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Krampus: The Yule Lord

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  3,661 Ratings  ·  666 Reviews
“Terrific. A wild ride….I loved it. It hooked me and I couldn’t put it down.”
—Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

Acclaimed 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 b
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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Darth J
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 som
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"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 an
Sep 30, 2015 ♛Tash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hand
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"He's taking a switch
To redden your backside
Once he finds out you've been naughty, not nice
The 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, th
Dec 14, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Kra
Jun 02, 2012 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jillian Giusti
May 11, 2015 Jillian Giusti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 an ...more
Natalie Monroe
"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 K
Edward Lorn
Dec 16, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bo
Jan 07, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group-read
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
♡♡Tinja♡♡*is currently on a break from GR*
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 :(
Dec 26, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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* ~
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.
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 S
Jan 27, 2016 Cameron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, adult
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
Dec 02, 2015 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 civilis
Athena Shardbearer
Dec 23, 2013 Athena Shardbearer rated it really liked it

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
Wart Hill
Dec 17, 2013 Wart Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Quentin Wallace
Dec 07, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
Michelle Morrell
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 aro ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
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 ...more
Cindy Newton
Mar 12, 2015 Cindy Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, horror
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 Christma
Aug 28, 2012 VampireNovelFan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, demons, arc, edelweiss
Santa Clause is kramping his style

If 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 co
Nov 08, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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, feat
Stefan Yates
Nov 22, 2013 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Fans esp. those that enjoy Joe Hill
Shelves: wishlist
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 C
Oct 06, 2014 Scot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 musi
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
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.
Oct 14, 2012 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I have loved Brom’s previous books and was excited to see what he would come up with next. This was a very adult story about what happens when Krampus the Yule Lord faces off with Santa Claus. It was an interesting story and well written

Jesse is a loser whose wife has left him; he wants to make it big as a music star but can seem to play in front of crowds. His life changes when he sees Santa’s sleigh attacked by horned beasts. When someth
Dec 19, 2013 Shandra rated it really liked it
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a dark, spooky read. This book was a perfect Christmas read for me. I'm not into all the warmth and fluff of most Christmas books, so I usually steer waaaaaay clear of them. I told a friend I was reading a Christmas story, and he said "By choice?" LOL

Not only was this a good spooky read, but I got to learn about a mythical creature I've never heard of before. Krampus isn't someone Brom made up. It was interesting to learn about him. While he looks utterl
Krampus: The Yule Lord Audio narration = 5+ Kirby Heyborne did such a phenomenal job narrating this story that I would say that it was probably what I enjoyed most about the book. He brought these characters to life in such a way that I thought there were several different narrators and was surprised to find that this was not the case. I wasn't surprised to find that Heyborne also narrated parts of Cloud Atlas which was also done brilliantly. I look forward to enjoying more audio books with this ...more
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Gerald Brom is an American gothic fantasy artist and illustrator. Brought up as a military dependent he was known by his last name only, and now signs his name as simply Brom.

An Army brat, Brom spent his entire youth on the move and unabashedly blames living in such places as Japan, Hawaii, Germany, and Alabama for all his afflictions. From his earliest memories he has been obsessed with the creat
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The beast rolled its eyes. "I am not a 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 very land that feeds you. There is only you. So look at yourself, for you are the only devil in this room.”
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