2019 Illumination Book Awards Bronze Medal Winner!
The perfect gift for that Bah-humbug! in your life!
Merry Friggin’ Christmas
An Edgy Christmas Comedy
“A funny book about Christmas and a dead comedy man…”
“…takes the cake as the best of the holiday season. It has charisma, a fantastic voice, and it was funny as all hell.”
“A fresh and funny take on the holidays…”
Based on The Life of Carlton St. Michael, the NUMBER ONE TOP RATED show on the URN!
So, who is Carlton St. Michael?
Carlton St. Michael is an up-and-coming atheist stand-up comic on the verge of fame and fortune. The only problem is, he’s dead. Actually, twice dead. Caught dead in Jersey. Twice.
And, his life story has become the number one top-rated show on the Undying Rerun Network (URN).
A Christmas Comedy, of all things.
But Carlton isn’t buying any of it. He’s out to prove it’s all some near-death hallucination that will fade to black when he really dies, or vanish when he awakes.
So, are you dying to see how this story turns out? Well, that’s the only way to see it on the URN. You have to die first. But Carlton has written it all down for you, so you can enjoy it without venturing beyond the veil.
Even if you are dying to enjoy Carlton’s story, you need not go that far. You can get the EBook, NOW!
Warning: Merry Friggin’ Christmas is a Christmas Comedy for Adults and is too edgy for children under age 13.
Check out some reviews from some imaginary people:
“This book surprised me. I kept thinking I knew where it was going, and it ended up somewhere else. I wish I did not have to be dead to see it on the URN.”
“I bought this book because there are elves on the cover. I love elves. The book was so good that I didn’t even realize there were no elves in the story until the end, and it didn’t matter to me at all.”
Sylvaniel the Elven Princess
“I can’t tell you why I loved this book without spoiling the ending. So, let’s just say that I loved it, because of the ending.”
John Q. Endingliker
Comes also in a Naughty Edition (includes more colorful language that most nice people prefer not to read, but if you’re on the naughty list, you may like it.)
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Welcome to the edgy worlds of Joseph Cillo, Jr.
Joseph Cillo, Jr. writes edgy fiction in a variety of genres. Whether it’s a supernatural thriller like his graphic novel, ‘Blind Prophet’ or a comedy like the 2019 Illumination Book Award Bronze Medal winner, ‘Merry Friggin’ Christmas: An Edgy Christmas Comedy’, his work features unexpected plot twists, unique characters, and the highest of stakes.
The added dimension of the supernatural infuses his work with stakes that go beyond life and death, and into the eternal. There is a basic, Catholic moral viewpoint behind his work that gives a solid foundation to what might otherwise be seen as purely fantastical. The reading experience can at times be unnerving, as the reader is drawn to consider whether the mystical nature of his tales is nearer to reality than the plainly material experiences of life. The eternal consequences of choices made by characters and spiritual dimensions of actions made clearly visible are mindbending and thought-provoking.
Joseph Cillo, Jr. classifies his writing as “Edgy Catholic Fiction.” Edgy Catholic Fiction is generally written for adult audiences, at minimum teens and up. The grouping crosses genres and includes a perspective that is generally consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which may include rather dramatic supernatural elements, as in “The Exorcist,” or other less dramatic religious elements, which could be as simple as characters relying on prayer. The religious elements may not be overt and could well lie only in the author’s general perspective or a character’s perspective that there is a God, and a moral, immutable foundation to the universe.
For more information, please check out www.edgycatholic.com
Examples of Edgy Catholic literature lie strewn throughout genres which no one has grouped together. Literary masters such as Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, J.R.R. Tolkien, and even, C.S. Lewis, who though not Catholic, was consistent with the Catholic perspective in his fiction, wrote works that fall into the Edgy Catholic domain. Dean Koontz, whose supernatural and suspense thrillers are written from a Catholic perspective and are quite edgy, is a more contemporary example of an Edgy Catholic author.
Joseph Cillo, Jr. is the fourth of seven children, born within a year of his older sister in a most unplanned and yet welcome way. Having the great blessings of a loving family, however, did not prevent his drift into a sort of foolhardy extended adolescence for many years, broken only by suffering and illness, in a rather miraculous fashion. He now lives a life of quiet prayer and diligent work.
For more on Blind Prophet, check out www.blindprophetcomic.com