The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil
By Al Ridenour
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.
"Feral House has just published the definitive work on Krampus and assorted other dark pagan Yuletide terrors.... I really can't recommend this highly enough. If you have any interest in the subject, this book is simply a must-have." - Dangerous Minds
"Ridenour (Offbeat Food) serves up an immensely accessible, well-researched history mixed in with his own personal journey..." - Publishers Weekly
"Gleefully erudite...." "Well-researched and sumptuously illustrated... Ridenour's book deserves to become a classic in its own right." -- LA Times
"A wonderful book documenting the larger world of the Krampus, the tradition's historical development, and its religious and folkloric roots." -- Reading Religion, A Publication of the American Academy of Religion
Al Ridenour is the author of the only English-language book on Krampus history and folklore, “The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas.” He has lectured on this (and related) topics at the international Goethe-Institut, The San Diego Art Institute, New Americans Museum, Tucson Museum of Modern Art, The Bowers Museum, and in the UK at London's Last Tuesday Society and Whitby's Winter Ghosts conference. He discusses dark folklore topics similar to the Krampus in his bi-monthly podcast Bone and Sickle.