Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who's bullied for being an atheist at her conservative high school. Everything changes when Charity's mother brings home a dreamy teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan soon fall into dizzying first love.
But it seems Aidan isn't the only newcomer: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully, and then gets hard, haunting evidence that something monstrous is stalking Oak County. Can Charity and her Skeptics Club stop the killer?
Christmas is coming...or is it Krampus? Great Christmas horror with a twist for teens and adults!
WINNER, 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel
NOMINEE, 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children's/YA Novel in Mystery Writing
#1 on Goodreads for Women in STEM
#1 on Goodreads for Female Scientist Heroes in Fiction
Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, published games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, prolific short story writer, and poet. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications and acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.
Her debut novel, MR. WICKER, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her first YA novel, SNOWED, won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children's/YA Novel.
When she's not wielding a katana at her Shinkendo dojo, she's being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog.