Description With the appearance of the demonic Christmas character Krampus in contemporary Hollywood movies, television shows, advertisements, and greeting cards, medieval folklore has now been revisited in American culture. Krampus-related events and parades occur both in North America and Europe, and they are an ever-growing phenomenon. Though the Krampus figure has once again become iconic, not much can be found about its history and meaning, thus calling for a book like Al Ridenour's The Krampus: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil. With Krampus's wild, graphic history, Feral House has hired the awarded designer Sean Tejaratchi to take on Ridenour's book about this ever-so-curious figure. Al Ridenour has lectured on Krampus at the Goethe Institutes in Los Angeles. He became somewhat of an internet phenomenon himself due to the hilarious hijinks he coordinated with the controversial Cacophony Societies.
The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas - Staff Choice by Jitse The Krampus is a horned monster that comes out of the mountains to Austrian villages in early December, and together with Saint Nicolas he visits the homes and admonishes children. Those that have been naughty get beaten with his switch or, worse, get taken in a basket back to his cave in the mountains where they wil be eaten. This book is one of the best to come out on the subject of the old Austrian tradition of the Krampus. After a lot of pop culture referencing it is time to set the record straight. Al Ridenour does this with historical insight and in-depth research. He also talks about the accompanying traditions in the mountains of Central Europe and the new revival in the West, where previously the Krampus did not appear as a tradition.