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Krampus: The Yule Lord

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,795 ratings  ·  849 reviews
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) i ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 357 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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Patrick I hope so. I would love a sequel.

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Darth J
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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$1.99 on Kindle December 7, 2018!

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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 S
Sep 30, 2015 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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

"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
Johann (jobis89)
“Then let us go and be terrible.”

Aspiring musician Jesse is caught up in the war between Krampus the Yule Lord and Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Well, colour me impressed. I’m not entirely sure what I had expected from this book, but I certainly didn’t think Krampus would be such a complex, well-developed and, at times, sympathetic character! Brom effortlessly blends his storytelling capabilities with a lot of the mythology that surrounds the origins and history of Yuletide and Father Christmas.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jillian Giusti
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Edward Lorn
Dec 16, 2014 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
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyn by: Stephanie's review
Audio - Kirby Heyborne gets all the stars for his MASTERFUL performance. I was on a total listening high from page 1. I love it when an author picks the perfect narrator who embodies ALL the characters (and there were a lot in this book), and brings the story to life. The narrator totally did this book justice.

Story – 5 I’m now a Krampus fan stars

Looking at the cover you would think this was a story about an evil guy, but it wasn’t. Krampus is not evil. He’s been given a bad rap and is misunders
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-print, favorites
Sometimes we are very lucky to read an author that has thoughts and sentiments so close to our own it's as though we were cut from the same cloth. For me, at this moment, it is Brom. Ironically I met him many years ago (before he had written any books) at a comic expo where he was showcasing his Gothic art. Brom came across as a quiet and thoughtful person who didn't have much to say that wasn't shown in his art. I wish at the time that I met him I'd known how alike our thoughts might be! I also ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-fantasy
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!
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
Re-read December 2018

I was really enjoying this book, then closer the end I got to a part (I didn't remember a THING from reading it 3 years ago!) that had me going "Seriously past me? WTF were you on? What were you thinking? Saying this is a favorite awesome book and 5 stars?!" Then the very ending happened, and i'm like "Oh...I see" and past me is now doing a jig and saying "hahahaha I told you I told you!" but as silly as that sounds, that is obviously a good thing. Lesson learned: Trust past
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
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 :(
Cameron Chaney
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy, horror
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 26, 2016 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
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Marianna Neal
As a fan of fantasy horror, there are things about this book I absolutely loved. First of all, the whole Krampus vs. Santa thing is an idea I could get behind. Second, the Norse mythology "flavor" was awesome, and there were parts of this novel that even gave me some strong American Gods vibes. Third, I found the character of Krampus to be an interesting one. Also, the horror elements were done really well. But guys, I HATED the human characters! They were annoying me, all of them, even the ones ...more
Athena Shardbearer

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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
4.0 Stars
More 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.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
it's a wonderful belsnickel!

Brom has crafted a pretty slick storytelling technique. he grabs lore, myth, dark fantasy and horror elements mixing them in a plot pot adding dashes of humour and warmth.

the result is a very imaginative tale where good and evil face off to show maybe good and evil are not absolutes. a Christmas story well worth reading.
Stefan Yates
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Quentin Wallace
Dec 07, 2015 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
Wart Hill
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Michelle Morrell
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
“Your dreams are your spirit, your soul and without them your are dead. You must guard your dreams always. Always. Lest someone steal them away from you. I know what it is to have your dreams stolen. I know what it is to be dead. Guard your dreams. Always guard your dreams.” 31 likes
“Back, devil! Return thee to Hell!"

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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