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Krampus: The Yule Lord Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 30, 2012
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“Brom is that rare breed: a person who is skilled in more than one area of artistic expression. Here’s hoping that he will continue to share his dark and often beautiful dreams with us for many years to come.” (Christopher Paolini, bestelling author of Eragon on KRAMPUS)
“This illustrated horror novel by acclaimed gothic fantasy artist, illustrator, and novelist Brom (The Child Thief) is perfect for anyone who disdains a cozy, sentimental holiday story.” (Library Journal)
“Terrific. A wild ride--the idea sounded like a stretch and I’m not sure how many guys could have really pulled it off, but Brom sure has. I loved it. It hooked me and I couldn’t put it down. Plus, the illustrations are amazing.” (Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy on KRAMPUS)
“Filled with action, fans will wonder whether Jesse joined the wrong side as increasingly it appears to him that Santa is evil. Fans will relish the Yule Lord ‘is coming to town.’” (SFRevu on KRAMPUS)
“[A] rollicking, non-stop, action-filled, violent and yet touching story.” (Examiner.com on KRAMPUS)
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It's the fourth book written by renowned fantasy artist Brom, who I came across a few years ago when his first book Plucker came out, a story I'd describe as "Toy Story meets Guillermo del Toro." It was so unique and imaginative that I later read his next two books as they came out, including the fantastic The Child Thief, an adult retelling of the story of Peter Pan who was not as innocent as Walt Disney would have you believe.
Krampus is not for everyone. My children will not be reading it for many years to come, that is, if they choose to read it at all. After all, they might not grow up with the same literary tastes their father has. But one can hope. That being said, I enjoyed the book immensely.
Krampus is a character from European folklore whom parents would warn their children about around Christmas time--if children were good, they were told that Santa would come and leave presents, if they were bad, Krampus would come instead and put them in his sack and beat them. He's the son of the Norse god Loki, and in Brom's tale, has been imprisoned for the last 500 years because of what he perceives as Santa Clause's betrayal so long ago. Now he's managed to escape and plans to exact his revenge on His Jolliness.
Jesse Walker is a down-on-his-luck estranged father and husband who had aspirations of one day becoming a successful songwriter.Read more ›
It's been a long time since I've had a book keep me so easily and thoroughly captivated, and keep me consistently on my toes and guessing throughout.
The style and theme of this book reminded me a tiny bit of "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman (with just a touch of the flawlessly grim mood/setting of "Winter's Bone"), but came across so much more effortlessly, was an easier and more pleasant read, and was much more balanced. I couldn't make it through the entirety of American Gods despite my want to finish it and like it, whereas with Krampus: The Yule Lord, I couldn't put it down. Don't get me wrong: this book ISN'T American Gods, and it isn't trying to be.Read more ›
Brom is an amazing author who I would recommend to anyone. It is rare that an author take the absolute worst situations and show that even in the blackest black we are all connected as human beings.
I am almost sad to say that I didn't enjoy Krampus as much as I thought I would. I loved Brom's retelling of Peter Pan in The Child Thief so much that I was anticipating the same kind of dark and disturbing storytelling in this story about a Christmas demon. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't by any means a fun, happy story, it just didn't have that element of creepiness that I expect from this author or that I anticipated with this particular subject matter. How can a story about a Christmas demon known for dragging naughty children off to Hell be anything less than terrifying? Unfortunately, there is a way.
The images of Krampus seem pretty terrifying but for some reason this story presented him as far less than intimidating, and even a little ridiculous at times with all too human-like flaws. Since Krampus is said to carry naughty children off to hell, I thought he would be a bit more imposing with less obvious weaknesses of character. There were definitely some bloody & violent moments involving The Yule Lord but I didn't find him believable as a God or descendant of Loki. Also, the background of the conflict between him and Santa was a little confusing at times, especially near the end. The way this story was resolved was even more baffling.Read more ›
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Really enjoyed this book, though not quite as much as Brom's other novel, The Child Theif. I do really love how he ties together different myths and cultures together into... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Sundance
Well told story with all the meat and potatoes but a ending I can't say I enjoyed. Still a good read for sure though.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
one of the better books i have read in a while. Great pagan yule book for surePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. It's a different take on Christmas and Santa Claus. The book is not as scary as the cover art might indicate but it does have a fair amount of gore. Read morePublished 3 days ago by John D. Logan
Really fun read. Very intriguing concept. I loved that I found myself rooting for Krampus! I would love to see more of this story line.Published 3 days ago by john reed
convincing lore, well written and very entertaining. loved it. I do feel like Krampus' personalily was a lot like Peter's in Brom's Child thief novel. Read morePublished 6 days ago by S. Jayne