I know I’ve written about Christopher Moore before, so I won’t describe him much here other than to say that this story proves that he is one man with a fertile, wickedly funny and weird imagination.
I chose this book to write about merely because it’s getting so close to the Christmas season and frankly, I’ve been dying to do so. This story has it all, Santa Claus (well someone dressed up as one), murder, betraying, Christmas angels, and zombies, what more could you ask for?
The angel Raziel, last seen in Moore’s “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal“, comes down to Pine Cove (a small coastal California town which is frequently a location in Moore’s novels) to grant one child a Christmas wish. Raziel is not the sharpest tool in the celestial shed…and when he grants the wish of a small boy (who saw the local land developer dressed up as Santa killed and buried in a shallow grave on a Christmas tree farm a short distance from the town’s cemetery) to not let Santa be dead, he mistakenly resurrects not only “Santa” but all of the dead in the cemetery all of which reek mayhem and death and terror on the towns folk collecting for a Christmas gathering. Will anyone survive? Will anyone want to?
This is one of Moore’s funniest (and shortest) books to date and the first of Moore’s books to begin production into a film (although others have been discussed, options sold, etc..). The films web site is claiming that principal photography is supposed to begin in 2013, they’re kind of running behind if they haven’t at least started.
If you like this, read:
- Practical Demonkeeping
- Bloodsucking Fiends
- Island of the Sequined Love Nun
- The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
- Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal