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Krampus: The Yule Lord

Krampus: the Yule Lord

Ever wonder if Santa Claus has an alter ego? I never did---liked him just as he appeared in “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Santa Claus was the kindly giver of toys each Christmas and an early guiding light into “grown up” belief as each new birthday added different possibilities of doubt about the unseen. Occasionally an adult with a wicked gleam in his eye would remind us of the switches Santa supposedly carried to punish bad children, but I never placed much stock in that…until recently. In looking for a new Christmas novel to read, I stumbled upon Krampus: the Yule Lord by Brom. The origins of the being known as Krampus are somewhat hazy. He seems to have been a primal figure in European folklore, originally representing nature and fertility, possibly akin to the Norse god Loki. Having horns, he was transformed by the coming of Christianity into a figure of fear and evil. Gradually, he became associated with St. Nicholas and evolved into Santa’s terrifying assistant of punishment, dispensing coals and switches. Brom takes this figure of old European mystery and Norse mythology, transplants him to hills of modern West Virginia amid poverty, criminal bosses and lost dreams to weave a wild tale of furious redemption and renewed hope.


Amazon Says:             Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murder, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I sto more...
Amazon Says:             Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murder, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming to take your head. I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide...               The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and mortal enemy of Santa Claus.             One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets earthward, a magical sack that will thrust the down-on-his luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse's new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, and how half a millennium ago, the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.             Now Santa's time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself to his family, to save his own broken dreams...and help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County. less...
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