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Krampus! [Hardcover]

Monte Beauchamp

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25 Nov 2010
With an additional 32 pages, superior printing and a secure hardcover binding, Krampus! picks up where the paperback edition of The Devil in Design (Fantagraphics, 2003) left off. In the early Christmas traditions of Western Europe, the Krampus was St. Nicholas' dark servant - a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue gave misbehaving children the creeps! Whereas St. Nick would reward children who had been good all year, those that had behaved badly were visited by the Krampus.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING COLLECTION ILLUSTRATING THE "DARK" SIDE OF CHRISTMAS 6 May 2011
By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Monte Beauchamp is the author of numerous other "eye-opening" publications. In this 2010 book, he gives a very brief history as an introduction to nearly 200 reproductions of posters, drawings, post cards, etc., illustrating the story of "Krampus."

He writes, "In nineteenth century Germany... children of goodwill sprang from their beds and rushed to the empty shoe they'd placed outside the night before... Disobedient children, however, awoke to the shakes and the shivers. In their shoes awaited switches, with which their parents would spank them. Or worse yet, they'd be paid a visit by the Krampus. In European folklore, the Krampus is (St.) Nikolaus's dark servant---a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long, slithering tongue gave misbehavers the creeps! The Krampus terrorized the bad until they promised to be good." He adds, "Such scenarios were delineated by skilled and imaginative Old World craftsmen, printed on penny postcards and disseminated throughout Europe. The rare examples that follow are, perhaps, the best history has left to offer." (Pg. 7)

He notes, "Dating as far back as the mid-seventeenth century, European history reveals that St. Nikolaus has traveled with an array of unsavory servants. The Dutch speak of Zwarte Piet, a black-faced menace in medieval dress who crams misbehavers into his Christmas bag and then spirits them off to Spain. In Czechosolovakia, children unable to recite their prayers ... are beaten by an evil spirit called Cerr. In northern Germany, Nikolaus is served by Knecht Ruprect, a disheveled, devilish-looking lout who crams boisterous brats into his hefty cloth sack and totes them around town on his shoulder!" (Pg. 9-10)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Krampusfest for a new age 9 Jun 2011
By John M. Lafleur - Published on Amazon.com
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Very cool book featuring vintage art - Salem, MA will be featuring a Krampusfest starting in December so we picked this book up for reference - excited to reference some of this vintage art.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun picture book 24 Dec 2012
By Remington Kotter - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know how, but I had never heard of the Krampus until this year! As a fan of the supernatural and all things spooky, this was an amazing find. This is a fun collection of Krampus drawings over the years that is great as a coffee table book, or (if you're like me) to bust out during Christmas dinner and pass around for everyone else to witness the holiday demon we never knew about.
Lots of laughs for those of us with a twisted sense of humor. My favorite picture is the one where Krampus is lifting a screaming child by his ears. 'Tis the season to be jolly!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Krampus wonderful scary Christmas concept 30 Dec 2011
By jerry a. - Published on Amazon.com
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Krampus is a wonderful concept that has its origins in early Christmas.
The story was to try to keep children to be good during the holiday season or
there would be terrible consequences. The book has many images of the Krampus and
is a wonderful collection of early postcards. Anyone interested in antique Christmas would like this book. It shows the other side of the holiday and is
beautifully shown in the book. We highly recommend it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars KRAMPUS THE DEVIL OF CHRISTMAS 19 April 2011
By TERRY K. AKIN - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is beautifully hardbound and alot more sturdy than his first book which was a paperback. The illustrations are done beautifully only trouble it left me wanting more. How about a third book?
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