Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

'Tis the season for over dosing on saccharine holiday movies. You are presented with the same schmaltzy tales repeated ad nauseum (ABC Family, I'm looking at you!).  Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance and feel good humanity piece but I'm also someone who thinks Gremlins and Die Hard are classic holiday movies. For every White Christmas you need a Scrooged. The sames goes for holiday themed books. For every magical snow globe mismatched romance you want something funny; something a little perverse. Perhaps something featuring The Stupidest Angel and Zombies. Thank you, Christopher Moore.

The story is about an angel who is sent to Earth to grant a child's wish. In the course of helping the child, who thinks he saw Santa murdered, the angel inadvertently unleashes a Zombie terror just in time for the town's Christmas party.

The Zombies develop a strange obsession with IKEA.

"Suddenly we are all gluttons, are we? Well, I have always enjoyed Danish Modern Furniture for its functional and modern design, so once we have consumed the brains of these revelers, I feel compelled to seek out one of the furniture boutiques I have heard so much about from the newlyweds in the chapel. First we feast, then IKEA."

How brilliant is that line?

There are more moments after this passage but I highly recommend you pick up the book yourself.

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The Stupidest Angel, Christopher Moore, HarperCollins Publishers, 2006