Go Krampus Crackers, If You Dare! Event

Vicky Pointing, curator and judge for the UK leg of the Krampus Crackers project, cordially invites you all to partake in a little festive fear.

Something is stirring in the shadows of Leeds. Something is sniffing the air, scenting the arrival of winter, and starting to make its way into the world. It moves soundlessly, saliva dripping from its fangs, its claws clutching birch rods that drag through the dust behind it. Krampus is coming, and you’d better hope you’ve been good…

Terry Whidborne © 2014

Terry Whidborne © 2014

Thanks to the wonderful Brisbane based publisher, Tiny Owl Workshop, Krampus will be unleashed on Leeds through a proliferation of Krampus crackers – Christmas crackers with a bang, each one containing a piece of flash fiction about the Nordic horned and fanged anti-St Nick, Krampus.

There are 12 stories in total, all written by UK authors, which will be encased in crackers and liberally sprinkled across Leeds cafes and bars, including Mrs Atha’s, Heaven, Sandinista, Friends of Ham, Leeds North Bar and Outlaws Yacht Club. You can search them out – for free – after December the 5th.

If you’re feeling especially brave, join nine of the Krampus authors, gathering against the darkness to tell their tales, at Outlaws Yacht Club on Thursday 4th  December from 7pm. This is a free event but please register your place here.

You might not want to come alone! 

The Krampus Cracker stories

‘Christmas Wishes’ by Kelda Crich

‘Sweet Krampusnacht’ by Samantha Braham

‘Expectations’ by Josh Turner

‘Advice from the Heart’ by Madeleine McDonald

‘Blue Lungs’ by Charlotte Huggins

‘The Yule Ghoul’ by Nick Clark

‘When Krampus Comes’ by June Taylor

‘Snowball’ by Sarah Peploe

‘A Bag of Cinders’ by Amanda Mason

‘Until Next Christmas’ by Veronique Kootstra

‘The  Bad Brother’ by Rob Burton

‘Letter to Krampus’ by Alan Graham


Find out more at http://vickykpointing.wordpress.com/krampus-crackers or get in touch via twitter @vickykpointing 

We will be publishing some of the winning stories on the Big Bookend’s website after 5th December so get ready to be scared, just in time for Christmas!


Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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