Krampus: The Devil of Christmas by Monte Beauchamp [Krampus gleefully examines a clean-cut child]

Krampus: The Devil of Christmas

by Monte Beauchamp

In the early Christmas traditions of Europe, the Krampus was St. Nicholas's servant—a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue were supposed to scare you into behaving. Whereas St. Nicholas would reward children who'd been good all year, those that had behaved badly were visited by the extremely creepy Krampus. Includes an introduction, a historical survey of the character, and over 180 pre-World War 1 Krampus postcards.