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.

Thanks to the wonderful Rachel for hosting this post! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a pre- ordered copy of SHUTTER, a “Reaper” necklace, and a signed bookplate. Please note that the giveaway is US only, and don’t be surprised if prizes ship with colanders.
Happiest of holidays, everyone!

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  1. This is hilarious. I find the Kallikantzaroi Christmas Gremlins funny even though I should feel scared. I'm not sure I want to read Shutter though. I'm not a fan of horror novels. In fact, I haven't read any now that I think about it. :D

  2. If I saw a Christmas Gremlin as a kid, or even now really, I would probably either scream my head off while running away or pass out from fear. Though option one sounds better. :)

  3. Oh, I LOVE this! I am glad that the Kallikantzaroi do not live near me. But if they did, I assure you I have about 10 colanders that could be thrown onto the porch at any time ;)

    I agree, Rachel IS amazing :) My favorite thing about the holidays is seriously when people are happy getting presents that you KNEW they would love. It is the best feeling in the world. Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

  4. THAT is the most terrifying picture I have ever seen! <3

  5. Wow, this is a really fascinating twist on a Christmas read, nothing like a bit of horror to set you awake! Interesting concept with the Kallikantzaroi as well, they sound totally freaky.

  6. Creepy! That picture literally made me jump. :P I've never heard of Kallikantzaroi before, but now I'm prepared for them. x)

  7. That is so creepy! Now my neighbors are going to wonder about that colander though. haha Happy Holidays!

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  9. Thanks for this post; it made my morning :) I will definitely be putting a colander on my doorstep tonight!

  10. Thanks again for doing the post, Courtney!!

  11. I really want to read Shutter, I have moved it up to my 10 most wanted books for my next purchase :) I love all holidays, spending time with family is always great!

  12. Eeeeep this sounds really creepy, but also really great! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    By the way, I might be on vacation when the winners of this giveaway will be revealed, so if for any reason I win, could you please give me a couple of days to respond? I should be back on January 4th. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you so much for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  13. I love just hanging out with friends and/or family I haven't seen in a while. :) That's the best way to spend a holiday!
    Mary G Loki


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