Krampus, of course, is the beast-like creature from Germanic folklore thought to punish misbehaving children at Christmas. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children and drag them off into the black forest. YAY! After the jump are some particularly disturbing vintage postcards featuring the creepy reverse-Santa. Merrry Christmas! Sleep tight!
From Laughing Squid:
The 2004 book Devil in Design by Monte Beauchamp (previously) of BLAB! features a beautiful collection of creepy vintage Krampus Christmas postcards. The book, published by Fantagraphics Books, includes interesting snippets of the history of postcards and Krampus. While it’s currently out of print, used copies are available through Amazon or those interested can pick up a copy of Beauchamp’s more recent Krampus book, Krampus: The Devil of Christmas.