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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)
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 006209565X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062095657
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 1.26 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; 1st Edition (October 30, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #544,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though the legend of Krampus cuts across different cultures and takes many forms as a result, Brom selects a decidedly Norse leaning interpretation of the horned creature. Those familiar with Norse mythology will encounter many familiar personas (some directly and others by reference): there’s Odin, Loki, Hel, Geri, Freki, Huginn, Muninn, and others. Krampus’s acolytes are referred to as Belsnickels, which is not Norse in origin but German, brought over by early immigrants to America from that country. Then there’s the Christian influence, the followers of which instantly see Krampus as none other than Satan himself. Krampus is a seven foot tall demon with curved horns sprouting from his head, so can’t really blame them.
The story of Krampus is this: Santa Claus imprisoned Krampus hundreds of years ago and, as a result, Yule and its traditions have been forgotten. Krampus himself is wasted away, a sad shadow of his former self. But he still yearns to return to the world to spread his own particular form of holiday cheer. His Belsnickels, or servants, carry out his will, slowly setting the stage for the Yule Lord’s escape and the fruition of Krampus’s dream: to kill Santa Claus and to then remind the world that Krampus was here first.
While there are elements of horror in Krampus, this is not solely a horror novel. There are some gruesome deaths, but there are also many fantastical elements, such as Santa’s flying sled, reindeer, and his sack, which he stole from Krampus long ago and which can produce nearly anything one desires as long as the user is of Loki’s bloodline.
What struck me the most about Krampus is the characters. Jesse is a loser looking for his way in life while trying to win back his estranged wife and daughter (very cliché, I know, but he kind of grows on you). Some of the baddies, including the General and Chief Dillard, are mostly just bad with no motive other than that. But the Belsnickels and Krampus himself felt very real to me. Each Belsnickel was “recruited” at different times and under different circumstances. One is near a hundred years old (Belsnickels do not age since they have the blood of Krampus flowing through their veins) and another, Isabel, a girl of about twenty, has been that age for going on forty years. Wipi, Nipi, and Makwa want nothing more than to serve their lord. Vernon would prefer the Yule Lord keel over and die; he does little to hide these feelings, too, which presented some laugh out loud moments for me. Isabel, Krampus’s “little lion,” is the little sister archetype. She left behind a newborn child in her previous life and she longs to return to that life to undo some mistakes she made, but she’s also terrified of facing those failures and of being rejected by her now grown child. Even Krampus, who is both good and terrible, has his own inner struggles as he tries to cope with the fact that the world has moved on without him. It’s not until the end that Krampus rediscovers himself entirely:
"Jesse had never seen this side of the Yule Lord, and it occurred to him that he was seeing the real Krampus, the Krampus of ancient times, the great and wild Yule spirit that galvanized mankind to brave the darkest primeval nights, kindled their will to survive the trials of the harshest winters. He could almost see the horned beast dancing this very jig within the communal houses of primitive man. Jesse saw the way the people fed on Krampus’s spirit, and how, in turn, Krampus fed on theirs. And understood now just why those shoes, with their small tribute of candies, meant so much to the Yule Lord. That what Krampus needed more than anything was a flock to shepherd, to protect and inspire."
Krampus is as much a story about the traditions of Christmas and Yule as it is a tale of discovery. Krampus steals the show in many scenes, but the supporting characters have stories of their own that I found intriguing and fun to follow along. Krampus is an alternate classic for the holidays which I could see myself reading again and again.
Other things are included here, too - like weaving the Dutch Christmas traditions (Santa's residence in Spain and even the varying number of the Belsnickels). I really loved the Belsnickels and their relationship - almost vampirelike - to Krampus here. And then to put so much of the action in Boone County in the Appalachian Mountains was just really terrific. All of these elements and more combined to make a truly wonderful read!
I have both the Audible and Kindle version. The Kindle includes pictures, which is exciting, but the Audible version by far won out for me due to the impressive performance of the narrator. His range really made me prefer to just listen -despite my curiosity over the pictures that I was missing. The plot is certainly exciting and action-packed, but more than that, it was the terrific characters that made this so much fun. I was utterly charmed by the "great and terrible" Yule Lord and Jesse's character was just great, too! I am really excited that I already own Brom's rendition of Peter Pan and am really excited to check out more audiobooks by this narrator! Even though this was over sixteen hours long, I just didn't want it to end!!
The story starts with Jesse, a musician, running low on funds to support himself and only got paid for his big on Christmas eve with a bottle of booze, leaving him depressed enough to sit outside his mobile home, nursing the bottle, thinking about how he was going to be able to get the doll he promised his daughter, Abigail. While sitting there, he witnessed a strange occurrence. A sleigh with reindeer was parked in the road behind him, but it was being approached by strange creatures with orange glowing eyes. As he watched a man dressed in robes comes running to the sleigh and tries to ride off while fighting off these others. The sleigh lifts up but appears to be flying out of control because the man was fighting. The fight was mainly a tussle for the red sack. The sack fell with one of the attackers,who had grabbed as he was slashed and pushed out of the sleigh but dropped it. The sack crashed into Jesse's front room of his mobile, venting a hole in his roof. Because of the racket caused by the fight, the sheriff was called but no one claimed to have seen anything. Jesse afterwards finds the sack and somehow is able to converse with it and able to get all the dolls for his daughter. Later he also got a bunch of video game consoles with games to use to hopefully negate his debt to the General who was the local drug lord dealer in the town, but no such luck and he is forced to make another pickup with the sheriff standing guard in case of problems. At this pickup, a group among with the "Santa person" also arrive and attack. The glowing orange eye group kidnaps him and the sack and force him to drive them to where emerge Krampus. He becomes a member of the group, temporarily at first, under duress, where he learns the story of Krampus and Bahjr who is impersonating the "Santa" myth. At first Jesse pretends to understand until he experienced an incident that shows the reaction of earth both plants and animals to Krampus.
This was an interesting story which gave some depth to the background story behind the Santa legend and how former pagan holidays are incorporated by today's standards. Great story that makes the horrendous frenzy of Xmas as it is now, more readable as lack of concern for the world around us.
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The one disappointment of the story is how quickly Brom meets, greets and is done with certain characters, such as Santa's wife Perchta, and his six... um... other wives....
Nevertheless, I would absolutely recommend this book for any fan of modern takes on myths, legends or fairy tales, mocern gothic novels, or Brom in general.
Of course, if you like that sort of stuff, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that you seek out 'Child Thief' by Brom as well.
P.S. If you enjoyed this book, do yourself a hell of a favor and buy Brom' s masterpiece "The Child Thief," a tour-de-force murderous re-imagining of Peter Pan.