Fans of author and artist Brom, whose works include The Child Thief, a
gritty, nightmarish retelling of the Peter Pan myth, are invited to
join the author in celebrating Krampus Night a bit early at MGRB.
Krampus, The Yule Lord, is a tale of revenge between Krampus (the
Germanic alpine trickster demon who punishes the wicked) and Santa
Claus, set in rural West Virginia, one of Brom’s many homes.
At first glance, this novel's premise is a bit of a stretch. Krampus, child of Loki and spirit of Yule, is imprisoned by Santa Claus. There's no love lost between the two. Krampus hates Santa for the betrayal that led to his imprisonment, while Santa Claus believes that Krampus is a relic, far past his time. Enter the hapless Jesse, who witnesses a fight between Krampus' followers (the belsnickels) and Santa as he's cursing himself for failing to get his daughter what she wanted for Christmas. His wife has already left him, and he's sinking into despair. Then he finds Santa's sack in his bedroom, where it fell through the roof of his trailer. Yes, he gets his daughter what she wanted. Then his wife accuses him of stealing it, the belsnickels track him down, and we get to the meat of the plot: Krampus' revenge on Santa, which will reveal Santa's true history and maybe give Jesse hope. This is a surprisingly good story, told with entertaining style and some unexpectedly sympathetic characters, and the illustrations are a treat.
About the Author
Brom first won acclaim illustrating for TSR's Dark Sun
role-playing world. He has since lent his distinctive vision to all
facets of the creative industries, from novels and games, to comics and
film, working on such notable titles as World of Warcraft, Magic the
Gathering, Diablo, Doom, Batman, Galaxy Quest, and Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. He is the author of two award-winning illustrated horror novels, The Plucker and The Devil's Rose. Brom is currently kept in a dank cellar somewhere just outside of Seattle.
Peter is quick, daring, and full of
mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end
in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his
smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland.
Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers
preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly
charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great
adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he
is wary of Peter's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees.
After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could
he possibly lose?
There is always more to lose.
Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a
lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a
war that has raged for centuries—one where he must learn to fight or
die among the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of lost and stolen
There, Peter's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant,
despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie
and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave
friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the
"Flesh-eaters" and save the last, wild magic in this dying land.
From the creator of Hellboy, Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism by
Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden is an illustrated novella that
brings Twilight Zone originality to the written page In the aftermath of
a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole
priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian
village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a
shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the
young priest must say all of the masses himself.
Mass is not
Father Gaetano’s only responsibility, however. The war has created many
orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an
orphanage which is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but
they have lost so much, and many have begun to question their faith and
their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain . . .
until he finds an old puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the
basement. Handcrafted by the building's former caretaker, now absent,
the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention
to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate
box, without their strings. While the children have been questioning
their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano's Bible stories
completely. But there is such a thing as too much faith. And the
children's lives will never be the same again.