Christmas in Murdock. A time of cozy safety, snowy sidewalks, and caroling children. But this holiday season someone is bating Sheriff Dunsmore in a bizarre and deadly game. Someone is stalking the young women he knows and loves...seducing them with icy steel...leaving them for him to find - far too late. It's the night before Christmas. The frightened town edges toward paChristmas in Murdock. A time of cozy safety, snowy sidewalks, and caroling children. But this holiday season someone is bating Sheriff Dunsmore in a bizarre and deadly game. Someone is stalking the young women he knows and loves...seducing them with icy steel...leaving them for him to find - far too late. It's the night before Christmas. The frightened town edges toward panic. And Dunsmore is about to receive the most terrifying gift of all....
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Black Christmas Reviews
Note: I always assumed that the movie Black Christmas was created from this book, but I realized during the first couple of chapters that this was not the case.Black Christmas takes place in a small town, in a blizzard, during the two days before Christmas, and begins with a teenage girl getting killed with an axe in the woods. More killings will follow as Sheriff Dunsmore searches for the killer and worries about his own teenage daughter and failing marriage. I correctly guessed who the killer was about halfway through the book, and from then on, everything was extremely predictable. I enjoyed the snowy setting, but it didn't have a very Christmasy feeling to it; I would have enjoyed more detailed side stories about Christmas shopping or tree decorating or meal planning or gift wrapping, to set the mood. There was a certain aspect of the writing that I found awkward and annoying: the 3rd person point of view would often switch to the character thinking to himself and addressing himself as 'you.' Example:"He picked up his Ovation and played a few chords in an absentminded way. Then he set the guitar down and put his clothes on and tried to stop from yawning. You don't want to see her again. The letter - why hadn't the letter been enough? But you couldn't be an asshole coward and hide behind the safety of two bland pages of handwriting. Face her. You knew you had to."Not a fantastic book or great writing, but if you don't expect too much, it's a decent, leisurely, mildly entertaining read for the holiday season.
Black Christmas shares a title with the original North American slasher movie, Black Christmas (1974), directed by Bob Clark (director of Porky’s and A Christmas Story) which had been novelized in 1976. However, this book by Thomas Altman (pseudonym of Campbell Armstrong, who wrote the novelizations of Dressed to Kill and Raiders of the Lost Ark) has nothing to do with the film besides a Christmas setting and a focus on young women getting murdered. Set in the upstate New York town of Murdock, a little burg of about 7,000 souls, this book is an icky but sweet little yuletide treat, that manages to read like an actual novel and not a novel-like object that is secretly a synopsis of a screenplay that some writer just pulled out of their bottom drawer.And that's a good thing! Find out why when you read the rest of this review.
Well done. The perfect read for the Holidays, I think.
A great horror for Christmas! Has nothing to do with the movies btw.
I should state that this novel has nothing to do with the 1974 film Black Christmas (though that was novelized in 1976 by Lee Hays). This was fairly boring. Three young women from the same town are murdered at different times within a short period of time in the days leading up to Christmas, and a fourth was almost killed. It wasn't until shortly before the killer was revealed that I'd guessed who they were. There were the usual suspects- ex-husband, odd boy in town, ect., neither of which turn out to be the killer. I don't understand the significance of the number thirteen; each victim was stabbed thirteen times. The reason for killing two of the three doesn't make any sense and it wasn't explained why the killer had those two on their radar anyway. The ending is odd too, somewhat happy, and I'm not at all satisfied with it. The novel needed to be slightly longer so we could have gotten some answers as to what the killer was thinking. Not really good enough to recommend.
Well written but sadly disappointing resolution. I picked the book up, because I thought it might be related to the classic horror film, but it is not. The plot stands on its own...until the (not well masked) identity of the killer is revealed and the book descended into silliness. Sad for a book that was otherwise an enjoyable read.
I read this book many years ago (early 80's), so I could not give an accurate review. I have it listed in my records as a "very good read". This was in the days that I mostly read horror books. My taste in books has changed over the years.
First read this about 17 years ago. A solid page turner. Honestly not sure how I'd feel about it now.