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He started at a thump and scraping sound under the bed; then, to his horror, he heard the creak of a door. Tremors ran through him as fear slithered up his back. He didn’t want to look but his gaze was drawn to the closet beside the bed. An inch of blackness showed, then more as the door swung on its hinges. Jamie’s heart galloped, if a clown jumped out….
A form appeared in the doorway, stepped into the room, and it took Jamie’s horrified brain a moment to register what he was seeing.
Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.
As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?
When the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with to punish him, Jamie’s life is put in danger. And Jamie isn’t sure whether he can help Nico defeat his nemesis or if he’s merely a pawn in the Krampus’s game.