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“Terrific. A wild ride….I loved it. It hooked me and I couldn’t put it down.” —Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy "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, New York Times bestselling au“Terrific. A wild ride….I loved it. It hooked me and I couldn’t put it down.”—Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy"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, New York Times bestselling author of EragonAcclaimed author and artist Brom raised eyebrows and pulse rates with The Child Thief, his grim, brilliantly audacious, gorgeously illustrated reimagining of the Peter Pan legend. So what does this innovative fantasist do for an encore? He tinkers darkly with the beloved mythology of Santa Claus. Set in Appalachia, Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Krampus the Yule Lord is Gregory Maguire (Wicked) meets Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) in the realm of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as Clive Barker (Mr. B. Gone) works his dark sorcery from the shadows. Once again featuring Brom’s chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd....

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Krampus: The Yule Lord Reviews

  • Darth J
    2019-02-14 10:16

    Sometimes I get really lucky with Amazon sellers, like when I got an autographed copy of a Rainbow Rowell book. This time, I got a poster with my order of Krampus:Upon a little quick googling, it appears it originally came as a promotion through the Science Fiction Book Club. While the artwork is detailed, the whole Christmas demon thing really isn't my aesthetic so I won't be hanging it up anytime soon.Anyway, other than the artwork, I wasn't very impressed with this book.I guess I wanted something more epic, something more fitting with the lore of yule and Krampus. What I got was Krampus is angry at Santa (who is really (view spoiler)[ Baldr (hide spoiler)]) and some trashy story. Maybe that's my fault for wanting a Christmassy story that feels like a classic; however, I felt that Krampus himself took a backseat to some mortal's mission to get back his wife. The artwork just feels like a mismatch for the overall story, so you'll be disappointed if you are judging this book by its cover. Brom may be a talented artist, but his storytelling doesn't live up to the expectations he's created at all.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-02-05 16:42

    Review also found at: https://theparanormalpaladin.wordpres..."Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!"We've all been taught that Santa and Mrs. Claus look a little something like this:We've all been taught wrong. This is Santa:And his wife:Santa is really Baldr, an ancient Norse god and son of Odin. He was known for being all peace, love, and light, but was that the real story or was Baldr a great deceiver?In this story, after Baldr dies in ancient times, he is reborn as Santa Claus. He takes over Yule and changes the holiday. Well, someone is not very happy about THAT.Meet Krampus. Our villain, I mean hero, or is it anti-hero? Who knows, who cares. He's awesome.Krampus has been imprisoned by Santa/Baldr for 500 years and has just gotten his freedom back, only to discover no one celebrates Yule anymore. No candy in shoes? No tributes? And where's his bag? Oh yeah, SANTA STOLE IT! The battle to bring back Yule is on. You're toast, Santa! Here's Isabel and Jesse.They are part of Krampus's Belsnickels. If Krampus bites you, you become a little bit demon. Your skin gets black spots and you grow claws, have heightened senses, live a really long time, the cold doesn't bother you, you don't need to eat as much, etc. But you have to obey his commands. So you're basically a slave, but hey, things could always be worse!When we meet Jesse, he has lost his wife and daughter and is pretty much a loser. He can't keep a job, his truck barely works, and everyone hates him. He gets stuck doing jobs for The General, who runs the meth in town. And the police chief named Dillard wants him dead (and is sleeping with his estranged wife). He meets Krampus and ends up turning his life around. This is even a tale about FRIENDSHIP, people!It's got a little bit of everything - horror and gore, comedy, mythology, fantasy... I love how the author wove ancient myths and paganism into the story. Flying yule goats instead of flying reindeer...Krampus is Loki's grandson...Yule was celebrated before Christmas existed and was about celebrating the winter solstice and the rebirth of the sun and was also connected to Odin and The Wild Hunt. It was about drinking, dancing, sex and partying! It's really fascinating. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because there was a little bit of issues with pacing at times. But overall, this was loads of fun and a perfect (for me) Christmas story.The author, Brom, drew the pictures I posted above. He is amazing!!! So talented.Original review:Loved it! What a great Christmas, er, I mean, Yuletide book! I'll post a review tomorrow, but I think I have found a new favorite author and I LOVED how he worked in ancient paganism and Viking/Norse gods and myths. It's got crazy hill-billy meth gangs, a Santa who looks like Odin, and Loki's grandson who looks like a demon with horns. Fun fun fun. Good for both horror and fantasy fans. Highly recommended! Still $1.99 on Amazon Kindle: 17 DEC 2015.

  • ♛Tash
    2019-01-28 15:35

    Review also on"He's taking a switchTo redden your backsideOnce he finds out you've been naughty, not niceThe Yule Lord is coming to town..."If you haven't heard of this Yuletide jingle, or of any Yule Lord, or of Yule for that matter, then like me, you probably grew up with a traditional sense of Christmas. You know, the one with Santa Clause , baby Jesus in the manger and Christmas trees drooping from the weight of baubles. If you did, then you wouldn't know anything about dear ol' Krampus, the Yule Lord.According to German folklore Krampus is a devilish creature who punishes misbehaving children with a switch from birch tree branches. If that doesn't freak you out, then you're probably lying because just look at him.Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find that in your kitchen. I'd probably die pooping my jammies. Now onto the real review.Jesse Walker's life is a mess of hillbilly drama. He is unable to support his wife and child from his singing in honkey-tonks and his troubles with law after getting mixed with the local druglord. He was contemplating on ending his sorry life but stops short when he sees Santa Clause chased by seven demons. After a scuffle in the sleigh between Santa Clause and the demons, a sack falls directly inside his trailer. Later, he discovers this sack is magical and can produce any toy he desires. This magical sack puts him in the path of the Krampus and his Belsnickels, and Santa Clause. To add to his troubles, he botches a drug run that makes him the most wanted loser in Boone County.Krampus' Belsnickels get to Jesse first and he is dragged to meet the Yule lord. Krampus has been chained for half a millenium in a cave in the forgotten mountains of Boone County, West Virginia. After all the time he'd been shackled in the cave, the world has forgotten him and his traditions, which made him so weak to the point of non-existence. The only fuel driving him on is to exact revenge on Jolly ol' Santy Clause. He gets his chance when his Belsnickels bring him Jesse and the magical sack. After rounding up his Belsnickels and his remaining magic, Krampus is out to battle Santa Clause for Yuletide tradition supremacy.Going into the novel, I was expecting peein-my-pants-because-I'm-too-afraid-to-go-to-the-bathroom-at-night kind of horror, jumpy horror as my co-blogger Vane calls it, because of that creepy cover. It isn't even the slow-burn kind of horror, it's not horror at all. It has horrific scenes and all, but not enough to classify this as one, so if you want to be scared shitless, this isn't the book for you.What Krampus is --- a superb urban fantasy steeped in mythology. I love Krampus, the book and the character. He is a seven-foot, horned devil with the temperament of Sherlock Holmes and the dramatics of Tom Hiddleston's Loki, which made it very easy for me to root for Krampus. I expected him to be completely evil because of, again, the book cover, but he isn't. He is endearingly complex for his single-minded pursuit of ridding the world of Santa and all he stands for. He evokes the deities of the Greek myth, equal parts benevolent and malicious, with a capacity for human pettiness. He also has the best lines I've read in a long while."It's time to be terrible."“Shit spews from your lips as from the ass of a pig.”“Burn? Smite? Punish? Why is your god so intolerant? So jealous? Why must there be only one god? Why is there not room for many?”"The truth, the only one that matters, is that you are a buffoon, a nitwit, a puppet, a tick upon God's wrinkled scrotum."The origin stories of Krampus and Santa Clause might be a hit or miss for mythology aficionados.They were a hit for me. They were ambitious but brilliantly done, and they are not convoluted with complex magic systems or pseudo-science bullshit.I also quite enjoyed Jesse's part of the story, there's a druglord, a murderer and corrupt law enforcement, to his chapters. He is the human element of this fantasy, the reader's reflection when faced with questionable reality, and I tell you, it was just as fun reading about his hillbilly drama as it was to read about seven-foot Krampus going at it with muscled and ripped Santa Clause.This could've been easily a five star read, but I had to take away that last star because *gasp* it tried to teach us a moral lesson, to follow ones dreams, as subtly as being hit with a block of sharp cheddar to the face. If I wanted to read awkward self-love stories, I would've picked up a Coelho.Overall, this was a wonderful read, Brom is an artist in every sense of the word. Like his provocative artwork, his writing is fantastically compelling. It drew me in without holding my hand, fed me a mash of lore and mythology which I happily devoured, wide-eyed with one hand out for more, and best worse best of all made me compassionate for the devil of Christmas.--------------------------------------------October 8, 2015"It's time to be terrible."- KrampusAlso, my new catchphrase when hitting them buffets!FRTC--------------------------------------------Buddy Read with Paige Bookdragon

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-02-10 11:21

    3.5"Guard your dreams. Always guard your dreams.”Brom is basically awesome - I read his reimagined version of Peter Pan last year in 'The Child Theif', and now found out he penned the Christmas lore dark drama/horror story Krampus. His prose is delectable. Bring on the legends! I don't know much about Christmas lore other than when I treated myself to the theatre to see Krampus when it was released during December. I'd seen the book pop up among friends and a horror reading group in my Goodreads feed for awhile before and after the movies release. To my delight, the movie was great fun and has turned into one of my top favorite for Christmas themed flicks to bring in the favorite season. While the movie was gifted with colorful humor, the book kept to its dark roots, although it snuck in some humor mainly in the forms of situational irony and the frustrated yule Lord screwing things up when he tries to get ahead. The point of view is mainly through a lead who encounters Krampus and then must use his resources to get back at a mini kingpin in his town who works with the local corrupted police force. Sometimes you have to side with the bad to battle the bad. Throw in some Christmas themed weapons like the magical santa sack that has more than toys at its bottom, and you get some Christmas themed fun on the morbid side. Santa may be a legend, and his henchmen of reindeers and other jolly souls isn't anything to laugh at, while poor Krampus is forced to bring along him limited resources of reluctant and semi self-hating slaved companions. Krampus isn't the jolly old red-suited man who wants you to sit on his lap (at least not in an innocent way...), but you can't help but like him. He grew on me with his humor and his sense of honor of sorts. His motivations weren't wholly unpure, at least in his mind, and he does show compassion where its warranted. A dimensional villain who isn't actually a villain anymore, he's a sympathetic enough character who lets his wickedness reign in a couple of demented scenes. There's mucho pagan legend and lore that predates the Santa legend, some of it passed down and some of it probably invented for the tale. On one hand dark and on the other hand meant to be a playful story that proudly shows its different. Jesse as the main is likeable but drifting through the book mainly for a human POV was a small surprise. I did like the twist with music at the end and how it plays with the creativity of the human heart. I think the theme is meant to keep the magic of love, creation, life and celebration alive. Krampus was shocked to find so many had turned away from the wonders of the world because they only cared about the luring gods of the pixels now - television sets, x-boxes, computers and phones. Pretty discouraging when even he gives up on the human race, but I dug the theme the author put in.

  • Lyn
    2019-01-29 12:15

    Krampus is coming to town!Artist, writer and all around creepy cool cat Brom threw down some serious urban fantasy coin with this 2012 publication: and I was picking it up like a stoner on Doritos.Seems that before Santa Claus started selling Coca-Cola back in the 30s, before even Charles Dickens was scaring the Scrooge out of Brits, hell before there was Brits – pagans were having fun with the Yule festival and at the center of the pre-historic party was a seven foot tall party ANIMAL named Krampus. Brom recreates the Krampus myth and throws in some muy bueno twists to what is already a fun theme.But this is not all comedy and laughs. Like Cormac McCarthy, Brom doesn’t play: you want gritty backwoods violence? You got it. Set in the Appalachian hills of West Virginia, this gets bloody and downright mean – but to his credit, Brom keeps the bad contextual and within the parameters of his story.A very cool retelling of the Santa story, Brom has gone OLD school and tells of the origins of Krampus, the winter solstice festival, and a Santa that we only thought we knew. Truth be told, I’ve always been fascinated with how Christianity took over and adopted pagan festivals. Brom takes this theme and runs with it. Fans of Neil Gaiman's brilliant American Gods will probably like this, I know I did.Readers may also recall that Brom is the same guy who created a dramatic revisioning of the Peter Pan story in his 2009 novel The Child Thief. Hey Brom! Here’s some more ideas:Toyland MafiaMutha GoozMary had a little lamb chopOld McDonald had a body farmOr any of Andrew Dice Clay’s poems.Good fun.

  • Greg
    2019-02-10 10:35

    I started Krampus with low expectations. I'd been reading a lot for work lately, and didn't have the time to read something light and fun, but then a window appeared in my reading schedule right at the time this hit my desk. Thank you, Lord Krampus, for this early Yuletide blessing!!!Krampus could be an adjunct book to the universe of American Gods. It's hillbilly noir crossed with Pan's Labyrinth. It's as Christmassy as you can get when your protagonist is out to murder Santa Claus (as it turns out, that's pretty Christmassy). The funny is hilarious. The danger is real. And the violence is hilarious and real (I realize that makes me sound like a psychopath). I've read a lot of great books so far this year, but none of them have been as full of pure fun as Krampus.Make sure you read this if you like:Neil GaimanTerry PratchettGlen DuncanCharlaine HarrisGrimm (TV)Once Upon A Time (TV)Supernatural (TV)

  • Jillian Giusti
    2019-02-15 14:25

    So this book is a solid four stars for me. It's about a horned sort of half man half goat type and he Carey's birch sticks and a sack and it's said that he whips bad children with his stick and puts them in his sack and takes them to hel (that's hel not hell) hel is also the daughter of Loki. If u leave your shoes out and treats for krampus in them he will leave u a gold coin. As it turns out krampus might actually not be a bad guy. He has Been locked up by Santa-clause for centuries of years and Santa stole his bag and keys that open all doors. This tale folks is the story of his revenge. All in all is a good read and the art work is spectacular . Have fun reading this and don't forget to leave treats in your shoes cause Krampus is coming to town. !!!

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-01-27 15:26

    "Santa Claus wiped the blade clean of blood, replaced it in his sheath. [...] 'Krampus, my dear old friend, you will pay. Your death is mine and I intend to make it a terrible one."He sees you when you're sleeping. Oh, yes, he does.I gave the The Child Thief five stars off the bat last year and was really looking forward to diving into another one of Brom's novels. He's such a gifted writer, on par with the King (Stephen) himself, and it's a shame his work isn't better known.All I know about Krampus is from that Supernatural Christmas episode. He is Santa's evil twin and punishes the wicked during Christmas. Brom's Krampus is a bit like that. He's a pagan Norse god and demands sacrifices every winter solstice. Santa has chained him up for centuries, but he manages to escape with the help of his slave-elves and our down-on-his-luck protagonist, and goes looking for revenge. And spread a little Yule cheer."It's time to be terrible."Like Peter from The Child Thief, Krampus is an antihero. He's infuriated the world has forgotten him and the Yule Festival and not above spilling a little blood in his quest to return to power. He threatens to beat little kids with birch rods if they don't believe. At the same time, he's capable of great good. He's confused and lost in a time where pagan gods no longer hold sway. Imagine your elderly grandma on a highway. That's what it's like for him."Other than his thumbs, the boy barely moved the whole time, staring glassy-eyed, his mouth half-open, looking like a lobotomy patient.'He is bewitched.' Krampus strolled purposefully across the room, right up to the screen and smashed it in with his fist.The boy clutched the cake controller to his chest and froze, his eyes threatening to burst from his head. Krampus leaned over to the boy. 'You are free. The world is now yours. Go take it."There's also a heavy religious theme since Christianity and pagan religions don't exactly have the best relationship. It does a great job criticizing religion while showing things back then aren't all that great either. Both have their good points. Krampus represents nature and energy. Christianity represents charity.Despite all the good things going for it, I didn't like it as much as The Child Thief. The plot is a little run-of-the-mill Hollywood. You have the loser dad with his estranged wife and cute kid. The wife has a new boyfriend who's beefy and successful and belittles the hero. Bad Thing happens to his family and Dad saves the day, all while recovering his self-esteem and loses ten pounds. Closing shot: happy reunion.Consider gifting this as a Christmas present though. It'll certainly get you noticed.

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-02-01 11:37

    Other than a quick train through Boresville at around the halfway mark (about fifty pages right smack dab in the center of this book I found my interest drifting along with my eyelids) it's a damn-near perfect read. It has everything an man child like myself looks for in a piece of fiction. Viscera, plot, wild characters, action, humor, and redemption through trials. Yup, I dug the fuck outta this book.Brom is an artist. Literally. He created the fantastic artwork that graces the cover of the book, as well as the imagery within, which is at times creepy but always gorgeous. I suggest getting a version with the artwork. I went all out and got the ebook with the audio book companion, and the experience was quite epic. Kirby Heyborne's narration is some of the best I've heard. He's better than Will Patton, and as good as Jim Dale and Andrew Macleod, at least in the range department. Everybody sounded different, and I love it when a narrator can pull that off. Feels like those old radio plays they used to air before television was a thing (no, I'm not old enough to remember them, but my grandparents had some of the recordings, and I was allowed to listen to them whenever I visited), only there's one guy instead of an entire cast. Kirby Heyborne's the real deal. If I'm preaching to the choir, I apologize, but I've never heard of the guy.I honestly did not expect to fall in love with Krampus, but I did. In my eyes, this book is a tragedy. Poor unloved, un-worshiped Krampus, whiling away the hours in his pit, shackled to the wall, plotting his revenge, sharpening his teeth and horns... Anyway, he's such a great character that I sometimes forgot he was a seven-foot-tall demon-thing. He was cool. I wanted to have a beer with him. Shoot the shit. Play toss-a-ring with his antlers.Finally, Krampus has one of the cooler catchphrases that I've come across, and it fits the tone of the novel exquisitely: "Time to be terrible!"In summation: I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who takes Christmas too seriously. This is a dark comedy, and it shits on numerous beliefs before focusing on one in particular. The magic is magical, the gore is gory, the humor is humory; what more could you ask for? Recommended around Krampusnacht, or if you prefer, Christmas.

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-31 10:28

    I've read a lot of books on Krampus in the past couple of years, but this one is my favorite by far! The illustrations by Brom were a fantastic addition (I purchased the print version....not sure if the e-version is the same).This was an entirely different interpretation on the origins of Krampus than other authors had used. At points, (MANY), I found myself believing in the mistreatment of Krampus and wanting him to succeed, as this take certainly showed a divergent side to the lore. Humor was infused in nearly every section--to some extent--while the raw brutality of a horror story was also present. A great mix for this story; one that certainly had me captivated from start to finish.Highly recommended!

  • ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
    2019-02-13 11:18

    Ughhh I really wanted to like this, I mean it sounds bloody amazing!!!! I was still really interested with the whole stuff about Santa and Krampus but I just couldn't bring myself to continue because of the MC, Jesse. I really didn't give a rat's ass about him, sorry :/ Maaaybe, I'll try again later if someone succeeds in changing my mind. Arrgghhh I'm really sad about DNFing this one :(

  • Amanda
    2019-01-22 18:19

    I have to admit my expectations were pretty low on this one despite being recommended by several trusted friends. I'm happy so say I totally loved it. A Christmas horror story what's not to love? If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman definitely check this out it had the same feel and mythology references. Also even though I read an ebook version the interior art was fantastic. I will definitely look for a paper copy of this. I read most of this on Christmas Day and it was a great choice.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-01-20 16:38

    I first read this book and I gave it 2 stars. Obviously I was not paying attention to the book or I read it in so many days, it lost it's sparkle. Well I re-read it this time with less days and fully enjoyed it this time. Wickedly awesome read. Everyone should read this around the holiday season.

  • El
    2019-01-23 10:40

    Yuletide, in case you were wondering, runs from late December to early January. So Merry Yuletide, n'at!This was my Christmas Eve book from my boyfriend, and while I wanted to be able to breeze through it more quickly, there is something satisfying about finishing it on New Years Day. And it still falls under Yuletide, so I feel marginal success.Krampus — poor, misunderstood Krampus! Krampus is that scary-looking, dirty, goat-like creature that you sometimes see alongside pictures of the regal Saint Nicholas. Like here. It's been thought that Krampus was Nick's bitch, or his slave. Krampus has been around for a long time, way before Saint Nicholas who came out of Christianity; Krampus came out of Paganism way before Christ was even close to being immaculately conceived. But Krampus, the Yule Lord, for whatever reason (-cough-religion-cough-) seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, and voila! Now he's a bitch and gets no real respect.Obviously this is just the laymen's version of the Krampus story. There's a lot of history and tradition that I didn't include here, but it's all out there if you're interested.Brom, who is known best for his fantasy art and illustrations, became interested in the Krampus tradition after hearing about it from his wife. It really is a fascinating story, and like Brom, I'd love to see some more Krampus love out there in the world. Krampus is an underdog, and I do love me a good underdog.The story takes place in Boone County, West Virginia (which was confusing to me since I used to live in Boone County, Missouri). Human Jesse gets wrapped up in the Krampus story when Santa's magical sack (don't be dirty) falls from the sky on Christmas Eve. As the story continues, Jesse and the reader learn about Krampus's life, his relationship to Santa Claus, and you find yourself actually feeling for this character. It's hard to love him - he's probably stinky and his farts are probably exceptionally bad - but Santa Claus doesn't sound like such a great guy ultimately either. Not when you hear Krampus tell his side of the story, anyhow.I enjoyed this. There are black-and-white illustrations by Brom throughout the book, as well as a few glossy color illustrations in the middle. The artwork is fantastic as Brom's artwork usually is, and they help take the story to a completely different level. A story can be just a story sometimes, but throw in some pretty illustrations, and soon it's like the story is real.My only issue is that while I felt Krampus and his team were written exceptionally well and believable, Brom didn't capture the humans as well. Jesse and the others felt somewhat dry in comparison, and there was little for me to differentiate between some of them. (Especially the women - holy cats: Linda, Ellen, Isabel...? in my mind they're all the same woman, even though obviously they can't be.) I feel that was a failure on Brom's part.Overall, however, having such a decent Krampus story out there is worth it. Let's bring back Krampusnacht, people; let's put our tributes in a shoe and leave it on our front stoop. Let's go back to telling kids that if they're bad, the real horror won't be that Santa won't come to visit, but that Krampus will throw them in a sack and beat the shit out of them with birch sticks.My new goal in life is to see a Krampus Run in Bavaria before I die. I mean, look at that! Krampus is so much more interesting that fat, ol' Santa Claus.

  • Cameron Chaney
    2019-01-26 16:41

    Okay, wow. I don't know how I managed to completely forget I even read this book, but I guess I did.I read this during Christmas (obvs) but after finishing it, it's like it disappeared from my mind. I didn't forget what happened in the story, I just didn't think about it after it was over... does that make sense? *shrugs* Anyway, I was just now lying in bed trying to get to sleep, when a random thought hit me: "Woah, I never even marked Krampus as read." Does that mean Krampus is a bad book if I forgot it so quickly? Well, no... but it's definitely a difficult book to rate.From seeing the cover and illustrations, plus reading the synopsis, I was very excited to start it, expecting a dark horror-fantasy with plenty of magic and epicness (not a word, I know). But it just wasn't what I hoped for.For one, it's not horror. At all. And while it is dark in its own way, it never really shocked me or gave me chills. If anything, it's darkness leaned toward the comedic, sometimes goofy. Dark humor is fine, but it wasn't what I was looking for when I picked up this book. Whimsical, yes. But goofy? No.Another thing is that the story focused a lot more on the problems of Jesse, the MC, and less on the war between Krampus and Santa Claus. I wanted more build-up of that battle, but a lot of time was spent with Jesse and blah. There were some good moments involving Jesse and his struggles to win back his family , but it could have been cut down with more Krampus/Claus in its place.Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book enough. The mythology involving Krampus and Santa Claus was good, and took the story in an interesting direction. It was also an entertaining read, so I was never really bored. I was just a little let down by the tone. Had the book been more like it's illustrations, it would have gotten an A+ from me.Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to bed. I don't think writing a review on my phone in the dark is the best for one's eyes. 'Kay, bye.

  • Ryan
    2019-01-31 17:41

    The Good:Great ideas, great story, great characters. I thought this was great. I really didn't expect it to be so good. In fact, I only read it out of surprise that the free sample on Amazon wasn't utter crap. Gerald Brom paints freaks for a living! He has no business writing such entertaining books.The Bad:There was a bit of a soapbox moment when Krampus tore down a conveniently placed strawman. We get it. Christianity ruined some mythical golden age of nature worship. I'll take Western civilisation and a long, comfortable life thanks Krampus. But I'll try and find more time for naked drum circles in the forest.'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:Jesse is careless and makes poor decisions. However he is likable, grows a lot as a character and also plays the guitar to bums. He most resembles Phoebe.

  • Athena Shardbearer
    2019-02-04 15:30

    LOVED THIS BOOK!I have never heard of Krampus, NEVER! But reading what this story was about, I was intrigued. So maybe three chapters in did I start doing some research about Krampus. Here is a short video my mom forward to me about Krampus. KRAMPUS/Christmas Icon Reform So what I read made me believe that Krampus is this evil horrible beast and I was pretty scared. Not the case, I mean he does beat and kill but he has a heart! Ugh...I fall for him. I want to believe in him more than anything! I think it's ok to be bad sometimes. Right?! Jesse never ever gets a break, well he does maybe more than halfway. He is struggling with being who he thinks he is, and in the end really discovers himself. He truly does grow in this story. The General got what he deserved. I was singing and dancing when Santa killed him, and Dillard deserves to rot in hell! Now Santa, I did not like at all through out this story. I just didn't connect with him. Yes, he was handsome and good looking and all, but he was so fake just like Krampus said. A lot of things he did and said just proved my point. I could care less for him, and when Krampus kills him I felt like a weight off my shoulders. When Santa came back for Krampus, I was truly sad that we were going to lose Krampus for good. I really did enjoy this book. I recommended to anyone that like folk tales and seeing where a lot of our traditions today really come from. Not a Christmas tree, it's a Yule Tree!!

  • Wart Hill
    2019-01-30 10:38

    I was going to write a review about how awesome the mythology is and how much I loved it and how much I was geeking out through this whole book, but I'm not articulate this early in the morning, so, suffice it to say, this book rocks.

  • Stefan Yates
    2019-02-09 10:19

    This was an extremely fun book!To start out, I have to admit that I was drawn to this novel initially by the bad-ass cover art. I saw it several times online and was enticed to read the description. From that point, I was hooked and knew that it was something that I had to at least give a shot. Luckily, I managed to get the book via Interlibrary Loan right before the holidays so I had a perfect backdrop for reading a book about the Yule Lord, Krampus, coming forth to destroy his nemesis, Santa Claus. I wasn't totally sure what to expect, but what I found was a fast-paced adventure with plenty of horror elements that reminded me quite a bit of Joe Hill's novels stylistically. The story mainly focuses on a guy, Jesse, who's life is falling apart who stumbles upon a battle between Santa and some demons. Without giving too much away, Jesse ends up with Santa's sack and finds out that it is truly magical and the forces of both evil and good are suddenly after him to get it back.Krampus himself is a great character and his dialogue almost begs to be read aloud. There is a lot of mythology and pagan legend included in here that I found fascinating and plenty of action and gore for those that don't care as much about the origins of the tale. I also greatly enjoyed all of the artwork and wish that more novels included illustrations (especially if they were as good as these.)Overall and great read, especially during the holiday season, that I would recommend to fans of horror and dark comedy.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2019-02-11 13:22

    This one was quite a ride. What started out as a typical Christmas-themed horror story turned into a pretty deep character study.So without getting overly in-depth, basically Krampus has been imprisoned by Santa Claus for centuries and he finally escapes. Krampus has always been portrayed as the anti-Santa, but here things a a little different. He's the lord of Yule Tide, and not truly all evil. Also, Santa doesnt seem to be all good. One thing I liked about the book was the shades of gray of the characters. The only truly "bad guys" aren't monsters at all, but humans. And there are some truly vile humans in this one.So you end up in a meth infected backwoods town, and the main character is a country music wannabe who has lost his wife and child and is fighting to regain them. Then by coincidence he ends up right in the middle of the Krampus vs. Santa conflict. Mix in a corrupt sheriff and a gang of drug dealing thugs and you have this story. It really was very original. I'd never read anything like it. It seemed a little lengthy, but that could just be me. It wasn't what I was expecting, as I wanted more of a straight ahead horror novel. However, the story was so rich and interesting it turned out to be probably better than expected anyway.If you like horror and folklore, and are looking for something a little different, check this one out.

  • Michelle Morrell
    2019-01-25 13:24

    I loved this book. In turns whimsical, funny, serious, sad and crazy, it's the story of Krampus, the god of Yule and his vendetta against Santa Claus who imprisoned him and stole his holiday. The author, Brom, did a fantastic job of making both Santa and Krampus in turns the hero and the villain, both of them righteous and sympathetic, wicked and petty, kind and cruel. Yet, grounding it was the story of a normal man just trying to save his family while mythical creatures play their god games around him, his story never seemed the lesser tale. And I love books with illustrations, it made it seem that much more a fairy tale. Brom has shown his artistic talents are not just in the visual medium. It was even better that I read it over Christmas. Reread 2015: The reread holds up just as strongly as the first time around. Quite a delightful addition to my Christmas canon.

  • Amber
    2019-02-06 16:29

    This is my second encounter with one of Brom's books and I was impressed! Brom weaved a tale with Norse mythology about a satyr-like devil named Krampus the Yule Lord and his arch-nemesis Santa Clause aka Baldr who is a viking. When a 26 year old singer-songwriter named Jesse gets caught up in the middle of the chaos with Krampus and his Belsnickel devils (humans that are turned into demon slaves by Krampus), He lands into the clutches of Krampus the Yule Lord and Santa's magic sack. During his journey, he learns the dark secrets of who Santa Clause really is. Will Jesse survive their ancient feud and redeem himself in his families' eyes and himself? Read on to find out. The artwork is amazing and is a pretty good story. Definitely check it out. I reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and horror stories. This is a good story to read during the holidays. The book is available wherever books are sold and at your local library. I give the book 5 stars.

  • J.K. Grice
    2019-01-26 17:28

    This was an absolutely splendid tale from Brom, accompanied by gorgeous color plate illustrations. KRAMPUS is the tale of an unlucky southern man who somehow learns to find redemption amid the antics of Krampus and his minions. If Larry Brown would have ever teamed up with Graham Joyce, the result may have been something like KRAMPUS: THE YULE LORD. A marvelous book!

  • Cindy Newton
    2019-02-05 11:16

    What a great Christmas story! Brom is officially one of my favorite authors. It’s almost unfair, when you think about it, that one person can be so talented at both art and writing, but he most assuredly is. He takes these stories, rife with magic and supernatural creatures, sets them down in the modern world, and MAKES ME BELIEVE THEM. Just like in The Child Thief, he seamlessly wove the strand of this old story into the world of today and made it work.Now, this is not your traditional Christmas story. There is Santa Claus, Christmas trees, lights, and nighttime visits to give children gifts, but it is all . . . skewed. Santa is there, but he is in a life-or-death blood feud with Krampus, so he’s definitely not that jolly. Along with the lights and the gifts, we have murders—gory bloodbaths that do not reflect the Christmas spirit as we know it. This is the tale of two epic, ancient figures engaged in a fight, not only for their lives, but for the right to reign supreme over the winter holiday season. The beauty of it is that neither of these figures is portrayed as completely good or completely evil. Krampus, despite his glee whenever it is “time to be terrible,” is a sympathetic figure whose viewpoint is reasonable. Although he paints Santa with the brush of his bitter hatred, we get enough of Santa’s viewpoint to throw doubt on whether the situation is exactly the way Krampus sees it. Ultimately, the story plays out as it plays out, without the reader feeling that evil has either triumphed or been vanquished. To me, Brom’s ability to present these two divergent characters in a sympathetic way that is believable is brilliant.The human storyline that is playing out against the backdrop of Krampus’s vendetta is compelling, as well. Jesse is an out-of-work musician who lacks the confidence in his own talent to put it to the test, and is content to play in cheap honky-tonks. His wife takes their daughter and leaves him, hooking up with a dirty cop (unbeknownst to her) who at least provides security and stability—two things that Jesse lacks. His struggle is, of course, to win them back while evading the underhanded tactics of the ruthless, powerful policeman. I like Jesse, who is an engaging character. He starts off rather spiritless, but this changes as the story progresses.Just for the record, I want it to be known that I am a traditional Christmas junkie—I LOVE Christmas, and the schmaltzier, the better. I love singing Christmas carols—the same ones, over and over—at the top of my lungs in the car, I spend three days decorating my tree and blanketing my house with my enormous stash of decorations, and I plunge cheerfully into the hordes of Christmas shoppers, my joy in the season unimpaired by the jostling, mannerless crowds. I weep openly at the ending of It’s a Wonderful Life, recite all the lines along with the characters in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol, and am content to sit up until 4 a.m. wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve while watching A Christmas Story over and over. In other words, I am an unabashed syrupy, sentimental sap about Christmas—and I loved this book. So, yes, maybe under all that holiday cheer, I am a little twisted, but so what? I would just think twice before passing on this book because of your love for the holiday season. I assure you, my Christmas cheer remains unimpaired.

  • VampireNovelFan
    2019-02-16 17:41

    Santa Clause is kramping his styleIf you are familiar with the artist/author, Brom, then you probably realize that he has a knack for taking popular children's tales and re-envisioning them with a twist--usually warped, disturbing, and certainly not child friendly. I absolutely loved The Child Thief, a dark retelling of Peter Pan, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to review Krampus.Krampus is the Yule Lord, locked away for centuries thanks to Jolly Old Saint Nick. But he is determined to come back and restore Yuletide to it former glory, after he takes care of that little Santa issue course...We also meet Jesse, a deadbeat down and out 20 something, who stumbles upon the special key that Krampus and his minions have been searching for. Begrudgingly he aids Krampus with hopes that the Yule Lord's power will be enough to save his family.Brom is first and foremost an artist (he illustrated this cover), but he is a fantastic storyteller as well. He purposely makes it difficult to question the true villain at times, so it's hard to know who to root for even when it comes to the protagonist. Every character has an agenda and nobody is innocent, save for Jesse's young daughter perhaps. It wasn't quite as gruesome as The Child Thief, but there were a few cringe-worthy moments.I really enjoyed the comparisons of Krampus and Santa Clause. I grew up with Santa in my life, so I couldn't help but have a little bias towards him, but I also found myself appreciating some aspects of what Krampus signifies. Neither character is perfect, which once again leaves the reader conflicted.Brom's books are great to read if you'd like something a little different that breaks the usual formula. I can say that I enjoyed The Child Thief more, but Krampus is still good stuff!Maybe his message is that good or bad, there's a villain in all of us.*ARC Provided by the publisher

  • Amanda
    2019-02-02 17:33

    It pains me to give this book only two stars, but I found it somewhat hard to keep moving through the story. I can't quite put my finger as to why the story just didn't grab me, but I never found myself yearning to keep reading it like I have other books. Brom is an amazing artist and I really liked the Child Thief and the Plucker, so perhaps the built-up anticipation of reading this affected how I viewed the book.I did, however, enjoy getting a little view into some mythological creatures, featuring mainly Krampus but also mentioning Odin, Loki, Baldr and some others. Also, I can appreciate the story that Brom wove together between Krampus and Santa Claus; it was original and creative. It was interesting to see how he brought in the arguments between paganism and Christianity and what is the "right" thing to believe in...Overall I would say this is more like a casual read, not a "can't-put-down" book but it wasn't horrible. Quotes I liked:"...for once more you have proven there is no grace amongst serpents." p34"Mankind has lost its connection to the land, to the earth, to the beasts and spirits. They gather their food not from the forest and fields, but from plastic bins and ice boxes. Their lives are no longer tied to the cycles of the seasons and the harvest, no longer do they need the Yule Lord to chase away the winter darkness and usher in the light of spring. Man has only himself to fear now...he has become his own worst devil." p264"I am not the devil, fool. Do you ever wonder why you seek the Devil with such vigor? I shall tell you. Because you cannot face your own wickedness. The truth is there is no Devil making you torture, rape, murder, and sodomize one another, or making you destroy the land that feeds you. There is only you. So look at yourself, for you are the only devil in this room." p288"The dead should not speak, for their words smell of rot." p321

  • Scot
    2019-01-25 14:36

    Krampus. He is an entity children should fear. He has a special place in my heart, especially around Xmas. A kindred spirit of sorts. From the moment I started Krampus: Yule Lord, I knew it would be a memorable book. (It was also my first immersion read.)The story was a great contemporary tale with it's roots deeply embedded in Norse mythology. Although I had expected more of a story set ages ago, Krampus: Yule Lord was a story that kept me turning pages. We follow Jesse, a down on his luck musician, forced into petty crime to help make ends meet. I really felt for him. Life could be so much better for him if he could just find the confidence to play his music with his heart and that is all he really wants - a better life. He needs to have that "thing" happen to him to help him spread his wings and fly. And happen it does... when by chance he happens across Santa's sack, a bag imbued with enchantments that will eventually lead Jesse to meet up the Yule Lord himself.I thoroughly enjoyed Krampus: Yule Lord. Character development is big for me and the colorful, detailed characters in Brom's tale really draw the reader into the story. I highly recommend Krampus to anyone who likes a little fantasy mixed in with their gritty crime story. A story, an adventure, that you won't soon forget.

  • Melanti
    2019-01-16 16:30

    Loved Krampus, didn't really care for Jesse...Seriously, man, once she moves out of your place, moves in with another guy, and gets engaged to him, it's far past time to accept your marriage is over! You can't keep refusing to let her divorce you just because you hate her new boyfriend/fiance! The only thing that makes it even remotely okay in a book is the fact that the new love interest is obviously one of the "bad guys" and thus due to standard cliches obsessing over her is still accepted and nine times out of ten the obsession will be rewarded. But if this were real life, Jesse shouldn't get a vote on what his estranged wife does after their separation. And it's rather insulting to assume otherwise.

  • Chris
    2019-01-27 12:19

    The reason why the book is 3 stars for me is simply because the story of Jesse and Linda plays out like any living person on the face of the earth knows it would because whenever that story is used anywhere (tv, book), it ends, always ends, the same way.However, the bits with Krampus were very funny and moving. Enjoyable.

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2019-02-07 13:16

    4.0 StarsMore fantasy than horror, this is fun and darkly humorous holiday story. This book blends together the secular traditions of Santa Claus with Norse mythology and other pagan influences. Quite vulgar, this book is clearly attended for an adult audience. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous.