12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas: Philip Harris

Welcome to final day of The 12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas. I hope that everyone has enjoyed the interviews.  If you haven’t read the interviews you can do so below.

Day 1: Ernie Luis
Day 2: Ian Garner
Day 3: Samuel Peralta
Day 4: WJ Davies
Day 5: Paul B Kohler
Day 6: Chris Pourteau
Day 7: Anthony Vicino
Day 8: Hank Garner
Day 9: Nick Cole
Day 10: Kevin G Summers
Day 11: Daniel Arthur Smith

Let’s start Day 12:

12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas featuring Philip Harris

The 12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas (3)Philip Harris first appeared on The Leighgendarium on August 28, 2015 for his 10 Questions With…

Philip Harris was born in England but now lives on the west coast of Canada where he spends his days developing video games and nights writing speculative fiction – anything from horror to science fiction to fantasy.

His first publication, Letter From a Victim, appeared in the award-winning magazine, Peeping Tom, in 1995 (gulp, that’s a long time ago). Since then he has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Garbled Transmissions, So Long, and Thanks for All The Brains, and James Ward Kirk’s Best of Horror 2013.

His publishing career began towards the end of last year when he published three short stories (Bottled Lightning, Curfew, and Saviour), closely followed by The Girl in the City, a dystopian science fiction novella set in Michael Bunker’s world of Pennsylvania.  His most recent release is Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet, a science fiction novel inspired by the old Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon serials from the 1930s

Philip Harris has also worked as security for Darth Vader.

1.) What is your favorite Christmas song and why?

I’m drawn to music (and books and films) that have a darker edge to them and Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty McColl fits the bill perfectly.

It sounds like it should be a happy, cheery song but then you listen to the lyrics and find out that no… no it isn’t.

2.) What is your favorite Christmas time food or snack?

I’m a big fan of a traditional home made Christmas Cake. They’re made weeks in advance and then get doused in some sort of alcohol on a regular basis until just before Christmas day when they get covered in icing and decorated.

My mum always made one when I was growing up and now my wife continues the tradition. We have one in the kitchen right now. I’d probably be eating a slice but apparently “it’s not ready yet.”

3.) What is your favorite reindeer and why?

Rudolph gets all the good press, obviously, but I’ve got a soft spot for Blitzen (or Blixem if you prefer). Any animal that can fly and has a name that means “lightning” is pretty cool.

4.) What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without that age old classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Okay, maybe not the first movie you’d think of but my wife and I always watch while we decorate the tree and it appeals to the aging goth inside me.

5.) What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?

Apart from traditional Christmas cake and The Nightmare Before Christmas? Homemade mince pies! Yes, it’s food again. What can I say, my wife bakes excellent snacks.

6.) What is one thing you always wanted for Christmas but never got?

The Evil Knievel Stunt Cycle. That thing looked awesome. I mean, just look
at this…

7.) Do you prefer a real or fake Christmas tree?

Definitely real but sadly the bylaws for our condo prohibit real trees. I think the chairman of the strata committee is an ex-lumberjack and he’s afraid a tree will come back to life and attack the building’s inhabitants. Either that or they don’t want pine needles gumming up the elevator mechanism.

8.) Are you an early gift buyer or a last minute shopper?

Most of my family is back in England so we tend to buy all our gifts early to make sure they arrive in time. Of course, when I say we, I mean my wife. Left to my own devices I’d just email everyone whatever cool Christmas meme
was going round at the time and call it done. The presents I buy for my wife tend to be bought in one agonizing shopping spree on the way home from work on Christmas Eve.

9.) What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?

Apart from the tradition of not going to school for a while, and the tradition of a magical table covered in an unending supply of nuts and other snacks, and the tradition of watching Flash Gordon on television, it would
be the family spending Christmas Eve decorating the tree. There was plenty of hype and excitement before that point but the tree going up marked the real start of Christmas.

10.) We all know Grandma didn’t get run over by a reindeer. What really happened?

Ah yes, Grandma. We try not talk about that to be honest. After the incident with the penguin in the sombrero things got pretty hairy. You wouldn’t think a 92 year old woman with a blue rinse would be such an accomplished
international assassin but I guess that’s the point. Me? I think the explosion at the tinsel factory was just a diversion. She’s probably living it up in Mexico with the penguin by now.


glitchm_5x8_reducedGIVEAWAY:  Philip Harris is going to giveaway a prize pack that includes a Kindle book from every author that has been in The 12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas, plus a bonus surprise author.  In order to get registered for this giveaway you just need answer the following question in the comment section:

What gift would you send your true love on the 13th day of Christmas?

This giveaway will run until Friday, December 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm (est).  Philip Harris is going to be picking the winner.  Good luck to everyone.


I would like to thank Philip Harris for joining us for The 12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas.

If you missed his first interview you can read it here.

To learn more about Philip Harris or to sign up for his newsletter visit his website.

You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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35 Responses to 12 Leighgendary Days Of Christmas: Philip Harris

  1. Season tickets. Either for Spring Training here in Arizona for his beloved Cleveland Indians, or real season tickets for them in Cleveland. Or the Browns (football).
    Maybe the Cavaliers (basketball), but LeBron James is still a foul word in our house.

    Or, if he’d lower himself to it, Arizona professional sports season tickets 😀 But I don’t see that happening.
    Cleveland, Ohio sports or bust.

  2. With all those critters, feathered friends, leaping gnomes (oops, I meant lords), young maidens, golden rings and a pear tree – they’re going to need some place to rest their weary heads when all is said and done… I think my true love would like a barn stocked with animal feed and a BIG bottle of head-ache cure to pass around.

    Barring that, maybe a foot rub – or one full day of rest for himself to do as he wishes, no home duties except feeding the furry and feathered critters… I’ll cook for everyone else and those dancers, pipers & drummers can wash the dishes.

  3. On the 13th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 13 chef’s a-cooking, because after providing such wonderful entertainment, someone needs to feed the Partridge in a Pear Tree, the two Turtle Doves, the three French Hens, the four Calling Birds, the six Geese a-Laying, the seven Swans a-Swimming, the eight Maids a-Milking, the nine Ladies Dancing, the ten Lords a-Leaping, the eleven Pipers Piping and the twelve Drummers Drumming! 🙂

  4. Had I realized she’d be as obsessed with The Force Awakens as she’s been this past week, I’d figure out something exceptionally cool and Star Wars related for her. Instead, as agreed, we’re sticking to one gift apiece this year (after spending one month in India this summer, she is anti-consumerism this year) and I got her an expansion for one of her favorite board games!

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  6. I’d give my true love 13 exquisite kisses cause with the critters and folks running around I might of neglected him a little so shooing critters and letting folks know it’s getting late my love gets all my attention that he should receive everyday of our life together

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  8. 😀 Some of us weren’t made for true love (or at least haven’t found said person) so my true love is me and I would give myself books and have myself keep a mindset of continuous learning; which I will do no matter the day. 😀

  9. Hmmm, if I knew my true love I’d know the perfect gift to give. As it stands now, I’ll say 13 blankets, because who doesn’t like to snuggle under blankets. Or we could build a fort. Or we could cover the windows or…So many possibilities!

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