Craig Kringle

Weird Christmas: Weird Christmas Flash Fiction (Contest winners)

1st prize: “He is Coming to Town” by Douglas Jensen

2nd prize: “The Loss Not Found” by Sherry Morris

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

  • “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Barbara Tarkowksa
  • “Relief Santa” by Nycki Blatchley
  • “Christmas Wishes” by Angelle McDougall
  • “The Pooped Elf” by Benito Cereno
  • “Aglow” by September Herrin
  • “Oh Holey Night” by Kelsey Hontz
  • “The Stars Over Casper, Texas” by S.E. Casey
  • “Waiting for Santa” by Linda Raedisch
  • “Christmas Fair” by Michelle Christophorou
  • “The Hamrammr” by Jan Kaneen

You can read the stories at the post on my website here.

Thanks to Old Man Freakboy (@OldManFreakboy) from “Hey You Kids Get Off My Lawn!” Please please please go listen to this year’s (2018) holiday special show here. It’s listening greatness.

Thanks as well to Brian Earl (@XmasPastPodcast) from Christmas Past for helping out last minute to narrate a story for me. Like I said, I owe you a favor. And everyone else owes themselves a favor by listening to this year’s episodes.

Intro music: “Santa Claus is a Monster” by Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats.

Check out the Christmas Podcast Network for more Christmas podcasts. This time, I gave a shout out to Christmas Creeps.

Weird Christmas: The Old Magic of Christmas with Linda Raedisch

I talk to author Linda Raedisch about all kinds of old European and pagan legends that circulate this time of year around solestice and Yule in addition to the standard Christmas stories.

Linda Raedisch‘s book The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year is a wonderful collection of stories, legends, and lore about the Christmas season that we don’t normally hear. Each chapter is organized around a different cluster of stories like elves, witches, reindeer, ghosts, etc.

You can get the full show notes here.

Weird Christmas: Victorian Ghost Stories and “The Kit Bag”

Andy Williams says that there’ll be scary ghost stories along with tales
of the glories of Christmases long, long ago. I think most people guess
he’s just talking about Dickens. But, no. It’s a thing. Or it was a
thing. A HUGE thing. In this one, I talk to Dr. Tara Moore about why the
Victorians got so into ghost stories. And I got a bunch of listeners to
help me read one, too…

You can get the full show notes here.

And check out for all your Christmas weirdness needs.

Tara Moore’s books:

Algernon Blackwood’s “The Kit Bag” (full text)

This story was first published in 1908, so it’s not Victorian. But
it’s close enough, and, like I said in the podcast, it’s hard to find
ghost stories they read at Christmas that actually mentioned…Christmas.
Go figure. But this one does. Besides, I just love Blackwood.

(And, here, if you haven’t read his story the “The Willows,” it is awe-inspiring.
It’s the kind of “weird” that Lovecraft only wished he could do. Way
better than “The Kit Bag,” to be honest, but not Christmas, not
“ghosts,” and also too long for my podcast.

And a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who read for me:

Find other great Christmas podcasts at the Christmas Podcast Network. The one I played for this one is Tinsel Tunes.

If you’re interestined in the Flash Fiction Contest, go here.

Weird Christmas: Xmas Comics with Benito Cereno

Benito Cereno is a comic book writer, Christmas author, and fount of knowledge. He shares suggestions for unusual Christmas reading and talks about some ambitious Christmas fiction projects.

Get the full show notes here.

You can also visit for all the Christmas weirdness you can handle.

Links to everything we mentioned on the show:

Opening music by Brian Conover, “Christmas Time and Comic Book Men.”

Outro music by @MysteryMammal, from Xmas in Space.