The Dead of Winter

Beware the Krampus and Other Wicked Christmas Creatures
by Sarah Clegg

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Enter the dark side of Christmas: Discover the monsters, witches, and other ghoulish creatures that emerge from the depths of winter.

Think about Christmas festivities, and you likely picture halcyon images of mangers, glowing fireplaces, sweet carolers, and snow-blanketed hills. But behind all this bright magic, there’s something much darker...

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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 208

Publication Date 11/12/2024

ISBN 9781643757087

Dimensions 5 inches x 7.75 inches

Praise for The Dead of Winter:

"Away from the turkey and tinsel, Sarah Clegg bravely escorts us to the dark side of the festive season, a wintry underworld of witches and demons, sinister customs, and strange ancient rites. A fascinating, menacing miscellany."

— Malcolm Gaskill, author of The Ruin of All Witches and Witchfinders

"Sarah Clegg's dark and delicious The Dead of Winter isn't just a frightful and sometimes funny account of Krampus, Mari Lwyd, Christmas ghosts, monster mummers, and a winter witch named St. Lucy, but is also a thoughtful examination of why these stories continue to capture our imagination. I plan on spending every Christmas now revisiting this wonderful book."

— Lisa Morton, author of Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween

“A lively, moving, thoughtful, and erudite survey of the more disturbing aspects of the modern world's most important festival. It is probably the best, and certainly the most accessible.”

— Ronald Hutton, author of The Witch: A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present

Praise for Woman's Lore: 4,000 Years of Sirens, Serpents and Succubi:

Shortlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown Award

"A remarkable work... Extraordinary, meticulous detail."

— Literary Review (UK)

"Ambitious in scope, guiding the reader across millennia of cultural history... deftly fuses scholarly rigour, control of literary and archaeological sources, an accessible, entertaining style, wonderful illustrations, and a warm-hearted sympathy with women's plight across the centuries."

— BBC History Magazine

"A delightful romp through four thousand years' worth of sinister superstition, offering an empathetic interpretation of these supernatural creatures, so-called monsters, with a particular focus on women's experiences of them. Sarah Clegg provides thought-provoking insights into a range of beliefs and practices so often overlooked by mainstream history."

— Jane Draycott, author of Cleopatra’s Daughter

"Woman's Lore is a fascinating exploration of the mythology and trope of the 'demonic woman' that has existed for centuries and persists even today. Thoughtfully researched, it is an empowering and enlightening read."

— Catherine Cho, author of Inferno: a Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

"Clegg writes beautifully and displays her vast knowledge and passion for the subject with such ease... Brilliantly and seamlessly informs the reader of the human context of the tale."

— All About History

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