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YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION

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Please note this item is available for PRE-ORDER, and the listed price is a special pre-order price only in effect until Nov 30th, 2017. The book will begin shipping in early December 2017. If you live overseas is not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas, however I will do what I can to get all orders out as soon as the book is back from the printer!

Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce its forthcoming book devoted to the darkside of holiday entertainment, YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION, to be released in the last quarter of 2017. This comprehensive new collection of essays is set to deck your halls with insightful looks at all your festive fright favourites, from the BBC’s A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS series to SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (and the ensuing controversy), from Eastern European folk-horrors all the way up to the seasonal succubi of the “New French Extremity”—followed by a compendium of nearly 200 Christmas horror film reviews.

“A hugely informative compilation of studies of the shadows Christmas brings – a splendid gift for any horror film enthusiast, which will last all year round.” – Ramsey Campbell

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Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce its forthcoming book devoted to the darkside of holiday entertainment, YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION, to be released in the last quarter of 2017. This comprehensive new collection of essays is set to deck your halls with insightful looks at all your festive fright favourites, from the BBC’s A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS series to SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (and the ensuing controversy), from Eastern European folk-horrors all the way up to the seasonal succubi of the “New French Extremity”—followed by a compendium of nearly 200 Christmas horror film reviews.

YULETIDE TERROR follows on the success of Spectacular Optical’s previous books KID POWER!, SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s—the latter of which promptly sold out and was reprinted in a second edition by the UK’s FAB Press–and LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN. It is the fourth book in Spectacular Optical’s ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books.

Contributors to YULETIDE TERROR include Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA), Kim Newman (NIGHTMARE MOVIES), Caelum Vatnsdal (THEY CAME FROM WITHIN: A HISTORY OF CANADIAN HORROR CINEMA), longtime FANGORIA editor Michael Gingold, Shelagh Rowan-Legg (THE SPANISH FANTASTIC), Alexandra West (FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY), Michael Helms (FATAL VISIONS), Andrea Subissati (The FACULTY OF HORROR Podcast), Zack Carlson (DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!), Joanna Wilson (THE CHRISTMAS TV COMPANION), Diane A. Rodgers (CINEMA RETRO), Andrew Nette (PULP CURRY), Amanda Reyes (MADE FOR TV MAYHEM), David Bertrand (SATANIC PANIC), David Canfield (SCREEN ANARCHY), Eric Zaldivar (co-writer, DJANGO LIVES!), Leslie Hatton (POPSHIFTER), Owen Williams (EMPIRE), Ralph Elawani (BLEU NUIT: HISTOIRE D’UN CINÉPHILIE NOCTURNE), Derek Johnston (HAUNTED SEASONS: TELEVISION GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS AND HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN), Neil Mitchell (Devil’s Advocates: CARRIE), Chris Hallock (DIABOLIQUE), Ariel Fisher (RUE MORGUE), Lee Gambin (NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: THE MAKING OF CUJO), Zach Clark (writer/director, WHITE REINDEER) as well as Spectacular Optical co-editors Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) and Paul Corupe (CANUXPLOITATION).

The cover is illustrated by British artist Alisdair Wood, who has also created the chapter headings throughout the book.

The launch of YULETIDE TERROR will be accompanied by screenings and events in multiple cities. Programmers:  To arrange an event at your venue, contact us at bigsmashproductions@gmail.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Ringing The Changes: Bob Clark’s Black Christmas
By Stephen Thrower

Christmas Shocking: The Silent Night, Deadly Night Controversy
By Michael Gingold

“Protecting (Not Punishing) Billy”: Gilmer McCormick on Silent Night, Deadly Night
By Lee Gambin

Christmas Evil and the Cultural Myth of the Foolkiller
By Florent Christol

An Interview with Christmas Evil director Lewis Jackson
By Amanda Reyes

“They’re Not Working For Santa Anymore”: An Interview with Elves director Jeff Mandel
By Zach Clark

Christmas Campout: a Q&A with Campfire Tales co-director Paul Talbot
By Eric Zaldivar

It’s The Most Cynical Time of the Year: Christmastime in Horror Anthology Television
By Amanda Reyes

Tales From the Crypt‘s “And All Through the House”: An Interview with Screenwriter Fred Dekker
By Kier-La Janisse

Why the Ghost Story at Christmas?
By Derek Johnston

Terror and Transformation: The Enduring Legacy of A Christmas Carol
By Leslie Hatton

Warnings to the Curious: The BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas
By Kier-La Janisse

Robin Redbreast and BBC’s Play for Today: 1970s Folk Horror for Christmas
By Diane A. Rogers

A Hammer Film for Christmas: Cash on Demand
By Kim Newman

“Hello, Dave!”: The Joyful Misanthropy of The League Of Gentlemen Christmas Special
By Owen Williams

Our Best Tree Ever: When Experimentalists Tackle Yuletide Terror
By Caelum Vatnsdal

Santa Brought a Syringe: Robert Morin’s Petit Pow! Pow! Noël
By Ralph Elawani

All I Want for Christmas is You: Franck Khalfoun’s P2
By Alexandra West

Silent Night, Holy S*#t: Holy Terror and the Dark Side of the Nativity
By David Canfield

Won’t Someone Think of The Children?
By Andrea Subissati

An Interview with Alain Lalanne, the child hero of René Manzor’s 3615: Code Pere Noël
By Federico Caddeo (translated by Lee Paula Springer)

Santa Vs. Satan: How Santa Conquered Hell and Mars to Create Holiday Horror
By Zack Carlson

Stolen Voices and Kooky Carols: Yvonne Mackay’s The Monster’s Christmas
By Kier-La Janisse

Surviving the Yuletide Season: Alcohol, Physical Affliction and Murder Down Under in The Evil Touch
By Andrew Nette

Apocalypse Sinterklaas: Santa Claus’ Horror Roots in European Folklore
By David Bertrand

Horns for the Holidays: The Krampus Conquers North American Horror Films
Paul Corupe

COMPENDIUM
(featuring nearly 200 Christmas Horror Film and Television reviews!)

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PRESS:

The Ink And Code  (Randall Lotowycz)  – USA – Yuletide Terror Pre-Sale Campaign and Film! – Announcementhttp://theinkandcode.com/yuletide-terror/

 

Rue Morgue (Michael Gingold) – Canada – Christmas in August: YULETIDE TERROR campaign/pre-orders launch! – Announcementhttp://www.rue-morgue.com/single-post/2017/08/22/Christmas-in-August-YULETIDE-TERROR-campaignpre-orders-launch

 

Following Films (Christopher Maynard) – USA – Indiegogo Campaign launched for Spectacular Optical’s YULETIDE TERROR: Christmas Horror on Film and Television – Announcement  – http://www.followingfilms.com/2017/08/indiegogo-campaign-launched-for.html

 

Dread Central (Jonathan Barkan) – USA – Yuletide Terror Gathers Essays and Interviews That Celebrate Holiday Horror – Announcementhttp://www.dreadcentral.com/news/248406/yuletide-terror-gathers-essays-interviews-celebrate-holiday-horror/

 

Pulp Curry – UK (Andrew Nette) – Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film & Television – Announcement – http://www.pulpcurry.com/2017/08/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-television/

 

That Moment In (David Duprey) – USA – YuleTide Terror: Christmas Horror On Film And Television Launches Pre-Sales On Indiegogo – Announcement - http://thatmomentin.com/2017/08/24/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-indiegogo/

 

Nightmarish Conjurings – USA – INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED FOR SPECTACULAR OPTICAL’S YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION – Announcement  – http://www.nightmarishconjurings.com/news/2017/8/24/indiegogo-campaign-launched-for-spectacular-opticals-yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-television

 

COMINGSOON.NET (Chris Alexander) – Yuletide Terror Book Now Available for Pre-Sale – Announcement – http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/883065-yuletide-terror-book-now-available-for-pre-sale

 

BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH (Scott Wampler) – Please Enjoy An Exclusive Excerpt From YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION – Exclusive – http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/08/29/please-enjoy-an-exclusive-excerpt-from-yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on

 

SCREENANARCHY (Andrew Mack) – Crowdfund This: Spectacular Optical’s New Book YULETIDE TERROR – http://screenanarchy.com/2017/08/crowdfund-this-yuletide-terror.html

 

CANUXPLOITATION (Paul Corupe) – Our New Christmas Horror Book Covers Canadian Classics – http://blog.canuxploitation.com/2017/09/our-new-christmas-horror-book-covers-canadian-classics/

 

A.V. Club (Katie Rife) – Krampus crosses the Atlantic in a Yuletide Terror exclusive – http://www.avclub.com/krampus-crosses-the-atlantic-in-a-yuletide-terror-exclu-1798710037

Horror Society – One Week Left To Pre-Order YULETIDE TERROR Book – https://www.horrorsociety.com/2017/09/05/one-week-left-pre-order-yuletide-terror-book/

 

Rue Morgue (Michael Gingold) – FILMMAKER SEAN HOGAN TALKS THE “YULETIDE TERROR” CROWD-FUNDED CHRISTMAS HORROR-MOVIE PROJECT; NEW POSTER – https://rue-morgue.com/filmmaker-sean-hogan-talks-the-yuletide-terror-crowd-funded-christmas-horror-movie-project-new-poster/

 

Horror Fuel (Greg Kershaw) – Only One Week Left! Order The ‘Yuletide Terror’ Book Now – http://horrorfuel.com/horror/books-horror/one-week-left-order-yuletide-terror-book-now/

 

Daily Dead (Tamika Jones) – Horror Highlights: COMET TV’s September Viewing Guide, THE LODGERS, MOTHER! Artwork, Grimmfest 2017 Lineup, YULETIDE TERROR Book, SLASHED! THE MUSICAL, SCARED TO DEATH – https://dailydead.com/horror-highlights-comet-tvs-september-viewing-guide-lodgers-mother-artwork-grimmfest-2017-lineup-yuletide-terror-book-slashed-musical-scared-death/

 

Pop Horror (Matt Stumpf) – Final Week For ‘Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television’ IndieGoGo Campaign – https://www.pophorror.com/final-week-pre-order-yuletide-terror/

 

Cinepunx (Nick Spacek) – INTERVIEW: Spectacular Optical’s Kier-La Janisse on their upcoming YULETIDE TERROR – http://www.cinepunx.com/Writing/interview-spectacular-opticals-kier-la-janisse-on-their-upcoming-yuletide-terror/

 

Diabolique Magazine (Samm Deighan) – Yuletide Terror: An Interview with Amanda Reyes – https://diaboliquemagazine.com/yuletide-terror-interview-amanda-reyes/

 

Nerdly.co (Phil Wheat) – This Christmas give the gift of ‘Yuletide Terror’ – http://www.nerdly.co.uk/2017/09/07/this-christmas-give-the-gift-of-yuletide-terror/

 

Montreal Rampage (Sinj Karan) – Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Teleivion Indiegogo Campaign – Round-table interview – http://montrealrampage.com/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-teleivion-indiegogo-campaign/

 

HORROR-MOVIES.CA (Chris Savage) – First Details for Spectacular Optical’s Book ‘Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television’ – http://www.horror-movies.ca/2017/10/first-details-spectacular-opticals-book-yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-film-television/

 

SHOCK YA! (Rudie Obias) – Just in time for the holidays! Check Out Spectacular Optical’s Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television! – http://www.shockya.com/news/2017/10/27/spectacular-opticals-yuletide-terror/

 

HORROR NOTES (Sheri White) – Just in Time for the Holidays! Spectacular Optical’s ‘Yuletide Horror:’ Christmas Horror on Film and Television! – https://hellnotes.com/just-in-time-for-the-holidays-spectacular-opticals-yuletide-horror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-television/

 

THAT’S NOT CURRENT (Kieran Fisher) – Yuletide Terror: A Conversation with Paul Corupe – http://www.thatsnotcurrent.com/yuletide-terror-paul-corupe/

 

DRINKIN’ & DRIVE-IN (Jeff Gilbert) – Happy Horror-days, East Coast Aliens, Irish Witches – https://mansplat.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/happy-horror-days-east-coast-aliens-irish-witches/