Secret Santa

Secret Santa

The Office meets Stephen King, dressed up in holiday tinsel, in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ’80s, by New York Times best-selling satirist Andrew Shaffer.

Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.

But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers' mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn't understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.

Title:Secret Santa
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781683692058
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    Secret Santa Reviews

  • Sadie Hartmann

    Thank Krampus for Christmas horror. I could just read any ol' books during December-just like I could watch any ol' movies too--but why would I do that when I can read and watch Christmas books and mo...

  • Johann (jobis89)

    3.5 stars. This was a lot of fun! And I loved the author’s sense of humour. 80s horror is always gonna be a win for me — I just wish it was a little darker, perhaps?! Full review to come. ...

  • Andrew Shaffer

    There’s a lot of big hair in this book....

  • Catherine Woodward

    *Many thanks to Edelweiss, Quirk Books, and Andrew Shaffer for a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review!*Lussi Meyer has always been in publishing, and lives for horror. When she gets let g...

  • Cameron Chaney

    Thank you Quirk Books for sending me a copy of Secret Santa in exchange for an honest review! My full thoughts can be seen in my CHRISTMAS HORROR recommendation video HERE.Christmas horror has been a ...

  • Maximilian Birner

    This was a decent holiday read, but it could've used a rewrite in a lot of areas. I loved the setting of this old literary publishing company and our protagonist, but there wasn't enough intrigue or a...

  • Kirsty

    I was so excited to read this – I love books set in the publishing world, I love trash horror, and I love short novels. Perfect. Unfortunately, I didn't find this scary or horrific at all – it's c...

  • Kaycee Sterling

    I’m giving this book 5 stars because it was exactly what I needed! I really wanted a Christmas book but I’m not really into contemporary holiday books. I love creepy so what better than a holiday ...

  • Derrick

    This is the very first book I've ever won from a Goodreads giveaway! Big thanks goes out to Goodreads as well as the author and publisher. This was a really fun book to read. It was also fairly cheesy...

  • Janelle Janson

    Review to come ...