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On Sale Date: 10/30/2012
Imprint: Harper Voyager
Print Run: 40K
Format: HC
Pages: 368
Price: $27.99
ISBN: 006209565X
ISBN 13: 9780062095657
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062095671
AUD 9780062205247

The artist and author of the acclaimed illustrated novel The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus.  One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, a failed songwriter named Jesse witnesses a strange spectacle: seven thugs cloaked in black attacking a man in a red suit with a sleigh. When Jesse steps in to help, the mysterious figures all disappear, leaving behind a large sack—a magical bag that will plunge the down-on-his luck songwriter into a thrilling adventure.  The bag turns out to be the property of Krampus, the ancient trickster demon who punishes the wicked—and Jesse’s new master who will teach him things about the man in red he didn’t know, including how a half a millennium ago, the cherry-cheeked jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic. But Santa’s time is running out, for the former Yule Lord is determined to destroy his enemy and reclaim his holiday. Now, Jesse has the chance to save his daughter and his own broken dreams…and return wild magic to all the impoverished folk of Boone County.