Freakin Fridays #40 ~ A Christmas Tale ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: January 6, 2017 in giveaways, horror, reviews
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It’s a brand new year and time to share some new horror!

I’ve got a good one for ya.


A Christmas Tale

by Austin Crawley



Genre: Horror

My Review

I’ve always enjoyed stories based on Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol.

Three good friends spend Christmas Eve together. They may live to regret it.

I remember gathering with my friends on the Eve of Christmas. I don’t think it entered our minds to do a seance. These three girls should have known better.

As each is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come, they must face some horrible truths.

I liked where the author went with his story. There are no happy moments. All of the girls are forced to face things they fear, things they want to forget.

The atmosphere is eerie, the story unpredictable, and the ending is a shocker. What more could I ask for!

4 Stars



Few Christmas stories hold as much fascination as the story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Inspired by the Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, three young women decide to hold a séance to raise the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. They don’t expect a result, but what they call out of the aethyr gives them a creepy holiday they will never forget, if they live to tell the tale!



Author Austin Crawley

Austin Crawley has written stories for more than ten years, usually involving ghosts, demons or spirits in some form. In 2015, he decided it was time to publish. He is currently working on a Dystopian series with a supernatural twist.

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Austin is giving away three eBook copies!

Choice of format – Mobi – ePub – PDF

Entry is easy. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win and answer this question:

If you were given a choice, would you want the Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, or Christmas Yet To Come to visit you?

Giveaway ends January 16th.


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Genre: Horror


In a small English village, an abandoned black post box stands testament to the failing Royal Mail service where post box collections have ceased and letters must be delivered to the post office in the local shop.

However, the residents of this village continue to drop irregular letters into the black box. Messages to dead relatives are not only delivered, but often requests for supernatural intervention are acted upon in the world of the living where the dead and damned can only enter by special invitation.

When a visitor learns of the black post box, he dismisses it as local superstition and chides the villagers for their simple beliefs, until he accepts the challenge to test the box for himself. What would you ask for, if you could send a message to the damned?



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  1. debby236 says:

    Hmm, I think Christmas PAst.
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  2. That’s a toughie. I’m not sure what past and present could help me with, so I’m going for the future. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Maybe the future one so I can see how I am mucked things up and fix it in the present…lol. :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’d be scared that it was bad and I couldn’t change it. Still not sure which I’d choose.

  4. Past for me. That’s an easy one. I’d work harder in school and go to vet school instead of being such a lazy 90’s slacker.

  5. I love a Christmas Carol, so this freaky twist has me more than curious!

  6. i would love t o have the past and see my family

  7. babyblue7299 says:

    Definitely Christmas Past…I need proof that I really was as awesome as I thought I was or proof that I was, um….not so awesome…

  8. Alison says:

    Ghost of Christmas Past

  9. The Ghost of Christmas Past. I’d love to be able to relive those childhood Christmases I can’t recall that well. Not that I wouldn’t be curious about the future and my kids…

  10. Diana Thomas says:

    I’d like to be visited by The Ghost of Christmas Past

  11. Nancy Burgess says:

    I’d want the ghost of Christmas yet to come.


    Definitely the Ghost of Christ Yet To Come. I’d be too curious to know what the future holds and if there’s a way to change it if it’s not to my liking.

  13. ^^Christmas, that is… :-)

  14. Not sure, they all sound scary. Probably Christmas Yet To Come, so I could change anything if I need to.

  15. I’d want Christmas Yet to visit me.


  16. Shadow Girl says:

    I had to think about this for a little bit, but I finally decided that meeting the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come would be my best choice.
    NO REGRETS (?) – Even though every choice I’ve made in my life, good or bad, has made me who I am today, revisiting some of those choices is not something I’m prepared to do ::shudders::
    The Ghost of Christmas Present seems like a needless lunch date.
    The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come could help me in ‘future life choices’, so maybe my Future Self can be a better person than Present Self.
    P, L & N ♥

    • fuonlyknew says:

      You sound a lot like me. There are things I wouldn’t want to revisit, for sure. That’s what’s hard for the girls in this book too. It’s not warm, fuzzy memories they are shown. here’s to a better future:)

  17. Definitely Christmas Future since Past and Present are pretty horrid. :-p

  18. I would love for Christmas yet to Come to visit me.
    Thanks for the chance.

  19. zedrage says:

    Christmas Present. He knew how to have a good time.

  20. Meredith Miller says:

    I’d choose Christmas Yet to Come. I wouldn’t mind a peek at my future presents.

  21. David Bates says:

    I would choose Christmas Past because the Christmases of my childhood were the happiest.

  22. I’d choose Present because I’m a living-in-the-now-kind-of-girl. :)
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    • fuonlyknew says:

      I try to look at each knew day and not worry about the future. It’s not that easy sometimes but I want to enjoy what’s happening in the moment:)

  23. I would say Present. I don’t want to know the future and could make the most difference taking a look at the here and now, I believe.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m torn between present and yet to come. Both could allow me to make things better, or worse. LOL

  24. You may think I’d say Past, but I the Present would be my personal choice. Living in the past or dwelling on the future isn’t living in the moment. I’d rather enjoy my moments one at a time.

  25. Some very well thought out answers here. I’m pleased this has raised so much interest! I’ll be contacting the winners to ask which format you want your free copy in very soon!