Weird Christmas Podcast
The Ghost Story of Christmas 2021ish ”A Strange Christmas Game” by Charlotte Riddell

The Ghost Story of Christmas 2021ish ”A Strange Christmas Game” by Charlotte Riddell

August 1, 2022

SURPRISE CHRISTMAS IN JULY PODCAST!

I never quite got this show finished during the season, so my humble apologies. All is now well.

Thank you to Meghan Arcuri for talking to me about Charlotte Riddell! Her collection of Riddell’s stories will be out very soon. And here are some links to her work, which I encourage everyone to check out:

  • Her bio: Meghan Arcuri is a Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author. Her work can be found in various anthologies, including Borderlands 7 (Borderlands Press), Madhouse (Dark Regions Press), Chiral Mad, and Chiral Mad 3 (Written Backwards). She is currently the Vice President of the Horror Writers Association. Prior to writing, she taught high school math, having earned her B.A. from Colgate University—with a double major in mathematics and English—and her masters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley. Please visit her at meghanarcuri.comfacebook.com/meg.arcuri, or on Twitter (@MeghanArcuri).

Readers who were so gracious and generous with their time this year, as well as being totally patient and not complaining at all when I ghosted them:

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Christmas Past, American Xmas Literary History with Thomas Ruys Smith

Christmas Past, American Xmas Literary History with Thomas Ruys Smith

January 10, 2022

I chat with Thomas Ruys Smith, editor of Christmas Past: An Anthology of Seasonal Stories from Nineteenth Century America and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of East Anglia.

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2021 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest (4th Annual Results Show)

2021 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest (4th Annual Results Show)

January 3, 2022

It’s out later than I would have preferred, but like the inevitability of New Year’s following Christmas, it is here.

To read the stories, get bio information and links on the authors, and for all other show notes, please check out WeirdChristmas.com.

Results:

  • Overall Winner: “The Fight” by Elizabeth Guilt
  • “Weird Cards” Category Winner: “If the Suit Fits” by Michelle Christophorou
  • “There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard” Category Winner: “A Churchyard Carol” by Dan Fields
  • “Stocking Stuffer” Category Winner: “The Power of Presents and Spidersilk” by Daniel Ausema

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):

  • “The Second Coming” — Michelle Christophorou
  • “Married to Christmas” — Dustin Pari
  • “The Christmas Room” — J.D. Wilson
  • “Saving Cinterland” — JJ Mokrezewski
  • “The Messenger” — Jens Hieber
  • “A Christmas Burial” — Gary Ballard
  • “Spirits of Christmas” — D.P. Blanchard
  • “A lock of hair, a baby tooth, a toenail” — Eleanor Luke
  • “Red Nose” — Thomas Lawrance
  • “The Last Holiday” — John Wolf
  • “It’s the Most Dreadful Time of the Year” — Paul Lewthwaite
  • “How Santa Got Schooled” — Kate Sherrod
  • “O Holey Night” — John Possidente
  • “The Yew’s Embrace” — Jen Rowe
  • “War’s End” — Adam Gottfried
  • “Carton Holiday” — Ibiteye Overcomer
  • “Christmas Spirits” — Laurie Peterson
  • “Piss Pistol” — Brandon Case
  • “Grandpa?” — Jonathan Saint

Please help support the contest, the podcast, and Weird Christmas website by buying a “coffee” (a gift in increments of $3) at Ko-Fi.com (click here). For even more support, please consider joining my Patreon page (click here) where for $2 or $5/month, you’ll have access to extra content and bonuses like physical postcards mailed throughout the year. With more support, I can offer more and bigger prizes for the contest next year.

big thank you to my volunteer readers this season: my work buddy Lisa and LW Salinas (@sithwitch), both of whom stepped in at the very last second. Otherwise, almost all the authors wanted to read their own work this year, which was fun!

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Contest results from previous years: 202020192018.

Ghost Stories, Weird Poetry, and All Manner of Old Xmas Weirdness with Christopher Philippo

Ghost Stories, Weird Poetry, and All Manner of Old Xmas Weirdness with Christopher Philippo

December 21, 2021

Talking with Christopher Philippo, editor of Volumes 4 and 5 of the Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories.

Links to the poems and other goodies from the show are at WeirdChristmas.com.

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The Perchten with Al Ridenour

The Perchten with Al Ridenour

December 9, 2021

Al Ridenour is back after talking to us last year about Krampus, but this time to help unpack the lore and traditions around the Perchten, Krampus-esque goblin-ish creatures tied to both Krampus and Frau Perchta.

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Christmas Murder Ballads with James Wynn

Christmas Murder Ballads with James Wynn

November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving! We dive deep into the history of Christmas murder ballads with my friend (and cohost from the ReReading Wolfe Podcast) James Wynn.

I'll get links to all the songs from the episode up here shortly. But for now, here are links for James:

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Christmas Witches with Benito Cereno

Christmas Witches with Benito Cereno

November 15, 2021

La Befana, Perchta, Holda, and so many more! We chat with the always encyclopedic Benito Cereno about all the Christmas witch folklore in Christmas history.

 

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2020 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest Results Show

2020 Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest Results Show

December 23, 2020

Full text of all the winners are at WeirdChristmas.com along with bios, information, and links for all the authors.

All fiction copyright 2020 by the authors.

Please visit WeirdChristmas.com for full information.

Philosophy, Christmas, and Does Santa Exist by Eric Linus Kaplan who wrote Big Bang Theory which I mentioned here totally for clicks

Philosophy, Christmas, and Does Santa Exist by Eric Linus Kaplan who wrote Big Bang Theory which I mentioned here totally for clicks

December 21, 2020

Sometimes when you have a podcast, you talk to people who interest you and you don’t worry so much about how it relates to the show or your topic or what your hard-won audience really cares about. So you put out a show that’s all about really, really narrow interests you have. This is half that. The other half is about an amazing book about whether or not you should believe in Santa.

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The Ghost Story of Christmas 2020 “Between the Lights” by EF Benson

The Ghost Story of Christmas 2020 “Between the Lights” by EF Benson

December 15, 2020

“…And scary ghost stories of Christmasses long, long ago!”

Ghost stories from previous years if you’re in a spooky mood: 201920182017

Next year, we should break open this boys’ club with a tale from this

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