Santa Steps Out: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups
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Santa Steps Out: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (Santa Claus Chronicles #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  202 ratings  ·  42 reviews
In the opening lines of Santa Steps Out: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups, we learn that God the Father had to "cut His vacation short" and is in a "towering rage" about it. It appears that while the archangel Michael was running things, the world got pretty screwed up. " know that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy are never to cross paths. It's one of our Father's mo...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Dark Highway Press (first published 1998)
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I found this about 3-4 Christmas seasons ago. The holiday season would come and go, and I would forget about it. So, with four days before Christmas, I finished this "Fairy Tale for Grown-ups" as it states on the cover. That'a an understatement...this outrageous, perverse, take on our sacred childhood figures is not right. But, then again why was I smiling, chuckling to myself as i read it? Because, it is a twisted, humorous, frolic, tale...with Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny...chas...more
Janet Stites
ok i picked this book up because it was in the horror section at Borders a few years ago. Cover looked interesting and the description intrigured me. However, after startingto ead the book I realized it was more then horror, it was a nightmare, i continued to read chapter after chapoter being more amazed, intrigued, repulsed and stunned by the page. I have to confess I never finished this book, it was just way to out there for me. I wont give it away, but there are limits to what I want to think...more
What if the Santa Claus you think you know wasn't really Santa? For that matter, if the Santa that Santa knows wasn't really Santa?

In Santa Steps Out by Robert Devereaux, we are introduced to a world where the Christian angels, mythological figure (like Santa and the Easter Bunny), and even God himself were once other mythological being, but had their identities erased and were cast in new roles by the current being who calls himself God. This isn't a spoiler, You're told as much in the very beg...more
Scott Emerson
There are stories that irreverently spoof beloved childhood figures and then there's SANTA STEPS OUT, a novel which finds perverse, maniacal pleasure in taking everything you held sacred as a kid and turning it into something obscene, terrible, and very, very funny.

Devereaux gives us a tale in which Santa Claus carries on a decades-long affair with the Tooth Fairy (their initial hook-up is a scream, erotic and humorous and just plain wrong), their illicit trysts usually coinciding with his annua...more
Bonnie Jeanne
Oh my bob. This is one nasty story. It ain't Mommy kissing Santa, and it ain't just kissing. [return][return]In the introduction, David G Hartwell (I have no idea who he is) pays homage to Devearaux's foray into "Spatterpunk," a literary term I had never encountered before. Anyway, Hartwell compares this book to a piece of art done by Wallace Wood called "The Loss of Innocence in Disneyland," where all the characters are having sex and Dumbo is flying overhead shitting on all of them. Ick. But,...more
Rich Meyer
This happens to be the first book I finished reading in 2014. I have to say that it is definitely one of the more thought-provoking ones that I've read in recent memory. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, religion, hardcore sex, and pretty much the kitchen sink here.

It's not for the squeamish. But it is for those who want an interesting look at how the legends of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny became involved with the legend of Jesus. Highly recommended reading!
Kerry Stewart
Wowser! Incredibly perverted! I have never read anything quite like it, I can't quite put my finger on whether I liked it or was just shocked by each page but I couldn't put it down until I was finished.
Santa Steps Out came recommended to me by a blog I read regularly. It sounded brilliant, and something I'd greatly enjoy reading, so I was thrilled when I received a copy for christmas. I read the introductions first, and was by this point pretty excited. But the more I read, the more my excitement waned, until I was bored. I found myself skipping chunks of paragraphs to reach the end as quickly as possible.

It sounds strange to say I was bored considering what this story is meant to encompass,...more
Jan 13, 2009 Discoverylover marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ring-ray
(From Amazon) "In the opening lines of Santa Steps Out: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups, we learn that God the Father had to "cut His vacation short" and is in a "towering rage" about it. It appears that while the archangel Michael was running things, the world got pretty screwed up. " know that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy are never to cross paths. It's one of our Father's most solemn injunctions." Ah, that Tooth Fairy. She's also got her hooks into the Easter Bunny.

Robert Devereaux...more
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Wow! I will never look at Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or the Easter Bunny the same after reading this! I feel so perverse for even continuing to read this. Especially that this book is based on the happiest time of the year and the most jolly and beloved fairy tale of all.. Santa Claus! Or shall I call him Dirty Santa!!I still continued to read on of course it was like eating chocolate. You know it’s bad for you but you keep wanting a little more. The synopsis on the front cover of...more
William M.

While this would have worked better as a novella, I'm guessing readers will either love it or hate it. Even with the character's mythology to better flesh out the story and their background, it still felt like it overstayed its welcom. However, if you buy into the concept and world Devereaux has created, you'll have a great time. Unfortunately, if you can't get past the Easter Bunny as a sex fiend out to take advantage of your average house cat, you might be quite repulsed and to...more
Robert Beveridge
Robert Devereaux, Santa Steps Out (Leisure, 1998)

My reverence of Robert Devereaux's first novel, Deadweight, borders on the worshipful. After recently re-reviewing it, both one of my best friends and Devereaux himself e-mailed me and told me exactly the same thing: to get my hands on Santa Steps Out pronto. So I did (well, a little less pronto than I should have). They were both absolutely correct.

Make no mistake, this book will offend you. Any book containing scenes where Santa Claus cheats on...more
Mike Kazmierczak
This novel is almost sacrilegious for perverting the child aspects of major holidays. In short, you shouldn't expect to think of any major holiday the same after reading this book. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are all key figures in this modern and very adult view of holiday figures.

The story focuses around Santa Claus who one year happens to spy the Tooth Fairy and who is then quickly seduced by her. Of course, Mrs. Claus finds out and is not too pleased by it. The rest of...more
Mimi Tremont
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Jul 24, 2008 Woodge rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Puritans
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Definitely one of the oddest books I've read. This book (which is categorized in the Horror genre) is about a lusty Santa Claus who carries on a highly libidinous affair with the Tooth Fairy. And to complicate things, Santa's exploits are making the Easter Bunny crazy with jealousy. The Easter Bunny is, of course, a giant rabbit with the ability to become invisible but his only paramour is a self-made model he's named Petunia, made from wire mesh and bunny excrement. Oh, and of course Mrs. Claus...more
Jul 27, 2012 Cherie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cherie by: Rhonda
What do you get when you take the myths of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny, turn them on their heads, and add in a little bit of naughtiness and perversity? If you said Santa Steps Out: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups then you would be correct.

This story is both shocking and titillating, yet funny and reflective. I can't say I found it to be a super read. Perhaps it's because I've read too many great books lately (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Hunger Games trilogy) to feel...more
Tim Byrd
I Want To See This In Claymation

This book IS over the top, and will easily offend those who offend easily. That’s fine. But the pleasures of this book don’t stop at its provocative nature. It’s also a genuinely creative, nigh brilliant, meditation on human sexual/romantic relationships, through a lens of cunning myth and trounced commercial archetypes. At the heart of the book, even at its most horrifying, is a nearly spiritual regard for the place of the carnal in our lives, and the spiritual...more
This was a really fun book. I picked it up thinking it'd be a horror story, given the title, but it couldn't have been farther from the mark. The story is about Santa Claus (yes, THE Santa Claus) and an illicit affair he has with the Tooth Fairy (!!) of all people.

The author goes into great detail about their sexual escapades while Santa's delivering presents on Christmas Eve ~ let me just say this is NOT the same Jolly Old Elf from your childhood! Be prepared to shake up everything you once he...more
This book was outrageously obscene, a nightmare in print, and yet I couldn't stop reading it, loved it! I had never heard of Robert Devereaux before reading this book, impressive prose and use of vocabulary. Kudos to him for having the guts to tell such an offensive story in which Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy carry on a lascivious affair for over three-and-twenty years whilst the voyeuristic Easter Bunny observes, plotting to have his way with Mrs. Claus. Santa Steps Out is a story I won't so...more
There is a quote that is used in this book:

"Everything is Sacred, and Nothing is Sacred."

This phrase is quite possibly the best to use when summing up this novel. The illicit affair between Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy is a modern day fable that runs laps around the trashiest Harlequin Romance novel.

I recently heard of the existence of a sequel, Santa Claus Conquers the Homophobes, and it is one that I will be definately picking up!!
Eli Lysen
Weird, weird, weird book. Strange! Vulgar, but not much story. Great characters.
If you want to know why the Easter Bunny has no genitals, where the coins come from the Tooth Fairy trades for teeth or how Santa spends his days when not delivering presents with Christmas, you may want to read this book. But it's fairly graphic about the sex (much sex) and gore (not very much). It's no horror book though, but quite dark, strange and in a weird way, emotional. 2.5 stars
Whoa, these are the imaginary characters we grew up with! I felt dirty when I finished this book. Oh and if anyone wants to borrow it, I do own it.
This book was recommended to me more as comedy than erotica. Parts of it were funny, but it just wasn't enough to make it worth the read. It was interesting and there was a TON of sex, but unless you have some sort of holiday-mascot-fetish (Santa, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Mrs. Claus), I wouldn't recommend it.
Samantha Joy
The best reason to read this book is so that you'll know all the characters when you read the sequel, Santa Claus Conquers the Homophobes. (Spoiler: He does. You'll have to read it to find out how.)

This is a good book. The sequel, though, is even better.
Seriously messed up! This book is not for the easily offended, this book isn't even for those not easily offended.
I will never look at Santa, The Easter Bunny, or The Tooth Fairy the same again.
It was still a great read.
Daniel DeLappe
Second time I have read this book. Not for the kids or easily offended. This is erotica at it's best. Funny as hell and some of the Mythology it touches on is arcane but cool. Read this book for a good fun perverted read.
Not sure if I love it? I think so... it was very sexy and blasphemous and disturbing... Ya, I love it. I think a more than basic understanding of Mythology would have been helpful though.
Jack Finley
Perfect thing for when something like Terry Pratchett's Discworld just sounds way to mundane and not nearly over the top enough for your current reading mood.
Autumn Wilson
I thought this book was horrific, disgusting, and not something I would ever want to read again. But at the same time I could't put it down.
Oct 17, 2008 Evie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Evie by: Saindon
Shelves: fiction
Make no mistake about it: this book is bad. So bad it goes back to being good again. Prepare to have your childhood fantasies crapped on.
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Robert Devereaux made his professional debut in Pulphouse magazine in the late 1980's, attended the 1990 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and soon placed stories in such major venues as Crank!, Weird Tales, and Dennis Etchison's anthology MetaHorror.

Two of his stories made the final ballot for the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards. Robert has a well-deserved reputation as an author who pushes eve...more
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