The Festivities of Morkwood by E.J. Babb – Christmas horror novella – the paperback is out now!


Eerie, creepy Christmas English folk horror

This was a brilliant novella. Confidently written with a great pace and moments that were genuinely unsettling. I started it and finished it in one night and then had a screaming nightmare where I thought my wife was drowning and shook her awake. Consequently, she doesn’t like this story but I really do. Great work, looking forward to reading much more of Babb’s work.



I was immediately hooked on this story from the start! Such a fantastic book and has gotten me back into reading again.

The Festivities of Morkwood paperback is out now – as are some lovely reviews. Thank you to everyone who has supported me with this very unplanned novella that took twenty-four days to write and six months to edit.

For those who don’t know, the story came about last December when I was in a pretty bad writing drought. I hadn’t written fiction in god knows how long (thanks COVID-19), so I decided to challenge myself to write something and publish it on Dystopic every day from 1st to 24th December. At first I planned to write twenty-four standalone short stories, all linking to Christmas in some way, but as I thought more about an ‘advent calendar’ of stories, the village of Morkwood started to form…

The novella is set in the village of Morkwood. Each day in the lead up to Christmas, the villagers come together to open the doors of a giant advent calendar called the Advent House. Everyone is expected to participate in a tradition steeped in local legend. But not every door of the Advent House is something to look forward to. Like most long-established rituals, this one is rooted in fear.

If you’d like to get a copy of The Festivities of Morkwood, you can get it on e-book or paperback on Amazon.

Thank you all again for your support and kind words. You’ve saved my 2021 from being a total shambles. Have a very merry Christmas.

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