HOME ALONE BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

A guilty pleasure is an oxymoron, of course, since no true pleasure should make you feel guilty, but we all have enough skeletons in our closet to make a palaeontologist envious. And I’m rattling mine now. Make no bones about it – bones/skeletons, see what I did then?- the first two Home Alone films are…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: K A LAITY

MUSIC A John Waters Xmas Los Straightjackets Complete Xmas Songbook Squirrel Nut Zippers Xmas Caravan Rockin’ Little Xmas (a GREAT compilation) To Drive the Winter Cold Away – Loreena McKennit Dean Martin Xmas Album Ding Dong – George Harrison Father Christmas – The Kinks December Will Be Magic Again – Kate Bush And of course:…

Fiction: JINGLE BELLS, SHOTGUN SHELLS By Tom Leins

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m standing in the middle of a stash house in Hookhills, bleeding from one ear and trying to work out which one of the hired hands I should shoot first: the skinny guy in the soiled Sexy Santa minidress or the fat fuck in the scuffed-looking ballistics vest. I raise the…

Christmas Stockings by Paul Heatley

Chris owns a dive bar and as such he is regularly drowning in the flotsam and jetsam of life. Even on Christmas Eve, when his customers include a drunken Santa Clause and Chris’ friend Randy – a perennial disaster waiting to happen. Paul Heatley’s Christmas Stockings is a violent torch-song. Like a bittersweet blend of…

Have A Brit Grit Christmas!

A couple of years ago, I asked a bunch of Brit Grit writers about their favourite Christmas book, film and song, and this is what they said: Martina Cole: Well my favourite Christmas book has to be John Updike and Edward Gorey’s ‘The Twelve Terrors of Christmas.’ Film has to be Lon Chaney as The…

Fiction: Two Turtle Doves By Richard Wall

My first guitar saved my life. And I wish now that I’d never set eyes on it. It was 1973. I was on my way to step out in front of an express train. I knew a place where it would pass at full speed and I could walk onto the track at the very…

Fiction: “Snow White and the Seven Bastards” by Andy Rausch

As they sat drinking in Joe’s Tavern, Prince Charming couldn’t stop thinking about Snow White’s past. It had been weighing on him lately. Sure, she was beautiful, but she was also white trash. She was beneath him. They were from different stations in life, and their differences were becoming ever more apparent. Despite her claims…

Kent Adamson On Deanna Durbin and the Christmas Holidays in Hollywood

There is a fascinating little movie that has shown up spliced into several parts on YouTube. One of the most defiant and rebellious feature films ever turned out in Hollywood stars the often nauseatingly cheery Deanna Durbin as a hard bitten hostess in a southern brothel. It co-stars the usually lighter than air smiley hoofer…