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Publisher's Summary

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 coworkers’ 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.

©2020 Andrew Shaffer (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Ok book

The first of the books was great then it kinda dribbled out towards the end of the book. Not a bad book thou.

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A fast and fun horror story

I honestly did not know what to expect from Secret Santa. I simply chose it because I wanted a short, holiday-themed horror novel. Secret Santa filled that niche craving. It is fun, even humorous at times, and over before you know it. This is a book that could have used a little more development involving the villains of the novel: I have some unanswered questions. Ultimately though, I think the lore of the novel was left a little vague on purpose. You know enough to understand what is going on. While this was not a five-star book for me, I still enjoyed it for what it was. I will definitely be checking out more from this author.

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A cute story.

I didn't find this very funny, maybe because I'm not in publishing, nor was it very scary. May be more scary to a YA reader.

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Funny and keeps you guessing

I loved the narration. the story was funny. It took several unexpected turns. I especially liked the ending

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it was ok

loved it it was a very good book it was a good horror book especially 1arond this time a year

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  • 04-28-22

it was an ok book

it was really booked to listen to but it wasn't amazing but saying that not much for a horrible person

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  • 01-01-22

A good cheesey 80s horror

It's everything you want from the clichés and tropes of 80s horror but the ending feels a little rushed in places

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  • 12-30-21

Meh

The narration is fine but the story is kind of stupid and the plot is fairly obvious.

Luckily it’s also quite short.

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  • 02-21-22

a special doll for Christmas

a excellent storyline from start to finish recomend it as a book with out to much violence if you get a chance give it a go you wont be sorry