Cover illustration by Marc Vuletich. Cover design by Alan Lastufka.

Candy Cain Kills: A Novella

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“A masterclass in slasher fiction.”
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Publication Date

November 14, 2023

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Print Length

172 Pages

ISBN

978-1-959565-19-2 (Paperback)
978-1-959565-20-8 (eBook)

About Candy Cain Kills

Oh what fun it is to DIE!

When Austin’s parents drag him and his little sister Fiona to a remote cottage for Christmas, he’s less than thrilled about the forced bonding exercise. But after learning that their holiday getaway was the site of a horrific crime, this family on the rocks will have to fight for their lives against a legendary killer… because Candy Cain is slashing through the snow with a very long naughty list.

Praise

“Great deaths, a creepy villain and believably written characters – this is a masterclass in slasher fiction.”
FanFiAddict

“Brian McAuley has quickly earned a spot on my Must-Read list. His fiction has a cinematic quality, and you’re guaranteed a good time!”
—Brian Keene

“The modern day Goosebumps for adults.”
Horror Obsessive

Candy Cain Kills News
March 28, 2024
We sold our 10,000th book last night! Thank you to all our authors, readers, reviewers, and friends for your early support…
November 16, 2023
Horror DNA recently published their review of Candy Cain Kills by Brian McAuley. Candy Cain Kills is the second entry in our Killer VHS Series…
November 13, 2023
Today we are thrilled to share that Brian McAuley‘s Candy Cain Kills, the second entry in our Killer VHS Series, is the #1 horror title on all of Ingram…
November 3, 2023
Bloody Disgusting runs a regular series of articles highlighting 5 of This Week’s Coolest Horror Collectibles. And their latest list features Brian McAuley‘s Candy Cain Kills, the second entry in our Killer VHS Series…
October 12, 2023
Booklist recently published their review of Candy Cain Kills by Brian McAuley. Candy Cain Kills is the second entry in our Killer VHS Series…
October 5, 2023
Kirkus recently published their review of Candy Cain Kills by Brian McAuley. Candy Cain Kills is the second entry in our Killer VHS Series…
September 18, 2023
Today we’re excited to announce that Elisabeth Rodgers will narrate Brian McAuley’s Candy Cain Kills audiobook. The audiobook will be available on November 14, 2023 alongside the paperback and ebook formats…
September 14, 2023
Library Journal recently published their review of Candy Cain Kills by Brian McAuley. Candy Cain Kills is the second entry in our Killer VHS Series…
August 31, 2023
We’re excited to announce that you can now read the entire first chapter of Candy Cain Kills, thanks to our friends over at Dread Central…
August 16, 2023
Brian McAuley’s Candy Cain Kills, the second entry in our Killer VHS Series, received a great, thorough review today from FanFiAddict…
July 27, 2023
Today we are excited to reveal the cover for Brian McAuley’s holiday slasher novella, Candy Cain Kills…
June 20, 2023
Horror Obsessive recently reviewed Alex Ebenstein’s Melon Head Mayhem, the first title in our new Killer VHS Series. The review not only praises Melon Head Mayhem and Alex’s work there, but also the potential for the series as a whole, saying…
May 26, 2023
Dread Central is hosting a very cool, exclusive cover reveal today… ours! The cover for Alex Ebenstein’s forthcoming novella, Melon Head Mayhem, was revealed this morning…
About the Author

Brian McAuley is a WGA screenwriter who has written everything from family sitcoms to horror films for major studios and networks. His debut novel Curse of the Reaper was named one of the Best Horror Books of 2022 by Esquire. In 2023, his holiday slasher novella Candy Cain Kills earned praise from Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal, birthing the sequel Candy Cain Kills Again: The Second Slaying. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Dark Matter, Nightmare, Shortwave, and Monstrous Magazines. Brian is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at ASU’s Sidney Poitier New American Film School.

brianmcwriter.com

About the Series

A series of books where movie monsters come to life and old VHS tapes summon long-buried evils. You’ll probably survive, as long as you remember to be kind and rewind.

View the Killer VHS Series.

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