I present you with an awesome gift: a book! A book of Christmas short stories with a werewolf theme! Or werewolf short stories with a Christmas theme. Either way is correct.
Behold the literary splendor that is Wolfsbane and Mistletoe.
Yeah, I know, I should’ve posted this earlier, but I blame the holidays and . . . um . . . Frank Stallone. Yes. Frank Stallone.
Edited by Charlaine Harris (she of the Sookie Stackhouse books and True Blood) and Toni L.P. Kelner, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe collects 15 never before published (um, up until they were published in this book) short stories by authors ranging from J.A. Konrath (Jack Daniels mystery series) to Kat Richardson (Greywalker paranormal series).
A lot of the stories deal with previously established characters, which can make some of the stories a bit confusing on the first read-through, as you’re not really sure of the writer’s rules for his or her werewolf characters. This is where the Internet once again proves useful for something other than funny cat videos and
porn funny cat videos.
If I were to recommend stories that didn’t need some sort of background, I’d go with Kat Richardson’s “The Werewolf Before Christmas” and Donna Andrews’ “The Haire of the Beast”. There’s also “SA” by J.A. Konrath, but as much as I enjoy his Jack Daniels series, I couldn’t get into this one.
This would make an interesting gift for the lycanthrope lover in your life . . . I guess I really should have posted this earlier.
Gift idea for next year, right?
(I received my copy as a gift a couple Christmases ago; my copy was purchased from a small town in Louisiana, and came signed by Charlaine Harris, which is pretty cool.)