The Krampus on Chestnut Street: A Novella
The author sits back on his therapist’s chaise lounge and tells the story of his childhood encounter with a Krampus. This monster, well known in Alpine folklore, is a beast of great strength and ferocious temper whose mission is to punish bad children. The author reveals why he deserved to be targeted for such punishment in a story that is guaranteed to terrify. More
In the tradition of Charles Dickens, who utilized ghosts to bring some horror to his classic Christmas novella A Christmas Carol, C. M. Smith uses a monster to explore the meaning of Christmas in a modern context. But this is no made up monster. This monster is real: the Krampus of Alpine folklore, a beast of great strength and ferocious temper whose mission is to punish bad children. He is “the anti-Santa Claus,” to quote Eric Pichler. In a work even more terrifying than Dickens’ classic, Smith recounts his encounter with this legendary beast in a tale that takes the reader back to Smith’s early childhood, to a series of events that he, for obvious reasons, has long been unwilling share.
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