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THE FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Surviving Krampus and Other Yuletide Monsters, Witches, and Ghosts
Word Count: 30,000, Illustrations: 42 color illustrations throughout, Pages: 200
Key Selling Points
• Krampus / Creepy Christmas is cool
• Author is very well-known in the paranormal world with an active following online and at conventions/festivals
• An attractive and richly illustrated four-color package
Christmas is a magical time of year, filled with good cheer. It is also the darkest time of year, the Winter Solstice - the longest night. And the long dark night is filled with creepy, devilish creatures. Best known is the Krampus, a horned half-man, half-goat demon, who has been the subject of films and songs. There are other violent and dangerous monsters from all over northern climes who have been hunting naughty children for centuries.
The Fright Before Christmas delves into the folklore of Krampus and his friends: the elf-like tomten, the goblinesque Karakoncolas, the Belsnickel who is ready to hit us with his switch of sticks, and Gryla, who might drag you back to her mountain lair. And watch out for the Yule Cat ready to pounce! These are just a few of the beasties included. This book examines the folklore roots of Christmas under its many other guises (Yule, the Winter Solstice, Saturnalia) in a different, darker light. Christmas has always been creepy and this book will show you that other side. You better watch out or the Krampus will get you!
Jeff Belanger is one of the most visible and prolific researchers of legends and lore today. A natural storyteller, he’s the award-winning, Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS and Amazon Prime, and is the author of over a dozen books. He also hosts the award-winning New England Legends weekly podcast, which has garnered over 4 million downloads since its launch. Jeff's books include The World’s Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our Haunted Lives, The Call of Kilimanjaro, and Who’s Haunting the White House? He has written for The Boston Globe and USA Today and has served as the writer and researcher on numerous television series including every single episode of Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge.
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