My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“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 and changes the holiday. Well, someone is not very happy about THAT.
Meet Krampus. Our villain, I mean hero, or is it anti-hero? Who knows, who cares. He’s awesome.
Krampus has been imprisoned by Santa/Baldr for 500 years and has just gotten his freedom back, only to discover no one celebrates Yule anymore. No candy in shoes? No tributes? And where’s his bag? Oh yeah, SANTA STOLE IT! The battle to bring back Yule is on. You’re toast, Santa!
Here’s Isabel and Jesse.
They are part of Krampus’s Belsnickels. If Krampus bites you, you become a little bit demon. Your skin gets black spots and you grow claws, have heightened senses, live a really long time, the cold doesn’t bother you, you don’t need to eat as much, etc. But you have to obey his commands. So you’re basically a slave, but hey, things could always be worse!
When we meet Jesse, he has lost his wife and daughter and is pretty much a loser. He can’t keep a job, his truck barely works, and everyone hates him. He gets stuck doing jobs for The General, who runs the meth in town. And the police chief named Dillard wants him dead (and is sleeping with his estranged wife). He meets Krampus and ends up turning his life around. This is even a tale about FRIENDSHIP, people!
It’s got a little bit of everything – horror and gore, comedy, mythology, fantasy… I love how the author wove ancient myths and paganism into the story. Flying yule goats instead of flying reindeer…Krampus is Loki’s grandson…Yule was celebrated before Christmas existed and was about celebrating the winter solstice and the rebirth of the sun and was also connected to Odin and The Wild Hunt. It was about drinking, dancing, sex and partying!
It’s really fascinating. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because there was a little bit of issues with pacing at times. But overall, this was loads of fun and a perfect (for me) Christmas story.
The author, Brom, drew the pictures I posted above. He is amazing!!! So talented.
Loved it! What a great Christmas, er, I mean, Yuletide book! I’ll post a review tomorrow, but I think I have found a new favorite author and I LOVED how he worked in ancient paganism and Viking/Norse gods and myths. It’s got crazy hill-billy meth gangs, a Santa who looks like Odin, and Loki’s grandson who looks like a demon with horns. Fun fun fun. Good for both horror and fantasy fans. Highly recommended!
Still $1.99 on Amazon Kindle: 17 DEC 2015.