Ah, the humorous novelty of turning classic stories into zombie/vampire/werewolf-laden horrors... and apparently it also applies to time-honored Christmas carols. Michael P. Spradlin obviously had a lot of fun adapting traditional yuletide songs for fans of the undead, but some of them definitely fall short.
Basically Spradlin takes your basic traditional Christmas carols -- "We Three Kings," "The Christmas Song," "Good King Wenceslas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," etc -- and inserts references to zombies, viruses, brains and general undead mayhem. The results are pretty gruesome and wonderfully tasteless.
The results... are mixed. Some of these songs are pretty entertaining ("In the meadow, we can beg for mercy/They've already eaten Parson Brown"), but a lot of them just don't work. When in doubt, Spradlin just inserts random references to brains, body parts and zombie viruses, even if they don't make sense. Example: "Brightly shown (sp) the moon that night/Though the virus cruel" -- so is the virus up in the sky?
And honestly, you can't really sing some of them because the zombiefied lines don't scan with the rest of the song -- "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" is turned into "I'm dream ing of an undead Christmas," and "O tidings of comfort and joy" is turned into "O, eating brains brings us comfort and joy." The extra syllables just mean that they don't work.
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols" is a fun little read, as long as you don't demand too much of your spoof songs... or expect to be able to sing them.