Phrenology Press has just released a full size 126 page book containing loads of different illustrations, images and drawings of “Contemporary Krampus.” Many of our readers are now asking, “Who exactly is Krampus anyway?” Well, Krampus is a horned inhuman creature who visits and punishes naughty children around Christmas time. Many call him simply the “Anti-Santa” or “Satan’s Little Helper.” Let’s just say he is the opposite of St. Nicholas, who is known for giving nice children gifts during the Christmas holidays.
Over the past few years, there has been considerable interest in this legendary figure. His face has even appeared on greeting cards and postcards. In fact, there is even a feature film, “Krampus,” being released at theaters across the country, today, Friday December 4th. That film will chronicle his visit to an unsuspecting family. For many Europeans, who really celebrate the old Krampus tradition, individuals dress up in their best Krampus costumes during the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5, and roam the streets spreading a bit of fear.
But, let’s get back to the book. There have been loads of Krampus images portrayed in years past, some dating back many centuries. However, these vintage pictures were getting a bit stale, so Mike Drake, the curator of “Contemporary Krampus,” assembled a first class group of today’s finest artists (more than 50 in total) asking each to render their own personal interpretation of “Krampus” for a 21st century audience. The images are simply amazing, and though all feature Krampus, the artists have each left their own distinct brand on every picture.
As a bonus, there is a short biography of most of the artists accompanying the images, and in many cases a website is included so readers can see more from a particular artist. “Contemporary Krampus” is probably not a “coffee table type book,” but it is one that should be brought out from time to time just to alert children that Christmas gifts must be earned, because there really is an alternative.