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For the third straight year, the Short Story Advent Calendar is here to be the spice in your eggnog, the rum in your fruitcake—another collection of 24 brilliant stories to be opened, one by one, on the mornings leading up to Christmas.

These stories once again come from some of the best and brightest writers across North America, and beyond. Plus, this year featuring more all-new material than ever before!

Contributors to the 2017 calendar include:

  • Kelly Link (Get in TroubleMagic for Beginners)
  • Jim Gavin (Middle Men, AMC's forthcoming Lodge 49)
  • Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties)
  • Ken Liu (The Paper MenagerieThe Grace of Kings)
  • Maggie Shipstead (Astonish MeSeating Arrangements)
  • and [REDACTED x 19]!

As always, each booklet is sealed, so you won't know what story you're getting until the morning you open it. Calendars are available in a one-time print run, which means that once they're gone, they're gone forever. The 2017 edition has also been reimagined, design-wise—did someone say translucent vellum sleeve? Yes. It was us.

We’ll be posting interviews with the author of each day’s story all through December. You can find and follow H&O on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. This year's hashtag is #ssac2017—use it to share your thoughts on the stories and connect with your fellow calendarians.


The Ghost Box


What’s Hallowe’en without a scary story or two? When sticking a flashlight under your chin just won’t cut it, now there’s the Ghost Box, a collection of individually bound tales guaranteed to get your goosebumps up—edited and introduced by comedian and horror aficionado Patton Oswalt.

These are some of my favorite stories of gut-bucket horror, or subtle terror, and sometimes uncomfortable combinations of both … I wanted each of these selections to be a concentrated sip of shimmering unease.
— from the introduction