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Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, 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 for your head.... I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide....
—from Krampus

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark 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 back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts 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, including 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 in his family's eyes, to save his own broken dreams... and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.

©2012 Gerald Brom (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jazzi
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 03-09-17

As good as horror fiction gets!

If you could sum up Krampus in three words, what would they be?

A-Ma-Zing!

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Horror has become such a taudry formulaic genre. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm reading a Sci-Fi Channel original movie script reject with some of these stories. Krampus is a very exciting, off the beaten path, kind of horror story that is as much action and suspense as it is horror. Bravo, Brom!

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Loved it!

Great story, would like to see this done as a movie! Narration was great too. This is my 2nd book by Brom and both were great, looking forward to more from this author!

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Interesting tale of winter

I found Krampus to be a very original and eye opening experience that was fun the ride. I've only recently heard about Krampus and never read anything about the origins so I truly enjoyed myself with this one. It might have had its slow moments but it was truly amazing overall. moments in the book I actually noticed myself captivated by the writing and wholeheartedly drawn into the story. Krampus might seem like a silly children story but I can attest that its well worth the read

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Great!

This story makes me want to believe in more than just Santa. I was hooked from the very beginning

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Not all about Krampus

While Krampus is a significant part of the story, it feels like 2/3 of the book is about being poor in rural West Virginia.

The 1/3 about Krampus and his battle with Santa Claus is great and the only reason I finished the book despite being exhausted by the lengthy portions of the book dedicated to how a particular human character was having some kind of difficulty.

Good narration and good research by the author.

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Krampus is coming to town

Excellent listen especially for the holidays. Krampus is not your typical seasonal piece; murder, mayham, and madness is afoot. Krampus is an inspiring work of art that I hope becomes a holiday staple. The narrator's reading is a bit slow, but fine otherwise. I highly recommend this yuletide delight.

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very good.

This story was great....though I wanted to smack Jesse at times! I love Krampus as a character.

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Krampus cures Christmas Cheer

Back in 2010, while this book was being written, I was recovering from surgery and fell upon discovering Krampus. At that time I think it was still an obscure Alpine tradition that few outside the region knew about. Certainly not in any areas outside major metropolitan cities. I was immediately drawn to the character due to how I felt about Christmas as an adult. For many of us the Christmas season is not a joyous time. We are under pressure to coform to societal norms unlike any other time of year. We resent the money spent on presents for others, forced travel at a time of year when it is dangerous, family gatherings that promise anxiety and depression along with rich food and drink we studiously avoid all year. Christmas is dark, spooky and scary on a level that rivals Halloween. And that is the point. When told we have to act all cheery and nice to avoid ruining the holidays , many of us take an attitude of defiance. Most of us never act out our discomfort and displeasure with this time of year. Enter Krampus. He is our avatar and agent of destruction. He wants his holiday back. He wants us to dance around a bonfire guzzling our favorite adult beverage! Krampus scares the bejezzus out of little brats who disturb us as we lie at our ease. Beats them with switches and for the truely nasty ones, drags them to hell. He hates Santa and wants him dead. Hell yes! This is the catharsis that this book delivers in Spades. Indulge your hatred of Christmas cheer. Read this book!

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Dark and humor and Christmas

The story blends darkness (devils, torture...), with humor (a redneck finds Santa's magic sack) and Christmas. This is now one of my favorite books. Bravo to the narrator as well. He did an excellent job in giving the characters unique voices. Very entertaining. Loved it.

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Amazing, give it a chance!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's not your usual X-mas folklore/horror story. The characters are real, their plights are almost visceral in how well the author presents them, and the unreal is woven with the normal perfectly.

What did you like best about this story?

The humanity in the immortal creatures presented.

What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Character! The narrator is able to adjust accents and personalities fluidly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listened to it almost straight through!

Any additional comments?

It is slow to start. At first, I wasn't sure and almost returned it. But I am so glad that I didn't! Within 3-4 chapters I was hooked!