"Readers will be riveted by this genuinely scary holiday phantasmagoria."– Publishers Weekly
A group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm. The gathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway. An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow globe is hell bent on playing deadly games with a group of people just trying to get home for the holidays.
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Dark memories return to haunt a group of strangers stranded in a deadly blizzard in this chilling Christmas-themed horror novel from Bastianelli (Loonies). After a snowplow driver is murdered by something hiding in the vents of his plow on Christmas Eve, it leaves a pileup of strangers stuck in their cars on the highway in the middle of a terrible storm. They seek shelter in one couple's RV, passing the time sharing grisly stories of their worst winters. As the night progresses, figures from their stories begin appearing in the storm among them ghosts, animated snowmen, and Krampus, the horned Christmas goat demon from European folklore and the motorists realize that they have more to fear than just the blizzard as nightmares of Christmases past come back for revenge. The vivid, terrifying imagery of each of the character's story makes up for a confusing resolution to the frame plot. Readers will be riveted by this genuinely scary holiday phantasmagoria.
Really crappy ending