Krampus the Christmas Demon
At Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you will find horror, and horror will find you too. In the Nightmares Fear Factory, the halls are dark, narrow, and long. The walls shift. The eyes watch. Hands reach. Things scream.
At Nightmares Fear Factory, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you will find out how brave you are.
The holiday season begins to arrive in the form of floating flakes and frozen air. For those of us at Nightmares Fear Factory, this time of year puts us in mind all the nightmares that have arisen around the holiday season; red claw marks on white snow drifts.
In regions far from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, legends swirl like frost-edged winds; of demons in the night and children gone missing come morning.
We begin in Germany and Eastern Europe, where one of the most obvious and highlighted examples exist; the demon Krampus.
Krampusnacht, typically the sixth day of December, is quite tame today compared to what dark whispers tell us it might once have been. Whereas today the nightmares are comprised mostly of costumed figures handing out bundles of wooden switches and bags of coal, Krampus’s role in times less civilised was to make naughty children vanish even as his red-clad counterpart rewarded the well-behaved.
Stories of child abduction appear all across the reaches of central, eastern and northern Europe, most prevalent where the snows are the heaviest, and the cold is the worst.
Could they just be stories spread by parents who lost children to starvation or exposure during the frosty depths of their fierce winters?
Or had forms of life, now forgotten, once roamed the countryside? The demon Krampus, since the Christian overtaking of the various pagan religions of Europe, has since come to be depicted wearing heavy chains. This is thought to symbolize God’s restraining of Krampus, and, one must assume, the various like monsters which once traded in naughty children.
You can imagine the nightmares, either way.
If such things existed, they remain far away from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Or… do they? Who knows what might exist, down in the darkness and the cold of the Nightmares Fear Factory?
If religion has brought the light which drove the monsters away, then the right place to find those monsters is the place where light may never reach.
In the black depths of the Fear Factory, in the Clifton Hill district of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, you can feel ancient echoes of frost-edged winds, and the fading cry of the naughty children as they are dragged from warm sheets and into the snow.
When you step foot in that dark place, I suppose, then, the first question you will have to ask yourself is: have you been good this year?
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