A perfect read for dark December nights! A new book that explores the roots of the Germanic folkloric figure, the Krampus, detailing its dark and fascinating origins to its eventual popularity in America and most recently, Hollywood. In its exploration of the darker figures of Christmas, we not only meet the Krampus but a slew of creatures that haunt pagan folklore at Yule time. A very accessible read with full color pictures throughout and a book not to be missed if you’re a fan of the dark and the strange— From Kelly
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.