Krampus, The Devil You (Don’t Quite) Know with Al Ridenour - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - The Last Bookstore


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Al Ridenour, author of THE KRAMPUS AND THE OLD, DARK CHRISTMAS, visits the Last Bookstore to help sort truth from fiction regarding that old devil of Christmas folklore. Not to be confused with his pop culture imposter, the real Krampus is only one of many frightful beings said to haunt the winter months of old Germany and Austria. Ridenour will explore the Krampus’ roots among a host of dark superstitions and folkloric figures including witches, ghost riders, forest spirits, and even yuletide werewolves. The talk will be accompanied by slides from his richly illustrated book, rare archival video clips, and perhaps a costumed ally or two from Ridenour’s colleagues in Krampus Los Angeles, hosts of LA’s annual Krampus Run.

LA TIMES calls THE KRAMPUS AND THE OLD, DARK CHRISTMAS “gleefully erudite“…”well-researched and sumptuously illustrated with both contemporary and vintage images (many of them nightmare-worthy), Ridenour’s book deserves to become a classic in its own right, a step toward reclaiming what he calls “our lost, dark Christmas.”

DANGEROUS MINDS calls the book “the definitive work on Krampus,” and a “must read.”

PUBLISHERS’ WEEKLY calls the book “an immensely accessible, well-researched history mixed in with his own personal journey tracing the Krampus, a Christmas devil with roots in Austrian and German folklore…Those interested in folklore, anthropology, history, counter-culture, and cosplay will enjoy this thorough assessment and its plethora of illustrations.”

Al Ridenour is a veteran writer on fringy topics for a variety of publications and websites as well as author of THE KRAMPUS AND THE OLD, DARK CHRISTMAS and Offbeat Food, Adventures in an Omnivorous World. He’s also the creative instigator behind assorted subcultural projects including Krampus Los Angeles and The Cacophony Society (founders of the Burning Man festival and inspiration for Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club.)

Please note that our store has limited capacity (a mere 300!), so get here early.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase a copy of the author’s title from The Last Bookstore. Any outside books must be checked with security upon entering the store. This policy applies to all Last Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

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