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Silent Night, Deadly Night

A Christmas Horror Microfiction

By Matthew FrommPublished 3 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - December 2023
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Photo by Etienne Assenheimer on Unsplash

We have awakened. Cursed, grotesque, but awakened.

The full moon shone through the gaps in the clouds as snow fell heavy upon the suburban home.

The child knew not the strength of his elder magic, but how else would he have raised the creature so attached to his side? Us simple minions now must flock to him.

Not a living creature was stirring, for even the mice feared this night. Dark magic hung heavy on this Christmas night.

The wood of my arms is weak. I would have preferred an axe. Fangs must suffice.

Ahead, the door of the low brown suburban house lay ajar. It could hear voices from within.

I must find the child.

“Who left the door open, Cal–Oh God!” She shrieked.

A spare. Nothing more.

The man came from the kitchen, haughty, and glasses fogged from the dishes. He peered over them and found his wife dead on the entry carpet. It stood over its prey.

He screamed, and something stirred upstairs.

Guardians. Wardens of the Elder One’s prison.

It struck, and the haughty man screamed no longer.

These are the first two of many to fall in our great conquest.

The child appeared at the top of the stairs, his faithful familiar at his side. The great furred thing let out a hissing growl, revealing its curved fangs.


The minion bowed.

Lead us to victory, Elder One.

“Well, what do you know, Hobbes? It works on snowmen, too!”



All characters above were created by Bill Watterson, who is definitely shaking his head somewhere. Never fear, you're still a huge influence on my life.

Written in response to Stephanie Hoogstad's Winter Horror Story prompt:

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About the Creator

Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wished to be found.

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  • Collins Munala Haybreeze3 months ago

    Perfect 👍🏾

  • Kenny Penn3 months ago

    Haha I love Calvin and Hobbes! Great story, I was so not expecting that ending! 😂

  • Cyrus3 months ago

    Great job👍

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    I never did understand C and H. But now i get it. Child and monster.

  • Hannah Moore3 months ago

    Well that a little alarming!

  • Daphsam3 months ago

    Well done! Congrats on your TS!

  • Donna Renee3 months ago

    This was a great micro!! Congrats on the TS! 😁👏

  • JBaz3 months ago

    I like where this is going….a haunted Christmas Congratulations

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Oooo! I Always love a good Christmas horror. Great job executing the creep factor! And congrats on Top Story!

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Stopping back by to offer congratulations!

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Hot diggidy, Congrats on Top Story!

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    Don't really know who C and H are but this was still as freaky as hell! Great entry!

  • Calvin and Hobbes, lol! I certainly would never have seen that coming! This was sooooo awesomeeee!

  • Great job Matthew!!! I love it...

  • Stephanie Hoogstad3 months ago

    All is bloody and bright for Calvin and Hobbes…I love this take on the classic characters (especially calling Hobbes Calvin’s familiar). Great job!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Too horrific but loved the title!!!❤️💕❤️

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    This is...brilliant. Even as not being a Calvin and Hobbes fan. But, well played, MAtthew and I think I shall check out Stephanie's challenge.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Oh, man, Matthew! I'm a HUGE C&H fan and this could easily have come from Calvin's pen in one of his flights of imagination. I doff my hat!

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