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"The Twelve Terrors of Christmas" by John Updike and Edward Gorey
12 Terrors of Christmas
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Edward Gorey’s off-kilter depictions of Yuletide mayhem and John Updike’s wryly jaundiced text examine a dozen Christmas traditions with a decidedly wheezy ho-ho-ho. You can almost smell the cheap booze coming off of the pages. To wit:
1. Santa: The Man
Loose-fitting nylon beard, fake optical twinkle, cheap red suit, funny rummy smell when you sit on his lap. If he’s such a big shot, why is he drawing unemployment for eleven months of the year? Something scary and off-key about him, like one of those Stephen King clowns . . .
This long out-of-print classic is the perfect stocking-stuffer for any bah humbug. 32 pages, black and white, hardcover. Size: 5 3/4" x 4 1/4"