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

Candy Cain Kills: A Novella

“A masterclass in slasher fiction.”

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Publication Date

November 14, 2023



Print Length

172 Pages


9781959565192 (Paperback)
9781959565208 (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.


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

“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
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…
September 7, 2023
Brian Keene recently had some very kind things to say about Candy Cain Kills author, Brian McAuley. Candy Cain Kills is the second entry in our Killer VHS Series…
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…
About the Author

Brian McAuley is a WGA screenwriter whose produced credits range from family sitcoms to horror films. His debut novel Curse of the Reaper was published by Talos Press. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Dark Matter Magazine and Nightmare Magazine. Brian received his MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University. He currently lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

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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