Read Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus by Kate Wolford Cheresse Burke Guy Burtenshaw Jill Corddry Elise Forier Edie Patrick Evans Scott Farrell Caren Gussoff Online


For bad children, a lump of coal from Santa is positively light punishment when Krampus is ready and waiting to beat them with a stick, wrap them in chains, and drag them down to hell--all with St. Nick's encouragement and approval.Krampusnacht holds within its pages twelve tales of Krampus triumphant, usurped, befriended, and much more. From evil children (and adults) whoFor bad children, a lump of coal from Santa is positively light punishment when Krampus is ready and waiting to beat them with a stick, wrap them in chains, and drag them down to hell--all with St. Nick's encouragement and approval.Krampusnacht holds within its pages twelve tales of Krampus triumphant, usurped, befriended, and much more. From evil children (and adults) who get their due, to those who pull one over on the ancient "Christmas Devil." From historic Europe, to the North Pole, to present day American suburbia, these all new stories embark on a revitalization of the Krampus tradition. Whether you choose to read Krampusnacht over twelve dark and scary nights or devour it in one nacht of joy and terror, these stories are sure to add chills and magic to any winter's reading....

Title : Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus
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ISBN : 9780692314746
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Number of Pages : 205 Pages
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Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus Reviews

  • Melki
    2018-11-03 03:44

    soundtrack - Krampusnacht by Unto Ashes - is a hit or miss collection of stories celebrating everyone's favorite Yuletide demon.NO! Not him. This guy -Krampus, the hoofed, horned creature that comes at Christmas to punish the bad kiddies with switches, sometimes even hauling them away in his sack to be burned or eaten later when he runs out of fruit-flavored cereal .Most of the writers here have stuck with the legend, having Krampus threaten the wicked - children AND adults. He is frequently portrayed as an avenging angel, almost a savior in one case. In Guy Burtenshaw's Between the Eyes, Krampus is an evil trickster, toying with, and preying on the undeserving. He is outwitted by a naughty child in Jeff Provine's Nothing to Dread, and serves as a fearsome lover to an adult woman in Caren Gussoff's Ring, Little Bell, Ring. The best of the tales managed to conjure some lovely fairy tale magic; the worst were simply forgettable. And to all a good night!

  • Meghan
    2018-11-17 06:25

    A couple of years ago, shortly before my nieces' 5th Christmas, the Houston Chronicle posted an article about the way other countries celebrate Christmas, the way they see Santa Claus, and other ... creatures ... that come around during the winter time. We shared this article with the and they were intrigued, wanting to know more about the people we were reading about, asking us to help them look up pictures on the computer so they could see what they looked like. One of them was Krampus. Ever since then, I have been obsessed. There is just SOMETHING about this guy that has me enthralled. He's intriguing and scary. (And, I must add, my nieces, who had been acting up, like all young ones do, were REALLY good after finding out more about him. Well, him and the mother that sends her three sons out on Christmas Eve to pick up the really bad kids so she could eat them for dinner.)When I received an email from the publishing company telling me about their latest releases - and saw THIS - I did something I never do. I contacted them, asking if I could spotlight this book on my blog. Elizabeth Wagner, the publicity manager at World Weaver Press, emailed me back saying that she would love for me to do this and sent me all kinds of information to use. She also offered me a copy of this book. I am SO glad that I contacted this publisher - and that I accepted their offer of an r2r. I LOVED this book. It starts out with a really great Introduction that offered some history on Krampus, with some snark and sarcasm mixed in. Each story was different and well written. I loved reading the way each author depicted him, some as you would expect and some not. Not only did I really enjoy the stories in this book, but I plan on reading more from each author. This is definitely a book I recommend, especially to people who are as interested in Krampus as I am.Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  • Beth
    2018-11-10 11:41

    An delightfully weird grouping of tales for the holiday season. Some were hit, some miss; but overall I enjoyed this anthology. All the tales were new tellings of a very old European myth - you better be good, or Krampus comes visiting! Gruss vom Krampus! And Happy Reading! :D

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-16 05:25

    As typical with anthologies, some hits, some misses. 1st night of Krampus "Prodigious" - 5 stars2nd night of Krampus "The Wicked Child" - 5 stars (Favorite!)3rd night of Krampus "Marching Krampus" - 3.25 stars4th night of Krampus "Peppermint Sticks" - 1 star, didn't get it5th night of Krampus "Ring, Little Bell, Ring" - 1.5 stars, also didn't get it but was kinda catchy6th night of Krampus "A Visit" - 4 stars7th night of Krampus "Santa Claus and the little girl who loved to sing and dance" - 1 star, made me so angry i'd seriously consider giving the 4th and 5th one higher ratings just because I just didn't get them but this one actually made me angry! Ableism, Fat-phobia, TW: Eating Disorders (and no respect), R-Word, the little girl making me think of a female Dudley, but worse and going so far as to threaten Santa and say he r*ped her when he never touched her or anything just because he wouldn't break another girls ankles (she wanted a part in some commercial or something) and I seriously don't think that is something this world needs right now with the way r*pe culture is. 8th night of Krampus "Between the eyes" - 3.5 stars9th night of Krampus "Nothing to Dread" - 1 star, I originally rated this 3.75 as it gave me some food for thought and taught me some things I didn't know because I don't know my history very well because the American school system sucks. However upon looking at other reviews the fact that one of the kids name is Jakob makes it incredibly racist against Jewish people. I had no idea it was a Jewish name. It's *possible* the name was an accident but given it's so clearly about the holocaust, if it wasn't on purpose than it was at least careless as care should have been taken to not give that kid, that ended up ruining the future (now past), a Jewish name. My average rating below has been changed though it still ends up being a 3 over-all.10th night of Krampus "Raw Recruits" - 4 stars11th night of Krampus "The God Killer" - 4.25 stars12th night of Krampus "A Krampus Carol" - 5 stars (A close second favorite!)Averaging out to 3.20 stars, so a 3. I enjoyed most of the stories and loved a few of them! I am glad to have read some of them and wish I could wash my brain of a couple of them. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram

  • Jen Lamoureux
    2018-10-22 08:27

    Did the editors actually bother to read this when they were compiling it?I read the first story and cringed a couple of times at E.L. James-esque metaphors. But I decided having a little literary kitsch in my life wasn't a wholly terrible thing. I kept going.I read through more stories. Some were hit or miss. Most fall victim to the problem common to short stories--no clear resolution. That's just part of the genre, and some were worse than others about it. Short stories are generally designed to leave the reader thinking about the story, and that's certainly an effective way of accomplishing that. Some were better than others. I particularly enjoyed the Twelfth Night, "A Krampus Carol" by Scott Farrell.But it was the Ninth Night of Krampus: "Nothing to Dread" by Jeff Provine that really caught my attention. I was left wondering at the end whether the people compiling this book had bothered to read the selections. What we have here is basically a morality tale insinuating that a little boy with a VERY traditionally Jewish name is to blame for the Holocaust.**Spoilers follow**The tale is set in Leonding, Austria. You know, the childhood home of a young boy named Adolf Hitler. But it's *also* the childhood home of a little boy named Jakob. Let's just take a moment to recognize that out of the litany of names the author could have chosen, he has gone with Jakob, a name belonging to a prominent patriarch of Jewish tradition. Clever, wicked little Jakob has planned ahead for his visit from Krampus this year. He manages to subdue Krampus and extract a deal from him never to come to his town again. And of course, without Krampus to punish the wicked children in Leonding, we all know what "Adolf who refused to study" grew up to be, don't we? Now, I can grant that the remainder of the description about the boy seems designed to paint him as a little Christian boy. I'm willing to accept that perhaps the choice of name was accidental.However, I also believe that this author, considering the insinuation of his story, had a duty to write it very carefully. Writing morality fiction about the Holocaust is just generally not a good idea. Taking a tragedy ending with millions of lives lost and turning it into "if only this fictional arbiter of good and evil had been free to do his job, it might not have happened" is callous and irresponsible. Then failing to at least *avoid* also selecting a name belonging to one of the groups most targeted by said genocide and atrocity is just too much. Provine, as a college professor, should know better than to so carelessly reference historical atrocity.

  • Rhonda
    2018-10-23 03:48

    Krampusnacht cuts through the cloying sweetness of typical Christmas stories to reveal their dark chewy centre. Twelve stories with twelve takes on Santa's less savoury companion, this collection is sure to become a new holiday tradition.

  • La La
    2018-11-15 09:43

    As with most anthologies there was the good, the bad, and the ugly; but the mix came out to a nice solid three stars. Krampus can be a throughly misunderstood guy. One of the negatives is the ebook price. $2.99 would be a fairer amount. I am happy I found it on sale for $1.99.

  • Kristina Wojtaszek
    2018-10-17 06:23

    Twelve enthralling tales that turn the lights out on Christmas, and dance with folklore in the dark.

  • Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
    2018-11-16 05:22

    Awesome collection of short stories.

  • Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
    2018-11-15 04:44

    On the whole, this was only an okay read. Some of the stories were terrible, and some were just okay. Alas.

  • Heather
    2018-11-14 08:35

    Not all stories were created equal but I enjoyed enough of them that a few stand out. My favorite was the story of Krampus going to local pubs on Christmas Eve and finding the most down-on-their-luck souls he could find and giving them the choice to either die tonight by a bullet or to have one year and die by fire. What does one do when given only a year to live? It was a great horror short story. Loved it.Another great one was where a human who can see all the demons demi-gods unleashes her vengeance on Krampus after she catches him stealing children. The gods hold a trial and she defends herself. It's just awesome.There's a second book. I'll probably pick it up next Christmas.

  • Rosemarie Short
    2018-10-21 10:34

    This is the sixth in my #12daysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost!After reading countless holiday romances, I was definitely in the mood for something…different. So I delved into the world of Christmas horror. As it turns out, a lot of Christmas horror is erotica – who knew?! But hidden amongst it all was this – twelve short stories about Krampus, Santa’s devilish counterpart.I honestly hadn’t heard of Krampus until the 2015 Universal Pictures movie came out. But after watching it I have to admit I was interested in the lore. Krampusnacht was a good read because of its variety – stories of varying length set in a multitude of time periods and lots of different takes on the beast of lore.There are some really great little tales in here – and some not so great. I think for me Ring Little Bell Ring was a story I wish had been longer, it was such an engaging idea, and Santa Claus and the Little Girl who Loved to Sing and Dance was so outrageous it was brilliant. I was also particularly drawn to Raw Recruits – one of the darkest stories in the anthology and definitely my kind of Yuletide horror. However I felt the weaker stories were so weak as to pull down the whole anthology.If you’re a bit tired of the syrupy sweet, Cliff Richard themed Christmas cheer then Krampusnacht is certainly something you might want to indulge in. It’s a dark hot chocolate (with a healthy splash of something stronger!) kind of book – ideal for those dark (but not too dark!) winter nights!

  • Cecelia Myers
    2018-11-17 03:29

    I really liked this book! The twelve stories offer something in everything genre from folklore to funny to horror. It's a great read for any time of year, especially for those who are lukewarm on Santa. My personal favorite was The Girl Who Loved to Sing and Dance, which had a grown-up Roald Dahl feel.

  • Cadi Weaver
    2018-11-05 08:43

    Super fun! The 10th story by Mark Mills stuck out since it was especially dark and amusing.

  • Linda
    2018-11-13 05:52

    Some of these stories are a five. A couple only rate a three. Imaginative reimaginings of the Krampus and his role at Yule.

  • Kevin
    2018-10-25 10:32

    Some of these stories are really good and fit with the role of Krampus. Then a few are just sort of generic horror where the Krampus is a mindless beast.

  • Simon Roy Hughes
    2018-10-20 06:42

    Great short stories that bring to remembrance that Christmas is so much more than Santa Claus and gifts.

  • Kurt Douglass
    2018-10-28 07:26

    This might best be described as an anthology of Krampus fan fiction. The bulk of them are mediocre. The main problem is that Krampus isn’t scary. For a demon who kidnaps and tortures children, he is rather tame (sometimes even friendly) in these stories. I wonder if the writers were too reluctant to embrace the truly dark, wild nature of the Christmas Demon, or too preoccupied with reinventing him for the modern era. True, there are many sides to Krampus, but underlying all of them is a primal, brutal, and remorseless spirit of nature. Without this terrifying essence, he becomes a ridiculous or uninteresting character. Unfortunately, in most of these stories, that is exactly what he is.

  • Beth
    2018-11-15 11:29

    Fun anthology of KrampusI love short stories. Each one is a very different take on the idea of Krampus. If you like learning about the folklore of Krampus this is a good start.

  • Dee Arr
    2018-11-08 03:46

    Just when you thought getting a piece of coal was the worst that could happen...I had never heard of Krampus and was intrigued by a being who would have an interest in those children on Santa's "bad" list. For some reason, I thought I was purchasing a book of legends, old stories about a half-forgotten Christmas legend, dusted off and presented just in time for the holidays. What I received was reminiscent of Robert Lynn Asprin's "Thieves World," where authors would share their individual visions of a world and its characters.This is not a book of Christmas horrors; rather, I found it to be a lighthearted look at a character many of us did not know as children. If I had to rate the scariness, it is on par with Grimm's Fairy Tales. However, this is a book aimed not at children, but at adults who enjoy that feeling of Christmas and want to suspend their level of belief in supernatural characters, if only for a little while.Kate Wolford has assembled a cast of wonderful writers, and each has provided readers with their view of Krampus. From the rough beast who eats those who fail him to the tavern "bookie" who invites his victims to gamble to the best buddy of good old St. Nick, these separate portrayals are sure to make you smile...and maybe cast a wary eye over your shoulder. Fun read and a definite five stars.

  • Jesse
    2018-11-16 10:45

    This was fun. I've recently become obsessed with Krampus, and wanted to really delve into some history of the tradition this winter season. This wasn't really the book for that, as some of the authors say that they never had heard of Krampus, but just wrote a story after being given a description of the character. And in that light, it was fun to read several interpretations of what he could be like, everything from modern visits from Krampus to fairy tale-esque bed time stories. All of them were easy reads, and just like any collection of short stories, some are better than others.

  • Jessa Allen
    2018-11-06 11:33

    I haven't read many short stories, so this book was quite different than what I'm used to. It was difficult to start to get to know the characters of the stories, only to have it end on the very next page. Overall, it was an interesting read. Some of the stories were better than others, I would say I disliked more of them than I liked. Having heard of Krampus only a couple years ago, and finding interest in the subject, it was enjoyable to read the different thoughts and versions of him.

  • Symmonz
    2018-11-17 05:31

    Meh. Some of the stories were pretty entertaining, but most were only ok. Several of the stories just seemed to end abruptly with no warning or completion (like perhaps they weren't full stories?). A few were very obviously written by people with no prior knowledge of the subject. And at least one was just awful. However, this is worth the read if just for the few jems inside. They are all quick reads, and you could finish at least one story a night.

  • Melanie Clemmer
    2018-10-25 04:41

    More like three and a half stars. While Krampus was most likely part of a morality tale to keep children in line, I have to admit that the tales of greedy adults getting their just deserts were rather satisfying. Favorite story was "The Wicked Child" where Krampus actually protects an orphan from her abusive grandparents.

  • Kathi
    2018-11-10 07:52

    A nice alternative holiday read. A couple of the stories fell short but several were wickedly fun! I have recommended it to several friends and am looking forward to another anthology next Christmas!

  • Valerie
    2018-11-05 08:35

    As much as I enjoyed these stories, I was hoping that it would be pointed out in one of them that the fault of obnoxious and nasty kids usually is because the parents fail to actually parent. Hopefully, there will be a 2nd edition of these stories.

  • Angel
    2018-11-04 08:22

    I am not typically a fan of short story collections- there's always that one or two GREAT stories and the rest are kind of 'eh' or downright bad. This collection is no different. Although, I'll probably read it again next year because hey! It's Krampus!

  • Amy
    2018-10-26 10:36

    The first few stories weren't very well written, but the last ones were much better. The last few stories were also much darker than the first, and one even had a slight feeling of the Sandman books that I was reading a while back.

  • Syvannah Tewes
    2018-11-02 03:23

    gruss Von krampusI really enjoyed this short story collection. I may or may not be reading some of them to my children to remind them to behave next December.

  • Molly
    2018-10-24 04:32

    It was unfortunate that only about 4 of the 12 stories were well-written enough to be enjoyable.