Top 5 Krampus Sites on the Internet

In November I reached out to the RPG blogging community (here and here), as well as a some excellent publishers and steampunk bloggers, about contributing to this week’s Krampus Christmas Carnival. I was super stoked when so many excellent sites joined the party. I was suprised when not two days later I heard a story about Krampus on NPR, and then saw that Krampus was a key figure for PVPOnline’s web comic this month. Something clicked I guess – everyone was thinking about Krampus! And that’s awesome.

So, while the carnival round up is scheduled for tomorrow – today I’d like to share some Krampus links from around the interwebs to sites that didn’t participate in the carnival, but all the same had some AWESOME Krampus content this month.

5. Who is Krampus?

If you’re reading this – you probably already know, but if you don’t then skip over the Wikipedia article on Krampus and head straight to Krampus.com for his own explanation. This site has all sorts of details on Krampus, his history, and some great vintage artwork. It’s definitely worth a stop for anyone curious about the story behind Krampus. Did you know he predates Christmas?

A vintage Krampus, via Krampus.com

A vintage Krampus, via Krampus.com

4. Eighteen Krampus Images To Ruin Your Holidays

If it’s artwork you’re looking for, BuzzFeed.com ran a story that had some simply incredible, new (non-vintage) artwork featuring Krampus. Personally – from the 18 there #5, “Krampus” by MissMonster on DeviantArt.com, is my favorite (shown at right).

"Krampus" by MissMonster @ DeviantArt.com

"Krampus" by MissMonster @ DeviantArt.com

3. Horror For The Holidays: Meet The Anti-Santa

Don’t have time to read a whole bunch on Krampus? On December 10th, National Public Radio aired a great story on Krampus by Peter Crimmons. The images from “Krampuslauf”, an annual Krampus Parade in the Alpine regions of Germany and Italy, are awesome! The costumes are friggen scary as hell!

A Krampus roams the streets during a "Krampuslauf" near Merano, Italy. (Source: Johannes Simon/Getty Images via NPR.com)

A Krampus roams the streets during a "Krampuslauf" near Merano, Italy. (Source: Johannes Simon/Getty Images via NPR.com)

2. Krampus Time is HereĀ Again!

Croshame.com has created a beautiful crotched Krampus complete with sticks and crying, terrified children. It rocks! Croshame.com has tons of other evil crotched creepies over at their Etsy Store, but sadly the Krampus is not for sale.

"Krampus" from Croshame.com

"Krampus" from Croshame.com

1. A Krampus Carol by Anthony Bourdain

The #1 best Krampus article on the net – and probably for a long time – is hands down the animated “A Krampus Carol” by Anthony Bourdain. Horribly, horribly funny. Enjoy! A Krampus Carol by Anthony Bourdain.

Hope you enjoyed the links. What sites have you stumbled across this month on Krampus? Share the links in the comments below! In the meantime: Merry Christmas!

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