Unholy Night, Seth Grahame-Smith

May 31, 2012

by Barbara Hoagland

Unholy Night, Seth Grahame-Smith

When Balthazar, aka, The Ghost of Antioch, escapes from the Judean jail of King Herod, he flees as quickly and stealthily as possible with his two companions. Exhausted they stop to rest in a stable in the town of Bethlehem where they encounter a young couple and their newborn child. While this all may be a familiar tale, never has it been told in quite this fashion. King Herod, Pontius Pilate, John the Baptist, plagues and supernatural occurrences all make their way through this most unusual telling of the birth of the Messiah. Grahame-Smith is more irreverent than profane in this always lively and entertaining take on the birth that changed the course of history. – Grand Central Publishing, $24.99