Free short story Be Good for Belsnickel now available

Posted on December 15, 2015 (Subscribe to Blog)

This is a story with some Christmas spirit, a year on from the shapeshifters' first festive season in New Earth. This year they've discovered a long-standing tradition where children head off up a snowy hill to a cottage, where an old man named Belsnickel will determine how well-behaved they've been. If they've been good, they receive a small gift. But if they've been bad...

There's some real-life folklore in this story. I included Belsnickel and Krampus as aspects of good and bad. You can look them up online if you want more information. There's also a Christmas comedy movie called Krampus, and I've spotted the mythical creature popping up in various other places too. He's doing the rounds at the moment!

Anyway, my take is entirely made-up as usual, only loosely based on the "known" legend, but I like to think my version is the real reason we heard about these legends in the first place. ;-)

Happy holidays, y'all!

Read Be Good for Belsnickel and other short stories, and look for another next month!

Comment by LILY BETH ROBINSON on Wednesday, December 16, 2015...

I'm so excited about the new series! How many will you do? :3

Comment by KEITH ROBINSON on Wednesday, December 16, 2015...

Well, daughter, who knows? I'll do as many as I think is needed, so it could be three or five or twenty or a hundred... until someone shouts "STOP! NO MORE!"

Then I'll stop. :-)

Comment by KEITH ROBINSON on Wednesday, December 16, 2015...

Hey, how are you on the computer at 2 PM on a Wednesday when you're at school? Tsk. Kids today!

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