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ISBN13: 9780062095657
ISBN10: 006209565x
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Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, 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 for your head.... I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide...

—from Krampus

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark 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 back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts 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, including 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 in his family's eyes, to save his own broken dreams... and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.

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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

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"The creator of The Child Thief, is back — and this time he's taking on the Christmas Devil. Are you ready for a studly, Nordic Santa Claus, and his scary/sexy wife?" Charlie Jane Anders, io9.com

Review:

"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

About the Author

Brom first won acclaim illustrating for TSR's Dark Sun role-playing world. He has since lent his distinctive vision to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games, to comics and film, working on such notable titles as World of Warcraft, Magic the Gathering, Diablo, Doom, Batman, Galaxy Quest, and Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. He is the author of two award-winning illustrated horror novels, The Plucker and The Devil's Rose. Brom is currently kept in a dank cellar somewhere just outside of Seattle.

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Terry Chadwick, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Terry Chadwick)
Definitely not your typical Christmas book. You will never view Santa Claus in the same way again. Krampus is the Yule Lord who was overthrown and imprisoned by Santa Claus, aka the Norse god Baldr. West Virginian Jesse is a down and out musician who is trying to put his life straight and keep his estranged wife and daughter safe from the corrupt cops and criminals of the area. Krampus escapes and goes after Santa Claus, wanting his magic sack back and to be worshiped as the Yule lord again. Jesse finds the magic sack, gets captured by Krampus, and the fun begins as both Santa and the bad guys go after the sack and Jesse. Lots of violence and dark humor. Krampus and Santa Claus are both horrible yet sympathetic. And, like all good Christmas/Yuletide tales, the story has a life-affirming ending.
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JacksNightmares, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by JacksNightmares)
Everything you want in a book and more! Dark, "real", language, description, character building
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EdwardHakim, December 20, 2012 (view all comments by EdwardHakim)
Pretty good book. Really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting. I can't bring myself to give it five stars though because I hated the religious stuff that was thrown in. Everything I read about the book before starting it led me to believe that it was a dark fantasy about a rivalry between Santa and Krampus but it's more like Santa and Christian mythology vs. Krampus and Norse mythology.

One thing I really loved was that there was no clear good guy between Santa and Krampus. You might think Santa is the good guy because... well he's Santa. But then you find out he used blood on the magic bag to use it for delivering toys... who and how many did he kill to twist that magic bag to his will? You also learn about worse things when Krampus and his Belsnickles explore Santa's workshop.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062095657
Subtitle:
The Yule Lord
Author:
Brom, Gerald
Author:
Brom
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7 x 1.41 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 368 pages Harper Voyager - English 9780062095657 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The creator of The Child Thief, is back — and this time he's taking on the Christmas Devil. Are you ready for a studly, Nordic Santa Claus, and his scary/sexy wife?"
"Review" by , "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."
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