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)