To wish everyone Happy Holidays, Gothic Bite Magazine Presents the Merry Krampus Anthology Vol.1!
Grab your digital copy on Amazon for just $2.97 and get lost in eight different stories from eight wonderful authors!
When the holidays knock on our door, our hearts are filled with joy and all we hope is to make our loved ones happy. We think of the family gatherings, the Christmas tree tall and proud lighting our home.
We smell the comforting aroma of home cooked meals and reminisce the joys of the past… where hides the skeletons deep in the darkness of the closet.
by Aida Jacobs
Think that all of Santa’s elves are sweet and adorable? The five elves that make up Krampus Korps would beg to differ!
Trained for the sole purpose of keeping Krampus in line, these elves are small but mighty. Once lauded as heroes, they were forcibly retired a century ago when the threat of Krampus seemed to diminish.
But now, Krampus has gone rogue, and Christmas is in danger. Can the Korps rally in time to end the threat?
A Krampusnaught Tale
by Kendra Hale
Everyone knows the rules of Christmas, good gets treated with kindness while badness gets the proverbial coal. Krampusnaught works on the opposite rule set.
Good little ones get ignored while the bad ones get their just reward; some even get an exclusive one way trip.
Krampus is their guide and ride as they make their journey to hell. But there are times where the rules are blurred, shifted even.
This Krampusnaught things are a little different and one soul is about to be put on trial in an event that only happens once every few hundred years.
My Brother’s Keeper
by Winter Lawrence
Brett Ellington isn’t into the supernatural or the occult. Most days, in fact, he likes to consider himself a normal kid.
Sure, his parents are a little too overprotective, but he knows that isn’t really unusual given that his older brother died when he was a kid.
Brandon’s loss isn’t something Brett really dwells on much anymore, but when his girlfriend and her best friend suggest a séance one weekend, Brett agrees to go along with it—not to really speak with his brother, but to save face.
The night of December 5th begins like any other. Brett’s friends arrive at his place and make themselves at home in his basement. It has all of the amenities that any kid could ever hope for, which is exactly what his parents intended when they converted the space into a teen hangout.
They’re always quick to remind him that it’s safer for them there, and that they have peace of mind knowing that he’s home.
That night, Brett also takes solace in knowing that his parents are close, because as the séance draws nearer, he becomes increasingly unsettled, especially when his girlfriend produces an Ouija board from her friend’s bag.
That’s when Brett knows for certain that the séance is a bad idea, but with his friends eager to start, Brett goes along with the silly preparations his girlfriend’s best friend insists on performing beforehand.
Then they begin.
At first, all is quiet, but then there’s a rattling sound near the chimney, followed by a loud thud that reverberates through the house, like something fell onto the roof…or perhaps landed there…then the planchette begins to ricochet between the letters H-O-H-O-H-O.
Could it be Brandon, trying to relay a message from beyond? Or hadBrett and his friends accidentally stumbled upon something far more sinister than his older brother?
by Vanessa Ross — NO MORE IN THE BOOK
This is a prequel to the Royal’s Light by Vanessa Ross. Discover the General Casey’s motivation and his plans for the Fiann Company and the supernatural race.
General Casey was raised to carry out a plan designed by his grandfather. He is part of an organization to kill and enslave the supernatural race.
When the organization finds out he lost two of the most powerful supernatural in existence he risks it all to get back into their good graces and continue the family’s’ mission.
Krampus was created from broken toys and the tears of the innocents. When summoned by the grand son of Hitler he is intrigued by what he hears. He devises a plan that will allow his mother and creator an opportunity to take over the human realm.
No one would think that evil is a momma’s boy, but Krampus will stop at nothing to gain his mother’s love and approval.
The General wants revenge, while Krampus desires his mother’s approval. Both are known for their evil but how far will they go to achieve their goals.
The punishment for failure is being erased from history, however the possibility of success pushes evil to its limits.
This story includes graphic language and visual sexual encounters not appropriate for the faint of heart.
Winter Goat Man
by A. Wayne
Mila feels happy, moving closer to her job deep in Mont La Bellerose county. Little did she know the town she would soon call home belongs to many strange people who knows her ancestors.
With the help of both her best friends, Mila moves in the house she inherited from her maternal grandmother’s distant cousin only to open the door to a nightmarish view from a Stephen King’s novel!
The more time Mila and her friends spend in the house, the more horror surfaces as Christmas approaches and the Winter Goat Man makes sure Mila’s house is forever his lair.
by Dora Esquivel
Someone is taking shifter and human children away in from their homes. The intruder leaves a few intriguing clues, but nothing to help the shifter families find their loved ones.
Marcos wanted to spend his Christmas vacation with his long-time crush Andreas, not expecting to get sidelined by his brother Manuel the alpha of his pack to take care of his nephew Pepe.
On the hunt for a Christmas tree, Marcos, Andreas, and Pepe find themselves being hunted by this creature. The thing that haunts them is not just evil but demonic.
It is twisted and hungry, thirsty for the blood of children, blood he has long been denied. A literal terrifying monster that indulges in sadistic desires.
Can two shifters defeat a demon summoned by an evil shaman? Will they all survive this violent confrontation? Will they be able to find the other children in time?
A Krampus Visit
by L.A. Maciel
Every December, my folks would send me to visit my great uncle. He would tell me great tales of toy making elves and jolly Ol’ Saint Nick.
Of course, when I grew up, I stopped believing in silly fairy tales. Until I came face-to-face with one of oldest legends ever told.
You see, my uncle didn’t just tell me the happy, joyful stories of the season. He also told me the scary ones.
About a creature that predates Christianity. A dark creature that comes on December 5th to take away the bad children… most people called him the anti-santa. My uncle called him, Krampus.
This is my story about my visit from Krampus… A Krampus visit.
by Maria Mcnamee-Hirt
When the world leaps into a new configuration Nan must choose between loyalty to her family and giving up.
Can she conform? Can she face the chances life offers her and make a new life for her and her daughter?
When the most basic understanding of self and other come in to focus will Nan be up to the challenge?
It is easy to fall into a book with one theme and many stories. However, behind those words coming together to form a world of imagination, there are authors.
Here are a little bit about them…
A Merry Journey
Merry Krampus might now available on Amazon for all of you to enjoy. However, Gothic Bite Magazine is already in the work for the next anthology to present you.
In the meantime, enjoy the work of our wonderful authors and don’t forget to pass by Amazon to get your copy and take a look at our anthology trailer!
Thank you all for your support and until next time, stay spooky!
The OCD Vampire