Title: Ghosts of Fear Street #15 – Fright Christmas
Author: Stephen Roos
Cover Artist: John Youssi
Tagline: This Christmas Carol Will Scare The Dickens Out Of You! [Wing: Oooh, I’ll have to flag this one for Dove, if it really has some Christmas Carol aspect to it. Also, that pun is terrible, and I love it.]
Summary: He’d Better Watch Out…
Santa is watching Kenny Frobisher this year. Watching him do rotten, nasty things. Kenny’s the biggest bully in Shadyside. And he’s out to ruin everyone’s holiday.
Until he gets himself trapped in a closet in Dalby’s Department Store on Christmas Eve.
When Kenny finally gets out, the store is locked. Deserted. And Kenny is alone. Until the three most frightening ghosts of Fear Street arrive – to wish Kenny a SCARY Christmas.
[Wing: Well this sounds delightful.]
Why is it when it comes to horror and Christmas the default setting is to do a Christmas Carol knock-off? Granted the original’s incredibly versatile, but so many of the copies come across as simply fill in the numbers tales. That doesn’t necessarily mean ALL of them are bad, like the Bill Murray one, the Muppets one, the “Ms. Scrooge” flick with Cicely Tyson, and even the Flintstones version is kind of ingenious.
This one, however, the only thing it really has going for it are the ghosts and their designs. I’ll give Roos credit he put some effort into making them stand out. Kenny is an incredibly obnoxious character and doesn’t have the tragic backstory Ebeneezer Scrooge does, and the conflict focuses more on him trying to avoid the ghosts. I decided to recap this one along with Graveyard School’s “The Fright Before Christmas” because they’re both versions of “A Christmas Carol,” but I think the latter is much better.
[Wing: Dove loves Christmas Carol derivative works. I’m not as big a fan, but I am excited about this.]