This is a little departure from the norm: it is not a book, ebook or website but an app! We had some great content but it just didn’t lend itself to either a print book or ebook format. And, we also wanted some way of unlocking fresh content each day over the holiday season. Going the app route ticked all the boxes. And it lets me combine my passions for tech, folklore and the weird.
Fed up with the traditional sugary festivities and the tweeness of Advent calendars and The 12 Days of Christmas? Well now there is a darkly humorous and quirky alternative – and it is available as a FREE Apple iOS app for iPhones and iPads.
Called The 13 Days of Christmas and published by Urban Fantasist (yes, us) each day over the 13 days following the 26 December, the app unlocks a new comic book style illustration, a fresh rhyme and a description of the macabre, darker side of the holiday season – everything from wizards, witches and ghosts to dragons, unicorns and dark satanic rites. Forget cute elves and rosy cheeked Santa, after this, Christmas may never seem the same again.
But wait! ’Tis the season of giving so every few days you will find a surprise bonus free gift waiting for you to open. It might be a horror story, it might be a folklore or fantasy tale but it certainly won’t be socks!
Initial reactions to the app include “this is the coolest thing” – "awesome" – “looks amazing”.
Both the app and the content of The 13 Days of Christmas are completely free with no in-app purchases or hidden extras after download. The app is available for immediate download from the Apple App Store however apart from the introductory page, the content remains locked until Boxing Day.