Krampus. ah, Krampus…
A tradition from some parts of Europe, and the US – where immigrants took the stories with them – Krampus has been growing in popularity as pop culture embraces the fascinatingly macabre figure. In most Christmas stories, the worst you’ll get for being on the naughty list is a lump of coal. But in Krampus stories? The really naughty are at risk of a visit from the man himself.
Heralded by the bells which hang on chains the demon likes to thrash around, he carries a bundle of birch twigs to beat the naughty with.
And if you’ve really been bad?
Like Santa, Krampus has a sack. Only Krampus’ sack isn’t for bringing presents, it’s for taking away the naughtiest children to torment for their wicked deeds.
So be good for goodness sake, or else you might be very sorry…
Written by lukegreensmithscarybits
Art by Wanda Fraser , THOU in partnership with The Ghost Story Guys Podcast
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