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Bad Santas: Disquieting Winter Folk Tales for Grown-Ups [Kindle Edition]

Paul Hawkins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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A gleefully dark and well-researched exploration of the history and customs of European Yuletide folklore. How did St Nicholas save children from cannibalism? Who were the Yule Lads and why would they steal your sausages? Why was the Alpine Father Christmas accompanied by a demonic figure called the Krampus who bundled children into sacks and dragged them off to Hell? And why do Spanish nativity scenes often feature a defecating peasant?
Over the course of the 20th Century, a universal image developed around the world of Santa Claus as a kindly Christmas visitor but, prior to that, each country, town and community would have Christmas visitors of their own - sometimes human, sometimes animal, sometimes something else entirely - with their own curious set of mythology and customs. The Finns were visited by a pagan goat named Joulupukki that was said to eat anyone who misbehaved. In Iceland, it was said that any child who did not receive an item of new clothing for Christmas would be caught and consumed by the monstrous Christmas Cat!
Bad Santas celebrates some of the most imaginative, terrifying and outright curious Christmas figures from across Europe - looking closely at its legacy of disquieting fairy stories. With beautiful black and white line drawings in each chapter, this unusual, entertaining and gleefully dark exploration of seasonal folklore will make an ideal Christmas gift and the perfect book for reading around the fireside.


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About the Author

Paul Hawkins is a lecturer in English and a musician. His band Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences have recorded sessions for BBC Radio 1 and played events at Tate Britain and London's South Bank Centre, as well as the Latitude Festival.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1233 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471129861
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DR47LPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sod the sleighbells, buy this book! 8 Nov. 2013
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A classic in the making here. I now own three copies of this book and it may not end there. I intend to make this the de facto christmas gift for all friends and family for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book 25 Nov. 2013
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This book is so unique Each chapter so entertaining.
Easy to read and you wont put it down.
We need more from this author..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Santas 28 April 2014
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Brilliant book. I wish I'd had it when my kids were young. it might have saved a fortune on Christmas presents. ...Santa with a 'hitman!' Now there's a thought
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Book 24 Oct. 2013
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As soon as I got this book delivered I read it from cover to cover, and when I opened it afterwards it proved to be a very enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book! 30 Jan. 2014
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This is an absolute must have. Wonderfully written and so intriguing. Much more than just a stocking filler. I love it!
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