Reading Room: Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 29 – published by Daniel Arthur Smith

Book Title: Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 29

Authors: Will Swardstrom, Robert Jeschonek & Daniel Arthur Smith

EditorJessica West

Publication Date: December 14, 2018

Available onAmazon as an eBook, a paperback and as an audiobook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Jack Frost is nipping at your nose in these short stories using Christmas as a theme for this newest collection. From a wayward elf to time traveling back to the distant past and to the far future in a human colony, the holidays present an opportunity to tell some unusual stories as only Canyons can tell them. Open these presents and read onwards with:

Will Swardstrom’s “Nice List” – Tina is a canyons 28nine-year-old girl sneaking downstairs to see what’s under the tree on Christmas Eve. When she finds something unusual, she’s given a mission that, if she succeeds, will change Christmas for the rest of her life! The situation is humorous, filled with wonderful dialogue and the magic of the holidays. I found this story to be very charming, like a certain man with a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

Robert Jeschonek’s “Dreaming of a Carboniferous Christmas” – Traveling 310 million years into the past, a group of colonists reshaping humanity’s future is trying to survive! But when the concept of Christmas is brought into the prehistoric past, how will everyone respond? Why they’re trying to escape the 21st century combined the hazards of this time period form a delightful, dangerous and reflective tale with humor and heart.

Daniel Arthur Smith’s “The Christmas Gift” – In the New Cannes colony, Jacques is pensive after waiting three hundred years for his wife to arrive in a millennium ship and come out of cryogenic storage. Having lived a good portion of his life with his consciousness housed in a synthetic husk, Jacques has prepared the ultimate gift for her, but what can it be? This story bursts with the imagination of the authors “Spectral Shift” universe while also setting a reflective mood, the grandeur of humanity spreading across the stars and a stirring conclusion that touched my heart.

canyons 27I’ve read and treasured stores from all three of these authors before and they all utilize their wonderful storytelling style to channel the Christmas spirit. To me, they bring their tales and place them in their sled full of toys, taking the reader on a grand journey into a child’s unforgettably special morning and across time and space. Strap on your Santa hat and enjoy these compelling holiday tales. You won’t find holiday stories like this anywhere else but in the Canyons of the Damned, where exceptional and unique tales like these are told.

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Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories published by Daniel Arthur Smith include “Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 34No. 33, No. 32, No. 31, No. 30Omnibus 9“.

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