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Old Dec 1 2005, 12:10 AM   #1
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Collecting Highlight (7) - "A Proper Santa Claus"

"A Proper Santa Claus" is about a boy named Jeremy, who has the ability to make his artwork come alive, if they are "proper". When he decides to make a Santa Claus for his own benefit, he learns an unexpected lesson about selfishness.

There are two endings to this tale: the editor of the anthology it first appeared in insisted on a happy ending, rather than the downbeat one Anne originally wrote. The later two publications reinstate the author-intended ending.



This short story was orginally published in the anthology Demon Kind, edited by Roger Elwood. The theme of this anthology was stories of children with supernatural powers. This paperback was published by Avon Books in March 1973, printed in New York, and sold for 75 cents (US).

The story was printed a second time in the all-Anne anthology Get Off the Unicorn in 1977, and a third time in the anthology Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder edited by Dave Hartwell and published in 1989 by The Literary Guild.

Quite a number of copies of Demon Kind are available from online booksellers, with prices starting at $2.00 (US).

This story is going to be part of the book discussion starting Dec 15, so see if you can track down a copy and join in!
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Old Dec 1 2005, 06:53 AM   #2
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I have read this story and it is excellent. I must have read it in Get off the unicorn.
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Old Dec 2 2005, 08:25 AM   #3
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I know I've read Get off the Unicorn several times, but I can't remember the story
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Old Dec 2 2005, 01:21 PM   #4
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Reason enough for a reread to me, Jax
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Old Dec 3 2005, 08:28 AM   #5
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I've read the one in Get off thew Unicorn with the 'sad' ending, what is the difference with the 'happy' ending?
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Old Dec 3 2005, 09:00 AM   #6
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I've got a copy of Demon Kind on order, so I'll be able to answer that soon C_ris!
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Old Dec 6 2005, 06:31 PM   #7
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The ending is only minorly different, but it really does change the whole tenor of the story. At the end of the story as it appears in Get Off the Unicorn, the following short paragraphs were added:

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But the last day of school before the holidays he got Miss Bradley to print a message for him, and he slipped the little paper neatly into Santa's sack, like a message into a fortune cookie:
"Something nice for everyone, even Cynthia!"
And it was a proper Santa Claus after all.
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I prefer the other ending, I think.
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I do too, the addition comes of as exceptionally schmaltzy.
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me too...
it looks tagged on (I know it was)
almost rebelliously so...
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I just bought this today, it was only $2.29 and the shipping was $3.59. How odd and ridiculous the postage is, when it is even more than the book. Now I will have both of the endings.
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