Beyond It’s a Wonderful Life
While I can appreciate the Christmas classics, I try to look for something to watch that appeals to my enjoyment of the paranormal as well as a story not drowned in syrup. Some television shows and movies have blended the paranormal into a more feel good vibe without overdoing it. I’ll give props to A Christmas Story, but listed below are some of my favorite movies and television holiday-themed episodes:
I do like A Christmas Carol because I liked the ghosts, and it truly is a classic tale. The George C. Scott version is still one of the best, but my other favorite is Scrooged. Now here’s a Christmas movie I can get behind. Just seeing Bill Murray let loose with the biting sarcasm he does so well is worth the watch. Another great take is The Muppets Christmas Carol with Michael Cain as Scrooge.
Gremlins: they’re sooo cute.
Tim Burton directed some wonderful ethereal, winter/Christmas movies. The Nightmare Before Christmas combines my favorite, Halloween, with Christmas. Leave it to Tim Burton to merge the two delightfully. And I have to include Edward Scissorhands. I don’t love all Tim Burton movies, but this was so artfully made. So sad and beautiful. Burton and Depp’s best collaboration in my opinion, and Vincent Price in his last, perfect role as the Inventor.
On to great television episodes.
The X-Files “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas”. Scully and Mulder investigate a house haunted by Ed Asner and Lily Tomlin. Asner and Tomlin gave great performances as ill-fated lovers which the writers used to parallel the growing bond between our favorite FBI agents. Some of the best X-Files episodes were the ones that showed Scully and Mulder interacting in odd-ball situations.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Amends”. I cried when I saw this episode. Angel is haunted by the people he killed (this is after he went Angelus on everyone) and Buffy convinces him to stay alive and fight the good fight.
The Simpson’s first episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. Tackles both the despondency I sometimes feel around this holiday, but ultimately providing a heart-felt ending without the syrup.
And so I don’t appear totally heartless, I do love the quiet homage of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and the Grinch, because if anyone can do a Christmas story without obliging us to feel fuzzy inside, it’s Dr. Seuss.
So grab some Egg Nog and prepare to laugh, cry, and maybe get a little spooked. Have a great holiday!
The Necromancer’s Betrayal
The Necromancer Series
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ImaJinn/Belle Books
Number of pages: 226
Cover Artist: Debra Dixon
Her powers have been hobbled. Her enemies are growing stronger.
Old loves challenge her. And her worst betrayer may be herself.
Necromancer Ruby Montagne is battling for her life in the realm of demons. Unfairly branded for the death of a fellow necromancer, she’s got to prove her innocence without the full use of her magic. And the real culprit is still on the loose.
While someone is stalking her friends among the witches, Ruby searches for answers inside the dark intrigues of both the demon and necromancer worlds. Ruby must confront this new, sinister threat while reconciling her feelings for her former lover, a demon warrior. Only it’s difficult . . . because a sexy vampire is making it clear that he’d like to be a lot more than just friends.
The competition for Ruby’s trust heats up as the enemy pushes her toward a dark side that could threaten the entire realm. Yet what can Ruby do when she’s not even sure what she is? With the fabric separating the realms at stake, she must decide whom to trust. But will the ultimate betrayal be her own?
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About the Author:
Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual, and an unhealthy dose of comics and movies. When a career as a punk guitarist failed to materialize, she completed her degree in urban planning, spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps, and another three years in Brazil. By day, she debates the merits of transport oriented development, by night she writes about necromancers and pirates. She’s convinced she could live off coffee, ice cream, and comic books, but is sure only one of those is good for her health.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.