The Twelve Nightmares Before Christmas: Nightmare Nine + Giveaway!
Hi! I’m Courtney Alameda, author of the soon-to-be published YA horror novel, SHUTTER. I love Christmastime and all things scary, so I wanted to celebrate by sharing some of my favorite Christmas beasties with everyone this year—twelve of them, to be exact! Join me and a few of my blogger friends every day from December 13 – 24, as we feature different holiday nightmares . . . if you dare!
So without further ado . . .
Nightmare Nine: The Kallikantzaroi Christmas Gremlins
We’ve worked hard in the United States to remove almost ANYTHING scary from the holiday season. Because if you think that the twelve days of Christmas are only full of lords a’ leaping, a bunch of weird birds, and busy drummers and mild maids, you’re in for a rude awakening with the KALLIKANTZAROI.
The Kallikantzaroi hail from Greece, and are one of the most nightmarish creatures on the 12 Nightmares list. Bloodthirsty, nocturnal, and mostly blind, they crawl up from their underground lairs during the twelve days before Christmas to wreak havoc and eat people. They are tall, black, and hairy; their eyes burn red; and they usually have the body parts of animals—goat’s ears or monkey’s arms; plus huge heads and tongues that loll from their heads. They resemble black devils who like to rip people’s faces off, and they’ll definitely have you exclaiming “Happy Christmas!” to all. These guys don’t even care if you’ve been naughty or nice—they just want you dead.
Luckily for us, the Kallikantzaroi are fairly stupid, so there are precautions a person can take to keep the little gremlins from entering one’s home:
The two fail-proof methods of keeping the Kallikantzaroi out are 1) to put a colander on your doorstep at night; or 2) to keep a Yule log burning in your fireplace. Kallikantzaroi can’t count higher than two (since three is a holy number, and by saying it aloud, the devil would die), so trying to count the colander’s holes would keep the creature busy until the sun rose and it was forced to flee.
It doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to work, right?
Secondly, in reverse-Santa style, keeping a fire burning in the hearth would keep the Kallikantzaroi from entering the house through the chimney. Not only would the fire repel them, but the light would scorch their mostly-blind eyes.
So don’t judge me if I put a colander on my doorstep tonight.
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Happiest of holidays, everyone!
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