Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas (2015) is a graphic novel “inspired by the major motion picture” directed by Michael Dougherty. Presented by Michael Dougherty for Legendary Comics.

You better watch out… Krampus is coming to town.

Ancient folklore warns of a mythical counterpart to Santa Claus, who punishes naughty children every Christmas… his name is Krampus. Michael Dougherty presents the official graphic novel based on his festive horror comedy, which expands the mythology of this iconic terror with an anthology of three deliciously twisted morality tales that will leave you praying you are not on the naughty list.

At the most wonderful time of the year, a drunken mall Santa comes under siege from some very mischievous Christmas spirits, a dysfunctional cop becomes trapped with the man who ruined her life and the wealthy town “scrooge” must face the shadows from his past as his home comes under invasion from the homeless. This Christmas, Krampus will make sure they all get what they deserve.

Michael Dougherty, the writer/director behind cult horror hit Trick ‘r Treat, is joined by a fantastic team of creators, uniting Krampus co-screenwriters Zach Shields and Todd Casey and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Christian Dibari (Hoax Hunters), Maan House (Witchblade), and Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) to deliver a twisted gift for the holiday season.

Stories by Todd Casey & Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields. Written by Zach Shields & Todd Casey. Co-written by Laura Shields (Story II). Cover art by Fiona Staples. Art by Christian Dibari, colors by Mike Spicer (I). Art by Maan House, colors by Guy Major (II). Art by Stuart Sayger, colors by Guy Major (III). Art by Michael Montenat, colors by Mike Spicer (IV).

My thoughts… I said (here) that Michael Dougherty’s film Krampus feels like a Christmas version of Stephen King’s The Mist, and the first tale in his graphic novel Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas offers more evidence of my comparison! A small group of people get trapped by a freak snowstorm in a department store and are besieged by Krampus’s army of evil elves and toys – just like the small group of people who get trapped in a supermarket and are besieged by giant bugs and other creepy things! I love Audrey, the drunken mall Santa’s compassionate helper elf, in this action-packed story! I love the second tale’s Officer Sandy Kim, too. She is forced to fight off Krampus’s creatures with the man who killed her sister 13 years earlier. These two stories are awesome! The final story isn’t as good as the first two but, all in all, Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas is a good read!