Krampus, Jersey style: The Dark Servant by Matt Manochio

I reviewed Matt Manochio’s The Dark Servant in Issue #44 of Weird NJ and was poking around the Internet (okay, Googling my name) when I came across a thank you post on his blog:

Weird NJ gives some Krampus love!

I always get scared when I publish a story about a person or book recommendation, as I’m never quite sure if the subject/author will be happy with it. It’s a person’s life, or the fruit of months or years of labor, and something that I try to approach respectfully. It’s always nice to know that what you’ve written is appreciated.

And just to reiterate on the original recommendation…The Dark Servant is a great, scary YA book about the Krampus terrorizing a Northwestern New Jersey community that’s loosely based on the town where I grew up. I suspect it’s a heck of a lot more compelling than the upcoming Hollywood treatment. If you’re looking for something to get you into the holiday season in a weird way, try The Dark Servant.


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