Author’s Notes
Matthew Warner


How Not to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

"Let's face it, lining the walkway to one's front door with headless creatures, bones and blood is not the way to make a child feel welcome."
—Jenelle Watson

As I watch Christmas decorations go up, I'm reminded of a fascinating drama that recently played out in my local newspaper, The News Leader of Staunton, Virginia. In Jenelle Watson's October 22 column, "Holiday gore just not for me," she complained that Halloween displays were too scary for her daughters, aged 3 and 4. For example, she bemoaned the "evil-looking devil creature" at the Wal-Mart entrance.

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Matthew Warner is the author of Eyes Everywhere, Death Sentences: Tales of Punishment & Revenge and The Organ Donor. He frequently gives presentations on horror literature and writing to public schools and libraries. He lives in Virginia with illustrator and web designer Deena Warner. Stop by his website and say hi.

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