Thing.
  • Reviews of movies or books set during the holiday season. And by holidays we mean Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah. If it’s holiday and its horror, we
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