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Earlier this month World Weaver Press proudly announced the release of their latest anthology, Krampusnacht, edited by Kate Wolford.  Named after Santa’s grizzly counterpart, who is celebrated in Germany as the one who brings not presents, but punishment to naughty children, this anthology is a wonderful collection of coal-smudged Christmases.  Packaged in an exquisitely designed cover, Krampusnacht is a refreshing new read just in time for the holidays.  I was thrilled to be given the chance to read an advanced review copy (ARC) and flew through these tales of well meted punishment and surprising retribution.  Here’s my review:

“Twelve enthralling tales that turn the lights out on Christmas, and dance with folklore in the dark.”
— Kristina Wojtaszek, author of Opal


Following is an interview from one of my favorite World Weaver Press authors, who also wrote The Devil in Midwinter, released in April this year.  An obvious master of twining the lives of characters around the roots of ancient folklore, Elise Forier Edie delivered beautifully in her Krampusnacht tale, The Wicked Child.

The Wicked Child by Elise Forier Edie

1) What about the Krampus myth inspired you?

Krampus himself inspired me.  I know he is supposed to be the “Christmas Devil” but I have to believe that anyone who helps Santa Claus would be a nice guy.  So I started wondering how Santa and Krampus collaborated, what sorts of projects they would work on together, what sorts of children Krampus would focus on.  I just sort of went from there.

2) Why do you think Krampus is of increasing interest outside of Germany nowadays?

The huge commercial enterprise that is Christmas in America these days is tiresome and empty.  Decorations go up for sale in the stores before Halloween and the beleaguered populace is pestered to BUY! for months.  I think the raw Christmas devil is a welcome relief from all the glittery crap that is today’s Christmas “celebration.”  He’s raw.  He’s cruel.  He brings consequences to thoughtless and evil acts.  He’s much, much cooler than today’s Santa.

3) What was the most challenging aspect of writing your story?

I struggled with this story for a long time.  In the original version, I focused only on Tuva, her grandparents, Peter and the Bishop, and the story felt very predictable and bland.  But when I started writing about the town and how Tuva affected the animals and people in it, the story began to take on life and shape.

Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus
Anthology Edited by Kate Wolford

The joy and terror of the season. For bad children, a lump of coal from Santa is positively light punishment when Krampus is ready and waiting to beat them with a stick, wrap them in chains, and drag them down to hell–all with St. Nick’s encouragement and approval. Krampusnacht holds within its pages twelve tales of Krampus triumphant, usurped, befriended, and much more. From evil children (and adults) who get their due, to those who pull one over on the ancient “Christmas Devil.” From historic Europe, to the North Pole, to present day American suburbia, these all new stories embark on a revitalization of the Krampus tradition. Whether you choose to read Krampusnacht over twelve dark and scary nights or devour it in one nacht of joy and terror, these stories are sure to add chills and magic to any winter’s reading.

Available directly through World Weaver Press (just click the cover below) as well as through:
Amazon Barnes and Noble Books-a-Million Kobo and Omnilit as well as other online and independent booksellers.  Add it to your Goodreads shelf today!

Krampusnacht cover art