Title: Krampus: The Yule Lord
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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.
This book is really misleading with the pictures on the front and back of the book! I thought it was going to be a really scary, horror type of book, but instead it's more like a supernatural or Fantasy type book. Which is a good thing because I actually was a little wary that if I read it I might have nightmares, so for me, it was quiet a relief!
Krampus, who is Yule Lord, was actually a type of God who fell out of Grace and Santa Claus had to send him into exile. Of course, he really does look like the picture on the book cover, but he really does mean well, he just goes about it in a sometimes horrible way.
I actually smiled and a few times even laughed at some of his antics! I do have to warn you though, there is quiet a bit of cussing, although not from Krampus, but from his followers. Just wanted you to know that in case you have an aversion to foul language.
I really enjoyed the book once I realized it wasn't going to give me goosebumps or nightmares and Krampus, the Yule Lord actually has a pretty good morale to the book about what he believes and what he thinks Mother Earth wants for our planet.
I hope that you will give this book a chance because it actually is a pretty good book to read for the upcoming Christmas season and because in some ways, Krampus the Yule Lord fixes some things that are broken, but the most important things he does is that he makes people see the error of their ways and all his followers and some of the people in Boone County end up being in a much better place than before they met him.
About the Author:
Born in the deep dark south in the mid-sixties. Brom, an army brat, spent his entire youth on the move and unabashedly blames living in such places as Japan, Hawaii, Germany, and Alabama for all his afflictions. From his earliest memories Brom has been obsessed with the creation of the weird, the monstrous, and the beautiful.
At age twenty, Brom began working full-time as a commercial illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia. Three years later he entered the field of fantastic art he’d loved his whole life, making his mark developing and illustrating for TSR’s best selling role-playing worlds.
He has since gone on to lend his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games, to comics and film. Most recently he’s created a series of award winning horror novels that he both writes and illustrates: “The Plucker”, an adult children’s book, “The Devil’s Rose”, a modern western set in Hell, “The Child Thief”, a gritty, nightmarish retelling of the Peter Pan myth, and his latest concoction, “Krampus, the Yule Lord”, a tale of revenge between Krampus and Santa set in rural West Virginia.
Brom is currently kept in a dank cellar somewhere in the drizzly Northwest. There he subsists on poison spiders, centipedes, and bad kung-fu flicks. When not eating bugs, he is ever writing, painting, and trying to reach a happy sing-a-long with the many demons dancing about in his head.
For more information check out his website.
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