Krampus Crackers was a collection of twelve flash fiction stories inspired by the Krampus myth. The UK collection was curated and edited by Leeds writer Vicky Pointing and the stories were to be found inside beautifully letter-pressed bonbons designed by the lovelies at Creative Emporium. Each story was accompanied by one of six illustrations by wonderful artists Terry Whidborne, Kathleen Jennings, Gustavo Ortega, Seana Seeto, Simon Cottee and Kirsty Greenwood.
WHERE TO FIND UK KRAMPUS CRACKERS
The Crackers were placed around Leeds at: Mrs Atha’s, Heaven, Sandinista, Friends of Ham, Leeds North Bar and Outlaws Yacht Club.
Vicky Pointing is a Leeds-based writer. She was born in Brunei in 1978, and has had around 18 different addresses across various countries and continents. She has been in Leeds for almost 13 years now, which is the longest she’s stayed anywhere.
Some of her proper jobs (teacher, careers adviser, events coordinator) have been brilliant, but she’s been writing since the age of seven and has never stopped wanting to write. Eventually, in August 2012, she got up the courage to apply to the MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam, and was hugely excited when they accepted her onto the course.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
In each Krampus Cracker was one of twelve stories by a UK author:
- ‘A Bag of Cinders’ by Amanda Mason – Amanda Mason lives in York. She’s had short stories published in collections produced by Cracked Eye, The Fiction Desk, and Gumbo Press. Follow @amandajanemason
- ‘Advice from the Heart’ by Madeleine McDonald – Madeleine McDonald lives on the Yorkshire coast, where the wind whistles up through the floorboards. She finds inspiration walking on the beach before the world wakes up.
- ‘Blue Lungs’ by Charlotte Huggins – Charlotte Huggins is a psychology graduate with too much spare time lately. She’s 21, but has embraced drinking wine and complaining like an old woman.
- ‘Christmas Wishes’ by Kelda Crich – Kelda’s work has appeared in the Lovecraft E-zine, Journal of Unlikely Acceptances, The Mad Scientist Journal and in the Bram Stoker Award winning After Death anthology.
- ‘Expectations’ by Josh Turner – Josh Turner is a writer based in Edinburgh with a love of writing fiction. He likes strange worlds and weird dreams that make it from your imagination and onto the page. He also likes coffee and cake and frequently uses them to fuel his literary delusions.
- ‘Letter to Krampus’ by Alan Graham – Alan studied “Creative Writing” and “Economics” at UEA and is still unsure which discipline relies on make-believe the most. He currently lives and works in London. Follow @Trubshawe1
- ‘Snowball’ by Sarah Peploe – Sarah Peploe loves glühwein, mixed nuts, genuinely rancorous karaoke renditions of I Believe in Father Christmas, writing and drawing. She lives in York. Follow @peplovna
- ‘Sweet Krampusnacht’ by Samantha Braham – Samantha Braham loves writing flash fiction and short stories as she has a short attention span and couldn’t sustain anything longer.
- ‘The Bad Brother’ by Rob Burton – Rob Burton isn’t the Robert Burton who wrote The Anatomy of Melancholy in 1621. He only once stole Christmas, but people won’t let it go. Follow @RobertSBurton
- ‘The Yule Ghoul’ by Nick Clark – N G F Clark is an English and History graduate from deepest, darkest Yorkshire. He reads and writes speculative fiction. Look for his sign: @ngfclark
- ‘Until Next Christmas’ by Veronique Koostra – Veronique Kootstra writes in English but is originally from the Netherlands. She loves the challenge of writing flash fiction. You can read her stories on: veroniquekootstra.wordpress.com
- ‘When Krampus Comes’ by June Taylor – June is A writer from Leeds who can only make sense of the world by making up stories and looking at things sideways. Or upside-down. Tweets @joonLT