On this special holiday episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted with co-hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen, we talk Krampus with famed novelist Richard Kadrey, an aficionado of dark Christmas traditions of every stripe! Kadrey, who lives in San Francisco, is the author of dozens of stories, plus ten novels, including the Sandman Slim series (Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty), Metrophage, Dead Set, and Butcher Bird. He has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW and Wired For Sex on the G4 cable network.kadrey

After Hours AM America's Most Haunted radioIt seems you can’t swing a dead cat these days without smacking into Krampus, the dark shadow to the bright light of St. Nicholas at Christmastide. The ancient Alpine demon-thing comes equipped with horns, fangs, claws, unruly fur, hooves, long creepy tongue; and wields chains, whips, switches, and bells. And while the punisher of naughty kids has been terrorizing Germanic Europe for centuries, even millennia, he is now suddenly running rampant across the US in a brand new feature film, on TV (Grimm, Supernatural, Colbert Report, American Dad), in comics and novels, and at various gatherings, balls, and runs.

 

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The zeitgeist senses that something is missing, that Christmas is out of balance, that actions no longer have consequences. Hence the resurgence of Krampus in his ancestral territory of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, but also in the US. And when Americans grab onto a trend, it knows it has been grabbed.

 

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The Yule Log
The Macabre Adventures of St. Nicholas
Santa Claus and the Magic Mushroom
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Killing Pretty: A Sandman Slim Novel

by Richard Kadrey [Harper Voyager]
Rank/Rating: 972701/-
Price: $7.22

Devil in Design: Krampus

by Monte Beauchamp [Fantagraphics Books]
Rank/Rating: 2233913/-
Price: $70.00

Krampus: The Yule Lord

by Brom [Harper Voyager]
Rank/Rating: 41768/-
Price: $19.09

The Art of Krampus

by Michael Mallory [Insight Editions]
Rank/Rating: 63476/-
Price: $21.19

Creepy Krampus Sticker Book No.1: 72 Reusable Stickers for Naughty Girls & Boys of All Ages

by Monte Beauchamp [Last Gasp]
Rank/Rating: 753280/-
Price: $49.99

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