The Yule Lord

Book - 2012
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"Terrific. A wild ride....I loved it. It hooked me and I couldn't put it down."

--Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

"Brom is that rare breed: a person who is skilled in more than one area of artistic expression. Here's hoping that he will continue to share his dark and often beautiful dreams with us for many years to come." Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon

Acclaimed author and artist Brom raised eyebrows and pulse rates with The Child Thief, his grim, brilliantly audacious, gorgeously illustrated reimagining of the Peter Pan legend. So what does this innovative fantasist do for an encore? He tinkers darkly with the beloved mythology of Santa Claus. Set in Appalachia, Krampus the Yule Lord is a twisted fairytale about a failed West Virginia songwriter who gets ensnared on Christmas Eve in an eternal war between a not-so-saintly Saint Nick and his dark enemy Krampus, aka Black Peter, an ancient trickster demon. Krampus the Yule Lord is Gregory Maguire (Wicked) meets Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) in the realm of Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, as Clive Barker (Mr. B. Gone) works his dark sorcery from the shadows. Once again featuring Brom's chillingly beautiful artwork throughout, Krampus the Yule Lord is a feast of wonder straight from the kitchen of Sweeney Todd.

Publisher: New York : Harper Voyager, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062095657
Characteristics: 357 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Jan 28, 2017

I so loved this book. I am not normally a big gore person but this book offered so much more. I ended up loving Krampus and hatting Santa. Brom had me wraped up in the characters from beginning to end. I hope he writes another book about Krampus some how.

Apr 29, 2016

I was browsing the SCI shelf at my local library, and caught the title, KRAMPUS in a stylized font. I plucked the book out, and promptly fell in love with Brom's painting on the cover. I must say that the story inside is just as impressive as the art on the cover. A great tale of Christmas and a fascinating take on Krampus. I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.

Mar 22, 2016

Interesting take on yuletide. I thought the plot was a little predictable but the illustrations were amazing!

Jan 17, 2016

Fun fantasy. I liked the Krampus character and he was given a good solid backstory. The illustrations were awesome.

Jan 07, 2015

Loved this book. A great modern fairy tail of sorts, for adults tho :-) the author really gets u thinking about the ways we celebrate and why. Its got love, action, humour, heartbreak and well formed cast of charecters. Highly recommend for holiday reading!

Dec 18, 2014

This was terrific! Best book to combat all the hype and "Seasonal" music this time of year. Santa isn't quite a Hallmark card figure, and Krampus- well, I think we should consider celebrating Yuletide. Even if only to avoid being beaten with switches... I'm going to set out my shoes now, with candy in them.

Dec 15, 2013

Excellent Christmas story for adults! Not so much for children because of the blood, guts, and gore. Sometimes the language is a bit graphic for children. I love the new visual conception of Santa and who can not respect Krampus!

Apr 10, 2013

This is a heck of a read! Great fun and interesting premise. Does have a lot of blood and gore as a very buff Santa and the Lord of Yule fight for power to rule the darkest night of the year! NOT for young children to hear!

Feb 04, 2013

brom is the absolute best at making the other side known and his work should never be missed. his work is wicked and so is his art.multi talented and on the top of my top ten original and playfull.fable avec horror.

mrmervis Dec 29, 2012

A very fun and quick read that adds a unique perspective to the traditional holiday story.

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