Krampus: The Devil of Christmas by Monte Beauchamp
Published: October 1st 2010
With an ADDITIONAL 32 pages, superior printing, and a secure HARDCOVER binding, KRAMPUS: The Devil of Christmas picks up where the softcover edition of The Devil in Design leaves off. In the early Christmas traditions of Europe, the Krampus was St. Nicholas’ dark servant-a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue gave misbehavers the creeps! Whereas St. Nicholas would reward children who’d been good all year, those that had behaved badly were visited by the Krampus. This NEW and IMPROVED edition includes an introduction, a historical survey of the character, and over 180 lavish pre-World War 1 Krampus postcards. KRAMPUS: The Devil of Christmas is a lush, hair-raising collection guaranteed to give even Stephen King the creeps!
What a unique little book!
The first pages discuss the lore surrounding Krampus and the European history of this very dark semi-interpretation of Santa Claus.
In folklore, the good children are visited by St. Nicholas, while the naughty ones are subjected to the wrath of Krampus.
The artwork in the postcards is incredible. By no means is this a ‘holly jolly Christmas read,’ instead it’s an eccentric look into the past.
Very interesting. This is one to treasure.