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A Krampus Carol: Gothic Blue Book VI

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A collection of short horror stories and poems resurrect the spirit of the Gothic Blue Book. Gothic Blue Books were short Gothic fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century.

Burial Day Books presents its sixth Gothic Blue Book, A Krampus Carol. A Krampus Carol is a celebration of folklore and myth around Christmas, Yule, the cold winter months and Santa Claus’ opposite, K
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published October 31st 2020 by Burial Day Books
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Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
4 1/2 stars but I'm going to do something I rarely do and bump it up because this book was such a joy to read.

This is a beautifully curated collection of winter horrors. It’s called A Krampus Carol but only a few of the stories featured that gorgeous horned beast, and that worked for me because I fear a collection consisting solely of Krampus tales might’ve been a wee bit too much Krampus - even for me! Instead, we get a nice mix of gorgeous dark poetry, folklorish creatures, and tales that shou
"A collection of short horror stories and poems resurrect the spirit of the Gothic Blue Book. Gothic Blue Books were short Gothic fictions popular in the 18th and 19th century."

That's a description that really caught my eye, so when I was offered an ARC, I jumped on the chance and here we are. This anthology has something for everyone, but the connecting thread is Krampus. Who knew these authors could come up with such a variety of stories around this theme? Following are just a few that stood
Well Read Beard
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is a Christmas horror anthology. It is curated by Cina and Gerardo Pelayo. It has stories by Laurel Hightower and Hailey Piper, and a poem by Sara Tantlinger. There you go, that's all you need to know. Well, it's all I needed to know. Those writers along with Cina are personal favorites and I was stoked to read fresh pieces by them.

But seriously, do you like Christmas horror? If so, you should love it. Hate Christmas themed horror? you probably won't dig it. I am somewhere in the m
Kim Napolitano
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Something for everyone on this amazing collection of stories by some of the most popular authors in horror today! Not every story has Krampus or even take place on Christmas so don’t let the tile of the book mislead you. Monsters, supernatural and demons afoot every story or poem is a new adventure. Some dark, some funny (well humor, as horror stories go) some will bring you to tears. Highly recommended! Make this book your holiday vacation read and enjoy some of the best stories you’ll find all ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A mix of truly excellent stories and poems. I do have a soft spot for poetry and those chosen really helped break up the book. I loved the stark rawness of Shane Douglas Keene's 'I am a Fortress', the prose poetry of Cindy O'Quinn's vengeful tale of 'When She Visits' and the heartbreak of 'All Through the House' by Amanda Cecilia Lang.
Favourite stories include 'Sugarplum' by Kevin M. Folliard, 'Black Lace Binding' by Laurel Hightower, 'When the Leaves Go' by Die Booth and 'The Last Noel' by Hail
Weevil Dead
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received A Krampus Carol: Gothic Blue Book VI in exchange for a fair review.
I was so excited to read this collection, as the winter season often comes with its own lore and traditions. Many of the tales in this work surround the figure of Krampus, while others pull on the emotions of the Christmas season, as well as pagan rituals surrounding Yule. There are 31 stories, one for every day of December. This is a collection that is best read at night, by your tree or a fire, with some hot cocoa.
Erin Talamantes
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*This book was kindly sent to me in exchange for an honest review*

This collections of stories are inspired by the stories that were often seen in the 18th and 19th centuries.
You can definitely tell that the gothic genre is very prevalent throughout. I mean its even in the name of the book, so expect to feel that gothic horror vibe.
There are 31 stories and poems inside this collection, all dealing with Christmas and the winter months as a whole. Some involve witches, vampires, otherworldly bein
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Krampus Carol is the 6th book in the Gothic Blue Book collection and is made up of various stories by various authors. I first picked this up because when I put out a call for Christmas Books of all genres, CL Raven mentioned that they were in this book.

The book contains 31 stories, and a section about each author at the end of the book. Now, usually when I read a collection, there will be stories that just don’t hit me right and stories that aren’t to my taste, so it’s easy enough to weedle t
Sam (The Literary Hooker)
**Review originally posted HERE on Sci-Fi & Scary.**

3.5 stars rounded up.

Around Christmastime, I turn into the sappiest of saps. I love the cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, the old-timey carols, and the fluffy holiday romcom books. But…I’m still me, and I still love my horror, so I needed to find a nice balance between the spooky and the cheesy. Enter: A Krampus Carol.

A Krampus Carol is an anthology featuring lots of deliciously dark holiday themed horror. Of course, many of the stories featur
Margaret Adelle
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've never reviewed an anthology collection before, so when Burial Day Books reached out for a review, I was happy to accept!

This is definitely an anthology for those who are already semi-versed in some of the darker folk tales surrounding Christmas. Obviously the themes of Krampus snatching children will be easy to pick up, but there are also other yuletide goblins that the casual reader may not be aware of. I felt the confusion most keenly reading the poems about the different creatures. But
Stormcrow Hayes
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I have a story in this anthology, but since my story is only one of 31 stories and poems, I feel I can fairly rate the rest of it.

Overall, I thought this was a great collection of stories (I wasn't as into the few poems that appear). Having just finished "The Twelve Frights of Christmas" which isn't a very good holiday anthology at all, this was an absolute delight. The stories are on point and even those that aren't about Christmas have a solid feel of winter, the solstice, th
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

A creepy, dark collection of the horror side of the holidays. Very pleased my short story 'All Quiet on the Northern Front' got to be included!
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely wonderful collection!
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Disclaimer – I received free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Capturing the atmosphere and the traditional feeling of the story of Krampus, a northern European myth and legend, is no easy feat and yet A Krampus Carol manages it time and time again. With over thirty dark tales of yuletide horror, many featuring the horned demon directly, and a contributors list of many diverse and accomplished authors, this is one collection that will become a staple of my end of year readings.
Cindy O’Quinn
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have a prose poem in this anthology, but I’ll set it aside for the review.

A Krampus Carol includes much more than stories & poems about Krampus. There’s The Gothic Blue Book tradition of folklore, cemeteries, and the addition of castles, nuns, winter, and the solstice. This book covers all of those bases, and does a great job! Highly recommend! Happy reading!
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Fun tales of winter and monsters and darkness. Oh my! Each story and poem is different, bringing a new atmosphere and unique take on the theme.
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Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is the author of LOTERIA, SANTA MUERTE, THE MISSING, and POEMS OF MY NIGHT, all of which have been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. POEMS OF MY NIGHT was also nominated for an Elgin Award. Her recent collection of poetry, INTO THE FOREST AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH explores true crime, that of the epidemic of missing and murdered women in the United States. Her mod ...more

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